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How to take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

How to take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Wow, that's amazing! I need to show the screen to my friends! Ok, let's take a screenshot and share it. Sounds like a great plan, but how? The question can spoil your uplifted mood for a while, because even though the idea to take a screenshot is simple and in many cases obvious the answer to the question "how can you do it" is not.

Don't worry, it's much easier than you may think. Apple has thought the situation through and introduced two native solutions on how to capture the screen for anybody who wants it. In a minute you will know how to take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The guide will definitely do for iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s and other Apple devices working on iOS 7, 8 or 9.

Method 1

The first way to get a perfect screenshot does not imply using any software part of your phone. Prepare to use the real buttons (there are not many on idevices, but two are enough to capture a screenshot).

  • Make sure the screen shows what you want to capture;
  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (it is either on the top or on the side of your device) and at the same time press and release the Home button. The screen is going to flash white and you will hear the shutter sound;
  • Your newly made screenshot is successfully saved as the most recent photo in your Camera library;
  • Open it and use the left bottom button to share the shot with friends (in case it was intended to be shared, otherwise feel free to do anything you want to do with it, including just leaving it waiting for the better time).

In fact this very trick should work with any iPhone (probably, except the first generation oldie).

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Method 2

Here is the second variant of how you can take a screenshot on iPhone. No hardware buttons this time around.

You can tweak your device to activate alternative way of taking screenshots. It may come in handy if you don't want to use both of you hands to take a screenshot.

  1. Go to the Settings app. Proceed to the General tab and end the first part of the combo by tapping Accessibility;
  2. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and tap AssistiveTouch. Turn the option on. A semi-transparent button with white circle in it will appear on the screen of your iPhone;
  3. Tap the button when you want to get a screenshot. A menu will appear. Now you need to tap Device - More - Screenshot. The picture of your screen is now saved to the Camera library.

If you hate this option because you have to tap too much for a single screenshot, try this:

On the later versions of iOS you will find an option called Customize Top Level Menu in the AssistiveTouch menu. It is the place where you can force the Take Screenshot button to appear right at the first page of the menu activated by tapping the AssistiveTouch button. Use the option to do it and enjoy saving extra finger energy on excessive taps for more important tasks.

That's how it works. As you see there are options for both those who prefer hardware buttons and those who would rather keep using the touchscreen. Thanks Apple for taking care of our needs. Practice a bit with hardware buttons option (in fact we find it great) and share!

What do you think screenshot taking options available on iPhone? Do you like them or do you prefer third-party solutions? Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section below.