How to take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch – PCMag | Hot Mobile Press

If you want to keep what’s on your screen, a screenshot is the easiest and best option. The process is simple for iPhone and iPad users, but it differs depending on the phone model. In the meantime, Apple Watch owners only have one option, but it’s not obvious at first.

For Mac users, we have a separate guide on how to take a screenshot in macOS. Here’s how to take a screenshot on all your other Apple devices.


How to take a screenshot on iPhone

Screen recording on the iPhone with and without the home button (Source: Apple)

How you take a screenshot on your iPhone depends on whether you have a home button or not. For iPhone X, 11, 12, and 13 lines, press and hold the side button on the right side of the screen and the volume up button at the same time to take a screenshot.

For all older models that still have a physical button on the front of the phone (iPhone 8 and earlier and the iPhone SE models), press the home button and hold the side button.

You will see a “flash” on the screen and (if your sound is on) you will hear a camera shutter. The screenshot will then appear in your camera roll and in the Screenshots album.


How to take a screenshot on iPad

Drawing where to press on iPads with and without home button

Screen capture on iPad with and without home button (Credit: Apple)

How to take a screenshot on your iPad is similar to that on iPhone. On newer iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini models that don’t have a Home button, press the top button and the volume up or down button at the same time.

If you have an iPad with a Home button (earlier iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini models, and all iPad models), press the top button and the Home button at the same time.

If you’re using an Apple Pencil with an iPad, you can use the drawing tool to take a screenshot. Swipe up from the bottom corner with the Apple Pencil to take the picture.


Take a screenshot of an entire page

Annotate a screenshot on iPhone

Your device also lets you take a screenshot of an entire webpage, rather than just what’s currently on the screen. Tap the thumbnail that appears at the bottom of the screen once you’ve taken a picture. This will open the device’s markup tool and let you edit the screenshot.

To save full screen mode, tap full page tab at the top of the image. If this does not appear, the image does not work with this function. Tap Done and Save PDF to Files. The image is then accessible through Apple’s Files app.


screen recording tool

Some apps can make it difficult to take screenshots through normal means. This is where your device’s built-in screen recording tool comes into play. While its main purpose is to capture video of your screen, you can pause the video and take a screenshot that way.

Just make sure you add those first screen capture Link to Control Center at Settings > Control Center. You then open the control center on your device and tap the circular record button to start a countdown and start the screen recording. If the video is saved in your photo library, you can watch the recording and take screenshots of the video.


Take a screenshot with back tap

Tap back to settings

You can take a screenshot with what appears to be magic. Back Tap, an accessibility feature introduced in iOS 14, allows you to tap the back of your iPhone to perform a specific action. If you have an iPhone 8 or later, you can set this feature to take a screenshot for you. Open Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back tap and choose either double tap or Triple tap. Set the action to screenshotand then you can double or triple tap to take a screen capture.


How to take a screenshot on Apple Watch

Apple watch buttons

In order to take a screenshot of your Apple Watch screen, the feature must first be enabled. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and navigate to My Watch > General > Enable Screenshots and turn it on or open it Settings > General and type Enable screenshots on your watch.

Take a screenshot on an Apple Watch by swiping up on the screen you want to capture. Hold down the side button and click the Digital Crown at the same time. Like the iPhone, the screen “flashes” white and the camera shutter goes off. The screenshot will then appear on your iPhone’s camera roll, not on the watch itself.

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