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How to Take Screenshots on an iPad?

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Sep 13, 2021• Proven solutions

Capturing an iPad's screen can be important for a wide array of reasons. Luckily, you don't really have to know much about the image making process or tablets in order to snap a quick screenshot on an iPad. In this article, we are going to take you through a few different methods of taking screenshots on iPads, and we'll also show you how to edit and share screenshots with ease.

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Taking Screenshots on iPad with Home + Sleep/Wake Buttons

The simplest and quickest way to take a screenshot on an iPad is to simultaneously hold the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons. The Home button is the only button on the front side of your iPad, while the Sleep/Wake button is located on the device's right side. You shouldn't hold the buttons longer than a second or two because you might end up switching off your iPad or accidentally increasing or decreasing the volume. The screen will flash for a moment, which means that a screenshot is saved on your iPad.

If you have iOS 11 installed on your device a thumbnail will pop up immediately after a screenshot is taken and if you want to edit or share it you should just tap on it. On older versions of iOS you won't receive a notification after you capture a screenshot, nonetheless, you'll be able to access the image you've taken from the Photos app.

Taking Screenshots with AssistiveTouch on iPad

Timing is everything, so when taking a screenshot using the buttons on your iPad you might end up doing something you didn't plan on, just by holding the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons for too long. However, there is an alternative solution that is as quick and simple as the first method we described.

The AssistiveTouch feature enables you to take screenshots on your iPad, among other things, so you don't have to download third-party apps. In order to switch on this option, you have to go to Settings, tap on General and then select the AssistiveTouch from the Accessibility menu.

Make sure that the AssistiveTouch feature is enabled by tapping on it and then tap on its menu button that will be displayed in the lower right corner of your screen. Once the new screen opens you should tap on Device option and then hit More.

Now, you'll be able to see the Screenshot feature, so when ready to take a screenshot, simply tap on it and the device will automatically save the image on the camera roll. However, going through this process every time you want to take a screenshot may be a bit time-consuming, so in order to save time, you can customize the AssistiveTouch to take screenshots when you perform a certain action.

With the AssistiveTouch activated, you should collapse the Custom Actions menu and choose the Single-tap, Doble-Tap, Long Press or 3D Touch option. Select the option that you find the most convenient for taking screenshots and select the Screenshot option from the submenu that appeared on the screen when you selected the new method of taking screenshots with AssistiveTouch.

Each time you Single-tap, Double-tap or Long Press the AssistiveTouch button a screenshot will be captured automatically, and if you want to change this, simply repeat the process we described.

Where are Screenshots Saved on iPad?

In order to access your screenshots, you just have to open the Photos app, tap on Albums and then locate the Screenshots folder. If you store a lot of photos on your iPad you may have to scroll for a while until you find the Screenshots folder.

How to Change iPad Screenshot File Format from PNG to JPEG and Other Formats?

All screenshots you take on your iPad will be saved as PNG files, which can limit your file sharing capabilities. The fastest way to convert the screenshots to JPEG file format that is best suited for online use is to transfer the screenshots to a Mac computer and change the file extension using the Preview app or any other photo editing software. You can transfer screenshots to a computer by either connecting the iPad to a computer using a USB cable or you can AirDrop the file to your Mac.

Once the screenshot is transferred import screenshot into the Preview app. Click on the File menu and select the Export option. Locate the Format feature and change the image file format to JPEG. Click Save to confirm the changes you've made and proceed to share the file on social media.

How to Edit and Share Screenshots on an iPad?

Editing screenshots is often necessary in order to highlight important elements within the picture. iPads that have iOS 11 installed also feature the Instant Markup mode that can be accessed by clicking on the aforementioned thumbnail that notified you a screenshot was successfully saved on your device.

Tap on the thumbnail to enter the Instant Markup mode and proceed to add annotations to the image you've created. You can add text boxes, speech bubbles and draw on the picture using a highlighter, pencil or marker. The Eraser tools let you correct all mistakes or you can simply hit the Undo button to take a step back.

If your iPad doesn't have the iOS 11 installed you can easily edit screenshots with the Photo App. Simply tap on the Edit button to start editing a screenshot, but keep in mind that this app offers a limited amount of photo editing options.

Both of these built-in apps feature a Share button that enables you to easily share the screenshots wherever you want. Just tap on the Share button and select where you want to post the image you've created with your iPad and that's all.


Capturing still images of iPad's screen is by no means a complicated process, which means that you can take a screenshot of all your activities on this device in a matter of seconds. Leave a comment below and let us know which method of taking screenshots on your iPad you like to use the most.

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Max Wales
Max Wales is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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