How To Take A Screenshot in Galaxy S2

Taking a screenshot using the Samsung Galaxy S2 works the same way as you do with an iPhone.

Press the home button and the power button together and you should hear a sound of a screenshot being taken. The screen will flash and you should see a text that shows it has been captured and saved.

The image above is a sample screenshot taken from my Samsung Galaxy S2 smart phone.

Note: I had been reading through comments and it is true that different o.s. versions and roms like CyanogenMod have different ways to get a screenshot than when I first had my Galaxy S2.

Someone may have already pointed this out but just in case, you may want to try pressing them sequentially but without any delays:

Press volume down button then press power button. This is what I do with my Cyanogen Mod custom ROM on Jeally Bean 4.2.

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  1. 124 Responses to “How To Take A Screenshot in Galaxy S2”

  2. unfortunatley when pressing and holding the home button on a galaxy running froyo it brings up the task manager screen and when you push the power button the only image you get is the task manager screenshot…what a dum ass way to take a screen shot when the home button already preforms a task when you touch and hold it..this sukks.

    By Ken on Oct 17, 2011

  3. What u have to do is press the home key first and then quickly press the power key…that way task manager doesnt come up

    By wassup on Nov 2, 2011

  4. Hold down the home key
    When task manger shows up, now while holding the home down hit the return key & the task manger disappears.
    Do remember, we have not released the home key yet… Now go ahead and hit the power button….Got it! :-)

    By Deepak Brid on Dec 14, 2011

  5. @deepak: if you rooted your phone, i recommend you install a custom rom like cyanogen mod. the long power press’s menu has a screenshot menu item where you can just tap on it and it will do the rest rather than pressing 2 other buttons just to take a screenshot

    By tech on Dec 14, 2011

  6. Excellent! Works exactly as described in the original post on my [not rooted]S2.

    No issues with task manager popping up, just hold and tap = screenshot saved.

    Thank you for the information.

    By englishpaul on Feb 13, 2012

  7. if u hold the home button down too long task manager does appear. push home key and power button quickly before task manager appears. bobs ur uncle! :)

    By dollydimple on Apr 7, 2012

  8. Works perfectly! Just hold the home and the power button until you hear/see the screenshot :) The screenshot can be found in /sdcard/Pictures/Screenshots/ or in the Gallery in a directory called Screenshots.

    By Roko on Apr 12, 2012

  9. I the system upgraded and now i cant do screen shots! Why?

    By ablue on Jul 17, 2012

  10. Unfortunately when mine updated, it took away my screenshot accessibility!

    By Alyssa on Jul 17, 2012

  11. hi, is your os now ice cream sandwich?

    By admin on Jul 17, 2012

  12. The best way is to hold down the “power” and the “volume down” button at the same time. It works a lot better than using the home screen button

    By emily on Jul 17, 2012

  13. Emily thank you you Rock I couldn’t use my screenshot after my update but the volume thing worked perfectly. ;)

    By Najah on Jul 19, 2012

  14. thanks emily work fine in my android 4.0.3 galasy SII

    By bler on Jul 22, 2012

  15. Thank you Emily, how did you know? Wonderful tip, it worked for me.

    By Frecky on Jul 27, 2012

  16. well i tired dem all and i still cnt use my srceen shot

    By kime on Jul 29, 2012

  17. Are there any other alternatives to do screenshots? Everytime I try Home+Power, all I get is mt lock screen.

    By Ashley on Jul 29, 2012

  18. I just updated it and cant take screen shots like before (like pressing the home button and power button at the same time) is there aby way after updating? Help!!! I use screen shot ALL thentime cause i really need it!

    By yvonne on Jul 31, 2012

  19. Thanks so much Emily!!! Holding the volume down and power worked perfectly!

    By Nila on Jul 31, 2012

  20. Ashley do you know how to read? Press and hold the power and volume down button down until you hear the snapshot noise.

    By Tyler on Jul 31, 2012

  21. my phone has also recently updated. The home+the power button does not work and neither does the home+the volume work. Are there any other ways you can do a screen shot?

    By Laura on Aug 3, 2012

  22. @laura: there are free apps that can take screenshots. try them out.

