How to screenshot your iPad or iPad Pro

iPad Screenshots are great for capturing and sharing epic victories from your games, great moments from your videos, funny conversations on social networks like Snapchat or Facebook, feedback on your projects, bugs you want to report, or almost anything and everything you see on your screen. Because the iPad Pro, iPad, and iPad mini screens are so big, there's a lot you can share!

iPad Pro (2018)

How to take a screenshot on your iPad Pro (2018)

The 2018 model iPad Pro does not have a Home button, therefore uses a different set of buttons for taking a screenshot.

Press the Sleep/Wake button and Volume Up button at the same time

  1. Navigate to the screen you want to capture.
  2. Set up the view exactly the way you want it for the shot.
  3. Press the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the iPad Pro and the Volume up button on the right side of the iPad Pro at the same time.

The screen will flash white and you will hear the sound of the camera shutter clicking (if your sound is enabled).

iPads and iPad Pro (pre-2018)

How to take a screenshot of your iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro (2017 and older)

  1. Launch the app (or apps in split view/picture-in-picture) you want to screenshot.
  2. Arrange the app (or apps) exactly the way you want them to appear in the screenshot.
  3. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake (on/off) button on the top of your iPad.
  4. Quickly click the Home button at the bottom of the screen.

  5. Release both buttons.

While you can certainly try and hit both buttons at the same time, holding the Sleep/Wake (on/off) button an instant before tapping the Home button will minimize the chances of accidentally activating Siri or, if you're trying to screenshot the lock screen, blowing through it with Touch ID. Just be quick about it, or you'll pull up the power-off screen.

When you successfully trigger a screenshot, you'll see a white flash and, if audio is on, hear the camera shutter sound. That confirms your screen has been captured and saved to your iPad.

How to edit your screenshots with Instant Markup

On iOS 11 and later, as soon as you take a screenshot it will appear at the bottom left corner of your screen and wait there for a few seconds before fading away. During that time, you can tap on it to enter Instant Markup mode.

With Instant Markup, can use a marker, highlighter, pencil, eraser, or Magic Rope to edit and annotate your screenshot. You can also change the color of the writing tools from white, black, blue, green, yellow, and red. Instant Markup lets you crop your screenshots, too. Touch and hold one of the edges or corners and drag it to the new crop.

There are four additional tools you can add to a screenshot in Instant Markup by tapping the More button in the bottom right corner of the screen (it looks like a plus symbol), which are:

  • Add a text field - This lets you add a layer of text to your screenshot. Tap it to select the tool, then tap the newly added text field to call up the keyboard so you can write your funny quip.
  • Signature - If you've already created a signature in Preview, you'll be able to add it to your screenshot from here.

    Text box and Signature in Instant Markup

  • Magnifier - This is a call-out feature that will zoom in to a particular area that fits within the magnifier you've placed. You can resize and reshape the Magnifier border, and increase or decrease the amount of zoom.
  • Shapes - You can add a particular shape to your screenshot from square, circle, speech bubble, and arrow. You can either have a solid or outlined shape, and you can adjust its size and shape by dragging the edges.

    Magnifier and shapes in Instant Markup

If you make a mistake, you can undo each previous step by tapping the undo button in the bottom left of the screen. Conversely, you can redo any steps by tapping the redo button in the same location.

Undo and Redo in Instant Markup

You can also share your screenshots at any time, right from the Instant Markup interface. Simply tap the Share button and choose whichever service you like.

How to use Instant Markup

How to find your screenshots on your iPad or iPad Pro

If you skip Instant Markup, you can still access your screenshots, edit, annotate, and share them, at any time.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Albums.
  3. Tap on Screenshots.

You can also find your screenshots in the main Photos and Camera albums but you'll have to scroll through everything else as well.

How to take screenshots with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac

Updated November 2018: Added steps for taking a screenshot on iPad Pro (2018).

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