How to Screenshot on Every iPad

Taking Screenshots is really easy and a great way to save things you might not see again!

Screenshots take up like 65% of my entire photo library on my phone and iPad. Photos from Snapchat, Instagram, and other apps that don’t have a dedicated save function. Even for dunking on articles with killer tweets, sometimes requires a screenshot to just show the one bit you want to show, without linking to the whole article.

So how do you do this on an iPad? It’s actually incredibly easy. Soon, you too can be gossiping about your weird friend in the group chat in your other group chat.

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How to Screenshot on iPads without Home Buttons

On iPad devices without a home button, simply press the volume up and power button together.

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How to Screenshot on iPads with Home Buttons

On iPad devices without a home button, simply press the volume up and power button together.

How to Screenshot on iPad without Buttons

But what if you’re one of these degenerates that has a smashed-up iPad and a button or two doesn’t work? (I’m specifically speaking to my younger brother here)

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Setting up Screenshots without Buttons on iPad

Go into the Settings, search for Accessibility and locate the menu option that’s called Touch.

If you want to skip this for whatever reason, drag it down on the Home Screen to bring up the search bar and just type in Accessibility.

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AssistiveTouch

In Accessibility’s Touch menu, turn on AssistiveTouch and a little round circle will appear in the corner of the screen. This is mainly used for those who need a quicker way to access different functions across the iPad.

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Where is Screenshot in AssistiveTouch?

The AssistiveTouch menu is split into layers, but we can shorten this considerably. In the same menu, you can change the ‘top level’ options and have up to 8 at any one time.

From this, choose Screenshot from the menu.

Now when you press the AssistiveTouch button, you’ll see it right there. If you haven’t done this, it’s located under Device > More.

What can I do with Screenshots?

When you take a screenshot on an iPad (or any iOS device) there’s no option immediately to edit it, either by cropping or annotating it. Once you do this, you’ll find the screenshot at the bottom of the screen, quickly tap it for options to begin editing what you’ve captured.

If you have an Apple Pencil you can quickly annotate things that way or crop it to cover what you need.

Along the top of the screen you’ll see the Bin and Share icon, here you can quickly share and then delete a screenshot that isn’t needed. In Photos, iPadOS (and iOS) will separate out your screenshots into a different category for you to filter through and delete everything if you’re like me and tend to hoard them long after they’ve been useful.

This is still exactly the same as regular photos, so you’ll need to permanently delete them after the fact if you want to really free up space on your iCloud.

You can find this in Albums > Utilities > Recently Deleted and then highlight and select the photos you want to get rid of for good.

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How to Screenshot with an Apple Pencil

Speaking of the Apple Pencil, if you have it in hand, swipe up from the bottom right corner of your screen and it’ll not only take a screenshot but takes you straight into the edit page.