How to take a screenshot on iphone

Want to show off your high scores in a game, or send a funny conversation to a friend or share a favorite moment from a video, or any other still? All you have to do is take a screenshot and share! Here is a detailed article on how to take a screenshot on iPhone.

Step 1: First navigate to your screen and organize it the way you want it to be captured. ( Suppose you want to take a screenshot of  a location on Maps. Open Maps–> Point on the desired location–> Make sure its visible)

How to take a screenshot on iPhone
Taking screenshots in iPhone

Step 2: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (located on the top right edge of the device) and simultaneously press the home button (at the bottom, in the middle)

Step 3: You will see a subtle white flash over the screen and hear the camera shutter sound (if the ringer is ON). This is when you know your screenshot has been taken.

Step 4: The screenshot can be accessed from the Photos folder on the Home Screen.

Step 5: Scroll down until you find your screenshot.

How to take a screenshot on iPhone


Alternate Method:

In case your Sleep/Wake or Home buttons are broken, you can use the Assistive Touch Floating Button to take a screenshot.

Step 1: On the Home Screen, tap the Settings icon.

How to take a screenshot on iPhone

Step 2: Navigate through General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch.

How to take a screenshot on iPhone

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Screenshot iPhone

Step 3:  Turn the switch ON, so that it is green now.

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Step 4: You will now see a black translucent square lurking around one of the screen edges.

How to use the Assistive Touch to take a screenshot on iPhone?

Step 1: Navigate to the screen whose screenshot you want to take.

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Taking screenshots in iPhone

Step 2: Tap the black square.

Step 3: Navigate through Device > More. Tap the Screenshot option.

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screenshot iphone 5

Step 4: Your screenshot would be automatically taken and saved in the Photos app.

By now you would have learnt how to take a screenshot on iPhone 🙂  Keep doing it frequently & in no time you would be taking screenshots eyes closed!


How to keep a track of all the previously taken screenshots?

All your previously taken screenshots will be saved in your Photos app. The app will arrange your pictures ( screenshots ) with respect to their dates ( most recent ones at the end ). You can keep a track of your screenshots here.

Is it possible to edit the screenshots before sharing them?

There are a few apps available on the App Store that would help you edit screenshots in a jiffy.

  • OneShot – Its very useful for cropping the screenshot down to your favorite section and highlight the important lines. Mostly used to share screenshots of articles.
  • Stitch It! – It lets you put together threads of conversations together into one seamless image which makes it easy to share.
  • VSCO – You could use normal image editing apps to add filters to your screenshot and make it more attractive. VSCO offers a number of free and paid filters to choose from.

What is an iPhone screen recorder? 

A screen recorder is an app that enables the user to capture the screen even when you’re not using the app. Whatever you record is compiled together in a video file and you can play the screenshots taken as a video or slideshow.

Vidyo is one such app. It is available on the App Store.

Is taking a screenshot in iPhone same as print screen?

Yes. Taking a screenshot is the same as print screen.

Is it the same process to take screenshot same on iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S?

Yes, all iPhones follow the same process for taking a screenshot. The only difference in iPhone 6 & 6S is that their wake/sleep button is located on the right edge and not on the top. The functions are the same though.

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