How to Take an iPhone Screenshot Without Home or Power Buttons
Taking a screenshot on your iPhone is one of the important button combinations that everyone should know. On iPhone models with a Home button, pressing the Home and Power buttons together will capture anything that’s on your screen. If you have an iPhone without a Home button, the shortcut is instead the Side and Volume Up buttons together.
But what happens if you have an issue with one or more of these buttons on your iPhone? In that case, you might not be able to take screenshots. Thankfully, there’s a way around this. We’ll show you how to take screenshots on your iPhone without using the Home, Power, or Volume Up buttons.
How to Take an iPhone Screenshot Using AssistiveTouch
To begin, you’ll need to enable AssistiveTouch on your iPhone. This is an accessibility feature that allows you to access many of your iPhone’s functions from a software menu, instead of having to use buttons for them. It’s useful for people who have trouble pressing buttons, or if your iPhone has a broken button.
To activate it, head to Settings > Accessibility and choose Touch under Physical and Motor. Choose AssistiveTouch and enable the slider at the top of the screen to turn it on. This will add a white dot overlay button to your screen.
Whenever you tap this AssistiveTouch icon, it opens a menu that provides quick access to various functions. To easily add screenshot functionality to the menu, select Customize Top Level Menu.
Here, tap an icon you’d like to replace and choose Screenshot from the list of actions. If you’d rather, you can add another icon by tapping the Plus button and creating a new shortcut to Screenshot.
Alternatively, on the main AssistiveTouch menu, select the Double-Tap or Long Press options and set them to Screenshot. This is even more convenient, as you don’t have to open the menu to access the function—just tap the button to activate it.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots Without Any Buttons
Now, you can take an iPhone screenshot without any buttons. Just select Screenshot from the AssistiveTouch menu or perform your assigned tapping shortcut, and your iPhone will take a screenshot as normal.
Note that when you take a screenshot, the AssistiveTouch button won’t appear in the image. You can drag the button to any corner of the screen that you like. If you don’t use the shortcut for anything else most of the time, you can change its Idle Opacity on this menu to keep it mostly hidden.
For even more convenience, you can combine another iPhone accessibility shortcut to hide the AssistiveTouch button when you aren’t using it. On supported iPhone models, head to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap and you can customize two actions that happen when you tap twice or three times on the back of your device.
Choose AssistiveTouch and you’ll be able to toggle the feature on and off with a few taps on the back of your phone. This is an extra step, but if you only take screenshots occasionally, it will keep your screen clear of obstruction.
See our guide to Back Tap on iPhone for more help with this. You can even set Back Tap to take the screenshot, if you want to cut out the AssistiveTouch step.
So Many Ways to Screenshot on iPhone
Now you know how to take a screenshot on your iPhone, even if you can’t use the usual button combination. Keep in mind that there are other ways to take screenshots on your iPhone, like asking Siri. We’ve covered them in our guide to taking screenshots on your iPhone.
Otherwise, consider replacing your iPhone when you’re able. Working around a broken button gets old after a while.
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April 29, 2021 at 07:19AM