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How to take a screenshot on an iPhone

Taking a screenshot on an iPhone

Want to take a screenshot on your iPhone®? It's easy. We'll show you how.

At Asurion, we help you get the most out of your tech—whether you want to check out fun iPhone features or clean your laptop screen. Here's our guide for how to screenshot on any iPhone.

What is a screenshot?

A screenshot is a digital picture of whatever's on your phone's display. It's a great way to save and share information, from directions to your favorite restaurant to wacky texts with your mom.

Depending on how old your iPhone is, the steps for taking one may differ.

How to take a screenshot on newer iPhones

Want to learn how to take a screenshot on an iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and other newer models? Just follow these steps:

  1. Press the Side and VolumeUp buttons at the same time, then quickly release both buttons.
  2. After you snap the screenshot, a thumbnail image appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap the thumbnail to open it or swipe it left to close it.
  4. The image will be stored in your Photos app. Go to Albums, scroll down to Media Types, and tap Screenshots to find it, or go to Albums > Recents and find it there.

How to take a screenshot on older iPhones with a Side and Home button

If you're trying to take a screenshot with your iPhone 8, the iPhone SE (2nd or 3rd generation), or other older models with a Side and Home button, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Side and Home buttons at the same time, then quickly release both buttons.
  2. After you snap the screenshot, a thumbnail image appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap the thumbnail to open it or swipe it left to close it.
  4. The image will be stored in your Photos app. Go to Albums, scroll down to Media Types, and tap Screenshots to find it, or go to Albums > Recents and find it there.

How to screenshot on older iPhones with a Top button

Here's how to screenshot on an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and other older models with a Top button:

  1. Press the Top and Home buttons at the same time, then quickly release both buttons.
  2. After you snap the screenshot, a thumbnail image appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap the thumbnail to open it or swipe it left to close it.
  4. The image will be stored in your Photos app. Go to Albums, scroll down to Media Types, and tap Screenshots to find it, or go to Albums > Recents and find it there.

How to take a screenshot with AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch® is an accessibility feature that, among other things, lets you tap your screen instead of pressing buttons. To turn on and use AssistiveTouch to take a screenshot, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch, then turn on AssistiveTouch.
  2. Select Double-Tap > Screenshot.
  3. When the image you want to take a screenshot of is on your screen, double tap the AssistiveTouch button.
  4. After you snap the screenshot, a thumbnail image will appear in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.
  5. Tap the thumbnail to open it or swipe it left to close it.
  6. The image will be stored in your Photos app. Go to Albums, scroll down to Media Types, and tap Screenshots to find it, or go to Albums > Recents and find it there.

Want to learn more about screenshots? Check out our guide for how to take a screenshot on your laptop.

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