You can save a picture of someone’s words, test designs, or capture a funny or important moment with a screenshot. You’ve probably noticed, though, that there’s no button or app on the iPhone for taking screenshots. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done, though. You just need to know the trick you’ll learn in this article.
These instructions can be used to take a screenshot on any model of iPhone (except the iPhone X – see below), iPod touch, or iPad that’s running iOS 2.0 or higher (which is basically all of them. That version of the iOS was released in 2008). You can’t take screenshots on iPod models other than the iPod touch because they don’t run iOS.
How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone and iPad
To capture an image of your iPhone’s screen, follow these steps:
- Begin by getting whatever you want to take a screenshot of onto the screen of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This could mean browsing to a particular website, opening a text message, or simply getting to the correct screen in one of your apps
- Find the Home button at the center of the device and the on/off button on the right side of the iPhone 6 series and up. It’s at the top right on all other models of the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Press both buttons at the same time. This can be a little tricky at first: If you hold Home too long, you’ll activate Siri. Hold on/off too long and the device will go to sleep. Try it a few times and you’ll get the hang of it.
- When you press the buttons correctly, the screen flashes white and the phone plays the sound of a camera shutter. This means you’ve successfully taken a screenshot.
How to Take a Screenshot on the iPhone X
On the iPhone X, the screenshot process is totally different. That’s because Apple has removed the Home button from the iPhone X entirely. Don’t worry, though: the process is still easy if you follow these steps:
- Get the content onto the screen that you want to take a screenshot of.
- At the same time, press the Side button (formerly known as the sleep/wake button) and the volume up button.
- The screen will flash and the camera noise will sound, indicating that you’ve taken a screenshot.
- A thumbnail of the screenshot also appears in the bottom left corner if you want to edit it. If you do, tap it. If not, swipe it off the left edge of the screen to dismiss it (it’s saved either way).
Taking a Screenshot on the iPhone 7 and 8 Series
Taking a screenshot on the iPhone 7 series and the iPhone 8 series is a little trickier than on earlier models. That’s because the Home button on those devices is a bit different and more sensitive. That makes the timing of pressing the buttons slightly different.
Where to Find Your Screenshot
Once you’ve taken a screenshot, you’re going to want to do something with it (probably share it), but in order to do that, you need to know where it is. Screenshots are saved to your device’s built-in Photos app.
To view your screenshot:
- Tap the Photos app to launch it.
- In Photos, make sure you’re on the Albums screen. If you’re not there, tap the Albums icon in the bottom bar.
- Your screenshot can be found in two places: the Camera Roll album at the top of the list or, if you scroll all the way to the bottom, an album called Screenshots that contains every screenshot you take.
Now that you’ve got the screenshot saved in your Photos app, you can do the same things with it as with any other photo. That means texting, emailing, or posting it on social media. You can also sync it to your computer or delete it. To share the screenshot:
- Open Photos if it’s not already open.
- Find the screenshot in Camera Roll or the Screenshots album. Tap it.
- Tap the sharing button at the bottom left corner (the box with the arrow coming out of it)
- Select the app you want to use to share the screenshot.
- That app will open and you can complete sharing in whatever way works for that app.
If you like the idea of taking screenshots, but want something a little more powerful and feature-rich check out these screenshot apps:
- Awesome Screenshot for Safari – Free – This app only works in the Safari web browser, but it lets you annotate and share screenshots.
- Screenshot – Frame Maker – Free, with in-app purchases – This app frames your screenshot so that it appears to be displayed on the screen of an iPhone or iPad.
- Screenshot++ – A powerful tool for organizing and finding screenshots. Tag and favorite screenshots, search for them and get at-a-glance stats about your screenshots.