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3 Ways to Capture a Screen Shot on an Apple iPhone or iPad

Updated on December 26, 2016
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Help for iPhone and iPad Users

Ever want a copy of what is on your iPhone or iPad screen? If you use these devices and want a copy of an open App, love to have a copy of a picture on a webpage, or want a screen shot of a browser page, this Hub will help you.

Here are 3 methods for you to capture a screen shot with your iPhone or iPad.

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#1 "Home+Sleep"

A simple way to capture a screen shot of your iPhone or iPad is to press and hold the "Home" button and simultaneously press the "sleep/wake" button. A screen shot will be saved to your camera roll.

From the camera roll you can e-mail the photo or load it onto your computer. More options are discussed at the end of the article.

#1A One Button Alternative

A guest commenter, Ele, found an alternative to the "Home+Sleep" option to capture a screenshot. Her iPad case with keyboard placed a clasp over the "sleep" button making it inaccessible for capturing a screenshot.

Turning on an Accessibility Option in the General Settings creates a floating button on your screen that can be used to capture a screenshot without using the "Home" or "Sleep" buttons.

The floating button can be moved anywhere on your screen. When not in use it fades but never completely goes away. If it is over something else you want to touch on your screen, by touching and dragging the floating button, you can move it out of the way.

This floating button can be activated on either your iPhone or your iPad. The first set of pictures show the steps necessary to activate the floating button. (The pictures below are from my iPhone 4S. On my wife's iPad the views are similar but not exactly the same).

Steps for Turning on the AssistiveTouch Floating Button

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Open the settings app.From the "Settings" menu, open the "General" settings option.From the "General Settings" menu open the "Accessibility" option.From the Accessibility Menu, fine the "Physical and Motor" section near the bottom of the page.  Access "Assistive Touch" to turn this option on.Turning on "Assistive Touch" to turn on the floating button.  You can now exit the "Settings" app.
Open the settings app.
Open the settings app. | Source
From the "Settings" menu, open the "General" settings option.
From the "Settings" menu, open the "General" settings option. | Source
From the "General Settings" menu open the "Accessibility" option.
From the "General Settings" menu open the "Accessibility" option. | Source
From the Accessibility Menu, fine the "Physical and Motor" section near the bottom of the page.  Access "Assistive Touch" to turn this option on.
From the Accessibility Menu, fine the "Physical and Motor" section near the bottom of the page. Access "Assistive Touch" to turn this option on. | Source
Turning on "Assistive Touch" to turn on the floating button.  You can now exit the "Settings" app.
Turning on "Assistive Touch" to turn on the floating button. You can now exit the "Settings" app. | Source

Using the AssistiveTouch Floating Button

The AssistiveTouch floating button that has been turned on on your screen can be used to accomplish numerous tasks including capturing a screenshot. Touching the floating button opens a series of dark screens that require only one touch to move from one to the next and ultimately result in the capture of a screenshot. (The following pictures are a demonstration using my iPhone 4S).

Demonstration of the AssistiveTouch Floating Button

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STEP #1 Touching the Floating Button opens this first dark screen.  If you want to capture a screenshot, touch the "Device" icon.STEP #2 That will open this second dark screen and you have to touch the "More" option if you ultimately want to capture a screenshot.STEP #3 The "More" option opens this third dark screen and you can now touch the icon "Screenshot" to capture a screenshot.
STEP #1 Touching the Floating Button opens this first dark screen.  If you want to capture a screenshot, touch the "Device" icon.
STEP #1 Touching the Floating Button opens this first dark screen. If you want to capture a screenshot, touch the "Device" icon. | Source
STEP #2 That will open this second dark screen and you have to touch the "More" option if you ultimately want to capture a screenshot.
STEP #2 That will open this second dark screen and you have to touch the "More" option if you ultimately want to capture a screenshot. | Source
STEP #3 The "More" option opens this third dark screen and you can now touch the icon "Screenshot" to capture a screenshot.
STEP #3 The "More" option opens this third dark screen and you can now touch the icon "Screenshot" to capture a screenshot. | Source
Screen shot of one of my Hubs taken on an iPad using WebCapture.
Screen shot of one of my Hubs taken on an iPad using WebCapture. | Source

#2 Screenshot App

WebCapture is a free utility application available for your iPhone but it can also be used on your iPad. It is used to capture a screenshot of a website.

It is a rather simple App. When you open it, it acts as a browser. (Remember to add "http://" before all URLs). This App is used to take a picture of the website (no status or toolbars). There is usually no cropping or editing required. The photo is saved on your camera roll.

Note: This App only takes a screen shot of the view on your screen and not an image of the entire webpage. (Similar to how your printer may give you the option to print "current view" versus "current page".)


Screen shot of the National Park Service Grand Canyon website opened in Safari Browser and after touching the panoramic picture.
Screen shot of the National Park Service Grand Canyon website opened in Safari Browser and after touching the panoramic picture. | Source

#3 Touch a Picture

See an image that you like on a webpage opened in your Safari browser? You can touch and hold on the picture to save it to your camera roll or make a copy of it to attach to an e-mail.

After opening the Safari browser on my iPhone, I went to the Grand Canyon website. Touching and holding on the panoramic picture on the webpage the phone opened a menu of 3 items: "Save Image" "Copy" and "Cancel". (See screen shot of these results at right).

Assuming that I didn't want to cancel this process, my options are to "Save Image" to the camera roll or make a "Copy" of the image that I could then paste into an e-mail.

