A map in Apple CarPlay on a vehicle's infotainment screen.

If you’re using Apple CarPlay (and your vehicle is safely stopped), you can easily take a screenshot of the CarPlay display on your iPhone.

To do this, you just use your iPhone’s regular screenshot feature. Again, don’t do this while driving. Always pull over first or ask one of your passengers to do this for you. Your iPhone will also need to be connected to your vehicle via a USB cable if you’re not using CarPlay wirelessly.

To take a screenshot, press one of the following combinations of buttons depending on which iPhone model you have:

  • iPhone X or later: Simultaneously press the Side and Volume Up buttons.
  • iPhone with a Home and Side button: Simultaneously press the Home and Side buttons.
  • iPhone with a Home and Top button: Simultaneously press the Home and Top buttons.
Diagram of the buttons to press to take an image on three iPhone models.

Your iPhone will save both an image of its screen and the CarPlay display. The two images below were captured simultaneously on an iPhone in CarPlay mode.

An image of a music app playing a song on an iPhone next to another image of the same song playing on a CarPlay display.

If you open the Photos app later, you’ll see both screenshots stored one after the other. Take as many as you want, but only when you’re safely stopped—you don’t want to get into an accident. Safe driving!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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