I've been trying to take screenshots on my Samsung Galaxy A3 by using both the "home + lock" key combination and the "volume down + lock" key combination, and neither have worked. I don't want to install a Screenshot app on my device.

Does anyone know how to take screenshots on it without downloading any type of Screen Capture, Screen Grab, or Screenshot app?

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    Based from here, it seems you have already used the correct combination "Home + Power". Maybe you didn't hold it for enough time?
    – Andrew T.
    Mar 17, 2015 at 17:00
  • A3 in this Case, not S3...
    – Chy
    Mar 17, 2015 at 17:42

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Try holding Power + Home together a few moments. it works on all Samsung phones.

Also there's an alternative solution which works only on Samsung and Android 4.0+ phones (has to be activated in Settings > My device [tab] > Motions and gestures > Palm motion > Capture screen). It works by Swiping screen with the side of your hand.


Have you tried Home+Volume Down? My other idea would be that you did not hold the combinations you tried for long enough.

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