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How to take a screenshot on a Galaxy S8, S7, Note, or any other Android device

Taking a snapshot of your Android phone’s screen is easy, and there are all sorts of situations where a screenshot could come in handy, whether you want to share your home screen with friends or obtain pictorial proof of your latest high score. This guide covers the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy Note as examples. We also included a guide to taking a screenshot on any other device using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3), KitKat (4.4), Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7.0 Nougat, and Android 8.0 Oreo (that’s most of them).

How to take a screenshot on a Galaxy device by swiping the screen

Taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S8 — or almost any other Galaxy phone — with a swipe of your hand is easy.

  1. Set your hand vertically on either side of the screen, and shape it like you are karate-chopping the phone.
  2. Horizontally swipe across the screen like your hand is a photo scanner.
  3. You should hear the camera shutter, see a screenshot move across the screen, and receive a notification that a picture has been saved to the gallery.
  4. It may take a few tries.

This technique works with the following devices, as well as most Samsung phones that came out after 2013.

The Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note 3.

How to check if “Palm swipe to capture” is enabled on your Galaxy

If you can’t get it to work, you may have to enable the swipe feature in Settings.

  1. Open Settings > Advanced features. On some older phones it will be Settings > Motions and gestures (in the Motion category).
  2. Tick the Palm swipe to capture box.
  3. Close the menu and find the screen you want to capture.
  4. Enjoy!

How to take a screenshot using a button shortcut

Not everyone is a fan of gesture controls. Thankfully, most Android phones offer a more tactile method for capturing a screenshot.

  1. Press the Power and Home buttons at the same time.
  2. Hold both buttons for a second, until you hear a shutter sound or see a visual indicating a picture has been taken.
  3. This can be awkward to get right.

    You need to hold the Power button slightly before pressing the Home button, then hold them both down.

This technique works with the following devices, along with pretty much any Samsung phone that has a Home button. The Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Mega 6.3, Galaxy Tab 3 Pro, Galaxy S4 Mini, and Galaxy S3. If you have a Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, or S8 Plus, which don’t have a physical Home button, then the key combination is a little different:

  1. Press and hold the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time.
  2. Hold both buttons for a second, until you hear a shutter sound or see a visual indicating a picture has been taken.
  3. You need to hold the Power button slightly before pressing the Volume down button, then hold them both down.

How to take a screenshot on a Note using the S Pen

This technique is available on the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, and other Samsung devices with an S Pen.

To take a screenshot this way you have to open the Air Command menu, which you can do by pulling out the S Pen stylus, or by hovering the pen over the screen and clicking the button on it.

  1. Select Screen Write from the Air Command options to take a screenshot.
  2. You can then write notes on top of the image. There are options in the top toolbar to change your pen color and size if you want to get creative. You can also erase or undo strokes and there is a Crop option at the bottom.
  3. When you’re finished, tap Share or Save at the bottom.

How to take a screenshot on any other Android device

Taking a screenshot on any other Android phone or tablet — as in, one that is not a Samsung device — is also pretty easy.

The method varies slightly from one model to the next, however, the following method should work on all non-Samsung Android phones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

  1. Press the Power button and Volume down key at the same time.
  2. Hold them down until you hear an audible click or a screenshot sound.

    You should also see a small capture animation.

  3. You will get a notification that your screenshot was captured, and that you can share or delete it.
  4. By default, your screenshots are saved in your Photos or Gallery app in a separate Screenshots folder.

For ancient Android phones, such as those running 2.3 Gingerbread, you need to head over to the Google Play Store, where there are several apps that will capture a screenshot on your behalf. Screenshot Easy and Screenshot ER are popular choices, but may require you to root your phone.

You can also take a look at No Root Screenshot It, if you don’t want to root your device.

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Samsung’s marvelous Olympic-edition Note 8 is worthy of a gold medal

If you like Samsung’s smartphones, you’ll wish you were an Olympian. The South Korean company last month unveiled a special edition Galaxy Note 8 for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics; it looks beautiful in renders, but we can tell you for certain it looks even better in real life. Samsung supplied 4,000 of these special Note 8 phones to all Olympians, International Olympic Committee (IOC), and PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee (POCOG) staff.

