The iPhone XR brings the best of iOS and battery life all day to the affordable smartphone market. It’s no surprise that the handheld set is being played as Apple’s bestseller in 2019. If you’re one of the many who snag an iPhone XR, there are a host of useful features you may not be using. Special screenshots can be made in several ways. The process has also changed if you come from an iPhone 8 or older. We break it down step by step so you can capture your next screenshot with physical buttons and AssistiveTouch.
Take screenshots with physical buttons
Step 1: Find the right buttons – Gone are the days of physical home buttons, so you will look for Lock and turn up the volume instead of screenshots. The turn up the volume The button is located on the upper left side of the phone, below the lock. The Lock the button is on the right side. Placing your fingers on the two buttons should feel natural, as if you were holding the iPhone as normal.
Step 2: Capture the screenshot – When you are on the desired page, simultaneously press the two buttons to screenshot. You will see a flashing animation followed by a thumbnail in the lower left corner if successful. For those of you who have silent mode closed, you will also hear a shutter sound.
Step 3: Edit the screenshot – The thumbnail on the bottom can be ignored if you want to keep your screenshot as it is. You can pull it off or let it defecate on its own after a few seconds. But if you want to scribble, add notes, or crop the image, tap the thumbnail to bring up the editing tool. Here you will find a variety of brushes and tools to fluff up your screenshot. By default, the editing tool shows what was captured on your screen. Change to Full page to edit web pages or longer images.
Step 4: Save and share screenshots – When you are satisfied with the screenshot, press Done to save it. To share the image, press Share button in the upper right corner of the editing tool. If you never opened the editing tool, the screenshot is automatically saved and can be shared via your Photos app.
Fewer accidental screenshots – Taking screenshots with hardware buttons raises a concern: If you accidentally press them when the iPhone is not in use. Since iOS 12, Apple has released a fix that specifically prevents accidental screenshots for this scenario. When the iPhone screen is off, the screenshot is automatically disabled.
Take screenshots with AssistiveTouch
Step 1: Turn on AssistiveTouch – AssitiveTouch has been the best for simplicity and accessibility on iOS. It’s a floating button that hangs around your screen as you meander through your regular apps and games. Click on it and you will get shortcuts like opening Siri, dragging down your message panel and screenshot. By default, this feature will be turned off. To turn it on, go to Settings> Accessibility> Touch> AssistiveTouch and switch AsssitiveTouch. Note that if you want to use the screenshot button, you must add the shortcut to the menu first.
Step 2: Add screenshot function to AssistiveTouch – The arrangement of functions in the Top Level Menu – which opens when you press the AssistiveTouch button – can be easily customized. To do so, go to Settings> Accessibility > Touch> AssistiveTouch and press Customize the menu at the top level. There you can tap an existing icon to change it or add more by tapping the plus symbol in the lower right corner. Among the list of features that you can add is screenshot. You can also set custom actions when interacting with the AssistiveTouch button such as one-touch, double-tap or long-press. A nice trick is to assign one of the actions to the screenshot, especially if you plan to use AssistiveTouch to do just that.
Step 3: Capture the screenshot – To take a screenshot, go to the desired page and open your top-level menu by tapping the AssistiveTouch button or by using the custom action assigned to the screenshot. In the same way as the side button method, the screen should flash briefly and the captured image should be displayed as a thumbnail in the lower corner.
Step 4: View, edit and share the screenshots – View and edit screenshots remain the same using the AssistiveTouch method. You can tap the thumbnail to drag the editing tool and adjust the image from there. To share, tap the icon in the upper right corner. If you discarded the thumbnail – either by dragging it away or letting it disappear – the screenshot will automatically store itself in your photo gallery.
Are you looking for ways to get the most out of your iPhone XR? To master your new device, check out our iPhone XR tips and tricks. If you sport the latest model, check out some tips to enhance the experience on your iPhone 11 or 11 Pro.