How to take a screenshot of your iPad or iPad Mini

This very brief tutorial will show you how to take a screenshot using your iPad, and how to transfer it to your PC or Mac.

The process is actually exactly the same as it is with an iPhone or iPod Touch.

  1. Click the Power button on the top right corner of your iPad, and while holding it down, click the “iPad Button”.
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  3. You’ll see the screen ‘flash’ white and hear a camera ‘clicking’ sound. Now open the Photos app on your iPad.
  4. You’ll the screenshot you just took as a thumbnail. Tap that photo to view the screenshot.
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  6. The easiest way to transfer a screenshot to your PC or Mac is to email it to yourself. To do so, tap the “arrow” button on the upper-right corner of the screen while you’re viewing the screenshot.
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  8. Select Email Photo
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  10. Mail will automatically open with the image attached to a message. Just fill out the address you want to send it to, give the email a subject and enter any info you want in the body of the message. Then click Send.
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  12. That’s it!
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  • Steve Hubbard June 11, 2010, 5:06 am

    Thank you for this clear and easily understandable technique. Keep them coming.

  • Mtness June 19, 2010, 1:36 am

    Thx, was Looping for that.

  • Mtness June 19, 2010, 1:37 am

    Del Looping, Set looking. Kind regards, mtness.

  • Subscribe June 29, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial dude…for a “no i don´t need to read manuals” guy like me, people like you are live saving xD

  • Kikky July 29, 2010, 12:01 am

    Didn’t work for me, the iPad just shut down

  • Sergani August 18, 2010, 10:26 pm

    Awesome!!! Thanks alot.

  • Norma September 7, 2010, 11:35 am

    Thanks. You have to do it quick and at the same time.

  • Tom November 21, 2010, 5:53 am

    Is there also a shortcut for the keyboard dock?

  • barron skaar December 9, 2010, 3:13 pm


  • Nic January 19, 2011, 4:26 pm

    Another example of iStuff lameness. What logical reason is there for Apple to restrict importing screenshots via an iTunes sync just like any other photo (that the screenshots are in the same location as). It already exists on my portable storage device (iPad) but I have to EMAIL it to myself?!

  • Joe Sue January 23, 2011, 2:27 am

    This is really useful, thank you. I’ve been trying to figure how to take screenshots for a long time.

  • Joe February 6, 2011, 6:25 am

    Thanks for all these tips, it has helped me enjoy my iPad so much more. One question I have though, is it possible to turn the screenshot from profile view to horizontal view in Photos?

  • water pistol February 26, 2011, 6:46 pm

    I was right in the middle of submitting my first app and couldn’t remember this process. Quick and easy thanks!

  • Eileen March 9, 2011, 5:31 am

    Thanks a million for this. Very useful and really easy to follow.

  • Grace May 2, 2011, 3:55 am

    Thanks for this. Been trying to look for this info.

  • monica May 20, 2011, 9:54 pm


  • Liz June 14, 2011, 8:54 am

    That’s great, thanks.

    Nic – you can get to the screenshots through an IPad sync – Ross just says the *easiest* way is to send it in an email. Which, if you just want one, and you want it now, is much easier than plugging the IPad in, and starting up ITunes, and waiting for it to sync……

  • Amazon Woman July 6, 2011, 5:45 pm

    Thanks for this! Our IT team has been trying to figure out how to do this for weeks!!

  • Kevin July 12, 2011, 2:56 am

    No really I loved this tutorial!

  • Ramachandra Shenoy July 19, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Thanks much !!

  • Erin July 28, 2011, 11:53 am

    I have the same problem as Joe – How do you change the orientation of the screenshot picture from portrait to landscape?? Please help as this is for a school project. I am teaching other students how to use the iPad.

  • Allen R. August 10, 2011, 11:54 am

    To rotate an iPad screenshot from portrait to landscape, I use a free app called CropForFree, it has a free rotate & save button within the app! Good Luck!

  • Andrew beatty August 19, 2011, 11:10 pm

    Excellent post, nice and simple

  • Diane October 11, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Great instructions

  • abhishek October 17, 2011, 6:21 am

    thanks dude… awesome tip….

  • Rangaman November 17, 2011, 1:02 pm

    Thanks for guide. Very helpful

  • Steve November 29, 2011, 6:34 pm


  • genaro de jesus December 16, 2011, 1:33 pm

    Great help, quick, easy, clear
    Thanks a lot

  • Yogesh December 22, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Super! Works like a charm!

  • Ty's February 7, 2012, 3:08 am

    Sweet Bud your a great dude! Apple give the man a cigar.

  • Kizim March 24, 2012, 6:09 am

    Thanks that is good news!

  • Louis April 9, 2012, 6:33 am

    Not only can you take screenshots with your iPad, iPhone or iPod but you can edit the image by using Adobe Photoshop[p Express App. This is really a great app because it allows you to edit images on the go and immediately email them to where ever.

  • Philip June 6, 2012, 7:36 pm

    My problem was that the iPad would sometimes sleep after pressing the power button. The better method is to hold down the home button first then press the iPad power button.

  • Mendy July 3, 2012, 11:12 pm

    It did help

  • Phredd Donour July 16, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Ever since I got my Gen-1 iPad back in the fall of 2010, I’ve been yearning for a way to take screen shots with it. I finally resorted to dragging out my camera, propping up the Pad, taking photos of the screen, and uploading the images to my Mac for processing. They were usually under-exposed images with my forehead, chin, and the front of my camera prominently superimposed on the iPad’s screen. Flash? Fagedabouddit. I’ve been using this crude, time consuming method for nearly two years now and I’m sick of it. Sick, I tell you. Sick to death of it!

