How to take screenshots on an iPhone X [tutorial]

Are you wondering how to take a screenshot on your #iPhoneX now that the Home button is gone? Well, it’s really pretty easy. Continue reading and we’ll show you how it’s done.

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How to take screenshots on an iPhone X

There are two ways to capture your iPhone X screen. One is by using a hardware button combination and the other via AssistiveTouch. Let’s go and check each of them.

Take screenshots on iPhone X using hardware buttons

Capturing your iPhone X screen can be easily performed by pressing two buttons — the Side and Volume Up buttons. Here’s how it goes:

  1. Prepare the screen or app you want to screenshot. Make sure that you’re looking at the exact image you want to capture. Don’t worry though, you can also easily edit the image you’ve captured if there are things you want to omit later on.
  2. Press and hold the Side button (formerly known as Power button) on the right side of iPhone X.
  3. At the same time, press the Volume Up button at the opposite side of the device. Be sure you’re pressing the Volume Up key and not Volume Down. The Volume Up key replaces the Home button for older iPhones.
  4. If the screen turns white for a moment after pressing the buttons simultaneously, that’s your cue that you’ve capture the screen. If you’ve set your iPhone X to make sound notifications, you’ll also hear a camera shutter sound. You’ll also notice that the screenshot will appear in the lower left portion of the screen briefly.

That’s it! You’ve successfully captured a screenshot. If you want to annotate or edit it later, follow the steps below.

Take screenshots on iPhone X using AssistiveTouch

If you mostly rely on your iPhone’s AssistiveTouch to control it, then there’s also a not-so-easy way to do it. For education purposes, we want to include this rather complicated way to help users who may be taking full advantage of AssistiveTouch feature.

Turn on AssistiveTouch

Before you can take a screenshot, you want to make sure that AssistiveTouch is turned on. To do that, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap AssistiveTouch.
  5. Turn on AssistiveTouch.

If you regularly use Siri to do things for you, you can also simply tell Siri to “turn on AssistiveTouch.”

Pull up AssistiveTouch menu

Now that AssistiveTouch is enabled, the next thing to do is to use Open Menu option to access the screenshot action easily. To do that, you want to customize the menu by doing these steps:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap AssistiveTouch.
  5. Tap Customize Top Level Menu.
  6. There should be eight boxes or icons that you can interact with. Tap on an icon you want to change, then tap on screenshot in the list. If an item is already in the menu, it should be greyed out.

Taking screenshot with AssistiveTouch

After customizing Open Menu, the only other thing that you need to do now is to tap on the AssistiveTouch button and tapping on the Screenshot option. Depending on the custom action you chose, tapping on AssistiveTouch button should now give you the screenshot option among others. Simply tap on Screenshot to capture the screen. Like when taking a screenshot using hardware buttons, you should hear a sound indicating the screenshot you just took, as well as flashing white screen that shows a thumbnail at the lower left portion.

How to edit and share your iPhone X screenshots

At the time of this writing, the iPhone X sports iOS 11. If you’re new to iOS, you’ll most likely notice any difference but for those who’ve been around, there are a lot of changes as far as editing screenshots is concerned.

New Screenshots album

Starting with iOS 11, Apple has finally come to their senses by creating a separate album for screenshots. Before this iOS version, screenshots are added automatically to your Photos library and it’s your job to separate them. This means that you can now delete screenshots you no longer need quickly instead of hunting for them in your library first.

Additional screenshot options

Apple’s most recent iOS version has supercharged the screenshot function as well by letting you do four other actions after you’ve taken a screenshot. This means interacting (or not) with the thumbnail that shows for a second at the lower left portion of the screen after a screenshot.

  1. The first one is the default behavior that allow the device to save the captured image to your Photos library moments after it was taken by not touching it.
  2. If you do touch the taken screenshot and swipe it off screen, it will be saved immediately to the Photos app.
  3. Pressing and holding the thumbnail will allow you send photo any available app in your Share Sheet.
  4. If you want to edit the screenshot right away, simply tap on the thumbnail. This will pull up the Markup mode where you’ll be presented with options to edit or annotate your photo. After that, you can then send it via the Share Sheet. It’s a fast way to edit your screenshot without ever opening the Photos app.

We hope you find this short tutorial helpful. If you have other questions about screenshots on your iPhone X, make sure to let us know by contacting us using the link below.


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