How to take an iPhone screenshot without buttons

If you need to take an iPhone screenshot but can’t physically press the required key combination (or you have a broken key) there are other ways to trigger it. Here is how.

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Typically, you would take an iPhone screenshot with the appropriate combination of physical buttons on your device. Depending on the iPhone model, this can be the side and volume buttons, the home and side buttons, or the home and top button at the same time.

If some of these buttons are broken, or if you have a physical condition preventing you from performing these tricky maneuvers, there are other ways you can take a screenshot on an iPhone. We’ll show you how.

How to take a screenshot on iPhone

Take a screenshot with AssistiveTouch

Your iPhone includes an accessibility feature called AssistiveTouch that makes it easy to simulate physical gestures and key presses with an on-screen menu. Also, you can trigger a screenshot in a number of ways.

To activate AssistiveTouch, first open the settings on your iPhone.

In Settings, tap Accessibility, then tap Touch.

In Settings on the iPhone or iPad, tap Touch

In Touch, tap AssistiveTouch and then turn on AssistiveTouch.

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When AssistiveTouch is active, you’ll immediately see a special AssistiveTouch button on the edge of your screen (it looks like a circle within a rounded square). This button always stays on the screen and you can move it by dragging it with your finger.

The AssistiveTouch button as seen on an iPhone.

While you’re in the AssistiveTouch settings, you can experiment with a way to take a screenshot with Assistive Touch. Scroll down the page and find the Custom Actions section. Here you can choose what happens when you tap the AssistiveTouch button on the screen once, double-tap, long-press, or 3D-touch (depending on your iPhone model).

You can tap any of these three or four options, but we’ll choose “double tap” example.

Select a custom action in the AssistiveTouch settings.

After tapping the Custom Action option, a list of actions will appear. Scroll down and tap on “Screenshot” and then “Back”.

After that, you can trigger a screenshot by simply performing the custom action you defined. In our example Case when we double tap the AssistiveTouch button, the iPhone takes a screenshot. Pretty handy!

You can also take a screenshot from the AssistiveTouch menu. First, under Settings> Touch> AssistiveTouch, make sure that “Single-Tap” in the “Custom Actions” list is set to “Open Menu”.

If you’d like to take a screenshot, tap the AssistiveTouch button once and a pop-up menu will appear. Select Device> More in the menu and then tap on “Screenshot”.

A screenshot is taken instantly – just like pressing the screenshot shortcut key on your iPhone.

If you tap the screenshot thumbnail when it is displayed, you can edit it before saving. Otherwise, let the thumbnail disappear after a moment and it will be saved in your Photos app under Albums> Screenshots.

Take a screenshot with Back Tap

You can also take a screenshot by tapping the back of your iPhone 8 or higher (with iOS 14 or higher) with an accessibility feature called “Back Tap”. To enable Back Tap, open Settings on your iPhone and navigate to Accessibility> Touch.

In Settings on the iPhone or iPad, tap Touch

Select “Back Tap” in the touch settings.

In the Accessibility Settings on iPhone, choose Tap Back.

Next, choose whether you want to take a screenshot by double-tapping (“Double Tap”) or three times (“Triple Tap”) on the back of your iPhone, and then tap the appropriate option.


Next, you’ll see a list of actions that you can assign to tapping your device. Select “Screenshot” and then go back one screen.

Now finish the settings. If you have an iPhone 8 or later and tap the back of your device twice or three times (depending on your setup), it will trigger a screenshot that will be saved to your photo library as usual. Pretty cool!

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

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