Below is a copy of the panoramic picture of the Grand Canyon that I e-mailed from my iPhone.

You are correct. Technically this is not a screen shot. It is just a copy of an image on a webpage. But, often all we really want is an image and not the whole webpage.

Photo saved on my iPhone from the National Park Service Grand Canyon website (using Safari browser).
Photo saved on my iPhone from the National Park Service Grand Canyon website (using Safari browser). | Source

Using an Image on your Camera Roll

Now that you have captured the image on your camera roll, what can you do with it? You actually have several options. You can:

  • E-mail, text or tweet it.
  • Print it if you have an AirPrint-enabled printer
  • Download it to your computer the next time you sync with it.
  • Send it wirelessly to all of your linked devices automatically if you have iCloud.
  • Assign the image to a contact or use it as wallpaper.


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      Will B 8 weeks ago

      What Jeff said down below is essential if you want to use the AssistiveTouch Floating Button for screenshots with a single touch. Otherwise you have to make 3 separate clicks of the floating button. which is not practical at all. I quoted the important last part he mentions.

      "I like this floating assistive button hack but there are a couple more very important steps to make it work well.

      After you go to general then accessibility then "assistive touch" and turn it on, you should go to "customize top level menu" and add a "screenshot" button. I would then delete all the rest of the buttons.

      Now when you click the additive button, it automatically takes a screenshot in one click!"

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      tutuhelper 3 months ago

      You can take the screen shots and record your iOS device screen for free using Airshou screen recorder. You can get it from https://iappsbuzz.com/airshou-download/

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      Jeff 7 months ago

      Thanks for this helpful article. The new capacitive iPhone 7 button wreaks havoc on the old steady screen capture shortcut. Because of the new Taptic button, the combo of home button + power/standby is much harder to do right. You get screen sleep as often as you get a screen cap, unless you sync your presses just right. And if you get screen sleep, it usually means the app you were trying to screen cap in has been minimized and you have to open it again.

      I like this floating assistive button hack but there are a couple more very important steps to make it work well.

      After you go to general then accessibility then "assistive touch" and turn it on, you should go to "customize top level menu" and add a "screenshot" button. I would then delete all the rest of the buttons.

      Now when you click the additive button, it automatically takes a screenshot in one click!

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      bankscottage 11 months ago from Pennsylvania

      Glad you found the hub useful Jeffcard. Thanks for your suggestion.

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      jeffcard123 11 months ago

      Great post, it's useful for me. For people who want to record iPhone/iPad screen, share my favorite app named acethinker iphone screen recorder, it can even record the stream video on iPhone.

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      Hi 18 months ago

      Thanks a lot for your trick.

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      bankscottage 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Glad you found the Hub helpful Naresh. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Naresh 2 years ago

      Thank Q for wonderful article

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      ClaytonDaily 2 years ago

      Very helpful.

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      Goonoo Muhammad Munawwar Muazzam 3 years ago from TRIOLET, MAURITIUS

      I don't really have an Apple Product but when I'll buy one, I'll make sure to visit your hub to learn how to take a screenshot.

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      bankscottage 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Ele. I'll add it to the Hub.

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      Ele 3 years ago

      Hi thanks, I actually found it!! Go to Settings / General / Accessibility / Assistive touch - and turn it on. It brings up a home button on the screen. When you click on it you can click on "device" then "more" then it gives you an option to do a screenshot. So that solved the problem which is great. Ele :)

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      bankscottage 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Ele, not that I am aware of. It is the Apple program.

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      Ele 3 years ago

      Hi is there any alternate to the first option - being the sleep and home buttons? I am using a logitech keyboard folio and the only way it orientates correctly is with the sleep button sitting under a clasp and unavailable to use. I'm finding this frustrating when I want to take pics of pages in a magazine I'm reading. Thanks

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      jesse 3 years ago

      Try this site, it may help you. Goodluck! http://knowledgeblessed.blogspot.com/2013/09/get-m...

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      bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      khmohsin, thanks for the kind comments. Glad you found the Hub useful.

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      khmohsin 4 years ago

      Very nice and helpful hub. I have never seen this kind of fantastic and informative hub like this. You did the good work.

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      bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      unikama, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'll have to check out some of you Apple Hubs.

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      Amandeep Singh 4 years ago from London UK

      Really useful tip... I always use Sleep+Homebutton method to capture screenshots while writing iPhone/iPad tutorials on my hub and blog dedicated to Apple...!

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      Staci Stathos 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Thank you for the useful tips!

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      Akhil Swatantra 4 years ago from India

      I am not Using Apple Iphone or Ipad But My Brother Use Apple Iphone And Its Really Cool information..

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      tips 5 years ago

      If you want to capture an entire website page from your iPhone or iPad as an image or PDF for viewing offline... use Webpage Capture http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/webpage-capture/id3...

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Outbound Dan. I am not a real tech geek, so I am constantly surprised how much these devices can do. If the iPad had a real keyboard, I'm not sure I would need a regular computer.

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      Dan Human 5 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Great instructions, I should try this on my wife's iPhone.

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Sandrabusby, I hope this helps you out.

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Wow, I like this. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for SHARING.

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Internetgeek, I hope this helps. I like to use images in my Hubs so I am always looking for ways to capture them.

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      Nizam Khan 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

      Wow! This is really interesting and useful. Well I guess 1st method is a lot easier. Thanks for sharing and voted up :)