How to take a screenshot with the iPhone

How to take a screenshot with the iPhone

While this might be second-nature to some, Apple doesn't tell you how to take a screenshot out of the box. So, not everyone may yet know that they can capture their iPhone — or iPad or iPod touch — screen content with just the touch of a button (well, two buttons actually).

To take a screenshot with your iPhone or iPod Touch, just press the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time. If you nail the timing, the screen will flash and you'll hear the same camera shutter sound that the Camera app makes when you take a photo.

To access and share your screenshots go to Photos and open the Camera Roll. (Note: Images updated to reflect iOS 7.)

How to take a screenshot with the iPhone

Here's a video showing all the screen capture steps:

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How to take a screenshot with the iPhone

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I use it to take snapshots of google maps for me to switch between and websites / pics for viewing offline.

I figured this out the first week the 2.0 software and new iphone launched. At first i thought there was a glitch in the phone... FREAKED ME OUT.... I work for ATT and i finaly figured out that it did this when i was setting up the iphone for a customer. Not really sure why they put this but it sure does come in handy when you find something really cool and want to show your friends.

DAMN fun feature..took a screen shot...opened the photo...gave the iPhone to my buddy...he could not figure out why the icons were not working..he tried tapping..double tapping...index finger..thumb..nothing worked...HAHAHA...damn funny app

@RsB: not sure how your buddy didn't figure it out. When you tap on an image within the camera roll each finger tap to the screen displays and turns off the "camera roll header and footer" with the controls. Dragging the image would have moved it to the next image in line if there were one. If he double taps the image, the image will zoom. He must have not have had any experience with an iPhone before.

its easy to dupe retarted friends I guess. For that matter, RsB may be retarted also, since he didn't notice it and actually posted about it.

you'r a thunk Apple would actually publicize something that is a handy feature. I used to save some memorable (blush) SMS text messages.

You can't accidently take a screen shot on iPhone or iPod Touch. You have to press two buttons? You accidently pressed them? Get real

My kids kept accidentally taking screenshots while playing games. I had no idea how they did it until I found this blog. So, it's possible.

Ummmm... U can actually take accidental screen shots. I have done it for months and I just googled it today after seeing like 12 pictures of my lock screen.

@mitchell
uhh ive accidently done it a couple times its two buttons i have ten fingers you get real

@Jordan don't be Dutch. cûñt, plus this don't work on my phone. It just locks it without taking a screenshot

My 20 month old was taking screen shots on my phone by accident, and I could never figure out how he did it lol. Love this feature, Thanks! :)

This method is not working with an iPhone 3gs and software 4.0. Pressing the two buttons simultaneously brings up the shut down screen.

I have a 3G and it works for me but it takes me a lot of tries before I snap one with those buttons.

It works if you click and release. If you click and hold, it just goes to shut down screen

Interesting function...it came in pretty handy in proving that my friend's boyfriend was lying to her and the girl he claimed was "just" a friend!

I get that it isn't helpful to shoot back with insults when complaining of being insulted... But Dude, you know you're being rude and obnoxious, so can you chill? I'm not coming back to read any reply, so don't bother trying to insult me, too.

this tutorial is wrong: you need to hold down the shut down button and press the home button twice.

Thx for the correction. I think that used to be the right way but wasn't working for me now. Your approach worked perfectly

Works better if you follow the tutorial. Holding the lock button and pushing home twice will take the screen shot but then lock the screen.

It is useful and allowed as evidence in court as the service provider can provide the logg of exact messages sent so it can be verified

Couldn't get it to work on iphone4. mmm? But hey Matt. You were right. Thank you so much. Pity they couldn't get it right in the first place.

You only need to pres the 'O' button once with the iOS5, so Meh is right; dunno how it works with previous versions though.

Correction: Press simultaneously On/Off and 'O' buttons to snap shot the screen you're at; if you hit the On/Off first then 'O' button it would still make the screentshot, however, it would lock your phone too so no need the hassle - use the first approach :)

Thank you! Super helpful... I kept seeing pictures of screenshots on Facebook, etc., but no one I asked ever knew how, and I've been wondering for a while now. Thanks!!!

I did not realize this was so easy or I could even do this on my iPhone. I saw a texting window screen shot on Facebook and had to know how this was done.

I knew that already but still awesome! It would be cool if you could take a video as well. Is there an app or something to do that?! I have an iPod touch 4g and I've been wondering how to do that for a while

If you have the upgraded iPhone4 you have to click home then the lOck screen:) but keep the home button down till after you press the lock:)

This is not working for me on a VZ iPhone 4s. Holding the Home button invokes Siri and then the screen lock button just locks the screen. TIA

I have the same phone as you, Jeff - try this: press the home button (but don't release it) but IMMEDIATELY after you start pressing the home button, press the Lock button. Gotta do it fast, before Siri comes on. I just tried this, worked for me first try.

Danielle's idea works really well, worked 1st try but you do have to press the lock buttonSTRAIGHT after!

comment #1 worked for me, but it took a few times to get it right. Don't give up on a few tries. That is Igodtaswag that is.

Thanks a lot! I thought all along that screenshot for my iphone is not possible, I was very envious of Android phones, but this works perfectly, thanks!

This was not working for me on the iPhone 4s even is I did it quickly but if you do it in reverse order (hold down lock then press the home button) it works!

It works on the 4S. I did it before and just did it again. The snapshot goes into your photos folder.

The order is the other way around, press lock and hold it the press home. If you wait too long before pressing home it will bring up the lock screen. But if you do lock first my 4s consistently gives screenshots

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Very Helpful! I use this to take pictures of these slutty bitches that i know from school on facebook to show to my friends! love it!

I tried in my 3Gs just a clicked work for me.
Hold these buttons not works perfect everytime.

I tried in my 3Gs, Just a clicked work for me. Holding these buttons seems not works perfect everytime.

Thanks so much! Be interested in more iPhone tidbits, what a handy little gizmo! Works on my Verizon 4S fine.
** Press Home button first then press Sleep QUICKLY as in above posts, worked first time.

I have tried this on my 4s and it only works sporadically.
Does anyone else have this problem and does anyone have a solution please?

Ha, I just had to look this up because while trying to perform a hard reset of my iTouch I snapped a screenshot and was like "WTF why did my camera just go off"? Never even thought to think that there was a way people were doing those screenshots on Twitter LOL

When I take a screenshot with my iPhone the photo shutter snaps but when I go and try to retrieve the photo, no photo appears in my camera roll why?

Try doing a hard reset. Hold the top button and the home button at the same time until the Apple logo appears. Then release.