How to take a screenshot on the iPhone 12 (as well as other iPhones)

Figuring out how to take a screenshot on the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 is not an easy task if you're switching from Android or even if you used an older iPhone before. On the latest Apple smartphones, you have no less than three different options. This tutorial illustrates how to capture a screenshot on the iPhone, and we included a bonus chapter in case you need to capture a Full Page in Safari:

NOTE: This guide applies to all the phones in the iPhone 11 product range (iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max), as well as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 product ranges (Mini, Pro, and Pro Max included) using iOS 14 and iOS 15. If you don't know for sure which model you're using, we created a tutorial to help you figure out what iPhone you have.

How to take a screenshot on an iPhone with the Side Button and Volume Up

The standard way to take a screenshot on the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 requires using physical buttons. You don't have to enable or set up anything, and you can quickly capture the content of your screen at any time. To begin, open whatever it is that you want to save. Then, screenshot it by pressing, at the same time, the Volume Up button on the left and the Side Button on the device's right edge.

Take a screenshot on the iPhone 12 using these physical buttons

You don't have to do it for long; just briefly press the two buttons (if you press them for more than two seconds, you activate the Emergency screen, which allows you to turn off your iPhone). When you release the buttons, your screen should flash white, and you should hear a camera shutter sound. The animation of your screen shrinking into a thumbnail, which is shortly displayed on the bottom left, also indicates that the iPhone screenshot was successfully captured. Wait until the thumbnail disappears or swipe it to the left, and your iPhone automatically saves the screenshot. Tap on it, and the image opens on a new screen where you can crop it, edit it, or share it.

After taking a screenshot, a preview appears in the lower left part of the screen

Pressing Done gives you the option to save the screenshot to Photos or Files or to delete it and avoid cluttering your iPhone (but mostly, your limited iCloud space).

NOTE: The default location for the screenshots is the Albums tab of the Photos app, as explained in our article on screenshot locations.

How to capture a screenshot on the iPhone using AssistiveTouch

If you'd rather take screenshots with one hand or don't want to use the iPhone's physical buttons, AssistiveTouch is a great alternative to quickly save what's on your screen. However, the feature is not on by default, so you first have to enable it. Open Settings, scroll down and press on Accessibility. On the next screen, press Touch from the Physical and motor section.

Go to Accessibility in the Settings menu, then tap on Touch

The first option on the screen is AssistiveTouch. Tap on it. Next, tap the switch next to AssistiveTouch to turn the feature on.

Activate AssistiveTouch on the iPhone

As soon as you flip the switch, a floating button appears on your screen's right side. You can drag and drop it to another position you find convenient, but only at the edge of your screen. Open what you want to capture and tap the AssistiveTouch button to access the feature and take your screenshot. The AssistiveTouch overlay opens at the bottom of your screen. Press Device.

Tap on the floating button, then on Device

On the next screen, tap on More to reveal additional options. Finally, you come across the Screenshot option included in the Assistive Touch menu. Tap on it to capture your screen on the iPhone.

Take a screenshot using the AssistiveTouch menu

If you take screenshots of your iPhone very often, pressing that many buttons is complicated and time-consuming. Luckily, you can customize the AssistiveTouch overlay to show the Screenshot option on its main menu. In the AssistiveTouch settings that we used to enable the feature, tap on “Customize Top Level Menu.” Press on the plus sign (+) to add a new blank icon to the Top Level Menu. Then, tap on the latest addition to change it.

Customize the Top Level Menu of the AssistiveTouch

The next screen displays a list of all the options you can add to the Assistive Touch main menu. Scroll to find the Screenshot entry, tap on it to select it, and press Done. The next time you press the AssistiveTouch button, you can see the Screenshot option on the top level of the overlay.

Add the Screenshot button to the AssistiveTouch main menu

That's it! You now know how to take a screenshot on the iPhone by tapping only two buttons on your screen. And don't worry, the Assistive Touch overlay is not captured in your screenshots.

How to take a screenshot on the iPhone using back taps

One of the coolest accessibility features present on the latest iPhones (from iPhone X onwards) is the ability to command the smartphone by tapping its back. You can use this feature to take screenshots as well, but first you need to activate it. Head on over to Settings, then to Touch, just like in the previous method. Now, scroll down to the end of the Touch options screen and select Back Tap. Select if you want to configure Double Tap or Triple Tap. We went with the Double Tap option.

Configure Back Tap on the iPhone

Select Screenshot from the list, then exit the menu by tapping Back. You will now see the command next to the selected tap method.

Choose an action for Double Tap on the iPhone

All set! To take a screenshot, simply double (or triple) tap the back of the iPhone. This also works if your smartphone has a protective case.

Bonus: How to screenshot entire web pages on your iPhone (with Safari)

Sometimes, the content you want to screenshot does not fully fit on the iPhone's impressive screen. Luckily, Apple implemented the Full Page option, allowing you to capture as much as you want from any open web page in Safari. To begin, use either of the methods above to screenshot any part of the page. Then, tap the screenshot preview shown in the lower-left corner of your screen to open the editing menu, as illustrated in the first chapter of this tutorial. From the two tabs displayed on top, press on Full Page.

Capture full web pages on Safari

You can see a preview of the entire page on the right. Use it to access different sections of your screenshot when editing. A crop option is also available next to the Done button, in case you want to capture a part of the page. Screenshots taken with Full Page are saved as PDF files and can be found using the Files app on your iPhone.

Do you like the screenshot options available on the iPhone?

If you need proof of your high score to brag to your friends or if you want to make sure you don't forget a specific conversation, screenshots are a quick way to do all that. Before you close this tutorial, let us know if you like the screenshot options available on the iPhone. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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