Taking screenshots on your iPhone is simple, but there is more than meets the eye. Apple includes a bunch of great tools for taking screenshots, and there are some clever “unofficial” tricks you should know.
How to take a screenshot on iPhone
Before we go to the rabbit hole, let’s start with the basics—how to take a screenshot on iPhone. It is just a matter of knowing the correct button combination for your model.
- iPhones without a Home Button: Press and hold the Side/Power button (right side) and Volume Up button (top left side) at the same time. The screen will flash when the screenshot is taken.
- iPhones with Home and Side Buttons: Press and hold the Home and Side / Power button (right side) at the same time. The screen will flash when the screenshot is taken.
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Take a screenshot on iPhone without buttons
OK, but what if the buttons on your iPhone don’t work, or you want a different method? We can use the “Back Tap” feature in iOS to take a screenshot by tapping on the back of the iPhone.
Back Tap is an accessibility feature that can be used for all kinds of things. You can specify what happens when you double tap or triple tap on the back of the phone. If you take a lot of screenshots, this might be an easier method.
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Draw perfect circles and arrows on screenshots
After taking a screenshot, you can click on the preview thumbnail in the lower left corner to open the editing tools. This gives you the ability to draw on the screenshot, and there’s a secret trick to making your annotations look super clean and clear.
Here’s how it works. Draw a shape or an arrow as you normally would, but rest your finger on the screen for a moment after you’ve finished drawing. You will see your doodles transform into perfect shapes and arrows.
Fabulous, isn’t it? The trick works with circles, ovals, squares, triangles, arrows (straight or curved) and possibly other shapes as well.
Highlight parts of the screenshot with the magnifier
Another lesser known tool in the screenshot editor is the magnifier. The Magnifier tool allows you to enlarge a portion of the screenshot to emphasize it.
From the screenshot editor screen, click the plus sign (+) icon in the bottom left, and select Magnifier. Use your finger to drag the magnifier around the screen. You can move the green point to adjust the magnification and the blue point to change the size of the magnifier.
Take a full page screenshot in Safari
There are times when you may need to take a screenshot of more than just what’s on the screen. You can take full-page screenshots in Safari and Chrome on iPhone.
All you have to do is take a screenshot and then click on the thumbnail to open the editing screen. If the app supports full page screenshots, you’ll see a tab in the editor for “full page”. You can then crop from the entire page.
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Get rid of thumbnail preview
When you take a screenshot, a small thumbnail preview appears in the lower left corner. Clicking on the thumbnail opens the screenshot editor, as we’ve shown several times. If you don’t like the thumbnail, you can bypass it in a nutshell.
Shortcuts is a default iPhone app for creating automation. One of the things you can do is to automatically save screenshots to a folder without the thumbnail appearing. It’s very useful if you take a lot of screenshots that don’t need editing.
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Taking a screenshot is key to knowing how to do it, but the iPhone has some great tools to take this feature to the next level. Now you know all the hidden tips and tricks for visualizing your screenshots.
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