Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could share a text message conversation, or a funny sequence of events that is happening on your iPhone 5? Often times the things that you wish to share with other people are actually a combination of events on the screen, making it nearly impossible to share them how they are currently configured. Luckily Apple included a mechanism that allows you to take a screenshot of what you are seeing on your iPhone 5. This image is then saved to your Camera Roll, allowing you to save and share it in the same manner that you would with any other image that you’ve taken with the iPhone 5. So continue reading below to learn how to take and access screenshots on the iPhone 5.
Capture a Screen Shot on the iPhone 5
I use screenshots to write most of my articles about the iPhone 5, including this one. They are incredibly easy to work with and, because I use Dropbox on my iPhone and on my computer, I can easily access them on my computer to edit them with Photoshop. So continue reading below to learn how easily you can start taking your own screenshots on the iPhone 5 and start sharing and editing them.
Step 1: Open the app containing the information you wish to capture in a screenshot, then position the app accordingly. For example, if you are taking a screenshot of a text message conversation, make sure that the part of the conversation that you want to photograph is displayed on the screen.
Step 2: Press the Home button at the bottom of the phone, then simultaneously press the Sleep/Wake/Power button at the top of the device. It’s best to press the Power button shortly after pressing the Home button, or Siri will open. The timing of it may be a little tricky at first, but gets very easy once you have done it a few times. When done successfully the screen will flash momentarily and you will hear the shutter sound if your phone is not muted.
Step 2: The screenshot has now been taken, so we are going to go find it by tapping the Photos icon.
Step 3: Select the Camera Roll option on the Albums screen.
Step 4: Locate your screenshot at the end of the Camera Roll. You can then press the Share icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen to send or share the screenshot with someone.
Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office, and many other popular applications and devices.