September 2, 2020

Mastering iOS: How to take a screenshot on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

You’ve probably seen it too: someone taking a photo of their iPad screen with their iPhone. There’s a much easier way, since a screenshot only requires two button or key presses. The screenshot will now appear in your photos app on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

How to take a screenshot on iPad.

I regularly find myself doing this in Pages on iPad as a quick way to copy graphics I’ve created.

  • Hold both the Sleep and Volume Up buttons.

A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear on the bottom of the screen. If you do nothing it will automatically be saved to your Photos app after a few seconds. If you tap it, you can edit it. Tap Done and you can save to Photos, save to Files or delete the screenshot.

If your iPad has an external keyboard like the Magic Keyboard or the Smart Keyboard you have two options pulled over from the Mac to take a screenshot by keypress:

  • Command-Shift-3
  • Command-Shift-4

⌘-Shift-4 immediately opens the screenshot in the Edit mode.

How to take a screenshot on iPhone.

If someone you’re communicating with is green and not blue, the easiest way to transfer data (like a contact) may be to send a screenshot:

  • Hold both the Sleep and Volume Up buttons.

Again, a thumbnail of the screenshot will appear on the bottom of the screen. If you do nothing it will automatically be saved to your Photos app after a few seconds. If you tap it, you can edit it. Tap Done and you can save to Photos, save to Files or delete the screenshot.

How to take a screenshot on Apple Watch.

  • Press the crown and the button together.

The screen will flash letting you know the shot was taken, but you don’t have an option to edit or even view the screenshot, since the Photos app on Apple Watch only shows your favorites.

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