How to take a screenshot on any iPhone model

As you use your iPhone, sometimes there are things you want to save or share. Maybe you had a hilarious text conversation, or you just paid a bill and want to save the confirmation. In this article, we’re going to show you just how easy taking iOS screenshots can be, regardless of your iPhone model.

How to take a screenshot on iPhone 5-5s, 6-6s, 7-7 Plus, 8-8 Plus

On older iPhones, all you need to do to take a screenshots is:

  1. Press and hold both the sleep/wake and home buttons at the same time

That’s it. One step. Two buttons. You’re done.

If you’re running iOS 11 or later, you’ll notice a little thumbnail preview of your screenshot in the bottom left corner of your screen. We’ll go over what you can do with this preview later.

If you need to take a screenshot on iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, or iPhone SE, the sleep/wake button mentioned above is on top of the phone. If you’re here trying to figure out how to take a screenshot on iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 7s, 8 and all the Plus model variations, the sleep/wake button is on the side of the phone, opposite the volume buttons.

How do I take a screenshot if my power button is broken?

Now, if you’ve had the misfortune of having your power button break on you, don’t worry: there’s still hope.

The first thing we’ll have to do is turn on Assistive Touch. To do that, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch. Switch the AssistiveTouch toggle on.

Once that’s turned on, you should see a virtual button on your screen.

  1. Tap the virtual home button
  2. Tap Device > More > Screenshot
Screenshots: How to take a screenshot on iPhone without the power/volume button

Your screen will flash to let you know the screen is being captured on your iPhone. Then, you’ll see the thumbnail preview in the bottom left corner.


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How to take a screenshot on iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max

Now, if you’re using a newer iPhone, at this point you’re probably asking yourself how you’re supposed to take a screenshot without a home button. For those on iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max:

  1. Press both the sleep/wake and volume up buttons at the same time

Just as simple as the other iPhones, if not more so because now you only need one hand to do it.

How do I screenshot without the volume button?

If your volume button is broken, or for some other reason you can’t use it, the answer is still Assistive Touch. To turn that on, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Turn On Assistive Touch.

Once Assistive Touch is on, you should see a virtual button on your screen. Do the following:

  1. Tap the virtual home button
  2. Tap Device > More > Screenshot

How to edit an iPhone screenshot

Immediately after you take a screenshot, your phone will flash white indicating your screen has been captured. Then you’ll see the thumbnail preview. If you tap on the thumbnail, it will allow you to edit, share, or delete the screenshot. If you don’t do anything with the thumbnail, the screenshot will be saved in your Photos app.

Screenshots: How to edit a screenshot on iPhone

Where are screenshots saved on iPhone?

All screenshots are saved to your Photos app, so if you want to go back later and edit them in any way, you’ll have all the same photo editing tools available to you, as well as a few extra markup tools. For convenience, all screenshots you take are grouped under Media Types > Screenshots.

That’s really all there is to it. Now that you know taking screenshots on your iPhone is literally at your fingertips, you’ll never have to miss or forget anything important again!

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