    So, lately I’ve been looking for an app that would do the job. I d/l’d a couple from the app store but neither of them worked.

    I’m probably the last sentient being in The Milky Way to know the iPad has it’s own built-in process for taking screen shots of itself. What a revelation! Probably the single best thing I’ve learned about my iPad.

    Thank you, Mr McKillop!

  • Julie July 24, 2012, 7:40 pm

    I have tried it several times but the iPad simply goes to sleep and is very difficult to wake. Why do they make things so difficult? If I’d wanted a pile of junk I could have bought a PC!

  • TwenYaruo July 30, 2012, 11:05 am

    WOW this is way TOO useful. I was lookin so hard like hell for apps or cables to work this out!

  • Paige Martindale August 2, 2012, 10:05 am

    I tried it and my iPad went to sleep…. Yu have to do it the other way around … Press the lock button first and then the menu button

  • Paige August 2, 2012, 10:06 am

    Hold it down for like a second

  • Ayhanc75 August 7, 2012, 7:41 pm

    Thanks man

  • Isaad August 11, 2012, 12:37 am

    god bless MR job soul 

  • Skelly August 14, 2012, 4:02 pm

    Awesome and SO easy. Thank you!

  • Azz September 25, 2012, 9:56 pm

    This is awesome and simple, thank you.
    I also use a free app call Flash Drive to quickly grab the images and with USB or WiFi can access the images i want instantly via a browser on my mac, that means if you don’t want to sync everything just to get 1 or 2 images off your iPad it’s hassle free. It’s saved me a lot of frustration.

  • gga October 11, 2012, 3:36 pm

    Works perfectly with my iPad 1. Thanks.

  • Chuck Norris November 14, 2012, 1:52 am

    the same thing happened to me too. lol

  • wrong passport November 14, 2012, 6:26 am

    Thanks, i’m a business user, just starting to give demos on iPad, and this is really helpful.

  • Alison Hebblethwaite-Todd January 7, 2013, 4:55 pm

    Great! Thank you :)

  • Melinda January 30, 2013, 7:04 am

    Just been given an IPad 1 and needed to take some screenshots for work. Excellent tutorial – quick and easy. Thanks!

  • stephaniey March 23, 2013, 2:39 pm

    you don’t hold them both down. you just press them at the same time, preventing it from going off

  • Ums March 27, 2013, 6:27 am

    The proper way is just to hold both those button for a couple of seconds and release..thats all..

  • Anony. April 29, 2013, 11:16 pm

    hey dude. Hold the power button and “TAP” the menu. a long press is a force restart which comes in handy if your iPad freezes. Just tap it once.

  • Anony. April 29, 2013, 11:17 pm

    you mean give the man an Apple right?

  • Mary May 16, 2013, 9:53 pm

    worked perfect for me…..thanks

  • Rudy June 2, 2013, 9:55 pm

    thanks, big help, Rudy

  • Bojju weiwei June 24, 2013, 3:38 am

    Wheww!! Now i know…thanks

  • Javed October 6, 2013, 10:14 am

    Very good. Thank you

  • Janisch Attila October 16, 2013, 3:58 am

    I have a problem: all screenshots format will be automaticly .png and not .jpeg. It is problem, the iPad makes all png files in much bigger size (a jpeg file arrond 150 KB and a png file arround 1.2 MB – so it is very big different), and also I have problem with png files, because if I download them to my pc (using TouchCopy which is a great application downloading anything from your iPad) I just get an empty pic. And if I want to open it I got a warning message: “this heas a bad header – your pc can’t open it.” And also this downloaded png files have 0 kb filesize. —-

    My question: do you have any idea how I can change my iPad’s settings make it to make screenshots in jpeg format, or how I can fix this problem?


  • Snazzy November 9, 2013, 4:49 am

    Please can you tell me how to attach my cv to an application or download it to a Jobsite I am registering with. Every time I get to the download/attach document bit and I click on the download button, the only options I get are take a photo or attach one from the library. This is really slowing me down. I would happily attach my docs using my laptop, but the reason I got an ipad in the first place was because my laptop broke and I just thought well an ipad should be able to do so much more. I have google drive, cloud on, Dropbox yet I still can’t attach any document to anything or download docs to any website. Somebody help me please.

  • Snazzy November 9, 2013, 5:05 am

    I just tried it a few minutes ago and my iPad mini didn’t just go to sleep, it turned off completely. I tried it again by pressing the sleep/off button lightly and clicking on the menu button for less than a second and voila, I got the screenshot I wanted.

  • Snazzy November 9, 2013, 5:07 am

    I just tried it a few minutes ago and my iPad mini didn’t just go to sleep, it turned off completely. I tried it again by pressing the sleep/off button lightly and clicking on the menu button for less than a second and voila, I got the screenshot I wanted.

  • John Nguyen November 18, 2013, 4:01 pm

    big help stephaniey thanks

  • Samia December 16, 2013, 10:02 am

    It was a huge help THANKS AL LOTTTTT

  • Zoe December 26, 2013, 12:27 am

    Only hold the buttons down for 3 seconds but if you do to long it doesn’t work

  • Lia Princess July 6, 2014, 12:17 pm

    Thnx it was a big help

  • Ejejkdkksk August 8, 2014, 10:57 am

    Cool great help

  • Perla October 4, 2014, 11:38 am

    Thank ya kindly!!

  • Mario December 5, 2014, 11:39 pm

    Can i make a video insted of a pic with this

  • Ariana December 22, 2014, 1:21 pm

    I can’t get a photo of my screen

  • Cat January 25, 2015, 11:30 am

    This small pointer of yours was super helpful. Thanks!

  • LondonTiger January 26, 2015, 9:51 am


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