The company is hoping the massive 6.3-inch screen and included S Pen will allow everyone involved in the Olympic Games to “do bigger things,” and the incredible dual-sensor camera will help document this marvelous experience. Much to our dismay, you can’t buy this special edition model. The new design celebrates the Winter Olympics with an all-new shiny white glass back overlaid with the Olympic logo: Five interconnected gold rings that symbolize the unity of the five continents, the world, and the Olympic Torch.

A collection of PyeongChang 2018-themed wallpapers are also included, and each device comes with pre-installed Olympic apps that Samsung hopes will be useful to each of the recipients. The user interface is also accented with Olympic colors. For example, the Android navigation buttons are color blue, green, and red; the system tray has blue accents, and so does the pattern unlock in the lock screen.

This splash of color helps make the special edition Galaxy Note 8 feel all the more unique.

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“We’re proud to provide the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition to all athletes in an effort to help them to stay connected, capture and share one of the most memorable moments of their lives,” Samsung Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Younghee Lee said in a statement. The Paralympians taking part in the Winter Paralympic Games haven’t been left out, either, and Samsung will also be supplying all of them with the same special edition Note 8, with an additional Paralympics-themed case to commemorate the role smart devices have played in assisting those with disabilities. This isn’t the first time that Samsung has gotten involved in the Olympic Games.

The company began sponsoring the games way back in 1988, when it entered as a local sponsor during the Seoul Olympic Games. Since then, Samsung has become a Worldwide Olympic Partner. It handed out 12,000 special edition Galaxy S7 Edge devices to Olympians during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

With Samsung also involved in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, you can be sure it has something planned for those games as well — so if you want to get your hands on a limited-edition Samsung device, it’s best to hit the track.

Updated on February 13: We added our own photos and hands-on impressions of the Galaxy Note 8 Olympic Edition.

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The upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is just another upgrade you do not need

From Marshmallow to Nougat and from Redmi Note 4 to the Redmi Note 5[1], what is the hysteria of incessant upgrades? Do you really be need to be upgrading your phone just for the sake of chasing trends? 

New upgrades, new features and a new design, we’re always clamouring to stay ahead of the curve. But why? 

According to Counterpoint[2], two out of three users plan on upgrading their mobile devices within the span of just 12 months in India. 

Not only does this drastically deviate from the world average of 24-30 month cycle, it shows how the growth of Chinese brands in the country, offering more features at a reasonable price, has triggered a faster upgrade cycle. 

Why is this happening?

The survey[3] states that users wish to upgrade their phones to adopt 4G LTE capabilities. But hasn’t 4G been around since 2012 when Airtel first initiated the launch? 

Even the government is gearing up for a 5G launch by 2020 with BSNL service trials happening as soon as next month. 

A lot of users are looking for phones with better memory, storage or battery capacity. The desire to just have an upgraded phone has become central to our lives, showing how strong the hold of a demonstration effect is on India. The herd mentality exemplifies that people just want to buy or have things because other people are have them. It’s no longer about ‘needs’ but about ‘wants’.

So, who’s responsible?

Xiaomi[4] recently announced that it’s going to be bringing the Redmi 5 to the Indian market soon (it could be the Redmi Note 5, we don’t really know yet), having released the Redmi 4[5] just an year ago. 

This phone boasts of a larger screen, a slightly better rear camera and an upgrade from Android[6] Marshmallow to Android Nougat[7], which isn’t even the latest OS available (that is, Android Oreo). In fact, we’re going to get Android P[8] this year.

The new features or accessibility options that you want on your phone will probably roll out long before a new OS version is available. The critical parts of the Google ecosystem have more or less been pulled away from Android and into Play Services or onto apps in the Play Store. 

When Lenovo rolled out the K4 Note to replace the K3 Note in 2016, it didn’t even bother changing the OS from Lollipop. When Vivo went from the V5 to V7, they did little more than upgrading their camera.

Apple does a decent job of upgrading older smartphones, but Google’s Android partners aren’t as diligent. They never have been. 

So really, what was the point? 

This is not to say that upgrades aren’t important, but then again, these aren’t things that you can’t do without.

In short, it’s not yet time to upgrade. 

If you’re upgrading within six months and your phone is anything less than a burning mess in your hands, you’re making the wrong choice. Take it from us, we use hundreds of smartphones every year and never have we felt the “need” to upgrade within six months. 

