I have a stock Samsung Galaxy S4 fresh from the Google Play Store, and I can't get this phone to take a screen shot using the power and home button method. Without using an app, what else should I try to fix the problem?

  • Try volume down + power button (you need to press them at the exact same time, otherwise it won't work) – Matthieu Harlé Aug 4 '13 at 9:56
  • possible duplicate of How to take a screenshot with an Android device? – geffchang Aug 4 '13 at 10:03
  • Afraid that's not working for me either I just get my volume lowered and my home screen – jth41 Aug 4 '13 at 11:51
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    If you got your home screen, were you pressing volume down + home? It's volume down + power. – Dan Hulme Aug 4 '13 at 12:19
  • Sorry I meant to say Google now. I use it enough to call it home :) and yes I am sure it was volume down and home – jth41 Aug 4 '13 at 12:46

I would try (volume down + power button). You need to press them at the exact same time, otherwise it won't work. Also make sure you hold it down for a few seconds.


There is another way to take a screenshot without an app according to this article.

  1. Open Settings -> Motion
  2. Scroll down to Hand motion
  3. Enable Palm swipe to capture
  • That does not apply to the Stock version from the Play store. – jth41 Aug 8 '13 at 13:39

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