How to take a screenshot on an iPhone 12

Sometimes you need to capture exactly what you see on your iPhone screen, and this is where a screenshot comes in. Fortunately, taking a screenshot on an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Mini is just as easy as it is on the other iPhone models. Here is how.

How to take an iPhone 12 screenshot with buttons

To take a screenshot on an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Mini, briefly press and hold the side button (on the right side of the device) and the volume up button (on the left side) at the same time.

After pressing the key combination at the same time, you will hear a camera shutter sound effect (if your volume is not muted) and a thumbnail of the screenshot will appear in the corner of your screen.

If you ignore the thumbnail or swipe left, it will disappear after a moment. Once the thumbnail disappears, your iPhone will automatically save the screen to your photo library.

How to edit an iPhone screenshot right after taking it

Right after taking a screenshot, if you tap the thumbnail that appears on your iPhone screen, it will open a special editing mode. In this edit mode, you can draw, rotate, crop, add a signature, and otherwise annotate the screenshot.


If you want to delete the screenshot without saving it, tap the trash can icon in the top right corner of the screen. When you’re done editing, tap Done in the upper-left corner of the screen and choose Save To Photos. The resulting image will be saved in the Photos app in your Album> Screenshots Library.

Here’s how to take an iPhone 12 screenshot without buttons

There are several ways to take screenshots on an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Mini without pressing any hardware buttons. (These can be useful if you have a broken button or if you are having trouble taking the hardware button screenshot method.)

One of the most fun ways to do it is to use Back Tap, an accessibility feature. If you open Settings, navigate to Accessibility> Touch> Tap back, and then assign a tap option to Screenshot, you can tap the back of your iPhone two or three times to take a screenshot.

Here’s how to take a screenshot by tapping the back of your iPhone

You can also take a screenshot with AssistiveTouch by opening Settings and navigating to Accessibility> Touch> AssistiveTouch and then assigning “Screenshot” to one of the custom actions. Or you can open the AssistiveTouch menu and select Device> More> Screenshot to take a buttonless screenshot at any time. Pretty neat!

How to take an iPhone screenshot without buttons

Where are screenshots saved on iPhone 12?

Whichever method you used to take a screenshot on your iPhone 12, you can find the screenshot you just took by opening the Photos app and navigating to Album> Screenshots. You can also see the screenshot in the Recent section of the app. The iPhone takes screenshots as PNG files.

While viewing your screenshot in the Photos app, you can edit or share it just like you would share any photo on your iPhone. You can also delete your screenshots by choosing Select, tapping the photos you want to delete, then tapping the trash can icon in the corner. Have fun!

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