To take a screenshot on an iPhone 13, press the Volume Up and Side button simultaneously. A thumbnail will appear at the bottom of the screen. Your iPhone will save the screenshot to your Photos.

To capture an image of what you see on your iPhone 13‘s screen, it’s easy to take a screenshot. We’ll show you how with instructions that also work for the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

How to Take an iPhone 13 Screenshot

The easiest way to take a screenshot on an iPhone 13 is by using two buttons on either side of the phone. To do so, briefly press the Volume Up button (on the left side of the iPhone) and the Side button (on the right side) at the same time.


It can be kind of tricky, but if you hit them both at exactly the same time, you’ll hear a shutter sound effect (unless your volume is muted). A thumbnail of the screenshot you just took will appear in the lower-left corner of the screen.

After taking an image, you'll see a thumbnail image in the corner.

If you ignore the thumbnail in the corner, it will disappear after a moment. Or you can swipe it away to the left to get rid of it.

When the thumbnail disappears, your iPhone 13 automatically saves the image to your Photos app. As of December 2021, there is no way to disable the thumbnail preview, but that might change in a future version of iOS.

How to Edit an iPhone Screenshot Just After Taking It

Remember the thumbnail that appears in the corner of the screen after you take a screenshot? If you tap it, you’ll see a special editing mode where you can crop, rotate, or annotate the image before saving.

The iPhone image edit mode.

You can also delete the screenshot if you don’t like it at this point: Just tap the trash icon in the upper-right corner. When you’re done in edit mode, tap “Done” in the corner of the screen, then select “Save to Photos.” Your edited screenshot will be saved to your Photos app.

Take an iPhone 13 Screenshot without Buttons

If you have trouble pressing both buttons at once to take a screenshot (or one of your buttons is broken), there are a few ways to take a screenshot without needing any buttons at all.

The first method is by tapping on the back of your phone thanks to a feature called “Back Tap.” To set it up, open Settings and navigate to Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap. Assign “Screenshot” to a double or triple tap option, and you can tap the back of your iPhone to capture a screenshot.

In Back Tap settings, select "image" on iPhone.

The AssistiveTouch feature will also let you take a screenshot without doing the two-button combination. To set it up, open the Settings app and navigate to Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch. Once there, assign “Screenshot” to a custom action. Or you can screenshot directly from the AssistiveTouch menu by opening the menu and tapping Device, More, then Screenshot.

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Where Are Screenshots Saved on the iPhone 13?

On an iPhone 13, all screenshots you take are automatically saved as PNG files to your Photos album, which you can see by opening the Photos app. Once there, you can see a thumbnail list of all your screenshots by navigating to Album > Screenshots.

iPhone images are in Photos > Album > images.

To view a screenshot in Photos, tap its thumbnail and it will appear larger on your screen. Once there, you can edit it (crop, rotate, add filters, and more) or share it with your friends easily using the on-screen toolbar. To delete a screenshot you don’t want, select it, then tap the trash icon. Happy screenshotting!

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