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Take a screenshot with iOS: Take screenshots with iPad, iPad Pro and iPhone

by Tejas Dhawan

No additional digital camera is required to take a screenshot of content on the iPhone or iPad screen. You don’t have to put the device on the next copier or scanner to take a screenshot.

In the past, everything was easier: first press on the right, then on the bottom, and the screenshot was finished on the iPhone 7.
Photo: Apple

With the on-board means of iOS, you can easily take the screenshot by pressing the home button and the on / off switch at the same time. The on / off switch is still attached to the top of the new models in the iPad Pro range. That’s the whole trick. The screen briefly turns white, a sound sounds like that from a camera shutter.

Would you like to present a complete page on the web to someone on a screenshot? So far, you had to take several pictures for this purpose and laboriously combine them in an image editing program – or leave this to your counterpart, or “stitch” them in your head.

With iOS 13 there is the option to record an entire page in the Safari browser.
With iOS 13 there is the option to record an entire page in the Safari browser.

With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 this is now more convenient, but so far only with Apple’s own Safari browser. After you have triggered the screenshot – using the method described below – and tapping on the photo floating on the screen, you now come to a new view in which you can not just crop or annotate the image. Because now there is also the option to have the “whole page” recorded on the iPhone or iPad. To do this, tap the corresponding button in the top left. Unlike just the screen content that iOS saves as PNG, the system creates a PDF from the entire page.

The captured screenshot is now displayed on the screen. At the bottom of the screen you will see various tools with which you can edit the screenshot directly. You can also send the screenshot directly, e.g. B. Via email or with apps like Whatsapp. You can also crop the screenshot. On the edges of the screenshot you will find markings with which you can reduce the size of the image as you wish. To align the screenshot within the cropped area, simply use two fingers and move the screenshot until the cutout fits.

Finally, you can either save the screenshot or discard it directly using the “Done” button at the top left of the screen. When you save the image, it ends up in the Photos app on the iPad, not only in the collection of all photos, also called the camera role, but also in the intelligent album “Screenshots” for screenshots on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac “.

If you have an iPhone 8 or older, do the same as for the iPad. The on / off button can be found on the iPhone from model generation 6 on the top right edge of the housing, previously (up to and including iPhone 5S and also in the iPhone SE) the switch was attached at the top. The home button, however, is the only button on the front of the iPhone. It is advisable to first press the on / off switch and then go to the home button, as pressing it a little longer activates Siri – you run the risk of being connected to the voice assistant if it is not fast enough also operate the on / off switch.

The procedure is slightly different for an iPhone X, iPhone XS (Max) or iPhone 11. This is because the home button disappeared with the iPhone X. To take a screenshot, simultaneously press the on / off switch on the right and the volume up button on the left.

After you have taken a screenshot, you can edit it directly
After you have taken a screenshot, you can edit it directly

Just like on the iPad, you have the option to edit the screenshot immediately after taking it. The bar at the bottom of the screen gives you the same options. The cropping of the screenshot also works the same way, namely via the blue markings on the edges of the picture. To move the image section, use two fingers and move the selected area.

Up to the operating system Watch-OS 3.2 some screenshots on the Apple Watch were inadvertently created. Because you held the screen content when you pressed the digital crown and the side button next to it at the same time. You can tell that the photo is being taken from the briefly flashing screen.

Apple installed a backup in later versions of the operating system. Before you can take a screenshot, you must first activate this function on the iPhone. The “Activate screenshots” slider can be found in the “General” area of ​​the Watch app. Nothing has changed in the subsequent admission process. The finished screenshots also end up in the photo app on the connected iPhone.

To take a screenshot with the Apple Watch, press the digital crown and side button at the same time.
To take a screenshot with the Apple Watch, press the digital crown and side button at the same time.
Photo: IDG

The same applies to the screen recordings from the Apple Watch as to the screenshots for the iPhone, iPad and iPod: only the entire screen can be photographed. Excerpts from it are unfortunately not possible. If only part of the screen content is actually to be recorded, this can only be determined in the menu that opens after a screenshot has been taken. With the Apple Watch, however, this possibility does not exist at all. The format of the images can also not be selected, iOS always saves them as PNG.

To make screenshots possible using Apple Watch, first activate the function in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.
To make screenshots possible using Apple Watch, first activate the function in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.
Photo: IDG

If you want to crop a screenshot, open it on your iPhone and tap on “Edit” and then on the cut symbol. On the edges of the screenshot you will find markings with which the image section can be reduced as desired. To align the cropped area within the screenshot, simply use two fingers and then move the screenshot until the cutout fits. You can then save the edited image using the tick at the bottom right. If you don’t like it, you can discard it using the X symbol at the bottom left.

When you save the edited image, it now ends up in the Photos app on your iPhone, not only in the collection of all photos named in the camera role, but also in the intelligent album “Screenshots” intended for screenshots.

If the Mac is from a newer generation, you can try Airdrop, the wireless technology transfers the photos or screenshots to one of the Finder folders on the Mac. From there you can edit, send or archive them. Without an airdrop, however, things get a little more tedious: Sure, mail or iMessage would do too, now this method requires additional administrative effort.

It is easier and faster if you connect the iPhone or iPad to the Mac and start the preview. From the “File” menu bar, select “Import from iPhone / iPad”. The dialog window allows saving in different folders, simultaneous deletion from the iPhone, the list view also allows a detailed view of the technical data such as aperture, ISO, location, etc.

Starting with iOS 11, there is an elegant method of how to capture the iOS screen, send the image of it and delete it again without cluttering the Photos app with it. You can do this via the Edit menu. After the screenshot is taken, tap the preview of it in the lower left corner. With the arrow up you can send the picture, but you can also edit it before. Tapping “Done” offers two options: “Save in photos” or “Delete”. After tapping “Delete”, the image disappears in the trash and is not saved in the Photos app.

Of course, there are also various apps in the iTunes store that you can use to take screenshots. These then offer, for example, automatic scaling to different device sizes, so that they always look perfect, regardless of which iPhone. In most cases, however, our deed combination tip (press the home button and the on / off switch at the same time) should be sufficient for most purposes. (Macworld)

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