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How to take a screenshot on iPhone

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You might need to take a quick screenshot on iPhone for a number of reasons. Maybe you want to save a cool Instagram post from your new iPhone 14 or keep track of the latest fashion trends so you can dress better. You might also want to save a sweet text conversation you had with friends or family. 

No matter why you want to take an iPhone screenshot, here are some easy ways to do it.

How to make a screenshot 12, 13 and 14

So how to take a screenshot on iPhone? The way you do it will depend on what kind of iPhone you have and whether or not it has Touch ID. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were the last iPhones to have a Home button and a Touch ID sensor built into them.

How to screenshot on iPhone with no home button

There’re a lot of queries like, “How to take a screenshot on iPhone 12 with no home button?” or “How to screenshot on iPhone 13?” on Google. So let’s start with the iPhones that don’t have a home button. If you have one of these phones, you probably have taken a lot of screenshots by accident by pressing the right buttons at the wrong time. But here’s how to take a screenshot on iPhone 11 and other newer models intentionally. 

Press the power button and the volume up button at the same time. Then release the buttons. If you do it in the wrong way, nothing will happen, or you might set off Siri. If you do the press that is too long, the SOS screen will appear.

When you do everything right, the screen will flash, and you’ll hear the sound of a camera shutter. At the bottom left of your screen, a small copy of your screenshot will float. You can tap on it and go into Markup mode to crop, edit, or add text right away without having to go into the Photos app.

take a screenshot on iPhone without home button

If you don’t want to edit your iPhone screenshot, you can either swipe the mini version away or wait a few seconds for it to go away on its own. In such a case, your screenshot will be saved in the Photos app. 

Don’t forget to declutter your phone from time to time. The best way is to start with your screenshots and photos. Gemini can help you find duplicate and even similar photos and screenshots that you can keep or delete to make room for more. You can install the app via Setapp and start  trimming down your photo collection right away. Even better, Gemini also has a desktop version that can help you find and get rid of duplicates on your Mac.


Now you know how to screenshot on iPhone 12 and other new models with no home button. Let’s take a look at older models. 

How to screenshot on iPhone with a home button

If your iPhone has a home button, you will take a screenshot in a different way. At the same time, press the home button and the sleep/wake button. Release the buttons quickly. At the bottom left of the screen, a small copy of your screenshot will appear. Tap it to make changes or share it right away.

How to make a screenshot in different ways

Did you know you could also take iPhone screenshots without having to hold down buttons? Here’s how to do that:

  1. First, open the Settings app on your device
  2. Go to Accessibility from there
  3. Now, go to the section called Touch
  4. Move down until you see Back Tap. You can do things like taking a screenshot with a double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone when you use this feature
  5. Choose Double Tap or Triple Tap, then scroll down to Screenshot. If you tap on it, you can now take a screenshot by double- or triple-tapping the back of your phone.

access screenshot settings

Want even more tips on how to take a screenshot on iPhone? Here you go!

Even though many people may know how to take a screenshot on iPhone 13, I bet there are a lot of users out there with iPhone 13 or 14 who still don’t know about one of Safari’s coolest features: Full Page.

So here’s how you take a screenshot of a full page in Safari:

Take a screenshot of any part of a Safari page on your iPhone or iPad

  1. At the bottom left, a thumbnail preview will show up. Tap it before it goes away to open the screenshot editor. If you don’t open the editor, the screenshot will only save what was on the screen when it was taken. To get the whole page, you need to open the editor as soon as you take the screenshot
  2. The screenshot editor has tabs for Screen and Full Page at the top. The first screenshot is the default one, and it shows what was on the screen when you took it. If you click on the Full Page tab, the page is automatically stitched together from top to bottom, giving you a snapshot of the whole page
  3. Depending on the page, you might want to cut out any parts that aren’t necessary, such as comments, links to more reading, the site’s footer, etc. On the right, you’ll see a preview of the whole page that is long, small, and probably can’t be read. You can see that spot in the big preview to its left. Tap and hold the part you want to change, then move it up or down to see what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.

screenshot a part of webpage

Sadly, it looks like you can only take full-page iPhone screenshots with the Safari app, and you can’t save full-page screens of iMessage chats, social media feeds, or Slack direct messages. If you try to take a full-page screenshot of something that isn’t in Safari, the Full Page option simply won’t show up on your editing screen. 

Another common question is, “What to do if you want to capture a still from a video?” 

  1. Go to the video in the camera roll
  2. Choose Edit
  3. Scrub through the frames until you find a good one
  4. Finally, take the screenshot by pressing volume up + power button or home + power button.

Don’t bother taking random screenshots that take too long to get right and are usually blurry. With one tap, SnapMotion pulls thousands of images from your videos in the best quality. The app can also create GIFs or MP4s out of your images.

snapmotion

How to take a screenshot: iPhone tricks

Taking a screenshot on your iPhone is an important skill that everyone should know. If your iPhone has a home button, you can take a picture of everything on the screen by pressing the home button and the power button at the same time. If your iPhone doesn’t have a home button, press the power button and the volume up button at the same time.

If the home, power, or another button on your iPhone isn’t functioning properly, you might not be able to take screenshots normally. There is a way around this, though. You can set up your iPhone to take screenshots by tapping the back of your phone.

Another great feature we’ve mentioned in this guide is the Full Page feature that lets you take full-page iPhone screenshots in Safari.

And in case you want to capture a still from a video, you can do it by pausing the video and pressing the home + power button or the volume up + power button. However, SnapMotion is a better way to do that faster and get higher quality. The app is available on Setapp, a platform with hundreds of fantastic tools for your Mac and iPhone. With just one subscription, you can install as many apps as you want. You pay $9.99 per month, and the apps are all yours, fully unlocked. Good news: you can spend one week free exploring Setapp. Why not give it a try?

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