How to take a screenshot on an iPhone or an iPad?

In everyday life, screenshots can be very useful. For example, you can “take a picture” of an error message on your iPhone and ask a friend for help, or save information such as bus, train or route schedules. It could also be used to share unusual images found during your research on the net, etc.

1. Take a screenshot

Simultaneously press the Power button depending on your model at the top right of your iPhone, or on the side) and the Main button at the bottom of the screen.

You’ll see a flash effect on your screen and hear a picture-taking sound unless your iPhone is in Silent mode.

Note that the same is true for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus although their Main button does not go down.

This manipulation is simple but delicate because if you exert too much pressure, you risk turning off your device or changing the volume.

2. Take a screenshot (in silence)

You just made your first screenshot in a crowded bus, all passengers heard the sound of your capture, thinking that you took a picture?

To avoid embarrassment, put your iPhone in Silent mode before any screenshot.

3. Find your screenshot

The screenshot is a picture of the screen, it will be automatically saved in your Photos app.

  1. Open the Photos app on your device.
  2. Tap Albums at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select the All Photos folder or the Screenshots folder.

Also, find your screenshots in Collections :

  1. Open the Photos app on your device.
  2. Tap Photos at the bottom left of the screen.
  3. Photos are sorted by Years. Select one, the Collections folder opens.
    Your photos and captures are now displayed by date, from the most recent to the most recent.

4. Send your screenshot to your contacts

If you want to send your screenshot to your friends, follow these 4 steps:

  1. In the Photos application, select your image.
  2. Tap the Sharing icon (rectangle with an arrow pointing up), located at the bottom left of the screen.
  3. Select your mode of sending: SMS, mail, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  4. Fill in the fields. Finally, send, share or publish it, depending on the chosen option.

You can also add your capture to an SMS:

  • Go to the Messages application
  • First, enter the name of your contact in the to field.
  • Tap the Camera icon.
  • Choose your snapshot and send your SMS.

5. Switch from .png to .jpeg format

iOS automatically saves your screenshots in .png format, which can be confusing, as the photos automatically have the .jpg format.

If you need the .jpg format for your mailing, or to upload your capture on a platform that only accepts this format, then you will need to convert it.

The simplest way would be to do it from your Mac:

  • Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac.
  • The Preview application opens automatically.
  • Select your capture.
  • Drag and drop it on your Mac’s desktop or click Import.

The Preview of your capture opens.

  • Click File, then Export.
  • In the Format section, select .jpg from the drop-down list.
  • Finally, click Save.