How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone

August 30, 2022
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Jaqueline Corradi
Jaqueline Corradi
Content Manager

Do you know how to take a screenshot on iPhone? Sometimes there are simple tasks we wish to do on our iPhone, such as this one, but then comes the doubt of what button to press. As the iPhone models evolve, so do the steps to take a screenshot, usually making it easier.

Learning how to take a screenshot may come in handy, for example, when you see an Instagram story and you want to save the image, if you wish to remember information you read in an article, or print a WhatsApp conversation. Having the screenshot saved on your smartphone galley facilitates accessing what you need.

Check out the article and learn how you can take screenshots on your iPhone according to the model you have. 

How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone Models with Face ID

If your iPhone model has Face ID the steps to take a screenshot are the same:

1 - You are going to press the side button and the volume up button at the same time;

Iphone illustration showing where to press the side button and volume up button.

2 - Release the buttons quickly;

3 - The screenshot image will appear on the left side of your screen;

4 - Edit the image as you prefer, and click on "ok". 

After you take the screenshot, you see several tools that you can use to edit the image, which enables you to cut, resize, and write or draw on the image. If you didn't like the screenshot and want to take another one, just click on the trash icon.

The iPhone models that have Face ID are: 

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X

How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone Models with Touch ID and Side Button

If your iPhone has Touch ID, which is the home button in the inferior part of the screen, where you put your fingerprint to unlock the smartphone, what you have to do to take a screenshot is: 

1 - Press the side button and the home button simultaneously;

Iphone illustration showing where to press the home button and the side button

2 - Release the buttons fast;

3 - The screenshot will appear on the screen;

4 - If you want to edit, tap on the image and make the alterations; 

The iPhone models with Touch ID and Side Button:

  • iPhone SE (2022)
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone SE (2016)
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6

How to take a screenshot on iPhone Models with Touch ID and Top Button

The older versions of the iPhone used to come with a top button with the function to turn on and turn off button of the device, along with the home button, To take a screenshot using one of those models, all you have to do is:

1 - Press the top button and the home button together;

illustration showing the iPhone with the top button and touch ID

2 - Quickly release them;

3 - Check the screenshot, edit it if you want, and save the image.

The iPhone models with Home Button and Top Button:

  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3
  • iPhone 1

How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone with Assistive Touch

Apple has developed accessibility features for the iOS system, which includes another way to take screenshots. If you find it difficult to press two buttons simultaneously you can follow these steps: 

1 - Go to "Settings;

2 - Click on "Accessibility";

iPhone settings screens

3 - Click on "Touch";

iPhone screen accessibility

4 - Click on "AssistiveTouch", enable it, and go to "double-tap; 

iPhone accessibility screen

5 - Select "Screenshot'.

iPhone assistive touch screen showitng the double-tap options

Now, a circle will appear on the right side of your screen, when you wish to take a screenshot, just double tap on it. 

How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone of a Full Page

Did you know that it's possible to take a screenshot on an iPhone of the entire page, not only what appears on the screen? Instead of taking several screenshots to save everything you need, what you have to do is: 

1 - Follow all the standard steps to take a screenshot on iPhone;

2 - Open the screenshot, and click on "full page"; 

Print screen on iPhone

3 - Click on "Done", the file will be saved on PDF, choose where you want to save it.

How to Take a Screenshot on Apple Watch

To take a screenshot on your Apple Watch, first, you need to enable that feature. You can do this on your iPhone or on the Apple Watch itself

On the iPhone, you will open the Watch app, go to "General", then tap  "Enable Screenshots". O On the Apple Watch, go to settings, click on "General", then on "Enable Screenshots". Both processes are very similar and simple. 

To take the screenshots:

1 - Press the digital crown and the side button at the same time;

Apple Watch illustration showing the buttons to press to take a screenshot

2 - You will see a flash when the screenshot is taken, it's immediately saved on your camera roll. 

3 - To see the screenshot, just go to "Photos" on your iPhone. 

Are You Ready to Take a Screenshot with Your iPhone?

Now that you have learned how to take a screenshot on iPhone, practice the new skill. You will see how it can be useful in several situations, including to save important information, or just for fun, when you see something you like on the internet.

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