How to Take a Screenshot on iOS

How to Take a Screenshot on iOS in 4 Simple Ways

If you want to learn How to Take a Screenshot on iOS, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out more!

Taking a screenshot on iOS is a handy skill to have especially when there’s something you want to save from a webpage, or Instagram onto your iPhone. 

Thankfully, taking a screenshot on iOS is an easy task and is not complicated whatsoever.

This article will cover the various methods you can use to take a screenshot on iOS devices. I will even include a section on how to record a video of your iPhone screen.

So, what are you waiting for, let’s begin!

There are three methods i’m going to cover today, namely

  • How to Take a Screenshot using the Home Button
  • How to Take a Screenshot without the Home Button
  • How to Take a Screenshot using AssistiveTouch
  • Take a Screenshot using the Apple Logo

Recommended Read: How to Take a Screenshot on Android

How to Take a Screenshot on iOS

How to Take a Screenshot using the Home Button

Older iPhone models, from the Series 4 till the 8 Plus all come with Home buttons which you can use to take a screenshot on your iPhone. 

To take a screenshot using the Home button, if you have one of these iPhone models, then follow these steps

How to Take a Screenshot on iOS
  • Open the app you want to take a screenshot of
  • Press the power button on the right side of the phone and then the Home button at the same time

The screen will flash and you will be able to see a floating icon in the bottom left corner of your display.

You can edit the screenshot by tapping on it or you can leave the icon be and it will disappear on its own.

You can then find the screenshot in the Photos app on your iPhone if you want to edit or share the file with anyone.

How to Take a Screenshot without the Home Button

For those with the new models of iPhone, you can take a screenshot using Face ID instead of the Touch ID button. You can do this on iPhone models that do not have a physical Home button or Menu button.

To take a screenshot of your iPhone without a Home Button, follow these steps

How to Take a Screenshot on iOS
  • Open the app you want to take a screenshot of
  • Press the power button on the right side of the iPhone and the volume up button at the same time.

The screen will flash and you will be able to see a floating icon in the bottom left corner of your display.

You can edit the screenshot by tapping on it or you can leave the icon be and it will disappear on its own.

You can then find the screenshot in the Photos app on your iPhone if you want to edit or share the file with anyone.

How to Take a Screenshot using AssistiveTouch

Since most iPhone users find the button combinations a bit tricky to use, you can use an easier method by enabling the Assistive Touch feature on your iPhone.

The AssistiveTouch option lets you create custom commands for different gesture actions. 

For example, you can set either Single-tap, double tap, long press or 3D touch to take a screenshot on your iPhone. But in order to get access to this feature, you must enable Assistive Touch from your Settings app.

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  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and then navigate to Accessibility
  • Tap on the option labeled Touch and then click on AssistiveTouch
    • You can enable this feature by tapping the toggle switch at the top of the page
  • Now that you have enabled AssistiveTouch, you can go ahead and choose the  custom action you want.
    • Tap on the option labeled Double Tap and then choose Screenshots from the list of commands
  • Now, every time you double tap on a particular page, iOS will automatically capture the screen and the file will be saved in the Photos app.

Take a Screenshot using the Apple Logo

How to Take a Screenshot on iOS

Unbeknownst to most, with the new iOS 14 update, users are now able to take screenshots of their screen by simply tapping the Apple logo at the back of the iPhone. 

How to Take a Screenshot on iOS

Not many know about this update simply because everyone uses cases on their iPhone’s to protect the device from damage.

How to View the Screenshots on your iPhone

To view your screenshots on your iPhone is quite simple, just open the Photos app on the iPhone and select the Screenshots folder.

Now select the image you want to open and you can edit, share and delete any screenshot from the list.

How to Convert Screenshot Formats on iPhone and iPad?

Apple’s iOS saves screenshots in PNG format, but at times depending on the software version you’re running, screenshots can even be saved in JPG. 

However, if you have taken screenshots and they have been saved in PNG and you want to convert the files to JPG. then launch your Photos app and then select the screenshot you want to convert. 

Click on Export image and then select JPG from the file list and save the file. You will now be able to transfer the same screenshot as a JPG file instead of a PNG file. 

What Can I Use a Screenshot for?

There are a number of reasons why taking a screenshot on your iOS device is a good idea.

  • Some photos can be captured directly onto your phone from any web page without having to download the image by tapping on the image and clicking on Download image. Some web pages do not permit downloading their images, so taking a screenshot will be a good idea to save a copy of any image on the internet.
  • Since the screenshot feature on iOS devices is not tied to any specific app, you can take screenshots on your iPhone or iPad of pretty much anything. Regardless of whether you’re on Instagram or on Whatsapp.
  • You can take screenshots of any social media post that you think may be deleted later. 
  • Taking a screenshot  is a great way of using an image from any platform as your wallpaper. 
  • You can also use the screenshot function to share problems that you’re facing on your iPhone or iPad. This is especially useful when you’re facing technical issues and need to raise a ticket or contact the support team.

FAQ’s

How long does the thumbnail icon stay on the screen?

The thumbnail icon will stay on the display for 5-6 seconds before disappearing. You can either ignore the thumbnail or swipe it with your finger to close it on your iOS device.

What is the file size of a screenshot on iPhone and iPad?

The size of the screenshots you take depends on the resolution and whether or not it’s a standard screenshot or a scrollable one. Simple screenshots are generally around 900kb, but devices like the iPhone 12 and above running iOS 15, each screenshot will be roughly 4MB.

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