On a daily basis, screenshots can be very useful. For example, you can “take a picture” of an error message on your iPhone and ask a friend for help, or save information such as bus, train, or route schedules. It can also be used to share unusual images found during your research on the net, etc.
Whatever your reason, here’s how to take a screenshot on an iPhone or iPad, then edit or share it.
Take a screenshot on iPhone or iPad
There are two methods, and which one you use depends on whether or not there is a “Home” button on your device.
For models prior to the X and 11 series, as well as the 2018 iPad, press the button simultaneously Market (depending on your model at the top right of your iPhone, or on the side) and the button Home, at the bottom of the screen.
Assuming you’re using a recent version of iOS, you’ll see a small thumbnail of the capture appear in the lower left corner of your screen.
You can touch it to see the editing and sharing options and drag it to the left to make it disappear.
IPhone X and later do not have a button Home. Therefore, to take a capture, simultaneously press the button. Market and on buttonsu volume. Then the process is the same as before: editing, sharing, saving the screenshot, etc.
Find your screenshot
Since the capture is a photo of the screen, it is automatically saved in your Photos app.
- Open the app Pictures of your device.
- Press on Albums, at the bottom of the screen.
- Under the tab Types media, tap on Screenshot.
Take a screenshot (silently)
You just took your first screenshot on a crowded bus, all the passengers heard the sound of your capture, thinking you took their picture?
To avoid embarrassment, put your iPhone in Silent mode before taking any screenshots.
Send your screenshot to your contacts
If you want to send your photo to your friends, follow these 4 steps:
- In the app Pictures, select your image.
- Tap the Sharing (rectangle with an arrow pointing up), located at the bottom left of the screen.
- Select your sending method: sms, email, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
- Fill in the fields, then send, share or publish it, depending on the option chosen.
You can also add your capture to an SMS:
- Go to the app Messages
- First enter the name of your contact in the field AT.
- Tap the icon Camera.
- Choose your shot and send your sms.
Switch from .png to .jpeg format
iOS automatically saves your screenshots in .png, which can be confusing, because the photos automatically have the format .jpg.
If you need the format .jpg for your upload, or to upload your capture to a platform that only accepts this format, then you will need to convert it.
The easiest way would be to do it from your Mac:
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac.
- The Preview application opens automatically.
- Select your capture.
- Drag and drop it onto the Office on your Mac or click Import.
The Preview of your capture opens.
- Click on File, then on Export…
- In the section Format, select .jpg from the drop-down list.
- Finally, click on Record.
Take a screenshot when one of the buttons does not work
If the Power button or the Home button does not work, be aware that it is still possible to take a capture of your screen.
For this you must use theAssistiveTouch. This virtual, tactile button replaces the physical buttons on your iPhone.
iPhone X and later
- See you in Settings → Accessibility.
- Further down the list, select the feature Accessibility shortcut.
- Tap on AssistiveTouch.
- To access this shortcut, all you have to do is triple click on the side button from your iOS.
iPhone 8 and earlier
- See you in Settings – General – Accessibility.
- Further down the list, select the feature AssistiveTouch.
- Activate it.
A white virtual button on a black background now appears on your screen, it allows you to use the functions of your iPhone.
To take your screenshot with the AssistiveTouch, press Screenshot.