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How to screenshot on iPhone

Want to capture something on your iPhone? We’ll show you how.

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Taking screenshots on your phone is a great way to share content to your social feeds or save something for later that you might want to remember. But you’ll need to know how to screenshot on iPhone.

Apple has changed the button layout on its iPhone range a couple of times, so you might not remember what the button combination is. Or maybe you’re a new iPhone owner, and the button combinations you were used to on Android don’t work anymore.

Whatever the reason, we’ll show you how to take screenshots on your iPhone, whether you have an iPhone 6, iPhone SE, or iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Here’s how to screenshot on iPhone

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Okay, to take a screenshot, it depends on which iPhone model you have. We’ll walk you through the process below.

If your iPhone has a Home button

This works for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

  1. Press the Home button and side button at the same time
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  1. Quickly release both buttons

You’ll get a thumbnail appearing at the lower-left corner of your screen. Tap on it to edit, or swipe left to get rid of it.

If your iPhone has a Home button and a top button

The iPhone 5S and iPhone SE (1st gen) have a button on the top instead of the side.

  1. Press the Home button and the top button at the same time
graphic showing to press the home button and top button on some iphone models to take a screenshot
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  1. Let go of both buttons quickly

You’ll get a thumbnail appearing at the lower-left corner of your screen. Tap on it to edit, or swipe left to get rid of it.

If your iPhone has FaceID and no Home button

This works on every iPhone since the iPhone X, including the newest iPhones, the 13 and 13 Pro.

  1. Press the Side button and Volume Up button at the same time
graphic showing to press the side button and volume up buttons on an iphone at the same time to take a screenshot
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  1. Quickly release both buttons

You’ll get a thumbnail appearing at the lower-left corner of your screen. Tap on it to edit, or swipe left to get rid of it.

How to use Siri and back-tap to take screenshots on iPhone

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Maybe you don’t want to press two buttons, or maybe your physical range of motion is limited. Thankfully, you can get Siri to take screenshots for you on iPhone.

To do this, simply hold either the Side button or Home button and say Hey Siri, take a screenshot.

You’ll get a thumbnail appearing at the lower-left corner of your screen. Tap on it to edit, or swipe left to get rid of it.

Finally, you can also set up back-tap to take a screenshot. To do this, your iPhone will need to be on iOS 14 or higher.

Use the iPhone screenshot feature to remember almost anything

Now you know how to take a screenshot on any iPhone, and a few ways that don’t require timing button presses.

Screenshotting on iPhone is a great way to remember things or share things with friends and family. As an added bonus, you can also make edits to your screenshot, allowing you to add notes and more.

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