How to Take An iPhone Screenshot

Take iPhone screenshot

Screenshots can let you get a record of someone's words, test designs, or save a funny or important moment. You've probably noticed, though, that there's no button or app in iOS for taking screenshots. That doesn't mean it can't be done, though. You just need to know the trick described in this article.

These instructions can be used to take a screenshot on all iOS devices—any model of iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as long as they're running iOS 2.0 or higher.

 You can't take screenshots on iPod models other than the iPod touch because they don't run iOS.

How to Take a Screenshot

  1. Begin by getting whatever you want to take a screenshot of onto the screen of your iPhone 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.
  2. Find the Home button at the center of the device and the on/off button on the right side of the iPhone 6 series, at the top right on all other models of the iPhone or iPod touch.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.

    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's gone. Screenshots are saved to your device's built-in Photos app.

    To view your screenshot:

    1. Tap the Photos app to launch it
    1. In Photos, tap Camera Roll (if you don't see that option right away, make sure the Albums button at the bottom of the screen is highlighted and that you've tapped all the back arrows you can to get to the main list of photo albums).
    2. In the Camera Roll, the most recent photo (the one at the end of your list of photos) will be the screenshot you just took.

    Sharing Screenshots

    Now that you've got the screenshot in your Photos app, you can share it in the same way you would any other photo: share it via text, email, social media; sync it to your computer, delete it, etc. To do that:

    1. In Camera Roll, tap the screenshot
    2. Tap the sharing button at the bottom left corner (the box with the arrow coming out of it)
    3. Select the app you want to use to share the screenshot
    4. That app will open and you can complete sharing in whatever way works for that app.

    Screenshot Apps

    If you like the idea of taking screenshots, but want something a little more powerful and feature-rich check out these screenshot apps (all links open iTunes/App Store):

    • Awesome Screenshot for Safari - Free - This app only works in the Safari web browser, but it allows you to annotate and share screenshots. 
    • Capture10 - Free, with in-app purchases - Designed to make it easier to take screenshots of videos.
    • 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. 
    • Sight - Free - Not exactly a screenshot app, but it uses screenshots to save articles for reading later, which is pretty cool. 
    • Snapchat screenshot apps - There are more apps than I can list here that let you save screenshots from Snapchat. This link takes you to a listing of them.