How to Capture an iPad Screenshot

Save an image of what's happening on your iPad

Screenshots are handy for saving a cool drawing you made in a drawing app, showing your friends your high score in Candy Crush Saga, or creating a new meme. Screenshots are also useful for sharing information with tech support or a coworker in a different location. The iPad doesn't have a Print Screen button, but capturing a screenshot of the iPad display is easy.

These instructions apply to all currently supported iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad models with iPadOS 14, iPadOS 13, or iOS 12 through iOS 10.

How to Take a Screenshot on an iPad

To take a picture of content that displays on the iPad screen:

  1. Display the content you want to capture. Open an app, game, file, browser, or any other content that you want to appear in a screenshot.

  2. If your iPad has a Home button, which is the round button below the screen, press and hold the Home button at the same time as you press and hold the Top button (or Side button, depending on orientation). When you hear the click of a camera shutter, release both buttons.

  3. On iPads that don't have a Home button, press the Power button and the volume up button simultaneously until you hear the camera shutter click.

A thumbnail image of the screen capture appears briefly at the bottom of the iPad screen.

Where Does the iPad Screenshot Go?

The image of the captured screen is sent to the Photos app. You can find it in several locations in the Photos app:

  • Tap Photos at the bottom of the Photos app screen. The screenshot appears as the most recent photo.
  • Tap Albums at the bottom of the Photos screen and select the All Photos album.
  • Tap Albums at the bottom of the screen and scroll down to Screenshots in the Media Types section. The Screenshots album is created when you take your first screenshot, and all subsequent screenshots also appear here. Tap Screenshots to open the album.
  • Tap the Camera to see a thumbnail of the most recent image you've taken.
The Photos app on iPad with the Screenshots folder highlighted

How to Share an iPad Screenshot

There are plenty of ways to share a screenshot after you capture it.

  1. Locate the screenshot in the Photos or Camera app and tap its thumbnail image

    The Screenshots album in the iPad Photos app
  2. Tap the Share icon, which is the square with an arrow, at the top of the screen.

    A screenshot on iPad with the Share button highlighted
  3. Choose how to share the screenshot. Send the screenshot as a text message, in an email message, or to a shared album. You can also share the photo on Twitter, AirDrop it to a nearby device, or add it to a Note. For additional sharing options, tap More.

    To print, assign to a contact, or use as wallpaper, among other options, tap the desired action on the second row of icons.

    The Share screen on iPad

Good Uses for Screenshots

Here are a few good reasons to take a picture of your iPad screen:

  • Capture a photo from the web: Some photos can be downloaded from the web by tapping and holding the photo and then choosing a download option. If you can't download an image, take a screenshot of it. Use the pinch-to-zoom gesture to zoom in on the image until it looks full screen before snapping the screenshot.
  • Capture a photo from an app: The screenshot function is a feature of the iPad, not a feature within an app, so it works on all apps. If you are on Instagram, Facebook, or any other app, you can take a screenshot of what you see.
  • Save a Tweet or Facebook update: When you find a status update and suspect the author may delete it in the future, take a screenshot. The screenshot function is a great way to save a record of status updates from Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and other social media platforms.
  • Create a background image for the Lock Screen: Personalize your iPad lock screen by capturing a screenshot that is meaningful to you and assigning it as wallpaper.
  • Capture an image for support help: When you have problems with your iPad, a screen capture may give the technical support tech the information needed to correct the problem.

When you capture a screenshot, you can enhance it with Markup. Add drawings and text and make changes to the screenshot.

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