Have you ever wanted to get an exact copy of what you're seeing on the screen of your iPhone or iPod touch? Whether you wanted it to get a record of someone's words or to illustrate something, it probably wasn't immediately obvious how you'd take an iPhone screenshot.
For the first year or so the iPhone was around, the only way to take an iPhone screenshot – that is, capture a picture of what was on your iPhone's screen – was with a camera or a third-party application.
With the introduction of iOS 2.0, though, this changed. That version of the iOS added a screenshot feature that wasn’t widely publicized. Now, if you need to take an iPhone screenshot, as long as you're running 2.0 or higher (and virtually everyone is), you can do it by clicking two simple button.
These instructions work for all iOS devices--the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
- 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 or simply getting to the right screen in one of your apps.
- When you've got the screen you want to capture displayed, you need to get coordinated. You need to press the home button and the on/off button at the top right of the iPhone or iPod touch at basically the same time. If you hold Home too long, you'll activate Siri. Hold on/off too long and the device will go to sleep. It's a finesse action, so it may take a few tries to get the hang of it.
- When you press both buttons correctly, the screen will flash white and there will be a sound like a camera shutter. This means you've successfully taken your iPod or iPhone screen capture.
- To view your new iPhone screenshot, go into the built-in Photos app and then tap on Camera Roll. In the Camera Roll, the most recent photo will be the screenshot you just took.
- Next time you sync your iPhone, you can sync the photo to the photo management software of your choice – be it iPhoto on a Mac or any of the various PC programs that sync with the iPhone. From there, you can manipulate your iPhone screenshot however you'd like in an image editing program.
- These instructions work on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. If you want to get a screenshot on an iPod other than a touch, though, you're out of luck. Because it runs the iOS, the iPod touch is the only iPod that has a built-in screenshot feature.