How to Use Markup on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Edit photos, annotate screenshots, add captions, and much more

Markup is an image-annotation feature built into iOS. It gives you the flexibility to edit screenshots and images, add signatures to PDFs, add text, and create drawings. Here's how to use Markup on photos and screenshots, in emails, or with Notes.

This information applies to the Markup feature on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices with iOS 11 and later.

How to Use Markup With Screenshots

Markup is available when you take a screenshot. Here's a look at how to use Markup to annotate or draw on a screenshot. Use your finger to select and draw with tools, or use an Apple Pencil if your device supports it.

To take a screenshot on iPhone models with Face ID, press and release the Volume Up and Side buttons at the same time. On iPhone models with Touch ID and a side Power button, press the Power and Home buttons at the same time.

How to Use Markup's Menu Tools

Here's how to use Markup's basic tools with screenshots.

  1. Take a screenshot on your iOS device. You'll hear a camera-snapping sound and see a small preview of the image in the lower-left corner of the screen.

    It can be a screenshot of a photo, text conversation, Instagram post, or anything else on the device screen.

  2. Tap the screenshot thumbnail preview quickly. It disappears in about five seconds.

  3. In Markup, tap the plus sign to reveal the Text, Signature, Magnifier, and Opacity tools.

    Markup tools and the plus sign on an iPhone
  4. Tap the Pen, Highlighter, or Pencil, and then draw on the screenshot.

  5. Tap the same tool again to change its opacity.

  6. Tap the Eraser, then rub your finger along the areas you want to delete.

    Tap Undo at the top of the screen to delete the last action. Undo looks like a circle with an arrow pointing to the left. Tap Redo (the circle with a right-pointing arrow) to redo the action.

    The drawing tools, opacity setting, and Eraser tool in Markup
  7. To move your drawing, tap Lasso, and use your finger to make a circle around your drawing. A dotted line circles your drawing. Use your finger to drag it to another part of the screen.

    The Lasso tool in Markup
  8. To change the Pen, Highlighter, or Pencil color, tap the color wheel in the lower-right corner.

  9. Select a color.

  10. When you draw, the tool has the new color.

    The palette in Markup

How to Use Markup's Additional Tools

Here's how to do more with your Markup image.

  1. Tap the plus sign in the lower-right corner.

  2. Tap Text to write something on the screenshot.

  3. Tap the text symbol (a big and small capital A) to change font, style, and size.

    Text options in Markup
  4. Tap inside the text box and write something.

  5. Tap and drag the text box where you want it.

  6. Tap the color wheel to change the text color.

    Typing text and changing the color in Markup
  7. Tap Magnifier to increase the size of the image or a portion of the image.

  8. Use the green circle to zoom in. Use the blue circle to expand the magnified image area.

    Magnifier in iPhone Markup
  9. Tap Opacity, then use the slider to change the transparency level.

    The Opacity setting and slider in Markup
  10. To add a signature, take a screenshot, tap the plus sign, and then tap Signature.

  11. Use your finger to draw a signature, then tap Done.

  12. Move the signature and change its size and color, if you like. Markup saves the signature. The signature is available on other screenshots, photos, and documents.

    Use this method to edit or sign a PDF and return it in an email.

    Signature in Markup

Use Markup's Shape Tools

Markup's Shape tools allow you to do more with your image.

  1. Tap the plus sign and then tap the square to place a resizable square anywhere on the screenshot.

    The Square tool in Markup
  2. Tap the circle to add a resizable circle anywhere on the screenshot.

    The Circle tool in Markup
  3. Tap the speech bubble to add one of four cartoon-style dialogue bubbles.

    The speech bubble in Markup
  4. Tap the arrow to add an adjustable arrow to the screenshot image.

    The Arrow tool in Markup

    Use your finger to drag the shape anywhere you want it. Adjust the blue dots to change the shape's size. Adjust the green dots to change the speech bubble's size and the arrow's shape.

How to Save or Share a Markup Image

When you're done adding edits, drawings, and adjustments to your Markup screenshot, save it to your Photos or share it by text, email, or social media.

  1. Tap Done in the upper-left corner.

  2. Select Save to Photos, Save to Files, or Delete.

    The Done button and save options in Markup
  3. To share your Markup screenshot, tap Share (a square with an arrow) in the upper-right corner.

  4. Choose to share your image using AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Twitter, Messenger, WhatsApp, Notes, and more. Or, opt to Print, Add to Shared Album, Save to Files, or Create Watch Face.

    The Share button in Markup

Markup With Photos

Here's how to bring up Markup from a photo in your Photos app.

  1. Select a photo from your photo album and tap Edit.

  2. Tap More (three dots) in the upper-right corner.

    The Edit and More menus
  3. Select Markup.

  4. The Markup tools are now available for your image.

    The Markup option and tools in Photos

Use Markup When Emailing a Photo

It's easy to call up Markup when you're emailing a photo.

  1. Open the Mail app and start a new email or open an existing email you want to reply to.

  2. Tap the body of the email to display a menu bar. Tap the arrow until you see Insert Photo or Video and select it to go to your Photo Library.

  3. Locate the photo you want to mark up and tap Choose to add it to the email.

    Adding a photo to an email in iOS
  4. Tap the image in the email to display the menu bar and select Markup.

  5. Use the Markup tools to enhance the photo and tap Done.

  6. Complete the email, then tap Send.

    Sending a marked-up photo in Mail

Use Markup With Notes

The Notes app is also Markup-friendly, and you don't need a photo.

  1. Open a Note and tap Markup (it looks like a pen tip in a circle) from the bottom row.

  2. Use the Markup tools to annotate the note or add a drawing, then tap Done to finish.

    Markup for Notes
  3. Save and share as you would a screenshot.

To use Markup when sending photos in the Messages app, start or reply to a text message, tap Photos, then select a photo. After it's in the message, tap the photo, then tap Markup.

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