How (not) to make screenshots on an iPhone
Mac Tip #418, 06 January 2010
A friend complained about the weird photos that kept appearing on her iPhone. Somehow she was making screenshots. Here’s what she was doing, by mistake, and how to make screenshots only if you intend to.
Note: this works the same for both iPhone and iPod touch. I’ll just write iPhone below, as it’s shorter.
Make a screenshot
To make a screenshot on your iPhone press and hold the Home button and quickly press the Power button. Then release both. The screen flashes and the iPhone makes a sound like a camera shutter.
A picture, or
screenshot, of whatever was on screen when you pressed this combination of buttons is added to the Camera Roll in your Photos.
- Be sure to press the Power button very quickly after you press and hold the Home button or your iPhone will simply exit whatever app you were viewing and return to the Home screen.
- If the iPhone simply switches off then you pressed the Power button before the Home button. Start with the Home button instead.
Delete the screenshot from Photos
If you accidentally make a screenshot, or just don’t want to keep it, then:
- Find the thumbnail picture in the Camera Roll in Photos on the iPhone.
- Tap once on the thumbnail image to view the full-size picture. Translucent gray bands appear at top and bottom of the screen. A Trash Can icon is in the lower band, at right.
- The translucent bands disappear after a few moments. If necessary, tap the picture once to make them visible again.
- With the translucent bands visible, tap the Trash Can icon to delete the picture. An alert appears, with a red Delete Photo button and a Cancel button.
- To change your mind and keep the photo tap the
Cancelbutton. The buttons disappear and the picture is retained in the Camera Roll.
- To go ahead and delete the picture from the iPhone tap the
Delete Photobutton. The Trash can tilts, opens its lid, the picture is sucked into the Trash Can and deleted.
Coming soon: how to stop iPhoto from opening up when you plug your iPhone or iPod touch in to your Mac.
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