Tips and How-To's: Screenshot Savvy

If the iPhone is your first smartphone, then you won't fully appreciate the lack of a means to send contacts or files via Bluetooth or IR (infra-red). What if you want to send your Google map to a friend to show him or her the way? What about sending a website link of your winning team to your buddy to rub it in? The iPhone is lacking in some of the more conventional methods of sending data to someone else, but the built-in screenshot capability can do wonders! Read on for more!

If you haven't tried it already, just hold down the power button and home button at the same time and presto, your iPhone will capture a screenshot and send the image to Photos. Just about every other smartphone I can think of requires a third-party app to pull off this neat little trick, but fortunately the iPhone makes it easy as pie. There's a lot of things you can do with this feature, and here's just a few.

Send Contact Information

If you haven't noticed, there's no button or tab to send contact information to someone else via email or otherwise. Therefore, you have to be creative. Use the screenshot feature to snap a photo of the contact you want to send, go find it in Photos, and email that sucker to the one you want to have it. Easy peasy!

Send SMS Conversation

Maybe you have some important information in a text message that you need to send to one or more people, like movie times, an address, directions, etc. Since the iPhone has no copy/paste and no means of forwarding a text message, take a screenshot and email it. Starting to get the picture? Pun. Ugh.

Send Your Stock Quotes

Yeah, I know, why would you want to send the bad news to anyone? But hey, if there's a reason to send stock quotes, it's easy to do with screenshot and email. Maybe you want to send some stock ideas to a family member or friend. Maybe someone you know doesn't have an iPhone (gasp!) with it's easy access to stock quotes, so you can be helpful and send the bad news via email!

Send A Web Site Screenshot

Did your Celtics take your friend's favorite team to the woodshed? Now you can do a little taunting of your own by taking a screenshot with your iPhone and emailing it to your friend to rub it in a little. Yes, it's gloating. But hey, you have an iPhone - license to gloat, baby!

There are lots of possibilities - take screenshots of Google Maps, your new high score on a favorite iPhone game (again, send to a friend for some gloat-ness), and just about anything else that you can display on your iPhone. Be creative!

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Tips and How-To's: Screenshot Savvy


So simple, yet I never thought about it. Good idea. Now, I have to go harass Vicent Price at his home.

Good tips.
Sending links to people is actually already possible. When on a webpage, the "+" at the bottom bar will give you an option to send the webpage link to someone by email. This is better if the webpage link is long, but if you just want to show them a scoreboard or something online then a screenshot would do.

This is useful info. However, the description is a little off. To get a screenshot, you must hold down the Home button, then press and release the power button. Holding them both down just leads to the "hard power off" option.

Great idea but still doesn't help with all the contacts that don't have a smartphone and don't get there emails till they get home.

good call Mark, when i read this i thought to myself, "pretty sure thatll force off my phone" but i tried it anyways...and performed a hard restart :(
thanks for the clarification

Thanks for the bluetooth tip here, I will soon get an iPhone for myself sometime this December and while looking for some extra info, I arrived here in your blog and how I'm glad you have a few of what I just need-tips, before I buy one.

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