How to Take A Screenshot on an iPhone with Voice Control, Hands Free!

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We've gone over how to take a screenshot manually, but pressing buttons on an iPhone can be a literal pain if you have joint problems. That, plus messy fingers from cooking or being outside in the cold can make it hard to use to your hands to do a screenshot. For those times when a manual screenshot isn’t an option, you may have wondered, "can I ask Siri to take a screenshot?". The answer is, sort of. You can use Voice Control to take a screenshot, which is very similar to using Siri, since you're using vocal rather than manual control. However, you don't need to say, "Hey, Siri" before you give this command. In fact, if you say "Hey, Siri" first, this tip won't work. You can take a screenshot with a voice command if you have an iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, 7, 7s, 8, X, XR, XS, or XS Max, or the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max; here's how.

Related: Siri Tips & Tricks: 21 Useful Things You Can Ask Siri

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How Do I Take a Screenshot with Voice Control?

First, you’ll need to enable Voice Control. Voice Control is an accessibility feature that was introduced with iOS 13, so if your iPhone is on the list of phones with iOS 13 compatibility, you'll be able to use this tip! 

  1. You should see a blue microphone icon in the upper left corner of your screen. If you don’t see the icon, quickly press the Home button three times or the Side button three times if there's no Home button.
  2. When you see the blue microphone, say, “Take screenshot” or “take a screenshot”.

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  3. To view your screenshot, say, “Open Photos.” Your screenshot will be in the Screenshot and Recents albums.
  4. When you’re finished, you can press the Home or Side button three times to exit Voice Control.

    open photos voice commandvoice control screenshot in recents and screenshots albums


That’s how to make a screenshot using Voice Control! We hope this helps you take screenshots more easily.

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.