On the surface, taking a screenshot on an iPhone is a relatively simple thing. However, once you get into the details of the things, you will find out that there is more to a screenshot than pushing a combination of buttons. So in this article, we’ll be focusing our attention on all the details that have to do with taking screenshots on your iPhone.
You’ll also learn how to make simple screenshots, scroll screenshots and even to annotate screenshots, among other things. So if you are ready to take your screenshot game to another level, tag along as we show you how you can take screenshots on iPhone:
How to Take Screenshots on iPhone
Taking a Screenshot on the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
With the emergence of iPhone X, Apple removed the home button which is a trend the company has continued with the launch of new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and the new iPad Pros.
But naturally, the functions which were formerly assigned to the Home buttons found their way to gestures or other buttons on the newly released iPhones. Similarly, the ability to take screenshots was also appointed to different buttons. If you are a user of any of these devices, here is how you can take a screenshot on iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR:
- Open the screen or the app that you want to capture and set everything as you want it to be in the screenshot.
- After setting up your shot, press both the ‘Side button’ and the ‘Volume up’ key together.
- Now let go of the buttons when you see a screenshot at the bottom left of your screen.
That is it, simple right? So you have successfully taken a screenshot on your iPhone. To view your screenshot, open the Photos app and head to Albums >> Camera Roll or Albums >> Screenshots.
How to Take Screenshot on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and Earlier versions of iPhones with Home Button
Before Apple took out the Home button from its devices, the Home button is what was used to capture screenshots on iPhones. So if you are a proud owner of any of the iPhones which used to have the Home button, this is how you can take screenshots using it:
- Prepare your iPhone screen for the shot that you want to capture.
- Now go ahead and press and also hold the Home button and power button together at the same time for a second.
- Now, let go of the button as soon as you hear the shutter sound.
To locate your screenshot, head straight to the Photo apps by going to Albums >> Camera Roll or Albums >> Screenshots.
Note: The power button on iPhone 5S and iPhone SE and below is at the top instead of being on the side.
How to Edit Screenshot on iPhone (iOS 11 and above)
With the inception of iOS 11, Apple has introduced a new screenshot tool which makes screenshots very easy to edit and annotate. Here’s how you can use your iPhone (running iOS 11 and above) to edit your screenshots:
Firstly, take a screenshot and then tap on the screenshot preview that appears on the bottom left corner of the screen. Once you have done that, the screenshot will be opened in a screenshot editor. Then annotate your screenshots as you want and then when you are done, tap on the “Done” button. But note that you can directly share the screenshot from the screenshot editor, by tapping on the “Share” button.
Now, tap on the ‘Save to Photos’ button to save your edited screenshot or just tap on ‘Delete Shortcut’ to delete it.
How to Edit Screenshot on iPhone (iOS 10 and below)?
To edit a screenshot on iOS 10 and below, you are required to take some extra steps. If you have an iPhone 5s or below, I hope that you have updated to the latest iOS software as it brings excellent performance enhancements along with some fantastic new features.
Anyways, if you have iPhone 5 or below which we are going to use to showcase this lesson, here is how you can edit your screenshot.
To edit and markup screenshots, first, you have to launch the Photos app and then go to Albums >> Screenshots. Now tap on the screenshot that you want to edit.
Now, first tap on the button that is marked in the picture below and then tap on the three-dot menu at the left corner of the screen.
Tap on ‘Markup’, and it will reveal all the tools that are available to you for making up your screenshot. Once that is done, tap on the ‘Done’ button to save it to the Photos app.
How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot with the Help of Third-Party Apps?
Atimes you need to take a long screenshot to share what you want. For example, you want to take a screenshot of a WhatsApp chat or an Instagram message thread or let’s say an entire article or a webpage. In this case, you will have a screenshot of multiple pages, and even then, the result will still be confusing to the receiver as they won’t be able to know which screenshot follows which. That is why to make these scenarios easier we will be calling on the help of an app called Tailor (Free, in-app purchase) which stitches these multiple screenshots into one making it super easy to share and understand. You can do this by following the steps below:
Download and launch the Tailor app (Free, in-app purchases). Now tap on the “Allow Access” button and then grant the app necessary permission.
Now go ahead and take overlapping screenshots of the content you want to share. What I mean by ‘overlapping screenshot’ is that the end of the first screenshot will appear at the start of the second one, so Tailor knows the order in which to combine them and make it seem like it was just one screenshot.
Then, open Tailor, and it will automatically recognise the overlapping screenshots, and then it will stitch them into one long screenshot.
Once that is done, you can tap on the share button to either save or share the screenshot.
Take Screenshot with Accessibility Features
The screenshot accessibility feature allows its users to take screenshots by using just one hand. It is quite an excellent way to take screenshots o iPhone if your Home button or Power button does not work correctly. Meanwhile, for this method to work, you will first need to enable “Assistive Touch” and then use it to take screenshots. Here is how it can be done:
Launch the Settings app on your iPhone device and then go to General >> Accessibility.
Then, scroll down to find ‘Assistive Touch’ and then tap on it.
Now, enable ‘Assistive Touch’ by tapping on the toggle next to it and then tap on “Customize Top Level Menu…”.
Tap on the “Star” icon which is marked in the picture below and when that is done, select the “Screenshot” option. Tap on “Done” after you’ve selected screenshot.
To take a screenshot, tap on the ‘Assistive Touch’ button and then tap on the option named ‘Screenshot’ to take a screenshot.
How to Capture and Annotate Screenshot Like a Pro on iPhone?
So that wraps it up on our short tutorial on how to take a screenshot on iPhone. I have tried to put in all the details that are needed to take, annotate, and also share screenshots easily. Share your thoughts in the comments below and let us know if you have other ways to take screenshots on an iPhone.