How to Delete Screenshots on iPhone

How to delete screenshots on iPad, as well

What to Know

  • Delete screenshots by tapping Photos > Screenshots > tap the screenshot in question > Trash Can.
  • Delete multiple screenshots by tapping Photos > Screenshots > Select > select all the screenshots > Trash Can.
  • Screenshots can be 'undeleted' by tapping Photos > Recently Deleted > Select > Choose the files you wish to recover.

This article teaches you how to delete screenshots on an iPhone or iPad and explains where screenshots are saved. 

How Do I Remove a Screenshot From My iPhone?

If you regularly take screenshots on your iPhone, the collection can grow quite rapidly. Fortunately, it's very simple to remove screenshots from your iPhone. Even better, the process is the same with all iPhones and iPads so you'll soon learn how to do it. Here's what to do.

These instructions are the same on both iPhone and iPad.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, tap Photos.

  2. Tap Screenshots.

    You may need to scroll down to find it.

  3. Tap the screenshot you wish to delete.

  4. Tap the trash can icon in the bottom right hand corner.

    Steps required on iOS to find a screenshot in Photos and delete it.
  5. Tap Delete Photo.

  6. The screenshot is now deleted.

How to Delete Multiple Screenshots From Your iPhone

The process is quite similar if you'd prefer to delete multiple screenshots at once on your iPhone or iPad. Here's what to do.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, tap Photos.

  2. Tap Screenshots.

    You may need to scroll down to find it.

  3. Tap Select.

  4. Select all the screenshots you wish to delete.

    Steps required in Photos on iOS to delete multiple screenshots or select all of them.

    If you want to delete all of them, tap Select All.

  5. Tap the trash can icon.

  6. Tap Delete Photos.

Where Are Screenshots Saved? 

Screenshots save to the same folder as all the photos you take—i.e., the Photos app. However, once you delete them, they go somewhere else before your device permanently deletes them. Here's where to find them and how to remove or recover them.

  1. Tap Photos.

  2. Scroll down to Utilities. 

    On an iPad, Utilities are on the left-hand side of the screen, but you might need to tap the arrow next to its name.

  3. Tap Recently Deleted.

  4. Tap Select.

  5. Tap either Delete All or Recover All. If you tap Delete All, they are permanently deleted from your device. Recover All returns them to your Photos app.

    Steps required in iOS Photos app to delete all recently deleted photos and screenshots.

    All recently deleted files are permanently deleted after 30 days.

What Can You Take Screenshots Of?

Nearly anything. If it's on-screen on your iPhone or iPad, it's possible to take screenshots. The only exceptions are streaming content which tends to return a black screen if you take a screenshot, and some password-related options, which may blank out certain parts or block screenshots.

If taking a screenshot of something someone has sent you, remember to ask permission to take the screenshot before doing so. 

Taking screenshots can be helpful if you want to keep a record of something or even if you want to share a fun image with someone. 

  • Why can't I delete screenshots on my iPhone?

    If you can't delete a photo on your iPhone, it's synced to another device like your Mac. Connect your iPhone to your computer, then delete it on both devices.

  • Why can't I take a screenshot on my iPhone?

    If you can't take a screenshot on your iPhone, one of the buttons could be stuck, or there might be a software problem. Try using AssistiveTouch to take screenshots by swiping.

  • Can I turn off screenshots on iPhone?

    No. You can't disable screenshots on iPhone, but iOS 12 and later only allows screenshots when the screen lights up. To avoid accidental screenshots, go to Settings > Display and Brightness and turn off Raise to Wake.

  • Why are my iPhone screenshots blurry?

    If your iPhone screenshots look blurry when you send them in a message, go to Settings in the Messages app and disable Low-Quality Image Mode.

  • How do I take full-page screenshots on my iPhone?

    To take full-page screenshots of a website on iPhone, take a screenshot, tap the preview in the corner before it disappears, then tap Full Page. The page will save as a PDF. This option isn't available in all versions of iOS.

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