How to take a screenshot on an iPhone

Lynn Wright / 29 March 2016

Want to share what you see on your iPhone with others? Taking a screenshot of an iPhone is easy. We show you how take a picture of what’s on your iPhone with just one click.

Sometimes you just want to capture what’s showing on your iPhone screen and share it with others. 

It may be anything from a funny image or a product you’ve seen on an online store, to a Facebook post or a weird error message you’ve received from an app.

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It’s super easy to take a screenshot of your iPhone

The good news is that you can take an iPhone screenshot – also known as a screengrab – to record what's on your iPhone screen at any given moment. 

Like photos taken with your iPhone’s camera, this image of your screen is stored in your Camera Roll and can be easily shared with others by email, messaging and posting online, or simply printed using AirPrint.

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How to take a screenshot of your iPhone

1. Open the image, app or navigate to the exact screen you want to screenshot. Everything that’s shown on your iPhone will be captured, so make sure that you arrange the screen as you want it to appear in the screenshot.

2. When ready, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and then press the Home button. On the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Sleep/Wake button is on the right side of your phone. On older iPhones, it can be found on the top of your handset.

Be sure to keep the Sleep/Wake button pressed down, otherwise clicking the Home button will activate Touch ID or Siri.

3. The screen will flash white and, if the volume is audible, you’ll the hear the iPhone’s camera shutter sound effect.

The screenshot will be saved to your iPhone’s Camera Roll or to your All Photos album if you’re using iCloud Photo Library.

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4. Tap the Photos icon on your Home screen to open the app.

5. Scroll down to the bottom of the Photos app to see your screenshot.

6. Tap the screenshot to open it full screen.

7.  To share it with others, tap the Share icon – the arrow pointing upwards from a square – at the bottom-left. Select Message, Mail, Twitter, Facebook or whatever method you want to use to share the image.

8. With the screenshot shown in full screen, you can also tap the Heart icon to make it a favourite image or tap 'Edit' to make changes to the image.

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You can add your screenshot directly to texts, emails social networking posts and more by tapping the camera icon or Edit menu within individual apps such as Messages, Mail and Facebook.

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