If you need to take an iPhone screenshot but can’t physically press the required button combination (or you have a broken button), there are other ways to trigger it. Here’s how.
Normally, you would take an iPhone screenshot with the correct combination of physical buttons on your device. Depending on your iPhone model, these can be the side and volume up buttons, the home and side buttons, or the home and top buttons at the same time.
If some of those buttons are broken or if you have a physical condition that prevents you from doing those tricky maneuvers, there are other ways to take a screenshot on an iPhone. We̵
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Take a screenshot with AssistiveTouch
Your iPhone includes an accessibility feature called AssistiveTouch that allows you to easily simulate physical gestures and button presses with an on-screen menu. It also lets you trigger a screenshot in several ways.
To enable AssistiveTouch, first open Settings on your iPhone.
In Settings, tap Accessibility, then tap Touch.
In Touch, tap AssistiveTouch, then turn on “AssistiveTouch”.
When AssistiveTouch is active, you will immediately see a special AssistiveTouch button appear at the edge of your screen (it looks like a circle in a rounded square). This button will always remain on the screen and you can move it by dragging it with your finger.
While in AssistiveTouch settings, you can experiment with a way to trigger a screenshot using Assistive Touch. Scroll down the page and find the “Custom Actions” section. Here you can choose what happens when you tap the AssistiveTouch button on the screen once, double tap, long press, or 3D touch (depending on your iPhone model).
You can tap one of these three or four options, but for this example we’ll choose ‘Double Tap’.
After tapping the Custom action choice, you will see a list of actions. Scroll down and tap Screenshot, then tap Back.
After that, you can trigger a screenshot by performing the custom action you defined. In our example, if we tap the AssistiveTouch button twice, the iPhone will take a screenshot. Useful!
You can also activate a screenshot using the AssistiveTouch menu. First, in Settings> Touch> AssistiveTouch, make sure that ‘Single tap’ in the ‘Custom actions’ list is set to ‘Open menu’.
To take a screenshot, tap the AssistiveTouch button once and a popup menu will appear. Choose Device> More from the menu and tap ‘Screenshot’.
A screenshot will be taken immediately, just like pressing the screenshot button combination on your iPhone.
If you tap the screenshot thumbnail when it appears, you can edit it before saving it. Otherwise, make the thumbnail disappear after a moment and it will be saved to Albums> Screenshots in your Photos app.
Take a screenshot with Back Tap
You can also take a screenshot by tapping the back of your iPhone 8 or later (with iOS 14 or later) using an accessibility feature called ‘Back Tap’. To enable Back Tap, open Settings on your iPhone and navigate to Accessibility> Touch.
In Touch Settings, select ‘Tap Back’.
Then choose whether you want to take a screenshot by tapping the back of your iPhone twice (“Double Tap”) or three times (“Triple Tap”), and tap the corresponding option.
You will then see a list of actions you can assign to the tapping on your device. Select “Screenshot” and go back one screen.
Now exit Settings. If you have an iPhone 8 or later and you tap the back of your device two or three times (depending on how you set it up), then trigger a screenshot and save it to your photo library as usual. Pretty cool!
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