7 Best Ways to Fix Screenshots Not Working on iPhone
Taking a screenshot allows you to capture and store specific information or share it with others. But what if your iPhone fails to take screenshots? Here are ways to fix screenshot issues on iPhone.
When screenshots stop working on your iPhone, you may resort to recording screen content with another phone, which is time-consuming and inconvenient.
1. Take Screenshots on iPhone
The ability to take screenshots on an iPhone depends on the model. If you upgraded from an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 to a newer model, the old trick won’t work.
On iPhone models with Face ID, press the side button and the volume up button simultaneously. Release them quickly, and a screenshot thumbnail will appear at the bottom.
If you still use an iPhone model with the Home button, press the side button and the home button at the same time to take a screenshot.
When users switch from an old iPhone to a new gesture-based model, they often press the wrong buttons to take screenshots.
Many users mistakenly press the power and volume up buttons at different times when attempting to take a screenshot. However, this can result in either locking the phone or adjusting the volume. To ensure a successful screenshot, it is important to press the required buttons simultaneously and quickly release them.
3. Force Restart iPhone
If your iPhone isn’t responding, force restart it. Press and quickly release the volume up button, followed by the volume down button. Then, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears. Note that this trick doesn’t work for iPhone 7 users. Instead, they should press and hold the volume down and power button simultaneously to force restart the iPhone.
4. Check Device Storage
Dealing with low device storage on iPhone? You can take a screenshot, but it won’t appear in the Photos app. Check and optimize the remaining device storage on iPhone.
Step 1: Open Settings on iPhone.
Step 2: Go to General > iPhone Storage.
Step 3: Check remaining storage. If you are low on storage, enable optimize photos to upload media to iCloud.
5. Screenshots Won’t Work in Certain Apps
Video streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video disable screenshot functionality to prevent content theft. Although you can technically still take a screenshot, it will only show a black screen. Companies implement these practices to protect their content, so it’s not surprising that you won’t see anything when taking screenshots on Netflix.
6. Check Physical Buttons
Working with dysfunctional home or volume buttons on iPhone? No matter what trick you try, you won’t be able to take screenshots. The issue may arise after accidentally dropping your iPhone on a hard surface.
Apple offers another way to take screenshots. You’ll need to use assistive touch to enable screenshot functionality.
Step 1: Open Settings on iPhone. Step 2: Go to the Accessibility menu.
Step 3: Select Touch and enable AssistiveTouch from the menu.
You will see a virtual AssistiveTouch icon on the iPhone. The menu includes screenshot functionality. Whenever you want to take a screenshot, tap AssistiveTouch and select Screenshot.
You no longer need physical buttons to take a screenshot on your iPhone.
7. Use Gestures to Take Screenshot
Some people may not want to keep AssistiveTouch enabled all the time because it’s a constant distraction on the iPhone screen. Instead, you can use gestures to take a screenshot on your iPhone. Here’s how:
Step 1: Open Settings on your iPhone.
Step 2: Go to Accessibility and select Touch.
Step 3: Scroll down, select Back Tap.
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Step 3: Scroll down, select Back Tap.
Please note that the text has already been optimized and may not require further editing.
Select Double Tap or Triple Tap and enable the gesture to take a screenshot from the menu.
You can now double-tap or triple-tap the back of your iPhone to take a screenshot.
Start Taking Screenshots on iPhone
It’s easy to take a screenshot on an iPhone. If the functionality isn’t working, you may need to use a non-conventional method. Which trick fixed the issue? Share your findings in the comments.
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