You can take photos with the iPad

Take screenshots with iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch

Peter Müller, Ines Walke-Chomjakov, Kris Wallburg

How to take screenshots with the iPad, Apple Watch or iPhone. The procedure is very easy, by the way!

With iOS 14, many innovations have found their way to the iPhone and iPad. What hasn't changed is how you take screenshots. We have summarized how you can take a screenshot on all iOS and iPadOS devices, with or without the home button. You can also take a picture of your screen with the Apple Watch,

Take a screenshot with iPad

With the on-board tools of iOS or, as here, iPadOS, you can easily take the screenshot by pressing the home button and the on / off switch at the same time. The new iPad Pro models do not have the home button, instead you press the "volume up" button on the side together with the on / off switch to take the photo. The on / off switch is still on the top of the new models. That's the whole trick, just those two buttons. The screen turns white for a moment and there is a sound like a camera shutter.

iOS 13: Take a picture of the whole page

Do you want to present someone with a complete web page on a screenshot? Up to now, you had to make several pictures for this purpose and put them together in an image processing program - or leave this job to your counterpart, or rather "stitch" them in your head.

Starting with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, this is more convenient, but so far only with Apple's own Safari browser. Because if you have triggered the screenshot - using the method described below - and tapping the photo floating on the screen, you will now be taken to a new view in which you can not only crop the image or add annotations. Because now there is also the option of having the "whole page" recorded by the iPhone or iPad. To do this, tap the corresponding button in the top left (see screenshot above this box). Unlike just the screen content, which iOS saves as a PNG, the system creates a PDF from the entire page.

The captured screenshot will now be displayed on the screen. Various tools are displayed at the bottom of the screen with which you can edit the screenshot directly. You can also send the screenshot directly, e.g. B. by e-mail or with apps like Whatsapp, or to another Apple device with Airdrop. You can crop the screenshot right in this window. At the edges of the screenshot you will find markings with which you can reduce the image section as you wish.

To align the screenshot within the cropped area, simply use two fingers and move the screenshot until the cutout fits. Using the "Done" button on the top left of the screen, you can either save the screenshot or discard it again - this is probably the most obvious option for screenshots with which you only want to briefly document something. When you save the picture, it ends up in the Photos app of the iPad and not only in the collection of all photos, also known as the camera role, but also in the intelligent album "Screenshots" intended for screenshots on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac "- but still gets out of hand at some point and in the" All Photos "view the screenshots only get in the way. Alternatively, iOS offers the option of saving the photo you have created in your own iCloud file folder.

Film the screen content

Often it is not enough to just take a picture of the screen; for example, if you are documenting a process, moving images are ideal. IPad and iPhone also provide on-board resources for this, but you have to activate them first. Because in the Settings app it is important to add the recording function to the control center. The rest is then quite simple: a swipe from (usually) top right down and all options of the control center are available, a tap on the recording symbol starts the recording after a three second countdown. This is usually not enough to get a clear view of the events to be documented, but the superfluous frames can then easily be removed in the Photos app, in which the iPhone saves the picture. This can be ended with a tap on the red area at the top of the screen, which signals that a recording is currently in progress.

You can find detailed information about screen recordings on iPhone and iPad here.

Take a screenshot with iPhone

If you have an iPhone 8 or older, or if you bought the new iPhone SE this year, do the same as you did for the iPad with a home button. The on / off button can be found on the iPhone from model generation 6 on top of the right edge of the housing; previously (up to and including the iPhone 5S and also in the iPhone SE from 2016) the switch was 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 the home button, because a longer press on this activates Siri - so you run the risk of being connected to the voice assistant if you do not turn the on quickly enough Press the / Off switch.

The procedure is slightly different for an iPhone X, iPhone XS (Max), iPhone 11 (Pro, Max) or iPhone 12. That's because with the iPhone X, the home button disappeared. To create a screenshot, press the on / off switch on the right and the volume up button on the left at the same time - it's like the iPad Pro 2018 and newer.

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

As on the iPad, you have the option of editing the screenshot directly after taking it. The bar at the bottom of the screen gives you the same options. Cropping the screenshot also works in the same way, namely using the blue markings on the edges of the image. To move the image section, use two fingers and move the selected area. And after sending it, you can delete the screenshot right away.

Take a screenshot with the Apple Watch

Up until the watchOS 3.2 operating system, some screenshots were accidentally taken on the Apple Watch. Because you have captured the screen content when you have pressed the digital crown and the side button next to it at the same time. You can tell that a photo is being taken by the briefly flashing screen. In later versions of the operating system, Apple built in a backup. Before you can take a screenshot, you must first activate this function on the iPhone. The “Activate screenshots” control can be found in the “General” area of ​​the Watch app. Nothing has changed in the subsequent admission procedure. The finished screenshots also end up in the photo app on the connected iPhone as usual.

EnlargeTo take a screenshot with the Apple Watch, press the digital crown and the side button at the same time.

The same applies to the screen recordings from the Apple Watch as to the screenshots from the iPhone, iPad and iPod: only the entire screen can be photographed. Unfortunately, excerpts from it are 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 taking a screenshot. With the Apple Watch, however, this option is not available at all. The format of the images cannot be selected either, iOS always saves them as PNG.

EnlargeTo enable screenshots via Apple Watch, first activate the function in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.

If you want to crop a screenshot, open it on your iPhone and first tap on "Edit" and then on the cut icon. At 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 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 picture, it ends up in the Photos app of your iPhone, not only in the collection of all photos called the camera role, but also in the intelligent album "Screenshots" intended for screenshots.

Transfer screenshots from iPhone, iPad to Mac

If the Mac is of a newer generation, you can use 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 Airdrop, however, things get a little more laborious: Sure, Mail or iMessage would also do, now this method requires additional administrative effort. It's easier and faster if you connect the iPhone or iPad to the Mac and start the preview. In 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.

Transfer iPhone screenshots without saving them in the Photos apps

Since iOS 11 there has been an elegant method of capturing the iOS screen, sending the picture of it and deleting it again without littering 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. You can use the up arrow to send the picture, but you can also edit it beforehand. The tip on "Done" brings two options: "Save in 'Photos" "or" Delete ". After tapping "Delete", the picture disappears in the trash and is not saved in the Photos app.

Screenshot on the iPhone via app

There are of course 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, no matter which iPhone. In most cases, however, our combination of actions tip (press and hold the home button and the on / off switch at the same time) should be sufficient for most purposes.