With the arrival of the iPhone X and its lack of a Home button, Apple had to change the way to handle some relatively common tasks. One of those is taking a screenshot, and the same method has carried over to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.
Taking a screenshot on an iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max is the same combination of button presses no matter which device you own, and we expect that to remain the case for the foreseeable future now that Apple has taken the next step on the company’s long road towards removing the physical Home button altogether. That’s all just fine, but if you don’t know how to take a screenshot now that the Home button is no more, you’re out of luck no matter how great that Liquid Retina or OLED screen may look. There’s no need to fret though. We’re here to set the record straight.
Here are the steps you need to snap a screenshot on one of Apple’s recent iPhones.
Similarly to previous iPhones, the process requires pressing two buttons simultaneously. This time those buttons are the Side button and the Volume Up button. The Side button is the same button you use when sleeping or waking your device; we highlighted both buttons below.
Once you have pressed and released the two buttons, you will hear the familiar shutter sound (unless you have your phone muted) and your screenshot is taken. You’ll also see a preview of the screenshot you just took. The preview will disappear after a few seconds, but if you’d like to edit or mark the screenshot up, you can tap it and do so before saving it in the Photos app or discarding it altogether.
The positioning of the two buttons used for taking a screenshot has an upside and a downside. On the upside, it’s much easier to take a screenshot one-handed now that you don’t have to press the Home and Side buttons together. On the downside (and it’s not that big a downside), it easy to take a screenshot accidentally if you hit those buttons while just holding your phone.