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How to take a screenshot on an iPhone

Taking a screenshot on an iPhone

Have you ever wanted to capture something cool or important on your iPhone screen? It could be a high score in a game, a weird text message, or a recipe you don't want to forget. Whatever the reason, taking a screenshot on your iPhone is super easy, and we're here to walk you through it.

At Asurion, we help you get the most out of your tech—from fun iPhone features to how to print from your phone. Whether you have the newest iPhone model or an older one like the iPhone XR, this guide will teach you how to take screenshots

What is a screenshot?

So, what is a screenshot, anyway? It's snapping a quick photo of whatever is displayed on your phone's screen. This handy capability is helpful for various purposes, from saving information to sharing screen issues with tech support.

How to take a screenshot on various iPhone models

Taking a screenshot differs slightly based on your iPhone model, but here are the simple steps:

  • iPhone 8 or earlier and iPhone SE: Press and hold the Home and Power buttons, then release. You'll hear the familiar camera shutter sound, signaling a successful screen capture.
  • iPhone X or later: Push the Side and Volume Up buttons simultaneously, then quickly release. 
  • Using AssistiveTouch as an accessibility feature: Do you prefer an on-screen method? Navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch to activate this feature. An on-screen button will appear, allowing you to take screenshots with a tap.

TIP: You can always ask Siri to capture a screenshot.

Where do my screenshots go?

You might wonder where it ends up after capturing a screenshot on your iPhone. Every screenshot you take is automatically saved in your Photos app.

To find them:

  1. Open the Photos app and tap on the Albums tab at the bottom.
  2. Here, you'll see an album labeled Screenshots. This is where all your screenshots are neatly stored. If you've taken a lot of screenshots, this album makes it super easy to find them without scrolling through your entire photo library.

Right after you take a screenshot, a thumbnail temporarily appears in the lower-left corner of your screen. Tapping on this thumbnail will take you directly to the editing screen, where you can immediately edit or share your screenshot. Once you're done, the revised version also gets saved in the same Screenshots album in the Photos app.

Editing and sharing your iPhone screenshots

Tap on the screenshot preview in the lower-left corner of your screen to enter the editing screen. Here, you can doodle, crop, or add text. When you're done, share (square with arrow icon) your screenshot directly from there to friends, family, or on social media.

Troubleshooting common screenshot issues

If you encounter issues like the physical buttons not working, check if they are stuck or damaged. If screenshots aren't saving, ensure your iPhone has enough storage, especially in your photo library. If all else fails, restarting your iPhone often solves any minor issues. 

Advanced screenshot features

Newer iPhone models support a full-page screenshot and the Back Tap feature – double or triple tap the back of your iPhone to take a screenshot. 

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

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