How to Take a Screenshot on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

Capture Any Screen on Your iPad

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"ScreenShots" folder in the Photos app on my iPhone. If you want a folder for all your iOS screen shots, you will have to make one manually, or look for an app that creates it automatically. © Sue Chastain, UI © Apple

You might be surprised how easy it is to capture a screenshot from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch in iOS without installing any third party apps. A screenshot allows you to create a picture of anything displayed on the screen, no matter which app you have open – whether it's a game or a text message.

You can forever preserve an image, quote or hilarious IM conversation. A screenshot can give you proof of an amazing feat in Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga or any of your favorite games and apps.

I use screenshots on iOS for all sorts of things, and you'll no doubt find many reasons to capture screens on your iDevices, too. Here's how it's done.

Capturing a Screenshot in iOS

First, you'll need iOS version 2.0 or higher for this trick. Simultaneously press the home button and the lock button to capture a screenshot. Yes, it's that easy. 

You'll probably have to use two hands to coordinate the button presses. If you have trouble, try pressing and holding the lock/power button – the switch on the top edge of the device. Then press the menu button – the main button below the screen – while you're holding the lock button down. 

You can also hold the menu button and press the lock button, but the goal is to press the two buttons at the same time. Do whatever is easiest, but beware – you'll get the power down confirmation if you hold both buttons down too long. You'll get Siri if you hold the main button for more than two seconds.

Of course, you can always ask Siri how to most easily hold these two buttons down simultaneously so you don't have to bother her again. Your screen will flash white for a second, then it will make a camera shutter noise if you have the volume turned up. This tells you that the screenshot has been taken.

But where is it? And how can you share it? 

Finding and Sharing the Screenshot 

Your screenshots are automatically saved in the default photos app under an album called "Photos," "Saved Photos" or "Camera Roll," depending on your device and the iOS version you're using. You can email one or more screenshots or other pictures by clicking the action icon – the little rectangle with an arrow coming out of it. Clicking the action icon from a single picture will email just the one image. You can select multiple pictures to email by clicking on the action button from an index page.

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Chastain, Sue. "How to Take a Screenshot on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch." ThoughtCo, Jan. 8, 2018, Chastain, Sue. (2018, January 8). How to Take a Screenshot on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Retrieved from Chastain, Sue. "How to Take a Screenshot on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch." ThoughtCo. (accessed February 20, 2018).