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The screen will quickly flash and a small toolbar will display at the bottom of your screen, including a tiny preview of the saved capture and options for editing the image.


Swipe Your Hand Across the Display

Another way to take screenshots on the Samsung Galaxy A51 is to swipe the side of your hand across the screen, either from right to left or left to right—it’s your call.


For this method, you will use the pinky side of your hand and slowly glide it across the screen, taking a second or two to gradually slide it from one edge to the other. If the phone successfully recognizes your action, you will see the same kind of flash followed by a panel with options.


Use a Voice Assistant

If you use Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant or the Google Assistant on your phone, you can also use either option to quickly capture an image from your screen on demand.


For Bixby, depending on how your phone is configured, you may need to press and hold the power button for a moment, or quickly double-click the power button. Once the Bixby prompt pops up at the bottom of the screen, simply say, “Take a screenshot.


For Google Assistant, swiping up from either bottom corner of the screen will bring up the prompt, and you can say, “Take a screenshot” to yield the same result.


How to Edit Your Screenswarm

With any of the above methods, you’ll see the aforementioned screen flash and then a small toolbar will appear at the bottom of your Galaxy A51’s screen. This is where you can expand and edit the screenshot, as desired.


On the left side, just to the right of the circular preview of the screenshot, is an icon that shows downward-pointing arrows. This option lets you expand the screenshot to capture parts of the app that aren’t currently in view. This is helpful for capturing an entire website or conversation, for example. Tap the button as many times as needed to capture another part of the app.


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The center icon with a little pencil lets you quickly edit the screenshot, crop the size and dimensions of the image, annotate the image with digital doodles, and erase potentially sensitive information and data. Once edited, tap the downward-pointing arrow on the right side of the toolbar to save the final image.


There’s also a hashtag icon for giving your screenshot a tag (like #family or #puppy, for example) to make it easier to sort and find later, plus a share icon for sending the image via text message, email, chat apps, and other services.

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Go to Settings > Advanced Features to enable or disable the Palm Swipe To Capture option. Tap Screenshots and screen recorder to change additional settings, like the default format for screenshots.


The steps are the same as the Samsung A51. Press Power+volume down, swipe your hand across the screen horizontally, or tell Bixby to “Take a screenshot.”