3 Ways To Take a Screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy A12

Learn how to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy A12 (SM-A125F). If you are like most users, you probably take a lot of screenshots on your phone for various reasons. Maybe you want to show something to your friends, or maybe you just want to save something for later. No matter what, taking screenshots is a very important feature that all Android phones have, including the Galaxy A12.

If you have just gotten a brand new Samsung Galaxy A12, you might be wondering how to take a screenshot. Most Samsung phones have the same or similar methods for taking screenshots. If you have used a Galaxy device before, you might be familiar with this article. If not, go ahead learn how to take a screenshot.

How To Take a Screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung has included three different methods that users can use to take a screenshot on the Galaxy A12. The first method, which is also the most popular one, is the traditional way of pressing two hardware keys at the same time. The two other methods include Samsung’s own software to make it even easier.

1. Galaxy A12 Screenshot – Hardware Keys

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The first method to take a screenshot on your Galaxy A12 is to use the physical keys located on the side of the phone. This is the traditional method that is used the most.

Grab your phone, press the power button, and volume down button at the same time. Do not release the keys until the screen flashes white. This indicates that a screenshot has been taken. After the screen flashes white, a small menu bar will appear at the bottom of the screen. The menu will have three buttons. The first button is to edit and crop the image. The second button is to enable Scroll Capture, while the third button is to share the image on social media.

2. Galaxy A12 Screenshot – Palm Swipe to Capture

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If for some reason the first method does not work due to broken buttons or some other issue, then you take a screenshot on your Galaxy A12 using the “Palm Swipe to Capture” feature. This is Samsung’s solution and does not require any hardware button.

To enable Palm Swipe, go to Settings -> Advanced Features -> Motions and Gestures. There will be an option called Palm swipe to capture. It is disabled by default. Tap on it to enable. Now swipe your hand across the screen to take a screenshot. The phone will vibrate to indicate that the task has been accomplished.

3. Galaxy A12 Screenshot – Assistant Menu

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If you want something easier to work with, then you can try Assistant Menu. This is the last resort if all the hardware keys of your Galaxy A12 are broken and nothing else works for you.

To enable Assistant Menu, go to Settings > Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity and tap on the Assistant menu. A small circle will appear. Tap on the circle. A  number of options will appear. Tap on Screenshots. The screen will flash white, indicating that a screenshot has been taken.

These are some ways you can take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy A12. It is nice of Samsung to include a few software features to be able to take screenshots when the hardware buttons are broken. Do you have any other ways to take a screen capture? Let us know below.


  1. Why 1st method doesn’t work and why I don’t have a palm swipe to capture??
    And I found 3rd method complicated to use

  2. apparently, it’s the volume button (not the volume-down button) in combination with the power button. And don’t press and wait for the screenshot to appear. It has to be a quick, simultaneous finger-press and the screenshot appears in a second. hope this helps.

    • Thanks, finally got it to work. Long hold just shuts down the phone. Also, there are 2 versions of the A12…mine doesn’t show same menues as described either (no palm swipe option, for one…) Older version with keys on opposite sides was much easier to execute.

  3. I don’t see palm swipe and option 3 doesn’t appear on my Samsung A12 either … so I cannot use the assistant to screen capture. When zooming in with two fingers, it is hard to screen capture at the same time 🙁

  4. The first option of quick press and release of volume down and power button worked very well. Second option there is no swipe capture option and the third options its like i’m trying to square a circle.

  5. Only the third works for me. No amount of pressing buttons works and the option to activate the swipe is not in settings as explained. I have managed to do it with the accessibility button but it is a bit of a nuisance as the button is now always on the screen. Thanks anyway – better to have found a way than not but much easier on my previous phone where I used the button pressing method.

  6. Seems really stupid to swipe your palm down the screen! Doesn’t it move the screen as well? Just asking for a friend! 🤣

  7. Thanks so much for this !! Upgraded my phone this week & couldn’t work the screenshot. Kept turning phone off no matter how quick or careful I tried. Now using the 3rd method, so much easier, why didn’t they include that in the 90+ page manual 😳

  8. My phone is new and the side buttons work fine but after many tries I couldn’t get the two buttons (volume down and power) to work for a screen shot as you outline for method 1. For method 2, my menus are different and there is no “Palm swipe to capture” option on the “Motions and gestures” tab. I used your third method to place the “Assistant menu” on my home screen and that works well. Thank you!


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