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iPod, iPad, iPhone – How to take a screenshot?

iPod, iPad, iPhone – How to take a screenshot?

You have an iPad, iPod, iPhone … now how do I make a screenshot?

While writing my first articles for tweaking4ll I had the need for making screenshots of my iPad, which made me go on a search on how to do this.

Back when I started using my first iPhone, a special screenshot app was needed. In those days it would require a jailbreak and an install of that app. Seems however that since iOS 2.x a screenshot tool has been build-in the OS.

This works on the iPhoneiPad, and I suspect also on the iPod Touch.

Simple steps

I tried this trick on my iPhone and my iPad and on both it works the same way:

Taking a screenshot with just 2 buttons

Taking a screenshot with just 2 buttons

  1. Press the “Power” (or sleep) button and keep it pressed.
  2. Press the “Home” button once and let go of the “Power” button.


Your display will now briefly flash (white) and a screenshot has been made.
The screenshot has now been saved in the “Photos” under the category “Camera Roll” as a PNG formatted image.


  • This trick works even when the screen of your  iDevice is locked!
  • You can do the same procedure with keeping the “Home” button pressed while pressing the “Power” button. However; I noticed that with procedure certain options disappear (like the top bar with options in certain apps).

Bringing it to your computer

You will have two basic options (yes, I know there are more options):

1) Synchronize with iTunes.

If you’re familiar with synchronizing pictures using iTunes, then it should not be a problem for you.

For those unfamiliar with this process: don’t bother, it’s much more cumbersome than option 2 or 3.

2) eMail the picture to yourself.

When looking at the screenshot – tap the screen once so that the upper bar appears with some options.

Forward your screenshot by email

Forward your screenshot by email

Click the “Email Photo” option, and a new email will open where you can enter your email address, subject line, and … press “Send“.

3) Utilize iCloud.

Specially for MacOS X user this can be very easy.

If you have iCloud synchronization enabled, and you use iPhoto, then your picture should be on your Mac in a matter of seconds. More information can be found on the Apple Website.

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