3 Ways to Capture a Screen Shot on an Apple iPhone or iPad
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.
#1 "Right Side+Volume Buttons" or "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 ButtonClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 ButtonClick thumbnail to view full-size
#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".)
#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.
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.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Why can’t I take a screenshot of a movie or TV show I’m watching on my iPhone?
Screen shots only take one single image or photo not the multiple images that make up a video. TVs use DVR to record video. As far as I know, no phone or app is available to record videos like a DVR.Helpful 10
Can I change the screenshots on my iPhone or iPad?
I think you could just take a new screenshot then you would have both. They end up in your photo library.Helpful 14
How to take a multi-pages screenshot on an iPhone or iPad?
I don’t believe you can. You can only take one page at a time.Helpful 7
© 2012 Mark Shulkosky