How to Take a Screenshot on an iPhone

A person smiling on the phone

Using the screenshot feature on your iPhone is an easy way to capture what’s on the screen. Whether you want to save a recipe for a family member, a price before you go shopping, or a meme to send to your friends, you can do it in practically no time.

The methods for taking a screenshot vary depending on the model of your iPhone. All iPhones with Face ID (like the iPhone 13) use the same method, while iPhones with Touch ID and a side button (like the newer iPhone SE) use their own. Let’s walk through how to take screenshots on your iPhone and where to find them on your device after taking them.

Take screenshots on iPhone with Face ID


You can use this screenshot method for all iPhones that include Face ID. This listing includes:

  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max

Here’s how to take the screenshot:

1. Press the side button And button to increase the volume at the same time.

Image of an iPhone indicating volume up and side buttons
Source: Apple

2. Publication both buttons and a small preview of the screenshot will appear in the lower left corner of the screen.

A screenshot of the WhistleOut Canada mobile site on an iPhone

3. Scroll through the preview left to ignore or tap to change it.

The editing feature allows you to mark the screenshot with digital pen tools, crop it to a smaller size, or share it directly via Messages or other social apps. Editing a screenshot can be useful for highlighting key information or cropping unnecessary areas of the image so that you only share what you want.

Take screenshots on iPhone Touch ID with a side button


If you are using an iPhone with Touch ID, the screenshot method is slightly different. The following iPhones will take screenshots using the Home and Side buttons:

  • iPhone SE (2022), iPhone SE (2020), iPhone SE (2016)
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Follow these steps to get a quick screen capture on an iPhone with Touch ID and a side button:

1. Press the Home button And side button at the same time.

Image of an iPhone indicating the volume up and home buttons
Source: Apple

2. Publication both buttons and a screenshot thumbnail will be displayed in the lower left corner.

3. Tap the image to open and edit it, or swipe out to ignore it.

The backward touch method


There is another way to take screenshots on any iPhone 8 and above without pressing buttons. Instead, tap the back of your iPhone on the Apple logo. Here’s how to set up that function:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Scroll down to Accessibility.

The Settings menu of an iPhone

3. Select Touch.

The Accessibility menu of an iPhone

4. Choose Back Tap at the bottom of the list.

The touch accessibility menu of an iPhone

5. Set the Double tap or Triple tap to Screenshot.

The Back Tap menu of an iPhone

This method is useful for people who use a large phone, for those with less dexterity than others, or when you don’t want to miss something by accidentally locking the phone. We recommend that you choose the triple tap option to prevent accidental double taps from resulting in unwanted screenshots. That said, it is still possible to take accidental screenshots with the triple tap option enabled.

There are other options available for the backward tap feature that may be worth exploring if you find them useful. These options include up and down volume replacement, scrolling, iPhone shortcuts, and more.

Where to find the screenshots


The screenshots will automatically come to the Photos app. To view your screenshots only, click Album > Media Types> Screenshots. If you use another photo app, such as Google Photos, your screenshots will also show there.

FAQ: Taking a screenshot on an iPhone


Yes, all iPhones can take screenshots. Follow the steps for your device above.

Yes, you can backup screenshots taken on an iPhone. The screenshots will automatically backup to your iCloud storage if there is space. You can also backup screenshots and other photos to third-party apps like Google Photos or Dropbox.

You can take a screenshot on your iPhone using the backward tap accessibility feature if one of your buttons is broken.

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