Taking a screenshot is one of the easiest things you can do with your smartphone. On Samsung Galaxy S22, all you need to do is press the volume down and power keys to take a quick screenshot. Using the popup toolbar at the bottom, you can either extend the screenshot to cover multiple pages or quickly edit it before saving. Oftentimes, users report that their Galaxy S22 is unable to take a screenshot. In this article, we bring you the top ways to fix the ‘Samsung Galaxy S22 screenshot not working’ issue.
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Certain apps on your Galaxy S22 restrict it from taking a screenshot when they are running on the screen. You will run into this issue with OTT apps like Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, and others. Apart from apps, Chrome’s Incognito window also doesn’t allow you to take screenshots. If you were issued the smartphone by your institution/workplace then the feature to screenshot may inherently be locked.
Restart your phone
Restarting your smartphone is the quickest way to fix any background issues or bugs. A quick restart should be the first step you take in fixing any problem you come across on your smartphone. To restart your Samsung Galaxy S22, simply press and hold the power button and then select ‘Restart’ from the screen.
Take a screenshot from the drop-down menu
Your S22 may not be taking screenshots due to a faulty volume or power key. A quick workaround to this issue is taking a screenshot from the drop-down menu. Simply go to the page you want to screenshot and swipe down from the status bar. Select the screenshot tile. This will take a screenshot of the page under the drop-down menu. Certain smartphones running previous versions of Android also allow you to take a screenshot from the app switcher.
Take a screenshot using Google Assistant
Another really handy way of taking a screenshot on your Galaxy S22 is by asking Google Assistant to do it. This does not require using any physical buttons at all. It is also a great way of taking a screenshot while you’re driving, so as to not get distracted by your phone. Simply say “OK Google, take a screenshot” and let Google Assistant do the rest.
Check the storage space
If your Samsung Galaxy S22’s storage space is at full capacity, it won’t be able to take a screenshot since there’s no place to store it. To take a screenshot, clear up the storage space by going to Settings>Battery and device care>Storage. You will find a detailed breakdown of your phone’s storage space there.
Take a screenshot in Safe Mode
Rebooting your phone in Safe Mode confirms whether the issue you are experiencing is related to a third-party app or not. If you are able to take a screenshot in Safe Mode it means that one of the third-party apps is probably keeping you from taking one in regular mode. To enter Safe Mode, press and hold the power button and volume down button. Once the power menu pops up on the screen, press and hold the power icon until the Safe Mode option shows up. Once you enter Safe Mode, take a screenshot using the volume down and power keys.
Use a third-party app
There are several third-party apps you can use to take a screenshot on your phone. Apps like Assistive Touch overlay a convenient icon on your screen to access all the important functions and apps. You can edit these functions to include taking a quick screenshot. Other apps like Screenshot Touch and Screenshot Easy are specialised towards taking and editing screenshots using different customisable gestures and touches.
Enable media storage
Step 1: Go to Settings and select Apps.
Step 2: Tap the filter and sort icon next to Your apps.
Step 3: Switch on the toggle bar for Show system apps.
Step 4: Scroll down and select Media Storage.
Step 5: If it is disabled, select Enable.
Perform a factory reset
Step 1: Go to Settings, scroll down and select General Management.
Step 2: Tap on Reset.
Step 3: Select Factory data reset.
Step 4: Scroll down and tap on Reset.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why can I not take screenshots on my Samsung Galaxy S22?
Certain apps restrict you from taking screenshots of their pages. This includes Chrome’s Incognito window. Your phone may also stop taking screenshots if its physical buttons are faulty or if its internal storage is at peak capacity.
How do I fix my phone if it isn’t taking screenshots?
If your phone isn’t taking screenshots, make sure there’s enough space in the device’s internal memory. Restart your phone in Safe Mode to figure out whether the issue is related to a third-party app.
How do I take a screenshot without using buttons?
To take a screenshot without using buttons, simply tap the Screenshot tile in the Quick Settings Menu. You can also take a screenshot using Google Assistant.
These are the top ways to fix the ‘Samsung Galaxy S22 screenshot not working’ issue. If you decide to perform a factory reset on your phone, back up all your data as you will lose it in the process. If you cannot take a screenshot even after performing a factory reset, take your S22 to an authorised service centre for further diagnosis.
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