Apple included a cool feature in iOS that allows users to take full-page screenshots in Safari. If you’ve ever wanted to send a screenshot that’s more than what’s shown on the screen, then you may want to consider sending a full-page screenshot.
The process is similar to taking a normal screenshot, but with a full-page version, you get to share more. There could be several scenarios where you don’t want to send the link to the web page. You can also take full-page screenshots on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox on Mac.
How to take a full-page screenshot in Safari on iOS
Taking a full-page screenshot of a webpage in Safari on your iOS device is fairly simple. Here’s how you can do it on your iPhone or iPad.
1) Launch Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
2) Take a screenshot as you would normally do by pressing the Volume Up + Power button. If you’ve got an iPhone with a Home button, then press the Home button along with the Power button.
3) Now tap on the screenshot preview that appears on the bottom corner of the screen.
4) You should see two options for Screen and Full Page at the top. Select Full Page.
5) A new preview window will appear next to the screenshot, where you can scroll to see the entire web page.
6) Tap on Done to save the screenshot as a PDF. The screenshot will be saved as a PDF in the Files app.
The full-page screenshot of the Safari web page is now ready. Before saving the screenshot, you can also make changes to it. For example, you can crop the screenshot to remove any unwanted parts of the webpage. Here’s how to crop the full-page screenshot.
1) While in the screenshot interface, tap on the Crop button on top of the screen.
2) You will now be able to adjust the screenshot as per your requirement. Tap on Done.
3) Tap Done once again or hit the Share icon to save the screenshot as PDF to Files.
And there you are. You have now successfully learned how to take a full-page screenshot in Safari on your iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately, this only works with Safari, and other browsers such as Chrome cannot take advantage of this feature.
In addition to Safari, you can also take full-screen screenshots in other Apple apps like Notes (when you are inside a note), Mail (when you are inside an individual email), and the Files app (when you have opened a PDF).
How to take a full-page screenshot in Chrome or anywhere else on iPhone
Apple’s solution to take a full-page screenshot is limited to Safari and a few other in-house apps. But thanks to third-party apps like Picsew (paid version – $1.99), you can take scrolling screenshots anywhere you scroll vertically like Chrome, Firefox, Gmail, App Library, Messages, Reminders, and more.
Here’s how to take a scrolling, long-form full-page screenshot on any iPhone and iPad screen:
1) Download Picsew from the App Store. Now, open it and tap the gear icon > Advanced Features to upgrade to its Pro version.
2) Make sure the screen recording icon is added to your iPhone Control Center. If not, go to Settings > Control Center and tap the green plus icon for Screen Recording.
3) Be in the browser, app, or screen whose long screenshot you wish to take. From here, open the Control Center:
- On iPhone with Face ID, swipe down from the top right corner.
- On iPhone with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.
4) Long-press the screen recording icon.
5) Select Picsew and tap Start Broadcasting. You have three seconds to tap any empty area in the Control Center to return to the screen whose long screenshot you want.
6) While Picsew is recording your screen (you will see a red pill shape or bar on top of your screen), scroll the page.
7) Once you have scrolled to the desired length (in the screenshots below, you can see I have scrolled from the top of the article till the bottom), tap the red pill shape or red bar from the top of your iPhone to stop the screen recording. At times, you might also see a notification from Picsew saying it has finished the screen recording.
8) Open Picsew from the popup or the Home Screen.
9) The app has already stitched several images one after another creating a long screenshot. Optionally, you can use the tiny yellow pencil icon to adjust individual images. Once done, tap the share icon from the top right and export it as an image or PDF.
Here’s how the saved full-page, long screenshot looks in the iPhone Photos app:
I use Picsew daily on my iPhone and like it. For me, it’s worth the investment.
Full-page screenshots can be very useful, and having a built-in tool in iOS makes things easy when you want to send across a screenshot of a web page on Safari. There are other tools available on iOS that can help take scrolling screenshots of text conversations on iPhone. Keep following iDB to check out more such helpful tutorials.
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