    By admin on Aug 3, 2012

  23. laura try voldown+home+power ;)

    By JOSE on Aug 5, 2012

  24. My phone did a system update and im not able to screenshot anymore . Why is that????

    By Ashley Johnson on Aug 6, 2012

  25. You have to hold the buttons down longer than before, it used to just snap right away but now you have to hold the buttons for a sec. I liked it better before

    By Mark on Aug 6, 2012

  26. It was way better before, now its longer and doesnt save to the screenshot album

    By samantha on Aug 7, 2012

  27. hold the 2 together works for me!!!

    By james on Aug 9, 2012

  28. Thank you Mark! I

    By lori on Aug 9, 2012

  29. I just updated my galaxy s2 and now it wont do the screenshot using the home and power button… Did itit change? Does anyone know how to do it with the most recent update?

    By kaylee on Aug 9, 2012

  30. ok ive been trying really hard at this and i figured it out. i think the problem for a lot of people is that you used to have to press home and then power. but after the update, mine only works now if i hold down power and THEN press home. so it’s like opposite now. i hope that helped some people!

    By felicity on Aug 10, 2012

  31. oh, and you have to HOLD THEM DOWN. don’t forget! it takes a while to get the hang of it!

    By felicity on Aug 10, 2012

  32. @Mark I finally got it. I tried everything on this list. Thanks!

    By Diana on Aug 13, 2012

  33. it doesbt work for mine after updating. im so fed up.

    By lily on Aug 14, 2012

  34. hi everyone. seems like contrls for taking a screenshot vary from rom to rom. and even until now i wonder why the stock rom does not include a “take screenshot” in the menu when you press the power button.

    regardless, it is better to download apps that take screenshots. there are free ones.

    By admin on Aug 14, 2012

  35. Been playing with mine and holding down the back button (bottom right of your phone) and tapping the home button works every time.

    By Dave on Aug 15, 2012

  36. thanks emily!!!

    By skc on Aug 15, 2012

  37. Can you suggest some apps you believe work well for taking snapshots?

    By Bill on Aug 16, 2012

  38. How do you use screen shoot after the upgrade
    Sprint Samsung Galaxy s2

    By James on Aug 20, 2012

  39. Never mind you just have to hold it for a longer durationand it will snap shot

    By James on Aug 20, 2012

  40. well i know this works, but what if you upgrade your phone how would you take a screenshot then ?

    By lucy on Aug 21, 2012

  41. I figured it out. **** FOR AFTER THE NEW UPDATE FOR THE GALAXY S2**** YOU HOLD THE HOME AND OFF KEY, IT WORKS! Just take’s like 2-3seconds, it varies. Try it! Just hold the keys down together for a little longer than the usual. Hope this helps! (took me ages to figure it out-play with all the different keys)

    By jade on Aug 22, 2012

  42. *****P.S. Holding down the volume (lower volume key) and the off key at the same time also works****

    By jade on Aug 22, 2012

  43. @jade: you know, i really wish samsung would add a menu item “take screenshot” when you press the off key like in other custom roms. the off + home combo is really a hassle

    By admin on Aug 22, 2012

  44. Press the power button then home button really quick.

    By sephora on Aug 24, 2012

  45. sometimes those phone casing makes it hard to do the button presses

    By tech on Aug 27, 2012

  46. you guys have to hold It a lil longerthan before home and power but just hold It longer

    By vivi on Aug 30, 2012

  47. Mine works when I hold power button down at the same time as home button (middle button at bottom of phone).

    By M on Aug 30, 2012

  48. It works! Yaay thanx

    By ashdlight on Aug 30, 2012

  49. After an update my Galaxy 19010 would no longer take a Screenshot using Home and Off – had the same problems as above with Task Manager. Discovered by accident that if I held the Home and Return simultaneously and then Off it took the shot. Hope this is of help for some.

    By TLM on Sep 6, 2012

  50. you have to press home+power at the same time and hold, its a little awkward at first but it’ll work. I just did it after almost throwing it across the room. Same time and hold. i have 4.0.3 and it worked i promise. REMEMBER! PRESS HOME AND POWER AT THE SAME TIME AND HOLD TIL IT SNAPS!! NOT HOME FIRST THEN POWER!!!

