Samsung Galaxy S4 - Tips and Tricks

This is a post with different tips and tricks for the new Samsung Galaxy S4.

How to take a screenshot on Galaxy S4

There is no obvious way to take a screen dump on the Galaxy S4, but there are two methods:

  1. When you want to take a screenshot, swipe your hand across the screen (touching it), from one side to the other. (This also works on the Galaxy S3)
  2. Press and hold the Home button and the Power button, for about one second.

The first method is a bit unreliable, as you might touch something on the screen unintentionally, for example start scrolling, and ruin the screenshot. The second method is the most reliable one.

Coming from the Cyanogenmod 10.1 on Galaxy S3, I guess Im just a bit spoiled with a separate menuitem on the power menu, for taking screenshots.

How to reveal the hidden menu for Developer options on Galaxy S4

On most Android devices, there is a hidden menuitem for developer options, which you can reveal with a simple trick. I have written a post about this before, here, and the steps are almost the same for the Galaxy S4:


  1. Go to Settings -> More -> About device
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen
  3. Press the “Build number” section 7 times.
  4. You will then see a message, and the “Developer options” menu item will become visible in the “More” tab!

In the developer options menu, you can enable debugging, and start develop and test apps on your device.

This also works on the Galaxy S3, although  the settings menu layout is just a bit different.

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