1. luluk's Avatar
    ok so i turned my phone on to use a certain app which i have used and has no purpose in accessing my camera. anyway as soon as i opened the app my phone looked as though it had taken a screenshot. there is no way i could have done it because to do so i would specifically have to press 2 different buttons one on each side of the phone and half the time when i try this i wind up pressing a wrong one anyway. so i looked in my phone gallery for the pic and its not there. so my question is where did this screenshot go cause i would think it had to have gone somewhere and why would my ohone do that because i dont think phones just do things by themselves. at least i didnt think they did but with this new technology maye my phone is smarter than i thought and its actually planning to rule the world or something? just kidding- but serious on the question......i have a galaxy s8 if that makes a difference.
    04-23-2018 08:09 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Do you have the Palm Swipe gesture turned on or off? https://www.androidcentral.com/how-t...shot-galaxy-s8

    Screenshots typically get saved to the /Pictures/Screenshots directory.
    04-23-2018 10:23 AM
  3. luluk's Avatar
    hi ok i checked to see if it waa on and it is so i tried it and of course it worked but there is a difference i noticed. first the picture is in my gallery. second my phone "acted" as it should if i were to take a screen shot-it gave me options on screen to edit or trash etc.....the other did not. it only flashed the screen like it was taking a screenshot picture but no options no nothing just the capture action. hope this makes scence??
    04-23-2018 10:36 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Did you hear the screenshot sound? If not, I wonder if it was just some glitch in the app you opened, and it wasn't really a screenshot being taken.
    04-23-2018 10:51 AM
  5. methodman89's Avatar
    There are quite a few security apps that do what you describe. Check your settings.
    04-23-2018 12:50 PM
  6. GLove22's Avatar
    Hi. Did you figure it out? I have the galaxy note 8 and it appears that my phone takes screenshots too and no pictures are in my gallery.
    07-18-2018 11:47 PM
  7. Ahsan18111's Avatar
    Same thing is happening. I get a screenshot like effect like a screenshot is being taken everytime i open a certain app. But there is no screenshot and nothing in gallery. I own a galaxy s8
    08-18-2018 03:44 PM
  8. rwayne22's Avatar
    I have exactly the same problem with my galaxy note 8. I was out of town on vacation when I first noticed it, had added a couple parking lot apps. Also running Norton Security and Good For Enterprise. Screen "squeezes" for a second like it does when taking a screen shot, but I didn't initiate it, and there's nothing in the Gallery. Does not seem to be tied to running a specific app, seems random. Getting ready to factory reset my phone if I can't find a cause.
    09-06-2018 05:38 PM
  9. the house1's Avatar
    Same thing is happening. I get a screenshot like effect like a screenshot is being taken everytime i open a certain app. But there is no screenshot and nothing in gallery. I own a galaxy s8
    What app are you guys opening
    belodion likes this.
    12-02-2018 02:22 PM
  10. Droid_Lover's Avatar
    My note 5 just did this.. the way I found the pic was using ES file explorer... it's been happening alot apparently... I'm not happy and am wondering which app is doing this...
    12-17-2018 03:08 PM
  11. rebelchic10's Avatar
    My note 5 just did this.. the way I found the pic was using ES file explorer... it's been happening alot apparently... I'm not happy and am wondering which app is doing this...
    My phone has been secretly taking screenshots every time I open it, the screen flashes. I feel like it's taking pictures with my camera or screenshots.

    I wonder if anyone has discovered why this is happening. For me, it didn't start happening until after I installed the last 2 security updates that surprisingly were a day apart of each other.
    Susan Kay1 likes this.
    03-31-2019 12:33 PM
  12. Eddyq's Avatar
    I have an S8 and I'm getting random screenshots too. I have checked the swipe setting and it is turned off. It is not some particular app. Most recently it has happened looking at a video and also got a screenshot of me using the calculator.
    04-27-2019 06:21 PM
  13. owl82's Avatar
    I have an S8 and I'm getting random screenshots too. I have checked the swipe setting and it is turned off. It is not some particular app. Most recently it has happened looking at a video and also got a screenshot of me using the calculator.
    I have noticed this ever since my phone updated a couple weeks ago. S8 Plus on new android 9. This is very suspicious behavior and being the IT guy I am I dug through my phone settings. All camera access to apps is set to denied, no motion gestures enabled either. I have this happening almost every time I unlock my device.