    By krazekid707 on Sep 9, 2012

  51. and power + volume down is stupid, dont do that
    >:( it doesnt work at all

    By krazekid707 on Sep 9, 2012

  52. @ krazekid707: the volume down + power button combination works pretty fine in jelly bean.

    ics is not responsive. that is my experience

    By admin on Sep 9, 2012

  53. one last thing, volume down and power works if you have the app screenshot ex

    By krazekid707 on Sep 9, 2012

  54. Thanks so much ! I just got mine yesterday and for everyone that says its not working you have to press and hold the home and power button at the same time ! – btw im using it now

    By Ashley on Sep 10, 2012

  55. I had the same problem and read thru all the posts on here. It is still the same way of home + power, however it has to be at absolutely the same time. A fraction off and it doesn’t work. It is really difficult and almost impossible with a case on.
    With so much more flexibility than the i-phone it is a wonder that even a dull spark at Samsung doesn’t program it in to the menu.

    By Fishman on Sep 11, 2012

  56. @fishman: true, this is one feature that samsung really failed. they should have added a menu item ‘take screenshot’ when you press the power button just like the ones found in some custom roms. even until now they still have not added this one so users can easily take screenshots.

    By admin on Sep 11, 2012

  57. Thaaaaaannnkkkkyoooooooooouuuuuuuuu krazekid 707 <3

    By hamza on Sep 17, 2012

  58. krazekid is the only one in this thread with a brain.

    By yeahhh on Sep 18, 2012

  59. Krazekid. I fucking love you…. Same time. I almost American X curb stomped this thing before I saw the same time comment. Works perfectly.

    By Fortune on Sep 19, 2012

  60. None of these work for my gs2 aft a the ice cream update my screenshot no work no more

    By not on Sep 24, 2012

  61. Unfortunately it does not always work with Icecream sandwich. It has to be at exact same time or else it does not work. It is frustrating.

    I wonder why Samsung does not provide this functionality in simpler manner.

    By Abhishek on Sep 25, 2012

  62. With mine galaxy s2 GT-I9100 its working this way – put the phone on the silent mode first, then push at the same time3(!)buttons volum+home+power. U can find screen shots Myfiles>Pictures>screenshots.i hope it was helpfull informations

    By aseel on Sep 28, 2012

  63. it s not necessary to put the phone on the silent works ,pushing the same time ,for one second ,the butons volume [ down ] and the power.

    By dany on Oct 1, 2012

  64. I just got my S2 on Monday, and none of the solutions seemed to work for me, for the same reasons everyone else was having problems with it. The only way I was able to get it to work (and hopefully it works for anyone else having problems) is to push the home button and the power button at the same time and hold them. The trick with the volume down, home and power works, if you like having every screenshot show that your phone is muted.

    Hope this helps!

    By Jeremy on Oct 3, 2012

  65. I just got a replacement phone now I can’t screenshot for shit some one heeeeeelp

    By Tee on Oct 4, 2012

  66. Thank u @aseel I was becoming weary!!!

    By Trice on Oct 7, 2012

  67. the way i can do it in my current version (which is the newest so far) is to hold down the power button an volume down. MAKE SURE YOU HOLD IT DOWN! :) hope it solves it

    By Jay O on Oct 9, 2012

  68. Thanx to krazekid707 the screen shoot does work how he explained

    By DYoung on Oct 9, 2012

  69. do NOT TAP the home screen button and power button. HOLD them both down for a few seconds and you will see the screens. i have the latest software version. before i upgraded software i just had to tap both simultaneously.

    By Ty on Oct 9, 2012

  70. thankyou so much emily ( all the way up the page) i didnt even bother to read any of the others thank you so much how did you know?

    By alyssa on Oct 13, 2012

  71. in case youguys didnt see hers all you have to do is hold the power button and the volume down button for a few seconds.

    By alyssa on Oct 13, 2012

  72. i also updated my s2 ics.. it is already rooted and everything.. but home+power button still works.. HOWEVER!! PRESS BOTH ON EXACT SAME TIME and HOLD IT FOR 2-3 seconds!! if it’s not at an exact same time, it would only go to task manager

    By msanti on Oct 14, 2012

  73. To the ppl up top, if you complain that it doesn’t work, there’s something wrong with you, not the guy trying to help you. Works great on my s2. Rude ppl these days. Not surprised since the world is going to shit with assholes

    By savvy on Oct 21, 2012

  74. I absolutely LOVE how many people do not actually read threads before posting on them. . . How many different people need to write something like, “I the system upgraded/new phone/software update/yada yada and now i cant do screen shots! Why?”


