When it comes to capturing what you see on your phone screen, Apple comes with a number of features that make it easy to do just that. Every iPhone allows easy and quick ways to record the screen. A simple two-button click will save your screenshot, another will convert it into a full-page PDF, and a smooth slide-and-tap will record your Screen.

Here are step-by-step guides on how to use all three features.

How to take a screenshot on iPhone

A screenshot, sometimes referred to as a screencap or screengrab, lets you capture the contents on the screen as they are displayed. Taking, saving, and sharing these screenshots can be extremely helpful in numerous situations, to the extent that some argue a screenshot is the most important thing on the Internet.

So, why take a screenshot?

There are different ways in which a screengrab acts as a new-age digital artifact. It serves as proof to others that you are indeed seeing the content that you are seeing.

In addition to proving your case, screencaps help you archive content. It can be as silly as a meme or as severe as a bank statement, taking notes, a website, a weird error message, a textual allegation, etc.

Screenshots are essential in more ways than just coming in handy. They get work done faster. Thanks to the editing options, they let you demonstrate ideas that would otherwise be difficult to explain.

Now that the uses of screenshots are explained, let’s move on to a step-by-step guide to taking a screenshot on your iPhone:

  • If you have an iPhone with Face ID, simultaneously press the power and volume up button for a second.
  • If you have an iPhone with a physical Home Button, simultaneously press the Home Button and the side button for a second.
  • You should now be able to see the screenshot in the lower-left corner of your phone’s screen. It has automatically been saved in your Photos app.

If you want to edit, click on the screenshot in the lower-left corner and make changes to it by clicking on the Markup Button in the shape of a Pen. To rename, share, or add a note, click the arrow on the upper-right corner. You can also click on the trash icon if you’d like to delete it.

That’s it. You’ve taken a screenshot with your iPhone!

How to turn a screenshot into a PDF on iPhone

One might wonder why would you even need a PDF screenshot on iPhone when you already have the option of a single-screen snap. Here’s why.

A shareable PDF is more than just a screenshot. It archives the entire page of a website or a complete article. 

Saving a full-page PDF comes in handy for various reasons. It makes for a reliable reference when you want to make a presentation, write theses, or even make a point to others. You might also like to archive a page to store valuable information or even juicy articles for gossip.

A PDF is also a better way of capturing and storing one complete webpage than taking several screenshots to cover the content. Moreover, you can also merge different PDF screenshots to turn them into a larger document, study guide, appendices – you name it.

You can take a snapshot PDF of anything – webpage, document, or even an E-mail conversation.

Regardless of why you might want to do it, learning how to save a screenshot as a PDF is worth knowing.

Here’s how:

  • If you have an iPhone with Face ID, simultaneously press the power and volume up button for a second.
  • If you have an iPhone with a Home Button, simultaneously press the Home Button and the side button for a second.
  • Then, tap the screenshot on the lower-left corner and select Full Page.
  • Tap Done, or you can first crop by tapping on the Crop Icon and share the PDF via iMessage, E-mails, WhatsApp, or AirDrop. Delete to retake the PDF screenshot or remove it from the Photos or Files.

How to Screen Record on iPhone

Other than static screenshots, Apple has another feature that allows you to record movements, animation, and motion on the screen.

One of the common reasons this feature comes in handy is when you see a video posted privately on social media but want to share it anyway with friends and family. Screen recording helps you grab the whole video and send it to others.

Another reason you might need screen recording is when you want to record a tutorial on how to use a particular tool on the phone. You can also take notes while recording the Screen, write explanations, and use the video for teaching purposes.

One can keep a screen recording of a brief portion of a video to send over an e-mail to explain a document to a client. It can be used to report a software glitch, create a personalized video to connect with a client, on-demand PowerPoint Presentations, etc.

There is a slew of reasons – ranging from silly to serious – as to why you might need to screen record and why screenshots might not suffice. So, how do you screen record on your iPhone when the opportunity shows up?

Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings
  • Click Control Center
  • When you see the option for Screen Recording, tap the green + button
  • Now you will be able to open Control Center, tap the record button,Β and a 3-second countdown will allow you to open the Screen or video you wish to record. Once the countdown ends, the recording will start.
  • To stop the recording, tap on the upper-left corner and tap the red record button

All screen recordings automatically save in your Photos app!

Closing Thoughts

iPhone gives you three options to capture the Screen – take a screenshot, capture a screenshot PDF, and record the screen. Each option has its specific uses, ranging from making a meme to sharing vital information. Sometimes the reason is as simple as saving content for future use. Moreover, taking a screencap, screenshot PDF, and screen recording is extremely easy. Hopefully, this article helped!