Capturing a screenshot on your iPad has been a fundamental feature since the first generation of Apple's popular tablet. And, it's not difficult to see why. Screenshots have become an essential part of our daily communication, whether you want to share some interesting news, a scene from a YouTube video or even save a receipt. The good news is that taking a screenshot on iPad is easy, and there are multiple ways to do it. In this guide, we will show you how to take a screenshot on an iPad.
While most iPad applications have built-in sharing features, taking a screenshot is still one of the easiest ways to capture information from your device. You can use the screenshot feature to capture almost anything. However, note that screenshots taken in premium streaming apps like Netflix and Disney+ will result in a black image rather than a still frame of the movie or TV show you're watching. This is not a bug, as these apps are specifically designed to prevent you from capturing screenshots for copyright reasons. So, while taking a screenshot is an easy and convenient way to capture information, it's important to understand the limitations of the feature and the reasons behind them.
With that out of the way, let’s find out how you can take a screenshot on an iPad.
How to take a screenshot if your iPad doesn’t have a home button
If you want to take a screenshot on your iPad without a home button, it's a relatively easy process that can be completed in just a few steps. Here’s how to do it:
- Make sure that whatever you want to take a screenshot of is displayed on your iPad exactly the way you want it. This could be anything from a photo to a webpage or a specific app.
- Press the top button and one of the volume buttons simultaneously to take the screenshot. The top button is located on the top-right edge of your iPad when you're holding it in portrait orientation. When you press both buttons at the same time, your iPad screen will flash momentarily, and a thumbnail preview of your screenshot will appear in the bottom-left corner of your screen. Unless your device is on silent mode, you should hear a shutter-click sound.
- The preview of your screenshot will disappear after a few seconds. Alternatively, you can swipe it off the edge of the screen to dismiss it manually. Either way, the image will be automatically saved to your Photos app.
How to take a screenshot if your iPad has a home button
Taking a screenshot of your iPad with a home button is quite simple too. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- The first thing you need to do is to make sure that whatever you want to capture is displayed on your iPad screen.
- Now comes the tricky part. Unlike newer iPad models, taking a screenshot with a home button requires two hands. You need to press and hold the top button, which is located on the top-right edge of your iPad when held in portrait orientation, and the home button at the same time. If you don't press them simultaneously, your iPad may simply turn off instead of capturing a screenshot, so make sure you get the timing right.
- Once you've successfully captured a screenshot, your iPad screen will flash, and a thumbnail preview of your screenshot will appear in the bottom-left corner of your screen. You'll also hear a camera-like shutter-click sound as confirmation, unless your iPad is in silent mode.
- The thumbnail of the screenshot will disappear in a few seconds. You can also swipe it off the edge of the screen to dismiss it manually. The screenshot will be saved in your photo library, which you can access through the Photos app. You can then edit, share, or delete the screenshot as you like.
How to take an iPad screenshot without using any buttons
To take an iPad screenshot without using any buttons, you can use Apple's AssistiveTouch feature. This feature is designed to make touch-based commands on the iPad easier, including capturing a screenshot.
To enable AssistiveTouch on your iPad, follow these simple steps:
- First, open the Settings app on your iPad device.
- Scroll down and select Accessibility.
- Tap on Touch.
- Select AssistiveTouch.
- Toggle the switch to turn on AssistiveTouch.
- Tap on Double-Tap.
- Select Screenshot.
Now that you have enabled AssistiveTouch, you can take a screenshot without using any physical buttons. Here's how:
- Swipe up or press the home button to return to your Home Screen. The AssistiveTouch button should remain visible on your screen.
- When you find the screen you want to capture, double-tap the AssistiveTouch button.
- You will see your iPad display briefly flash white and hear a shutter noise.
- A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear in the bottom-left corner of the screen. After a few seconds, this will disappear. You will find that the screenshot automatically saves to your photo library.
You can also swipe the thumbnail away to save it to your photo library immediately or tap on it to crop, annotate, or share it. With these easy-to-follow instructions, you can take a screenshot on your iPad without using any physical buttons.
How to take a screenshot with an Apple Pencil
The Apple Pencil is a useful tool that allows you to take quick screenshots while you're working with your stylus. Here are the steps to take a screenshot using an Apple Pencil:
- Start by swiping your Apple Pencil from the bottom-left corner of your screen up towards the center. It's important to note that the default setting is the bottom-left corner, whereas the Quick Note feature uses a swipe from the bottom-right corner. If you prefer a different setting, you can change it in the iPad Settings app under Apple Pencil > Pencil Gestures.
- After swiping your Apple Pencil, you'll see and hear the same flash and shutter-click sound that occurs when taking a screenshot with the buttons. As you are using the Apple Pencil, the screen will show you the editing and annotation screen next.
- Once you're in the editing and annotation screen, you can perform any edits or markup that you want on your screenshot. This is a great feature that allows you to quickly edit and annotate your screenshot without having to open another app.
- When you're finished editing your screenshot, select Done in the top-left corner to save your screenshot. Alternatively, you can use the Share button in the top-right corner to share your screenshot in the normal way, giving you greater flexibility in how you use your screenshot.
In conclusion, taking a screenshot on an iPad is a simple process, as you can see. By following the instructions outlined in this article, you should now be able to capture images of your iPad screen without any issues. Whether you need to capture a funny meme, document an error message, or save a webpage for later reference, taking a screenshot on your iPad is a useful skill to have.