How to take screenshots on any model of iPhone or iPad

This tutorial shows you the steps to take screenshots on any model of iPhone and iPad, including old and new ones.

iPhone on a light background with highlights around screenshot buttons

About the different iPhone buttons:

  • Side button: This is the button on the right side of the iPhone.
  • Home button: This is the circular button on the front of the iPad or iPhone.
  • Top button: This is the button on the top-right of all iPads, and smaller iPhones with a screen size of 4-inch or less (SE, 5S, and earlier).
  • Volume buttons: Every iPhone has two volume buttons – Up and Down on the left side of the device. On iPad, both volume buttons are on the right side (or top-left in iPad mini 2021).

How to take a screenshot on iPhone with Face ID

Here are the steps to do a screenshot on all models of iPhone X, XR, XS, 11, 12, and 13:

  1. Start on the screen where you want to take the screenshot.
  2. Press the side button and the volume up button at the same time and release them immediately.
  3. The entire screen will flash white (or light gray, when in dark mode), confirming you have captured a screenshot.
A mockup of iPhone with Face ID showing arrows pointing the buttons to take a screenshot

How to take a screenshot on iPhone with Home button

Here’s how to do a screenshot on iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8, iPhone SE 2020:

  1. Start on the screen where you want to take the screenshot.
  2. At the same time, press and release the side button and the Home button to capture a screenshot.
  3. The entire screen will flash to confirm a successful screenshot.
A mockup of iPhone with Home button showing arrows pointing the buttons to take a screenshot

Please note: On iPhone SE, 5s, 5, 4s, 4, & earlier, as well as iPod touch, press the top button and the Home button to take a screenshot.

A mockup of iPhone with Top button showing arrows pointing the buttons to take a screenshot

How to take a screenshot on iPad with no Home button

iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation) have Face ID and no Home button.

iPad Air (4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation) don’t have the Home button or Face ID.

Here’s how to take a screenshot on any iPad without the Home button:

  1. Start on the screen where you want to take the screenshot.
  2. At the same time, press and quickly release the top button and any one of the volume buttons.
A mockup of iPad Pro with Face ID showing arrows pointing the buttons to take a screenshot

Please note: On the iPad mini (6th generation), the volume buttons are on the top-left.

A mockup of new iPad mini showing arrows pointing the buttons to do a screenshot

How to take a screenshot on iPad with Home button

All old iPad models and new affordable ones feature a circular Home button on the front of the device.

Here’s how to do a screenshot on iPads that have the Home button:

  1. Start on the screen where you want to take the screenshot.
  2. At the same time, press and quickly release the top button and the Home button to capture a screenshot.
A mockup of iPad with Home button showing arrows pointing the buttons to take a screenshot

FAQs about iPhone and iPad screenshots

Now that you know how to take a screenshot, here are some related frequently asked questions.

1. Where can I find the screenshots I take?

All screenshots you take are saved in the iPhone or iPad Photos app. Open the Photos app and tap Recents to see them. You can also scroll down in the Albums tab to see a separate section titled “Screenshots.”

2. For how long does the thumbnail remain on the screen?

After you take a screenshot, it appears as a thumbnail at the bottom of the screen. You can tap the thumbnail to edit the screenshot or share it. You can manually dismiss it by swiping away. And if you don’t do anything, it’ll automatically disappear in about 6 seconds.

3. Does a screenshot capture everything that’s on the screen?

For the most part, the iPhone screenshots capture everything except screens with a password, 2-step verification code, and such. For example, if you go to Settings > Passwords > any account and take a screenshot, the saved password and code won’t appear in the screenshot.

Similarly, if you take a screenshot of the zoomed iPhone screen, it will appear normal and zoomed out.

4. What is the file format of an iPhone screenshot?

By default, iPhone and iPad take screenshots in PNG format.

5. How to take iPhone screenshots in JPG format?

There is no setting to have the iPhone screenshots in JPEG/JPG format. But I have found a workaround to save iPhone screenshots in JPG format. Here’s how:

  1. After you take the screenshot, tap its thumbnail from the bottom.
  2. Make any tiny, almost non-visible edit (like, add a faint dot using the pencil tool).
  3. Finally, tap Done > Save to Photos. This iPhone screenshot will now be in JPEG format.

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6. What is the average size of an iPhone screenshot?

The screenshot file size depends on what’s on the screen, the resolution of the iPhone screen, and more. For example, the screenshot size of the iPhone 11 Home Screen full of apps with the default iOS 15 wallpaper is around 3.6 MB. Whereas the screenshot of the first screen inside the Settings app is just 294 KB. In short, the iOS screenshot file size varies significantly.

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7. Do iPhone screenshots show the Face ID notch?

No. The notch isn’t shown in any iPhone screenshot. The same adjacent screen colors cover the notch area in such a way that everything looks flawless as if there were no notch anywhere!

8. Can I double tap to screenshot on iPhone?

Yes. Starting with iOS 14, you can use the Back Tap feature on newer models to take a screenshot by a double or triple tap on the back of the iPhone. It works even when you have a case on. This feature isn’t available on the iPad.

9. Can I take a screenshot without pressing any button?

You can press the Side or Home button to call Siri and ask it to “take a screenshot.” If you don’t want to press any button, set up Hey Siri on your iPhone and say, “Hey Siri, take a screenshot.”

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