iPad Basics – How To Take an iPad Screenshot

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This is another in our occasional iPad Basics tips series – so if you’re a veteran iPad user you’ll want to skip this as you’re very likely to already know this stuff.

For those who are newer to the iPad, or who just haven’t had a need to know this before, this very quick tip let’s you know how to take a screenshot (an image that captures what is currently on the screen) on the iPad and iPad 2.

And happily, it’s very easy to do. You just press the Power (or sleep/wake) button at the top right of the iPad app and the Home button at the same time for just a quick second. When you do you’ll see the screen flash white for a moment and you’ll hear the camera shutter sound.

That’s it. Once you’ve done that, you can go to the Photos app and see your screenshot in the Camera Roll album.

You can do this when the iPad is in portrait or landscape mode, the method is always the same.

One more quick tip on putting screenshots to use on the iPad: you can open an existing photo in your Camera Roll, pinch to zoom to blow up the best portion of the image, then take a screenshot. That will create a new image in the Camera Roll. This can often be a nice way to quickly improve an existing image or just create a nice extra close-up shot.

Patrick Jordan

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17 thoughts on “iPad Basics – How To Take an iPad Screenshot”

  1. Wow! Thanks! Great little trick that I never knew about, even after owning my ipad2 for 4 months! (and I *thought* I read the manual from cover to cover!). Any more little hidden tricks?

  2. Guess I am the dummy in the class. Where is the “home button” and the “power button?”

    1. If you look at the image at the top of this post, there the ones indicated by the arrows.

  3. Ty, so simple yet if you don’t know….you just don’t know it. And very useful extra tip at the end. Thank You & keep up the good work.

  4. Thanks for the wonderful tip – used it all weekend for user guide I was writing!
    Do you know who does training for building, servicing, infrastructure, etc of mobile technology?

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