One of the best aspects of using an iDevice is that no matter what kind of functionality you want from it, you can get it through an app. However, some consumers simply don’t trust third party apps and the latest versions of iOS installed on such devices also come with pretty stringent security measures that don’t allow them to install apps that they consider to be potential security risk. For consumers that have depended on third party apps to capture a screenshot of their iDevice, this has become a huge problem. But the good news remains that you really don’t need to install an app to capture a screenshot on an iOS device and you can do it with in-built functionality of your iDevice. The trick only works for iOS 2.0 or higher only. Here is a simple walkthrough that you can use to get a screenshot of whatever is on the screen on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.
Step 1: Before you begin capturing the screenshot, you need to ensure that you don’t have too many apps open on your device. Close down any apps that you don’t need at the moment, turn the shutter sound on your camera app on and ensure that the volume of your device is also turned on and is on the higher side.
Step 2: Get whatever it is that you need to capture a screenshot of on the display. You cannot set the gears in motion beforehand and then try to open whatever it is that you need a screenshot of since you aren’t using a third party app here.
Step 3: Once you have the image in place, you need to hold the device steady to prevent the accelerometer from kicking in should you tilt the screen.
Step 4: Press the menu button, the main button you have below the screen, and hold it down. Remember not to let it go before the next step is completed or you won’t be able to accomplish what you want to do.
Step 5: With the main menu button firmly held down, get your other hand to the top edge of the device and find the power or lock button. When you get to it, hold it down and remember not to let the menu button go when you’re doing this.
Step 6: When you hold both the buttons down simultaneously, your screen will flash and get all white and you would hear a camera shutter noise. This white flash and camera sound would indicate that your screenshot has been captured and is saved on your device.
Step 7: Repeat the process for as many screens as you need.
Step 8: To access the screenshots you have just captured, you would need to get to the default pictures app that you have on your device. Within the images library for this app, you would find your screenshots saved inside a folder marked “camera roll” or “saved photos” depending on your device type and the default camera app that you have chosen for your device.
Things to remember when capturing a screenshot on an iDevice:
1. The trick to getting this right is to hold down the main menu and power buttons down at the same time. If you have a smaller device like the iPod Touch, you would be able to able to do it easily with the device held in your hand. However, with a larger device like the iPhone 5 or an iPad, you would need to set it down on a flat and stable surface.
2. You can press both the buttons simultaneously or press the menu button first and then get to the power button. You would have to remember, however, that you would get a power down confirmation if you keep both these buttons pressed down for too long.
3. If you need to email the saved screenshots, you need to click the menu icons at the bottom left of the screen when you have an individual image open. You can also tap on the menu button to access an index page which would allow you to select and email a number of images captured.
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