Taking screenshots is more or less a daily part of our lives now. Be it for showing something cool to friends, or, you know, proof for certain things and stuff. So, it's no wonder that so many people are asking us how to screenshot on the Note 10, which is still Samsung's latest Note flagship.
In truth, there are multiple ways of taking a screenshot on Samsung devices. So, if you already know how to do it from a previous Samsung device, chances are that you're not going to learn a lot of new stuff here. As for the rest of you, well, keep on reading!
How to Screenshot on the Note 10 With Buttons
By default, Samsung devices, including the Galaxy Note 10, give you the option of taking a screenshot by using a combination of buttons. In this case, all you have to do is press the power button and the volume down button simultaneously.
After a screenshot is taken, the screen flashes to let you know that it has been successfully done. You should also get a few quick options for sharing the picture with others or to edit it.
Keep in mind that you should only tap on the buttons—not hold them down. Cause if you do, that's only going to either bring up the power menu or Bixby depending on how your phone is set up.
Also, you don't necessarily need to edit the screenshot on the spot. There is always the option of dismissing the tools that come up after taking the screenshot and editing the image later on.
And that's about all there is to taking a screenshot with the Note 10 by using the hard buttons.
Take a Screenshot With Bixby
Bixby is Samsung's proprietary voice assistant. It offers tons of usual features and can be of help in various ways and screenshots are only a small part of it.
To take a screenshot with Bixby, all you have to do is:
- Make sure that Bixby has already been set up
- Say, "Hi, Bixby"
- Then say, "Take a screenshot"
This should make Bixby take a screenshot for you with all the options that you get by taking a "normal" screenshot. This can come in handy if you're laying in bed or even if you just feel too lazy to use the power buttons or any of the other methods that require you to do something with your hands.
Use the "Palm Swipe" Feature
All Samsung devices come with a "palm swipe" feature which should be enabled by default. In case you're not familiar with it, palm swipe is exactly that, you swiping your palm over the screen of the Note 10 to take a screenshot.
This can come in handy if the phone is placed down on a surface—which makes it harder to use the power buttons. Alternatively, there is always the option of using Bixby but not all of us feel comfortable with talking to our phone. Not to mention there are times when you need to be quiet anyway.
If you don't like this feature, there is always the option of disabling it by going to:
- Scroll down to "Advanced features"
- Motions and gestures
- Palm Swipe
- Then turn it off if you don't want it
Keep in mind that this feature shouldn't affect battery life. It mostly relies on the touch-screen which is always working when the display is turned on anyway. So, if it doesn't interfere with daily usage in any way, then chances are you don't have a reason to ever touch it.
How to Screenshot On Note 10 With More Sophisticated Features
If you're only interested in taking simple screenshots, then you're more or less already covered. You could also try checking out some of the 3rd party apps that we are going to mention later on. But, that's more or less all there is to taking a screenshot.
However, if you need more details, such as keeping notes or extending your screenshot over a website, then you're going to need something more than that.
Thankfully, Samsung already provides us with everything we need. You just need to know how to use their features. So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!
1: Use "Scroll Capture"
One of the main disadvantages of "normal" screenshots is that they only capture what's currently on the screen. Well, I guess that's why they are called screen-shots, but that's still not optimal if you wish to capture anything else that resides outside of what you can currently see.
"Scroll capture" solves that issue by taking a screenshot not only of your current screen but also on whatever else there is down below. And that's very useful for capturing a blog post such as this one, a conversation, or anything like that.
To use scroll capture:
- Take a normal screenshot at the top of the screen that you want to capture with any of the methods that we've already mentioned above
- Press on the "scroll capture" button at the bottom of the screen
- And keep on holding it down or tapping it until you have everything that you need in a single screenshot
Of course, this will require you to zoom in and scroll down in order to go through the whole screenshot afterward. But, we'd say it's often a better solution than taking multiple normal screenshots instead and then swapping between them.
2: Use Smart Select
Capturing whole blog posts, conversations, or anything like that is great and everything. However, there is no doubt that there are also times when we need to capture less—not more.
