Last Updated: April 10, 2014
Taking screenshots of your iPhone or iPod touch can be very useful. Screenshots can let you get a record of someone's words, test designs, or save a funny or important moment. You've probably noticed, though, that there's no button or app in iOS for taking screenshots. That doesn't mean it can't be done, though. You just need to know the trick described in this article.
These instructions can be used to take a screenshot on all iOS devices--any model of iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (as long as they're running iOS 2.0 or higher; everyone's upgraded by now, right?). You can't take screenshots on iPod models other than the touch because they don't run iOS.
Time Required: Less than a minute
- Begin by getting whatever you want to take a screenshot of onto the screen of your iPhone or iPod touch. This could mean browsing to a particular website, opening a text message, or simply getting to the correct screen in one of your apps.
- Find the home button the home button at the center and the on/off button at the top right of the iPhone or iPod touch.
- Press the two buttons at the same time. This can be a little tricky at first: If you hold Home too long, you'll activate Siri; Hold on/off too long and the device will go to sleep. Try it a few times and you'll get the hang of it. It's like riding a bike—learn how to do it once and you'll never forget.
- When you press the buttons correctly, the screen flashes white and there will be the sound of a camera shutter. This means you've successfully taken a screenshot.
- Screenshots are saved to your device's built-in Photos app.To view your screenshot, tap the Photos app on your device and then tap Camera Roll. In the Camera Roll, the most recent photo will be the screenshot you just took.
- Now that you've got the screenshot in your Photos app, you can do the same things with it that you can with any photo: share it via text, email, social media; sync it to your computer, delete it, etc.