Screen capture is one of the useful functions in smartphones. It helps you to quickly grab the screen which you can use for explanation, notes and instructional purposes. Sometimes, you may also need to take the full page screenshot of webpages in Safari or scrolling screenshot in apps. In this article, we will explain how to take screenshots in iPhone for different purposes.
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How to Take Screenshot in iPhone?
The screenshot function in iPhone depends on the model you have and the iOS version you use. We will explain the following three screenshot options using your iPhone.
- Taking a screen capture
- Full page screenshot in Safari
- Scrolling screenshot in apps
1. Taking Screenshot in iPhone
You need to use different methods to take the screenshots depending upon the model of your iPhone.
- If your iPhone has home button, press the home and side power button together to capture the screen.
- On the latest iPhone X or 11 models that do not have home button, you can press the side power button together with the volume up button.
After taking screenshot, the image will float on the bottom left of the screen. You can tap and edit the picture instantly. The alternative and easy way in all iPhone model is to enable soft home button using “AssistiveTouch” feature to grab the screen. This will help you to get away from pressing multiple buttons at the same time. You can tap on the “AssistiveTouch” icon and use “Screenshot” option whenever you need.
- Tap on “Settings” app and go to “Accessibility > Touch” section.
- Touch “AssistiveTouch” option and enable it.
- You will instantly see a soft home button on the screen with default controls.
- Generally, you need tap on few times to reach the screenshot option. However, you can customize the gestures by tapping on “Customize Top Level Menu”.
- You will see the AssistiveTouch icons, tap on any of the icon to change the setup to add Screenshot option in the front. Henceforth, you can tap on AssistiveTouch home button and select Screenshot to capture your iPhone screen quickly.
2. Taking Full Page Screenshot in Safari
The normal screen capture allows you to only capture the view ports of the phone. However, sometimes you may need to take the screenshot of the entire webpage in Safari. The latest iOS 13 has a hidden screen capture feature that will allow you to capture the full length webpage in Safari browser.
- Tap on “Safari” browser icon and open the website you want to capture the full page screenshot.
- Press, side power and volume up buttons together to take a normal screenshot.
- Tap on the screenshot thumbnail image floating on the bottom lower corner of your iPhone.
- This will take you to the mark up screen with multiple options. You can see two tabs with the name “Screen” and “Full Page”.
- Tap on “Full Page” tab to view the full length screenshot of the website.
- iPhone will show you the preview of the webpage on the right slide. You can scroll the side preview to view the live full length screenshot.
- Do any other mark up if you want on the webpage’s screenshot.
- Tap on the “Share” icon on the top right to instantly share your full page screenshot.
- Tap on “Done” and choose “Save as PDF…” to save your full page screenshot.
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Requirements for Full Page Screenshot
As mentioned, the full page screenshot option is only available on the latest device and operating systems.
- You need to have iOS 13 or later.
- Though iPhone 7 and 8 support iOS 13, you will not have the full page option.
- You need to have iPhone X, 11 or later, in order to use this feature.
- Full page option will only work when you take screenshot from Safari. It will not work when you take screenshots of other apps that stretches beyond the bottom screen.
- The option also will not work on other browser apps like Chrome or Firefox for iOS.
Difference Between Full Page and Regular Screenshots
Remember, the full length screenshot depends on the length of the webpage. If you are viewing a very lengthy webpage then the screenshot may be very long with bigger size.
- iPhone saves the regular screenshots in PNG format. This essentially means, normal screenshots are images that you can opt to save in Photos or Files app. You can view the screenshots saved in Photos on your Camera Roll like any other pictures taken using camera.
- The biggest difference with full page screenshot is that iPhone only allows to save full page screenshots in PDF format. This is required to reduce the file size of the screenshot. However, you can only save PDF files in Files app on your iPhone or in iCloud.
- Normal screenshot taken with iPhone 11 Pro Max is with the size of 1242×2688 pixels. This will be around the size of 2MB to 10MB depending on the color profile.
- Full length screenshot taken with iPhone 11 Pro Max will be much smaller in size with 500KB to 1MB in size. This depends on the color profile and the length of the webpage.
If you really want to have a full page PNG or JPEG screenshots, then probably you need to look for better apps from App Store. On Mac, you can use the premium screen capturing tool Snagit to capture panoramic scrolling screenshots easily.
For WordPress Publishers
Though PDF screenshots have some problems in viewing and sharing, you can directly embed PDF files on publishing platforms like WordPress. Therefore, you can use full page screenshots in iPhone for instructional and tutorial articles on your WordPress articles by embedding the PDF image. Below is how it will look on WordPress site when you insert PDF as a downloadable file. Click on the download button to view the full page screenshot taken using iPhone 11 Pro Max.
3. Capture Scrolling Screen in iPhone
The default full page option in iPhone will work only on Safari app. If you want to capture the scrolling screen on any other app, you need to use third-party apps from App Store.
- Go to App Store and search for “LongShot”. Find the app and install on your iPhone.
- Now go to “Settings > Control Center” and enable “Access within Apps” option.
- Tap on “Customize Controls” and add “Screen Recording” option under “Include” list.
- Open the app you want to capture the scrolling full screen. Depending upon you iPhone mode, either scroll down from the top right corner or swipe up from the bottom to open Control Center.
- Tap and hold “Screen Recording” option, choose “LongShot” and tap on “Start Broadcast” to start the screen capture.
- You need to quickly tap two times to reach the app screen when the recording starts. You can see the recording with the red light on top right of the screen. Scroll the content on the app till the end for the screen capture to end automatically.
- After successful capture of scrolling screen, tap on “Go to Application”.
- This will take you to the “Projects” section of the app. You can also anytime go to the LongShot app’s “Projects” section to download the scrolling screen capture.
Note that the free version of the app will add a logo on the screenshot and show advertisements. You can purchase the premium app to remove the embossed logo and stop advertisements.