How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone 11

Grab what's on your iPhone 11 screen

What to Know

  • Easiest: Press the Side and Volume Up buttons at the same time.
  • To take a screenshot by tapping the back of the phone, first, enable the feature in Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap > Screenshot.
  • Then, you can take a screenshot by double-tapping the back of the phone. (Requires iOS 14 and up.)

This article explains how to take screenshots on the iPhone 11 using the standard method. It also covers where to find those screenshots, what you can do with them, and hidden, alternative ways to capture screenshots without any buttons.

How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone 11

Need to capture a screenshot of what's on your iPhone 11 screen right this minute? The easiest way to screenshot on iPhone 11 is:

  1. With whatever you want to screenshot displayed on the screen, press the Side and Volume Up buttons simultaneously.

    A camera shutter noise will indicate that you took the screenshot successfully.

  2. A thumbnail of the screenshot appears at the bottom right of the screen. Dismiss it right away by swiping off the right side of the screen. You can also wait for it to disappear. Either way, the screenshot has been saved.

  3. To edit or share the screenshot right away, tap the thumbnail at the bottom right to access the screenshot editing tools (tap the pen icon) or the sharing menu in the action box (the box with the arrow coming out of it).

    Don't want this screenshot? Tap the trash icon in this view to delete it.

  4. You can find all of your screenshots on your iPhone in the pre-installed Photos app, in the Screenshots album.

    Share icon and Screenshots album highlighted in iOS Photos app

How Do You Take a Screenshot on an iPhone 11 Without Buttons?

While the easiest way to take a screenshot on iPhone 11 requires the Side and Volume Up buttons, you can screenshot without buttons, too. Here's how:

  • If you use Siri, you can ask Siri to take a screenshot for you. Just activate Siri (by holding the Side button or by saying "Hey Siri" if you've got that feature enabled) and say "take a screenshot." Everything else is the same as in the last section.
  • Want to impress friends with your iPhone expertise? Then you need to learn how to take screenshots by tapping your iPhone (see instructions below).

How Do You Take a Screenshot on an iPhone 11 by Tapping The Back?

If you're running iOS 14 or higher (on your iPhone 11 or any compatible model), this hidden feature lets you take a screenshot by double-tapping the back of the phone. The double-tap action is designed to make some tasks easier for those with motor-skill difficulties, but anyone can use it. Here's what to do:

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap Accessibility.

  3. Tap Touch.

    Settings, Accessibility, and Touch on iPhone
  4. Tap Back Tap.

  5. Tap Double Tap.

  6. Tap Screenshot.

    Back Tap, Double Tap, and Screenshot on iPhone
  7. Now, any time you want to take a screenshot, give a hard double-tap to the back of your iPhone.

Why Can't I Take a Screenshot on My iPhone 11?

Have trouble taking screenshots on your iPhone 11? There could be lots of causes for that, but here are a few common ones and what to do about them:

  • Not Pressing Buttons at the Same Time: If you're following the instructions but not getting a screenshot, it could be that you haven't quite mastered the procedure yet. You have to press both buttons at precisely the same time. Otherwise, your iPhone will think you're just pressing individual buttons one right after the other. Try a few practice presses, and you'll get it.
  • Buttons Aren't Working: If you're trying to take screenshots using the buttons and it's not working, your buttons might not be functional. It could happen due to a case interfering with the button; try taking the case off and putting it back on. Buttons could also be broken (or breaking); test that by using them for other activities.
  • General Bugginess: Sometimes iPhones get a little buggy for no apparent reason. Try restarting your iPhone; that will solve most general bugginess. If that doesn't work, see (and install) an update to the iPhone's operating system (called iOS). New OS versions often include bug fixes.
FAQ
  • Can I disable screenshots on my iPhone?

    No. There's no way to completely disable screenshots on an iPhone, but iOS 12 and later only allows screenshots when the screen is lit up. To prevent accidental screenshots, go to Settings Display and Brightness and turn off Raise to Wake.

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

    When you take a screenshot in Safari, tap the preview before it disappears, then tap Full Page. The page will be saved as a PDF flie. Not all versions of iOS support this option.

  • How do I delete screenshots on my iPhone?

    To delete iPhone screenshots, go to Photos > Screenshots > Select, tap the screenshots, then tap the Trash Can. To recover deleted iPhone screenshots, go to Photos > Recently Deleted > Select.

  • Why are my iPhone screenshots blurry?

    If your iPhone screenshots look blurry when you send them in the Messages app, go to Settings and disable Low-Quality Image Mode. This feature saves mobile data by sacrificing image quality.

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