How to Take Screenshots of Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Screen

This short guide will explain how to take screenshots using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch – and how to access them.

Although this guide was initially published way back in 2008, it has been updated to be completely current in 2021.

Apple has made it quite easy to take screenshots with your iPhone or iPod Touch, once you know how. There are 3 possible ways to take a screenshot in iOS, and the method you use depends on your specific device.

iPhones with Touch ID and Top button, the iPod Touch & most iPads

Press the Top button and the Home button at the same time. The screen will ‘flash’ and you’ll hear a camera sound as you take the screenshot.

how to take screenshots on an iOS device with touch ID and a top button

iPhones with Touch ID and Side button

Press the Side button and the Home button at the same time and release both at the same time. The screen will ‘flash’ and you’ll hear a camera sound as you take the screenshot.

how to take screenshots on an iOS device with touch ID and a side button

iPhones & iPads with Face ID

Press the Side Button and the Volume Up button at the same time and then release both at the same time. The screen will ‘flash’ and you’ll hear a camera sound as you take the screenshot.

how to take screenshots on an iOS device with Face ID

Where to Find Screenshots Taken on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

In older versions of iOS, your screenshots would be mixed in with your other photos. Now they have their own folder.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. the iOS Photos App icon

  3. Select Albums from the bottom menu, scroll down to the Media Types section and then select Screenshots
  4. the Screenshots Album in the iOS Photos App

  5. Here’s where all of your screenshots reside.
  6. contents of the Screenshots album in iOS

Now you know how to take screenshots on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch!


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10 thoughts on “How to Take Screenshots of Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Screen”

  1. That explains it. I did it by accident somehow. I just found a screenshot in my photos and had no memory of ever doing that, so yeah, it is pretty easy to do. Now I can do it on purpose!

  2. Hey, thanks for this tip! It really helps for when I want to keep a screenshot of google maps even when I’m offline.

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