    Here is my concern. There are many people experiencing this same problem and it is unlikely a coincidence. It is more likely something Google has added this as a hidden feature in android 9 or a new feature in 9 that is causing a Samsung app to misbehave. This seems very nefarious to me and I think anyone having this problem should be very concerned, these tech companies have a track record of stealing data from people and using it for their own benefit. It is very likely that this was supposed to be a hidden feature and it is not working as they intended, lucky for us or we may have never known this was happening.

    Talk to your friends and tell them to get on here and post if they are having the same problem. Alone we are nothing to these companies, together we are a voice that cannot be ignored.
    Susan Kay1 and LaVozDelPueblo like this.
    06-05-2019 02:18 PM
  14. Jusagi's Avatar
    I've recently noticed my phone doing the same thing. At first I ignored the sudden flashes, I thought maybe it was a small bug or something but it's been doing that more at random times now. Normally when I take screenshots, it will notify me that I did so but this just flashes and hastily minimizes.
    I'm certing it's a screenshot but it does it really really fast.

    I use a razer phone 2
    06-15-2019 07:03 PM
  15. They named my avatar brendan's Avatar
    I have a galaxy 9. Same problem, I go on certain apps and the screen flashes as if it's copying what's on my screen. Even weirder I was on FB looking at a group page and certain posts would light up, like just the box surrounding individual posts instead of the whole screen. Something is strange.
    09-02-2019 05:52 AM
  16. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Could it be that you have an Accessibility feature on, like TalkBack?
    09-02-2019 10:10 PM
  17. LaVozDelPueblo's Avatar
    Man, im with this guy... very well said i agree with everything you commented. Its not normal, right, nor should it be legal. Though we may not ever put a complete end to it i truly hope we can find one of the sources wether anxxxxx or goxxxx.

    owl82
    Originally Posted by Eddyq
    I have an S8 and I'm getting random screenshots too. I have checked the swipe setting and it is turned off. It is not some particular app. Most recently it has happened looking at a video and also got a screenshot of me using the calculator.
    I have noticed this ever since my phone updated a couple weeks ago. S8 Plus on new android 9. This is very suspicious behavior and being the IT guy I am I dug through my phone settings. All camera access to apps is set to denied, no motion gestures enabled either. I have this happening almost every time I unlock my device.

    Here is my concern. There are many people experiencing this same problem and it is unlikely a coincidence. It is more likely something Google has added this as a hidden feature in android 9 or a new feature in 9 that is causing a Samsung app to misbehave. This seems very nefarious to me and I think anyone having this problem should be very concerned, these tech companies have a track record of stealing data from people and using it for their own benefit. It is very likely that this was supposed to be a hidden feature and it is not working as they intended, lucky for us or we may have never known this was happening.

    Talk to your friends and tell them to get on here and post if they are having the same problem. Alone we are nothing to these companies, together we are a voice that cannot be ignored........ You are right!(la voz)

    man i sure had to revise my comment alot of times till they saw fit.smh
    Libertyvilles likes this.
    12-12-2019 09:41 AM
  18. belodion's Avatar
    man i sure had to revise my comment alot of times till they saw fit.smh
    What happened? Your posts have not been moderated. Sometimes, there is a delay caused by false spam alerts.
    Anyways, welcome aboard.
    12-12-2019 03:55 PM
  19. Libertyvilles's Avatar
    Just found this site and having the same issues. I have disabled cameras in every app. Any fix?

    Yes! This!
    09-19-2021 09:10 AM
  20. belodion's Avatar
    Just found this site and having the same issues. I have disabled cameras in every app. Any fix?
    Welcome.

    I’ve never tried it, but I’m not sure that disabling cameras or denying access to them is relevant. I don’t think that the cameras are involved in screenshotting.
    09-19-2021 09:40 AM
  21. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Just found this site and having the same issues. I have disabled cameras in every app. Any fix?

    Yes! This!
    Welcome to Android Central! This is a 3 year old thread, so it would help if you gave us some of your own details, starting with which device you have.
    J Dubbs likes this.
    09-19-2021 12:34 PM
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