On the surface, taking a screenshot on iPhone is a fairly simple thing. However, once you get into the nitty-gritty of the things, you will realize that there is much more to a screenshot than pushing a combination of buttons. In this article, we will be focusing on all the little details that have to do with taking screenshots on your iPhone. We will learn how to take simple screenshots, scrolling screenshots, and annotating screenshots, among other things. So, if you want to take your screenshot game to next level, read along as we show you how to take screenshots on iPhone:
Taking Screenshots on iPhone
How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
With the launch of iPhone X, Apple axed the home button a trend which company continued with the launch of new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and the new iPad Pros. Naturally, the functions which were previously assigned to the home buttons made their ways to gestures or other buttons on the new iPhones. Similarly, the ability to take screenshots was assigned to different buttons. If you are using any of these devices, here is how to take a screenshot on the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR:
- Open the screen or app that you want to capture and set everything as you want to be seen in the screenshot.
- With your shot in place, press both the Side button and the volume up key together.
- Let go of the buttons when you see a screenshot at the bottom left of your iPhone.
That’s it, you have successfully taken a screenshot on your iPhone. To see your screenshot open the Photos app and go to Albums -> Camera Roll or Albums -> Screenshots.
Taking a Screenshot on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and Earlier iPhones with Home Button
Before Apple killed the Home button, it was what you used to capture screenshots on iPhones. So, if you own any of the iPhones which used to pack the Home button, here is how you can take screenshots using it:
- Prepare your iPhone’s screen for the shot that you want to capture.
- Now, just press and hold the Home button and power button at the same time for a second.
- Let go of the button as soon as you hear the shutter sound.
You can find your screenshot in the Photo apps by going to Albums -> Camera Roll or Albums -> Screenshots.
Note: The Power button on iPhone SE and iPhone 5S and below is at the top instead of being on the side.
Editing Screenshot on iPhone (iOS 11 and Above)
With the launch of iOS 11, Apple introduced a new screenshot tool which makes it very easy to edit and annotate the screenshots that you take. Here is how you can use it to edit your screenshots:
- First, take a screenshot and then tap on the screenshot preview that appears on the bottom left of the screen. Once you do that, it will open the screenshot in a screenshot editor. Annotate your screenshots as you want and then tap on the “Done” button. Do note that you can directly share the screenshot from here, by tapping on the “Share” button.
2. Now, tap on the “Save to Photos” button to save your edited screenshot or tap on “Delete Shortcut” to delete it.
Editing Screenshot on iPhone (iOS 10 and below)
To edit a screenshot on iOS 10 or below, you will have to take certain extra steps. If you have an iPhone 5s or later, I hope that you have updated to the new iOS 12 as it brings great performance enhancements along with some cool new features. However, if you have if iPhone 5 or below which we are using to showcase this tutorial, here is how you can edit your screenshot.
- To edit and markup screenshots, first, open the Photos app and the go-to Albums -> Screenshots. Here, tap on the screenshot that you want to edit.
2. Now, first tap on the button mark in the picture below and then tap on the three-dot menu at the top left corner.
3. Here, tap on Markup and it will reveal all the tools that are available to you for marking up your screenshot. Once you are done, tap on the “Done” button to save it to your Photos app.
Taking a Scrolling Screenshot with the Help of Third-Party Apps
Sometimes you need to take a long screenshot to share what you want. For example, let’s say I want to take a screenshot of a WhatsApp chat, or an Instagram message thread or maybe an entire article or webpage. In this case, I will have to take multiple screenshots, and even then, the end result will be too confusing for the receiver as he/she won’t know which screenshot follows which. That’s why to make things easier we will be using an app called Tailor (Free, in-app purchases) which stitches these multiple screenshots into one making it very easy to share and understand.
- Download and launch the Tailor app (Free, in-app purchases). Here, tap on the “Allow Access” button and then grant it necessary permission.
2.Now, Take overlapping screenshots of the content you want to share. What I mean by overlapping screenshot is that the end of the first screenshot should appear at the start of the second one so Tailor knows the order in which to merge them.
3. Now, open Tailor and it will automatically recognize the overlapping screenshots and stitch them into one long screenshot.
4. Once it’s done, you can tap on the share button to either save or share the screenshot.
Take Screenshot with Accessibility Features
The screenshot accessibility feature allows users to take screenshots using just one hand. It’s also a pretty good way to take screenshots on iPhone if your home button or power button doesn’t work properly. For this method to work, first you will have to enable “Assistive Touch” and then use it to take screenshots. Here’s how to do that:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone and then go to General -> Accessibility.
2. Here, scroll down to find “Assistive Touch” and then tap on it.
3. Now, enable Assistive Touch by tapping on the toggle next to it and then tap on “Customize Top Level Menu…”.
4. Tap on the “Star” icon marked in the picture below and then select the “Screenshot” option. Tap on Done after you have selected screenshot.
5. Now, to take a screenshot, first tap on the AssistiveTouch button and tap on the option named ‘Screenshot’ to take a screenshot.
SEE ALSO: How to Take a Screenshot in macOS Mojave
Capture and Annotate Screenshot Like a Pro on iPhone
That ends our short tutorial on how to take a screenshot on iPhone. I have tried to include all the details that are needed to easily take, annotate, and share screenshots. Drop your thoughts in the comments, and let us know if you have any confusions, or if you know of other ways to take screenshots on an iPhone.