No matter what device you are using, you may have come across the need to capture and share something good you saw on your screen with your friends or family. After all, this is why screenshots were made in the first place.
But taking a screenshot can be a bit tricky especially if you are still using an old iPhone or if you just have a knack for old devices. That is why, in this article, we will jump into how to take screenshots on iPhone 7 along with some tips and tricks revolving around it.
Table of Contents
- Can You Take A Screenshot on iPhone 7?
- How To Take A Screenshot on iPhone 7
- Tips for Screenshotting on iPhone 7
- Taking Screenshots in Newer iPhones – What’s Different?
Can You Take A Screenshot on iPhone 7?
Taking a screenshot allows you to capture the current display of your phone. Even though the method is quite different than new iPhones you definitely can take a screenshot on your iPhone 7 or on any other older iPhone model.
How To Take A Screenshot on iPhone 7
Ever since Apple removed the home button in 2017 changing the way screenshots are taken, the old way of taking a screenshot has fallen out of the spotlight. The following are the easiest methods to take a screenshot without installing any third-party software.
1. Capturing Via Button Combinations: Home Button + Power Button
The first and most accessible way to take a screenshot is to use the button combination. This user-friendly approach involves pressing specific buttons, which trigger the device to capture and save an image of the current screen. This method is often favored for its convenience and ease of use, as it doesn’t require any additional software or applications.
Here’s how to take a screenshot using button combinations:
- Firstly, go to the screen you wish to screenshot, whether it’s a video frame, an image, or a webpage.
- Press the power button on the side and the home button on the bottom simultaneously and quickly release them at the same time.
- A screenshotted image will be minimized to the bottom of your screen, you can click on it to edit and save or ignore it to save directly for future use.
2. Capturing Via Assistive Touch
AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature built into iOS devices that, when turned on, provides a neat little menu of tools. It hovers as a semi-transparent button on top of your screen, and you can tap it to reveal different options such as locking the phone, turning on the flashlight and even taking a screenshot. It’s especially helpful if you’re having issues with your Home button.
To turn on Assistive Touch:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General.
- Select Accessibility.
- Tap on AssistiveTouch.
- From here toggle AssistiveTouch on. You can also set up custom actions or changes to your Assistive Touch.
To screenshot your screen with Assistive Touch:
- Tap on the Assistive touch button, this will open the Assistive menu.
- Tap on Device.
- Press More.
- Select Screenshot.
- You will hear a crisp sound and the captured image will be minimized to the bottom. If you tap on it before it disappears you can directly edit it before saving.
Tips for Screenshotting on iPhone 7
Consider this section like a free DLC for a game that enhances the overall story. While the art of screenshotting is super simple, there are several things you can learn for maximum efficiency.
1. Finding Screenshots
Whether you want to view, organize, share, or delete your screenshots, iOS offers several intuitive methods for accessing and managing your screen captures.
Here’s how to find your saved screenshots:
- Open the Photos app on your iPhone and scroll down to the bottom.
- Under the “Media Types” section, tap on the Screenshots option.
- Your recent and old screenshots will show up.
2. Deleting Screenshots
We often forget to delete screenshots after we are done using them. They can take up a lot of space and hinder your iPhone’s performance. To delete unnecessary screenshots:
- Head to the Photos app and open up the screenshot.
- Tap on the Select button.
- Select your unwanted screenshots. Click on Delete and confirm it.
3. Recovering Deleted Screenshots
If you have accidentally deleted an image, fret not. It is easy to recover them within a 30-day period. All deleted photos go to the recently deleted folder. To access it:
- Open Photos and scroll down to the bottom.
- Under the “Other Albums” tab, select Recently Deleted.
To recover them:
- Tap the Select button on the top corner.
- You can either restore all from the bottom or select individual files to restore.
Taking Screenshots in Newer iPhones – What’s Different?
The method of taking screenshots in the recent models of iPhones slightly differs from the old generation mainly due to the absence of a home button. Instead, to take a screenshot on iPhone X and later models you’ll have to press and hold the side button along with the volume down button to activate a screen capture.
Another notable change in the latest iPhones is the ability to take scrolling screenshots that allow users to capture entire web pages. Apart from the actual button combination and scrolling screenshot, the rest is pretty much the same. This means that you can also use the Assistive Touch to capture your screen on newer iPhones as well and manage them through the Photos app.
Check out are dedicated guide on taking screenshots on iPhone X and later models: How to Take Screenshot on Your iPhone X, XS, or XS Max
From our personal experience, the button combination approach is the easiest way to go as it requires no additional setting to turn on. But if you have issues with your home button, you might want to choose the assistive touch, whatever way you prefer, this article provides a step-by-step guide for it.
If you can’t take a screenshot with neither the Home Button, nor Assistive Touch then try contacting Apple Support for help with your specific situation.
You can either share your screenshots from the photo gallery or directly after you take them by tapping on the minimized window and tapping on the share button.
By screenshotting a full webpage you capture it in its entirety, even the parts not available on the screen. It is useful when sharing a piece of information where every bit is as important as the other.
You can use the Assistive Touch to take screenshots if your home button doesn’t work. Moreover, the Assistive touch button can perform multiple other features or act as a new home button for you.