How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone

There are a million reasons you might want to take a screenshot on your iPhone. Sometimes I’ll capture a photo of my iPhone screen when I find a recipe or a block of text I want to save. If you can’t figure out how to save a photo, taking a screenshot is another way to save an image to your Photos app. Overall, it’s iPhone 101. Every iPhone user needs to know how to take a screenshot, so we’ll cover it below.

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How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone X

By now, we’re all used to the presence of the Home button. So how do you get a screenshot on the iPhone X?

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  • Navigate to the screen or app you want to capture.
  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the right hand side.
  • Press the volume-up button on the left side simultaneously.

  • When you see the screen flash white and hear the camera shutter, that indicates the screenshot has been captured and added to your Photos.

How to capture the screen of an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, and earlier models

  • Locate your Sleep/Wake button. Depending on the model of iPhone, your Sleep/Wake button may be at the top of your phone (older models) or on the right side of it (newer models).
  • To take a screenshot, simultaneously click both your Sleep/Wake and Home button.

  • The screen will flash white, letting you know a screenshot was taken.
  • Open your All Photos album to see the screenshot you just took or Camera Roll if you’re not using iCloud to store your photos. 


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