So, from the Note X to Note Y, and KX Note to KY Note, make a note – YOU DON’T NEED THAT UPGRADE.


  1. ^ Redmi Note 5 (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Counterpoint (www.counterpointresearch.com)
  3. ^ survey (www.counterpointresearch.com)
  4. ^ Xiaomi (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Redmi 4 (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Android (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ Android Nougat (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ Android P (www.techradar.com)

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The best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals in February 2018

Let’s get this out of the way immediately: the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is never going to be your go-to option if you’re on a tight budget. It’s a Goliath of a smartphone, both in terms of sheer size and internal power. It’s got the screen size and specification smarts to be a competitor to the much lauded iPhone X[1] and that doesn’t come cheap.

But the price fell drastically over sales season (obvs!) and Note 8s were selling by the bucket-load. Prices held steady for the period after that and have now fallen again! Check out our price comparison tool below for the best prices. We’ve picked out our very favourite deals as well, and we tell you more about this mammoth mobile further down the page.

It might seem a tad unfair, but we can’t not mention the Galaxy Note 7[2] debacle when talking about its successor. Samsung’s 2016 aborted project due to overheating and fire risks means that we’ve had to wait two years for a fully functioning Note-branded phablet from the South Korean tech behemoth. But we can now move forward from that chapter in tech history – the Note 8 is well and truly here!

See also: Galaxy S8 deals | iPhone X deals | Best mobile phone deals | Galaxy Note 8 SIM free / Unlocked | SIM only deals | Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Samsung’s ‘Unbox your tickets’ offer

Until February 15, you can claim a pair of free gig or music festival tickets – including Katy Perry, Little Mix, Arcade Fire, Elbow, Steps and the London BST festival – when you buy a Samsung Galaxy[9] Note 8 from selected retailers. Find out more about the offer by heading to TechRadar’s news story on the ‘Unbox your tickets’ promotion[10].

The best Galaxy Note 8 deals in the UK today:

Should I get the Galaxy Note 8 SIM free?

You must be somebody after our own heart. Always looking to see how you can trim a few pounds off your new favourite gadget. As you probably know, you can now pick up cheap SIM only deals[11] for as little as £4 a month, which could make it worth buying a SIM and handset separately.

Well the Galaxy Note 8’s RRP is £869. Even if you get the cheapest SIM card (usually around £4 a month for 500MB data), that would still cost almost £1,000 over the two years. You’re probably better cranking up the upfront cost in our price comparison chart above, imposing a low maximum for monthlies and finding a cheaper deal in the long run.

To get the best price on your new SIM free Galaxy, you can head to our cheapest unlocked Note 8 deals[12] page.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review and key specifications

Massive in dimensions and quality

Screen size: 6.3-inches | Resolution: 2960 x 1440 Quad HD+ | Rear camera: 12MP dual lens | Weight: 195g | OS: Android 7.1.1 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128/256GB | External storage: microSD up to 256GB | Battery: 3300mAh

Incredible Infinity display Best Samsung camera on a phone So powerful Battery life could be better

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Well the fervour for the Note 8 is probably doubled due to the fact that the Note 7 was pulled from shelves soon after release. But it doesn’t take more than one look at the Note 8 to see that it justifies the hype.

The huge 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display,’ is gorgeous to look at, the 6GB RAM innards go like a train and there are two best-in-class rear cameras. It’s expensive, but we think the Note 8 is worth it. 

Read TechRadar’s full Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review[13]

Now let’s break down the best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals by network…

Best Galaxy Note 8 deals on EE this month

Best Galaxy Note 8 deals on O2 this month

Best Galaxy Note 8 deal on Vodafone this month

Best Galaxy Note 8 deals on Three this month


  1. ^ iPhone X (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Galaxy Note 7 (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Galaxy S8 deals (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ iPhone X deals (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Best mobile phone deals (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Galaxy Note 8 SIM free / Unlocked (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ SIM only deals (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ Samsung Galaxy (www.techradar.com)
  10. ^ TechRadar’s news story on the ‘Unbox your tickets’ promotion (www.techradar.com)
  11. ^ cheap SIM only deals (www.techradar.com)
  12. ^ cheapest unlocked Note 8 deals (www.techradar.com)
  13. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review (www.techradar.com)

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Here’s how to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in the United Kingdom

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was one of the biggest smartphone releases of 2017, in terms of anticipation, size, and price. Because of its popularity, it’s easy to get confused by the many deals, and the many places where your can buy the Galaxy Note 8. We’ve got a comprehensive roundup for Galaxy Note 8 buyers in the U.S. here, and below we’re gathering all the places to buy the Note 8 in the U.K.