    By shinshige on Oct 21, 2012

  75. IT does work just press the power button and home button the same time you may have to hold the phone a different way to get it (I had to smh) but what everyone is saying is true

    By Mike T on Oct 23, 2012

  76. in ICS with a Galaxy II it helps to turn off screen rotate first — it still snaps it correctly.

    Then it is nowhere near as awkward or sensitive to hold both power and home.

    Instant feedback after one second … works 100% of the time versus 5% forme when in landscape!

    By Es. Easie on Oct 27, 2012

  77. I have a non-rooted S2 (4.0.3) and I hold my search button and it gives me the option to take a screen shot

    By Nick on Oct 28, 2012

  78. Yes, it works if you hold both keys (Vol-Down Button + Power Button at the same time)

    By kiran on Nov 1, 2012

  79. Thank you so much krazekid707(hope i got that right), i tried everything and seconds before binning my 2 day old phone i found your post, unbelievably the first person who actually explained to press them at the same time! Lifesaver, so much love for you right now! :)

    By lalalolbag on Nov 5, 2012

  80. For all those who used to have the power button plus the volume down button for screenshot working and after the update , it is no longer working.. Please try to hold down the power button for one sec and consecutively press the home button for one second and the screenshot should work

    By Moe on Nov 10, 2012

  81. Guys, it works perfectly. The trick is this; no sooner than you press the Home button, press the Power button and you’ll hear a sound of taking a pic or screenshot. That’s it and it’ll appear in the gallery titled as ‘Screenshots’.


    By mangala on Nov 15, 2012

  82. Ok i have a Samsung galaxy s2 and i cannot get the screenshot to work…even before i upgraded the software from a 2 to 4.0.4 version..when i hold down the home key, my task manager shows and you can’t hit the back button…please help me….email address us

    By teresa on Nov 19, 2012

  83. upgraded users,
    hold the home button n power button simultaneously…it ‘ll work perfectly…

    By Habeeb Rahman on Nov 19, 2012

  84. I tryed everyone’s solutions none worked …what did work for me was holding the back button and then hitting power button

    By Colleen on Nov 21, 2012

  85. I figured out, worked for me, hold the power button, almost immediately (Half a second) then press home button and hold it down together, do not take long for the screenshot.
    Good Luck (I updated aswell)

    By noel on Nov 27, 2012

  86. Nothing works for me =( i did it once by accident. A few weeks ago but I can’t do it again when needed!

    By Crys on Nov 30, 2012

  87. Press and hold the lock button and home screen at the same time. Trust me it works, i promise.

    By rager on Dec 4, 2012

  88. OMG, I’ve tried it so many times and it doesn’t work. Either nothing happens or I get the task manager!

    By Catherine on Dec 7, 2012

  89. I’ve tried every last one of these and none have worked… S2 ICS

    By juanito on Dec 10, 2012

  90. PLEASE HELP. ive tried everything and nothing works

    By Jamal on Dec 17, 2012

  91. push and hold vol down + power. ICS 4.0.4

    By marduk on Dec 18, 2012

  92. krazrkid707 thank you!!

    By Preee on Dec 24, 2012

  93. Got it marduk!

    Good job. Works perfect.

    By Adam on Dec 26, 2012

  94. You press home an power at the same damn time fucking idiots

    By stupid on Dec 29, 2012

  95. Push and hold the power/lock button first THEN hold your home button. Bam. Screenshot at your finger tips. Or just watch it on youtube…hope it helps!

    By Jake on Jan 2, 2013

  96. None of the “push down & hold” methods worked for me so I went to the Samsung website and looked up how to take screen shots – bright idea, right? There is a motion setting under the general settings menu, ensure that it is on (light turns to green). Exit out. Once you have the screen up to shoot, take your hand (palms down) and slide it from left to right. It took me a few tries to get it without going to the next page but it for sure works. If the “hold down” instructino don’t work for you, this is another option!

    By Frances on Jan 4, 2013

  97. Home+power

    By Od on Jan 6, 2013

  98. Its Not Working For Me :/ Anything Else? Really Need To Know.

    By SimplyAlexis on Jan 15, 2013

  99. @simplyalexis: it would help if you mention your o.s. version and what kind like if it is stock rom or custom rom.

