How to Take a Screenshot on Any iPhone Model

It’s straightforward to take a screenshot on your iPhone, whether it’s an iPhone SE, iPhone  6, iPhone 11, or iPhone 12. Screenshots are a simple way to display a high score in your favorite game, save text on a website for later use, or assist a friend with a problem. I mean it when I say screenshots are easy if you’re using an iPhone. You just have to press a few buttons on your phone quickly, the screen flashes, and you’re done. That is everything there is to it.

How Do You Screenshot On your iPhone Model?

iPhone Screenshot - power, volume buttons
  1. iPhone 12 Pro, 12 mini, and 12 models?

Since iPhones with Face ID and older don’t come with an iPhone with a home button, you’ll need to take a screenshot with the Side button.

  • Click the volume up button and the side button (lock button) simultaneously from any phone. For the screenshot that was taken, you can see an animation.
  • A preview appears in the bottom left corner; tap it to make changes, or tap-and-hold to share the screenshot right away with an app, AirDrop, or another method.
  • You’ll see the screens below if you wish to edit or markup your screenshot. You’ll be given the option to “Save to Images” or “Delete” the screenshot if you tap “Done” in the top-right corner (s).
  1. iPhone 8, iPhone X, and other older models

From the original version of iPhone in 2007 to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in 2017, every iPhone uses the same process to capture the screen. The iPhone SE (2020), which also has Touch ID, is in the same boat.

  • Highlighting keys on the iPhone 8 that were used for taking a screenshot with Touch ID.
  • Go to the same screen you want to capture in the app you want to screenshot.
  • At the exact moment, press and hold the Power button on the right side and press the Home button. (This prevents you from accidentally activating Touch ID or Siri when attempting to take a screenshot.)
  • The screen will turn white, and a camera shutter will be heard (if your sound is enabled).
  1. SE (iPhone SE)

Since the iPhone SE has the “old” iPhone style, it functions similarly to the iPhone 8. Your screenshot will be shown at the bottom left corner of the screen after pressing the home and sleep/wake button for a second or two.

Create A Screen Recording

  • On your iPhone, you can make a screen recording and record sound.
  • Tap the Insert Screen Recording button next to Screen Recording in Settings > Control Center.
  • Wait for the three-second countdown after opening Control Center and tapping the Screen Recording button.
  • Open Control Center, tap the Selected Screen Recording button or the red status bar at the top of the screen, then tap Stop to stop recording.
  • Pick your screen recording from the Photos app.

Taking Screenshots With Assistive Touch

AssistiveTouch is an iOS accessibility function that allows you to perform various basic tasks on your phone without pressing buttons or using swiping gestures. This feature permits you to set up your iPhone to take screenshots. Here’s how to activate AssistiveTouch if it isn’t already started.

  • Open the Settings app on your phone.
  • After that, tap “General” and then “Accessibility.”
  • Then, at the top of the respective page, press “AssistiveTouch” to turn the function.

After you’ve activated AssistiveTouch, you’ll need to decide how you want to take screenshots. E.g., whenever you double-tap the AssistiveTouch dot that hovers on the screen, you may want to take a screenshot. To do so, select “Screenshot” from the “Double-Tap” menu. The double-tap gesture now has screenshots allocated to it. You can now take an image by pressing “Back.”

How To View And Edit Screenshots on iPhone Device 

  1. Editing Pictures on iOS 10 And Earlier

You’ll probably want to edit or post your photo once you take a screenshot. On iPhones that haven’t received an update since iOS 10, go to Apple’s Photos app and look for it at the top of your camera roll. The thumbnail can be opened by tapping it, and the Edit button allows you to crop, mark up, and change it as needed. Then, to save it, click Done.

  1. Editing Screenshots on iOS 11 and later

In iOS 11, Apple released a new screenshot GUI, and it’s fantastic. A tiny thumbnail will appear in the lower-left corner when you take a screenshot. You can either wait for it to go away or swipe it, but if you want to act on the screenshot right away, tap it to go straight to the editing interface. You’ll be able to crop, mark up, and post your picture inside, with the option to remove it once you’re finished, so it doesn’t clutter up your camera roll.

Alternative with a Single Button

When you enable an Accessibility Option in the General Settings, a floating button appears on your screen that you can use to take a screenshot without having to use the “Home” or “Sleep” keys.

You can switch the floating button anywhere on your phone. It fades when not in use, but it never entirely vanishes. If it is in the way of something else you want to do on your phone, you can move it out of the way by pressing and dragging the floating button.

You can use your iPhone or iPad to activate this floating button. 

How To Take Screenshots on Mac?

  1. Use of keyboard shortcuts

Taking screenshots with MacOS keyboard commands is the simplest and fastest way to do it, whether you’re trying to capture the entire screen or just a part of it. Apple’s methods save screenshots to the monitor by default, but a keyboard shortcut you can utilize to duplicate the screenshot to the clipboard instead.

Method 1: To take a screenshot of your desktop, press the Command + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously.


Method 2: To save the picture to your clipboard, simultaneously press the Command + Shift + 3 + Control keys.

  1. Taking screenshots with Grab

If you don’t want to learn keyboard shortcuts, a grab is a tool that allows you to take screenshots right from the menu bar. If you need to set the stage before capturing a picture on your display, the app also allows you to take time-delayed screenshots.

Grab isn’t available if you’re running macOS Catalina or later. Instead, the Command + Shift + 5 key combination now controls its functions.

  • Pick Applications from the left-hand menu in Finder.
  • Grab the Utility folder by double-clicking it.
  • When you open Grab, you’ll notice an icon for the app on the dock, which you can pin for later access. When Grab is available, it rarely has a window and instead operates almost entirely from the menu bar.
  • To take screenshots, either uses the Capture menu system or the keyboard shortcuts listed next to each order.

Make Use Of A Photo From Your Camera Roll

There are some choices available to you for an image in your camera roll. You can do the following:

  • Send it via email, text, or Twitter.
  • If you have an AirPrint-enabled printer, you can print it.
  • The next time you sync with it, download it to your computer.
  • If you have iCloud, it will automatically send it to all of your connected computers.
  • Assign the image to contact or set it as your desktop background.


This article will provide you with enough knowledge to take a screenshot of any iPhone device and other Apple products. Simply follow the above steps to capture your iPhone screen.

Do check out how to use VPN in your iPhone for data security purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I take a screenshot on my iPhone?

At the exact moment, press and hold the Top and Home buttons. Release both buttons as soon as possible. A thumbnail will appear on the lower-left end of your screen after you take a screenshot.

Why is the screenshot not working on the iPhone?

The power button on your iPad or iPhone can be used to reset the device and start it all over again. For at least 10 seconds, you can force a restart of your computer by pressing and holding the Home and Power buttons simultaneously. Take a screenshot on an iPhone after that, and your system should function normally.

What is the procedure for turning off my iPhone 12?

You’ll need to click and hold the volume down and side buttons at the same time on your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12. It won’t take long at all — just a few seconds.

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