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iOS: Screenshots

Taking screenshots on your iPhone and iPad.

#4 • June 27, 2016

Welcome to Value Berry number four! Today I’m going to tell you all about screenshots on your iPhone and iPad!

Taking a screenshot on your iOS device is easy: just press the home and sleep/wake buttons at the same time. This might be a little tricky on larger iOS devices, like iPads and the bigger phones, but you’ll get the hang of it!

When you successfully take a screenshot your device’s display will momentarily flash white, and if sound isn’t muted, you’ll hear a camera shutter sound.

When you unsuccessfully take a screenshot you might notice the volume being adjusted, especially on newer iPhones that have the sleep/wake button immediately opposite the volume up button. If you have such a device, good luck with your screenshot endeavors, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Screenshots are saved to your Camera Roll. You can use the Photos app, or any other app that can access your photo library, to view, edit, and share your screenshots. If you have Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Library, or whatever other new photos-sync-through-the-Internet-cloud-thing Apple’s come up with by the time you hear this, your screenshots might also be automatically available on your other Apple devices and/or the web. Eventually. Maybe. Again, I wish you the best of luck.

Screenshots on iOS are saved as crisp PNG files, but uploading them to social media will probably result in a sloppy conversion to a heavily compressed JPEG, which will look really horrible and blurry. Especially if there’s text. That text is going to be painful to read. But hey, social media is free because you’re the product, so you can’t really complain, right?

It’s worth noting that, if you have an accessibility feature that alters the contrast or colors being shown on your display, screenshots will not be affected by it. This also applies to the new Night Shift feature, which turns your display horrible shades of muddy brown at night to reflect what’s happening in this “outside” place I keep hearing so much about.

Remember, screenshots are just images, and they can be altered. If you come across someone trying to use a screenshot as some kind of proof or evidence, it’s not just correct to question their integrity and mock them, it’s your responsibility.

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