    By admin on Jan 15, 2013

  100. Worked perfectly for me Thanks!!!! :0)

    By simplyme on Jan 16, 2013

  101. I recently got a new GS2 from warranty and none of the screenshot apps work on the device and I’ve tried all the above and nothing seems to work. I had an app on the phone I returned that work with no problem from the notification bar but I can’t find it in the app store… how do I root my device?

    By jenise on Jan 30, 2013

  102. @jenise: google for how to root s2.

    By admin on Jan 30, 2013

  103. Thanks!!!

    By jenise on Jan 31, 2013

  104. For those who got warranty replacement like my self the screen shot is the same way its just that before pressing home+power it would screen shot instantly. Try doing it but hold it down a second longer and it’ll work

    By jorge on Feb 5, 2013


    By pedro on Feb 7, 2013

  106. Using version OS 4.0.4.
    I tried the hold Power and then quickly pressing the home icon method at same time and it works. I had to try it a few times to figure that out as before the Task Screen would come up. Grrrr! So as long as you hold the power button first and then quickly press home icon at same time and holding, you will then see the screen show it is saving the screen.
    I tried the palm down slide, but couldn’t make that work. I understand that option works on the S3 phone.

    By Gary on Mar 2, 2013

  107. I found that pressing the power button and then the home screen worked for me

    By krystal on Mar 14, 2013

  108. I have the Samsung Galaxy S II. I upgraded to the ICS and could not take a screenshot anymore. I tried using the home and power button and task manager would continually show up.
    I figured out how to make it work. I held the power key first (maybe a half second) then select the home key and it works like a charm. Hope this can help someone else. :-)

    By Roxanne on Mar 17, 2013

  109. I used to be able to take screenshots on my phone but when my phone started acting crazy i got it fixed and now i cant snapshot anymore any advice???

    By Amya on Apr 3, 2013

  110. Everytime i hold the volume button it always turn my phpme on lock or sometimes the box come up with the airplane mode

    By dominique on Apr 4, 2013

  111. @jade it worked! thanks a ton!

    By nick on Apr 8, 2013

  112. Thank you SO much!!! I’m always accidentally deleting shortcuts on my phone and can’t remember what was there. It’s one of the joys of having a touch screen. Now this solves my problem cuz I can figure out what I deleted. Thanks again. I liked this on FB and +1’d it. That’s how happy I am to have this little bit of knowledge.

    By Lisa on Apr 11, 2013

  113. All holding the home and power down at same time does for me is turn my phone off. Tried the volume and power and the back and volume at same time. Nothing works for me, I am trying to take a screenshot of a text.

    By Susan on Apr 13, 2013

  114. ok, took the case off and now it takes screenshot but not of the text,its the task manager screen.

    By Susan on Apr 13, 2013

  115. I just downloaded screenshot ultimate and its working like a charm!!

    By Susan on Apr 14, 2013

  116. Hold ur volume down + lock + homescreen

    Thank you guys enjoy

    By jinny Y

    By i figured it out on Apr 15, 2013

  117. Hold the home button and power button down for 3 sec at the same time and it will screenshot.

    By Lisa on Jun 13, 2013

  118. Press the power button 1st tho.

    By Lisa on Jun 13, 2013

  119. thank you so much lisa!!!

    By amanda on Jun 15, 2013

  120. All you have to do is press the home button and then the power butten but keep your finger on them both for about 2 seconds it will work

    By george on Jul 9, 2013

  121. Jessica you are a legend, for my homies that didn’t work it out with the stupid update all you have to do is hold the home and power button for like 3 secpnds don’t actually count its just roughly and when you do the screenshot it will tell yoi

    By Killian Azri on Jul 14, 2013

  122. Sounds easy! Thanks for the info!!! :) :)

    By Siham on Jul 29, 2013

  123. Thank you guys, It work for me :)

    By Android activity on Jul 31, 2013

  124. Wow. After more than a dozen attempts, the trick was taking *OFF* the stupid cell phone *CASE* (expose the off button) and then clicking on the home and power. Ugh. It would not work pressing the power button thru the case though. Oy Vey!!!!!

    By Hollywood on Oct 4, 2014

  125. lol

    By blogmeister on Oct 4, 2014

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