Wallets at the ready? Just don’t forget to read our Galaxy Note 8 hands-on review before buying.


The Galaxy Note 8 is available without a contract direct from Samsung itself.

  • You can buy the midnight black or maple gold version, which costs 870 British pounds, directly through Samsung’s own website. Samsung Mobile Care, a comprehensive insurance scheme that runs for 12 months, can be added for another 100 British pounds.
  • Samsung also offers an upgrade program.

    Buy the Galaxy Note 8 for a monthly cost of 32.58 pounds over two years, and after a year, you get the chance to upgrade to any newly released product in the program. You’re entered into a two-year agreement, which is interest free but requires an 86.90 pound deposit.

  • Samsung is running a free concert ticket promotion on the Galaxy Note 8 between the end of January and February 18. Buy a new Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, or Galaxy S8 Plus, and get two tickets to a selected concert worth up to 140 pounds.

    The offer is available through several retailers, including Mobile Phones Direct, Amazon, and Samsung stores.


If you don’t want to buy an unconnected Galaxy Note 8 through Samsung, you can buy one through a high street or online retailer; but the price remains the same at the moment.

  • Carphone Warehouse sells the 64GB midnight black and maple gold models for 870 pounds, and is giving buyers a free Samsung Level Box Slim Bluetooth speaker with each purchase.
  • Mobilephonesdirect.co.uk sells the Galaxy Note 8 without a contract for 870 British pounds, or with a variety of contract deals with networks. Buy one before February 18, and you’ll be eligible for a pair of free concert tickets with a value up to 140 British pounds.
  • Mobiles.co.uk has the 64GB phone for 810 British pounds.
  • Clove Technology has the Galaxy Note 8 for 780 British pounds without a contract at the time of writing.

Major networks

Want to buy your Galaxy Note 8 with a contract and service? Vodafone, O2, EE, and Three all offer deals on the new phone.

  • By with EE and the network’s recommended plan is 50 pounds upfront for the phone, then 63 pounds each month for two years, including 15GB of 4G LTE data each month, and roaming in Europe.

    Other plans are available with higher monthly costs and more data.

  • Vodafone has the Note 8 for 100 British pounds upfront, with a 70 British pound monthly contract for two years, which includes 40GB of data, and European roaming. Other plans are available at a higher upfront cost.
  • Visit O2 and the phone costs 30-pounds upfront. Monthly costs vary, with O2 recommending a 65-pound, two-year tariff with 20GB of data, and a chance to upgrade the phone after a year.
  • Finally, Three has the most frugal plan for the Galaxy Note 8.

    It’s 100 pounds for the phone, the 48 pounds each month for two years, but that only comes with 1GB of data each month. Spend 80 pounds on the phone, and 60 pounds each month, and you get 12GB of data.

Other networks

The U.K. has many Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) that also sell phones.

  • GiffGaff has the Galaxy Note 8 for 840 pounds without a contract for an unlocked phone ready to use with GiffGaff’s SIM cards. Like several other networks and retailers, buy the Note 8 here and you’ll get the free concert tickets offer worth up to 140 pounds.
  • Virgin Media sells the Note 8 cheaply, if you don’t have large data needs.

    The phone costs nothing up front and 30 pounds each month on a 36-month contract.

  • Sky Mobile sells the Note 8 on its Swap24 and Swap12 plans, where the phone can be upgraded after a year or two years. For Swap12 the phone is 100 pounds, then 45 British pounds per month for year one, and 23 pounds per month for year two. To swap the phone after a year, a one-off 276-pound payment is required.

    Also, you pay extra for data, and 3GB per month is an additional 15 pounds.

Other deals will surely arrive over time, and we’ll update here with the best ones.

Update: Added in the latest offers on the Galaxy Note 8, including Samsung’s free concert ticket promotion

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