How to Take a Screenshot on iPad – Overview
Like on iPhones, screenshotting on iPads has been a key feature on these devices since they debuted in early 2010, and for a good reason.
Whether you want to screenshot a great recipe you saw on Pinterest, a receipt from an online shopping platform like Amazon, or a Twitter thread, you can do so. In addition, Apple offers you more than one way to screenshot on your iPad.
Once you’ve screenshotted on your iPad, you can save the image for future reference or share it immediately from the pop-up that appears after screenshotting.
That said, this review will look at several ways to screenshot on an iPad. Since some iPads have home buttons and others don’t, we’ll discuss how to screenshot in both types.
How to Screenshot on an iPad (With Home Button)
If you own an older iPad model or one of the latest entry-level ones, you can take a screenshot using the home button. To do this:
- Open the page you want to screenshot and simultaneously click the power button at the upper-right corner and the home button. If you’re experiencing issues while trying to press both buttons, you can press the home button first.
- After taking a screenshot, your iPad screen should flash white, and you should also hear a camera shutter sound. If your iPad is running iOS 11 or later, you should see a preview of your screenshot in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
- If you took the screenshot by accident or would like to delete the one you took, click on the preview followed by the delete icon in the upper right corner.
- Older iPads can still edit screengrabs, but you’ll have to open it using the Photos app.
How to Screenshot on an iPad (No Home Button)
If you own one of the newer iPad Air, Mini, or Pro models, you might be wondering how you can screenshot since your device doesn’t have a home button. Well, for these devices, Apple moved the screengrab feature to the volume button. Here is how to screenshot on these iPads:
- Open the page you want to screenshot and simultaneously click the power button at the upper-right corner and the volume button on the side simultaneously.
- After taking a screenshot, your iPad screen should flash white, and you should also hear a camera shutter sound. On all iPads without a home button, you should see a preview of your screenshot in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
- Click on the preview to view the screenshot, edit or share it. You can also apply Instant Mark-up notes in the preview window. If you took the screenshot by accident or would like to delete the one you took, click on the delete icon in the upper right corner.
How to Screenshot on iPad (Assistive Touch)
If you’re experiencing problems pressing two buttons simultaneously, you can use one of the best accessibility features on iOS, known as Assistive Touch.
However, you first need to set up Assistive Touch. To do this, open settings and enter ‘Assistive Touch’ in the search bar. Click on the button in the upper part of your screen to activate it. You can also use Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, to activate Assistive Touch.
Once you’ve set up this accessibility feature, a small round but dull button should appear on the corner of your screen. To take a screenshot, tap on the round button followed by ‘Device,’ ‘More,’ and finally, ‘Screenshot.’
You can make screenshotting using Assistive Touch even easier by setting up a custom action. There are three custom actions, namely long press, single- and double-tap.
Whether you use a custom action or not, when you screenshot, your screen should flash, and you should also hear a camera shutter button. You can open the Photos app on your device to edit, share or delete the screenshot.
How to Screenshot On iPad (Apple Pencil)
If you have an Apple Pencil, you can use it to easily screenshot a part of your screen or the whole screen. To screenshot using Apple Pencil.
Swipe the Apple Stylus from either the bottom left or right corner of your screen toward the middle section of your display.
Now you should see some screenshotting tools on your screen, which you can use to grab a portion of the screen or the entire screen.
In conclusion, that’s how to screenshot on an iPad. The assistive touch and apple pencil methods should work on all iPads, but if you want to screenshot quickly, consider the first two methods and choose one depending on the iPad you own.