How to take a screenshot on iPhone

With a simple keyboard shortcut, you can easily capture a picture of your iPhone screen into an image file that will be saved in your photo library. That’s how it’s done.

How to take a screenshot on an iPhone

What’s a screenshot?

A screenshot is an image that usually contains an exact copy of what you see on your device’s screen. A digital screenshot taken from within the device usually eliminates the need to take a photo of the physical screen with a camera.

When you take a screenshot on your iPhone, you capture the exact contents of your iPhone’s display, pixel by pixel, and automatically save it in an image file that you can view later. Screenshots come in handy when troubleshooting error messages or when you want to share something you see on your screen.

How to take a screenshot on iPhone with buttons

It’s easy to take a screenshot using the hardware buttons on your iPhone, but the exact combination of keys you need to press varies depending on the iPhone model. Here’s what you press based on the iPhone model:

  • iPhones without a home button: Briefly press and hold the side button (right) and the volume up button (left) at the same time. These phones come with Face ID and include the iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone 12 and later.
  • iPhones with home and side buttons: Briefly press and hold the Home and Side buttons at the same time. This method works on phones with a Touch ID sensor such as the iPhone SE and older.
  • iPhones with home and top buttons: Briefly press and hold the Home and Top buttons at the same time.

How to take screenshot on iPhone without buttons

If you need to take a screenshot and cannot physically press the Volume, Power, Side, or Sleep Wake buttons to do so, you can also use an accessibility feature called AssistiveTouch to take the screenshot. To do this, open Settings and go to Accessibility> Touch> AssistiveTouch and then turn on “AssistiveTouch”.

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As soon as you turn on AssistiveTouch, a special AssistiveTouch button will appear on your screen that looks like a circle within a rounded square.

The AssistiveTouch button as seen on an iPhone.

In the same menu you can assign the creation of a screenshot to one of the “custom actions”, such as B. Single-Tap, Double-Tap or Long Press. This is a great way to take a screenshot by simply tapping or long-pressing the AssistiveTouch button once or twice.

If you choose not to use any of the custom actions, tap the AssistiveTouch button once every time you want to take a screenshot and a pop-up menu will appear. Choose Device> More, then tap Screenshot.

A screenshot will be taken as if you pressed the keyboard shortcut on your iPhone.

You can also take a screenshot by tapping the back of your iPhone with another accessibility feature called “Back Tap”. To enable this, open Settings, navigate to Accessibility> Touch> Back-Tap, then assign “Screenshot” to either the “Double-tap” or “Triple-tap” shortcuts. Once assigned, tapping the back of your iPhone 8 or later two or three times will take a screenshot.

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

Where are screenshots saved on iPhone?

Once you take a screenshot, a thumbnail of it will appear in the lower left corner of your iPhone screen. If you wait a moment, the thumbnail will hide or you can close it faster by swiping it left.


Once the thumbnail disappears, the screenshot is automatically saved in the Photos app on your iPhone under Albums> Screenshots. It’s also accessible from the camera roll.

However, tapping the thumbnail takes you into an edit mode where you can crop, rotate, or annotate your screenshot before saving it to your device. You can use it to scribble notes on your screenshot or even add a signature (tap the plus button in the lower right corner of the screen.).

After making changes to the image, tap Done in the upper left corner.

After tapping “Done”, you can save the screenshot in Photos or Files, or delete the screenshot entirely. Select the option you want and you are done. You can take as many screenshots as your iPhone can take.

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