In cases like these, you can either first capture the screenshot—then crop it—or you can also just use Smart select and only capture whatever you're after in the first place!
In case you're not familiar with it, Smart select is one of the Edge panels that you can use on Note devices. There more widgets to choose from like contacts, clipboards, and more. But, in this case, Smart select is the one thing that you should be looking for.
First things first, in order to use Smart select, you must first enable the Edge panels. To do that, head over to:
- Edge screen
- And toggle "Edge panels"
Make sure to only choose Smart select. If you want multiple options, then you'll have to swipe between them every time you bring the Edge panel up.
After that's done, simply swipe left to bring up the Edge screen, then take an oval or rectangle screenshot. Again, if you have multiple widgets enabled, then you'll have to swipe through them to find Smart select.
Once the screenshot is taken, you can also add notes—preferably by using the S Pen. Speaking of the S Pen, why don't we mention a thing or two about it as well?
3: How to Take a Screenshot on the Note 10 With the S Pen
It's not uncommon for people to take screenshots of conversations, books, blog posts, or anything that may include text and specific points of attention. And when you have multiple screenshots like these to read through, being able to tell what's worth focusing on is definitely something that comes in handy. This is one of the most useful functions of the S Pen.
By using that's called "Screen write", you can use the S Pen of your Note 10 to capture a screenshot then highlight text, write notes, point somewhere with an arrow, or anything else that you may come up with.
To do that, simply pull out the S Pen out of your phone, and once the Air Command comes up, just tap on "Screen write".
If the Air Command doesn't come up automatically, simply pressing the button on your S Pen should do the trick. And that's about it. Once Screen write is open, you're free to do whatever you want.
How to Screenshot on Note 10 Devices With 3rd Party Apps
There's no denying that Samsung devices, including the Note 10, already come with tons of options for taking screenshots. But, at the same time, one of the biggest advantages that Android offers is customizability and additional options. So, why not take advantage of it?
If you're not satisfied with Samsung's offerings, or if you feel like there's room for improvement, definitely check out a few more options at the Google Play Store.
There are plenty of screenshot apps to choose from and each one of them comes with its own pros and cons. But, one of our favorite ones is Screenshot Easy.
It offers plenty of options to take a screenshot—some of which are not found on Samsung's software. For example, the floating button, notification, and "shake" are all options that you don't commonly find anywhere else.
And that is only one app. There are hundreds of others to choose from. So, feel free to experiment with them.
Why Are Screenshots Blurry?
The answer to this question may be a bit more complicated than you were probably expecting.
See, our display sort of forms images thanks to pixels—thousands of tiny dots that are combined together to create an image. The more pixels that you have, the sharper and better that the image is going to look. On the other hand, the fewer pixels that you have, the blurrier the image.
That is also why the size of a screen directly affects image quality. A phone with a 6-inch, 1080P display is generally going to look much sharper than a 30-inch monitor with the same resolution. That's because by increasing the screen size without also increasing the pixels, you're effectively reducing the PPI (Pixels Per Inch) count and that's what makes the end result worse.
This is also what often happens with blurry screenshots. You capture a small part of the screen that looks just fine as it is. But, when you bring it up as a full image, you start noticing that it's blurry. That's because just like with the previous example, you are increasing the size without increasing the pixel count.
When it comes to computers, you can often get around this issue by increasing the resolution either on the hardware or software level. In smartphones, however, there's not much that we can do about it.
If we're talking about capturing a specific part of a picture, you can try zooming in before taking the screenshot. But, that's about it.
Are Screenshots Safe?
If you're worried about your personal data, screenshots are more or less as safe as anything else on your phone. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to you to decide.
And by that, we mean that plenty of companies and websites do already have some level of access to our data—which includes both Google and Samsung. Not to mention ISPs. Taking some screenshots isn't going to change a lot. But, do always be careful with the apps that you choose to install on your phone, even if they are from Google Play.
That's more or less all you need to know on how to take screenshots on Note 10 devices. If there's something that you're struggling to understand, feel free to let us know about it in the comments.
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