How can I take a screenshot with my iPhone?

iPhone Screen ShotA few months ago I was asked to contribute a chapter explaining Facebook Places & Deals for the book Facebook Marketing For Dummies. I was excited, of course, but I was confused about a significant issue. Facebook Places & Deals are mostly relevant on a smart phone because you need to check into a place via your phone’s Facebook app in order to take advantage of a deal. To show how to use the app and check in, I would need to have screen shots. But how in the world do you take a screen shot of your iPhone’s screen? Thankfully, I found out and the screenshots are in the book. I thought you might want to know how to do it too, and it’s so incredibly easy, you won’t believe it.

How to Take a Screenshot with Your iPhone

While looking at the screen you want to capture, just click and hold the top power button and the round menu button simultaneously. Your phone will take a picture of the screen and store it in your Camera Roll. Now you can send it, text it, download it, etc.

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32 Responses

  1. Michelle February 2, 2011 / 11:42 pm

    Oh I love this! It’s amazing how many things are possible these days – and how easy they are once you *know* how to do something. And the book? Now that is just cool – congrats on being asked to contribute (and so nice to meet you at Blissdom, too)!

  2. Melanie Nelson February 3, 2011 / 12:20 pm

    Thanks, Michelle! I was surprised at how easy it is to take a screenshot, then text, e-mail, or save the image.

  3. Mrs Lemon February 7, 2011 / 9:59 am

    I have a Palm Pre Plus, and to do a screenshot you press three keys at once: the gray button on the left (which normally switches to the number/keypad symbol function), the Sym button (more symbols) and the P. The screenshot is saved in the Photos app in its own special category.

  4. Jendi February 16, 2011 / 12:05 am

    I discovered that it’s the same for the iPod Touch. I accidently did it one day. 🙂

  5. Leona Bowie May 22, 2011 / 2:37 am

    Awsome – thanks

  6. Eric September 13, 2011 / 6:00 pm


    This is why men need to ask ladies how to do stuff that is in the “Manual” – cause we don’t read the “Manual”… LOL

    Thanks for the simple tip! I knew it had to be something simple like that. 🙂

    – Eric

  7. Michelle DeMarco November 10, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    Thanks so much! You saved me! I just switched back to iPhone and I couldn’t remember how to take a screen shot for a blog post I needed!!! This was perfect.

  8. Mikey Williamson January 9, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    Thank you so much for the tip! I’ve been trying to work it out for ages…

  9. Luke February 28, 2012 / 11:42 pm

    Perfect! Thanks for the explanation.

  10. Jay March 4, 2012 / 9:13 am

    Great… Many thanks !!!

  11. Tom Scarborough March 11, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    Thank you for posting these instructions – this was very helpful.

  12. Andrew McGovern March 24, 2012 / 6:36 am

    Thanks for this tip. I see so many iPhone screenshots in Twitter and I have always wanted to know how to capture them… until now. Thanks again.

  13. Betty Rocker May 26, 2012 / 11:53 pm

    Thank you for explaining that! I have been wondering lately. Very handy for my instagram posts and a couple other people suggested some grest ways to use it I hadn’t thought of. Thanks for the info!

  14. Mae August 21, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    Idk why it’s not working for me. I hold the power and the home button but asks me to power it off… Not so much :/

    • Melanie Nelson August 21, 2012 / 3:22 pm

      Hi, Mae,
      Be sure you’re not holding the buttons down continuously. You just press both together, then release.

    • Carter September 12, 2012 / 5:57 am

      Ms Nelson, your amazing thank you. My phone was doing that same thing and it work this time. Thank you

    • Dawn December 12, 2012 / 2:21 am

      Well that might be because she wrote ” click and hold” the buttons. Really, you just click buttons simultaneously. No holding or the phone does turn off.

    • Sejah January 15, 2013 / 9:46 pm

      No wonder mine keeps turning off. Thank You.!!

  15. Lyndsey September 1, 2012 / 5:15 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for doing this blog, I’ve had my iPhone almost two years and didn’t know how to do this until now!

  16. Angela September 3, 2012 / 8:51 am

    Same as Mae…have tried multiple times and my phone just wants to power down. Maybe there is a setting that needs to be changed?

  17. Rachel October 9, 2012 / 8:04 pm

    You do it quickly if you hold both buttons down it will power down just press them together and let go don’t hold them down

  18. AmaDummy? October 26, 2012 / 12:29 pm

    K, that just turns off my phone every time. And yes, I’m holding the round menu button. I wonder if my Otterbox is getting in the way.

  19. abby January 2, 2013 / 11:49 am

    thank you very much! it is always good to see that there’s always someone to help you find out new things and won’t mind to share!

  20. David Oatley February 6, 2013 / 11:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing this information…it IS so simple…

  21. Kira June 4, 2013 / 11:59 pm

    Thx a lot this helped me

  22. Jessie July 17, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    Well that didn’t work

  23. Suzanne Reilman February 11, 2014 / 9:00 am

    Thanks much for the quick/easy solution to this problem that has plagued me off and on over the last couple years! Won’t be losing any more chances to catch great pics or particularly witty posts/signs any more!:)

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