How to Screenshot on iPad Air

How to Screenshot on iPad Air


Learn how to capture and share your favorite moments from your iPad Air with ease. This article provides step-by-step instructions on taking screenshots, allowing you to capture everything from memorable conversations to stunning visuals on your device.

What is the method for taking a screenshot on an iPad Air?

Taking a screenshot on your iPad Air is a straightforward process that allows you to capture what’s displayed on your screen, whether it’s an interesting article, a memorable conversation, or a stunning image. Here’s how to take screenshots on your iPad Air:

1. Using Physical Buttons:

  • Locate the buttons: On the iPad Air, you’ll find the “Power” button (also known as the “Sleep/Wake” button) and the “Home” button.
  • Choose the content: Navigate to the screen you want to capture.
  • Press the buttons: Simultaneously press and quickly release the “Power” button and the “Home” button.
  • View the screenshot: A screenshot preview will appear briefly in the bottom left corner of the screen. You can tap on the preview to immediately edit and annotate the screenshot or let it automatically save to the Photos app.

2. Using AssistiveTouch (Accessibility Feature):

  • Go to “Settings” on your iPad Air.
  • Scroll down and select “Accessibility.”
  • Under the “Touch” section, tap on “AssistiveTouch.”
  • Turn on “AssistiveTouch.”
  • Tap “Create New Gesture.”
  • Create a simple gesture like a single tap on the screen.
  • Save the gesture and name it.
  • Once the new gesture is created, return to the home screen and tap the AssistiveTouch icon.
  • Tap “Custom” and select the gesture you created. This will capture a screenshot.

3. Using Apple Pencil:

  • If you have an Apple Pencil, use it to annotate and capture a screenshot:
  • Hold the Apple Pencil near the bottom of the iPad screen.
  • Swipe up from the corner of the screen with the Apple Pencil to capture the screenshot.
  • The screenshot will be saved in the Photos app.

After capturing a screenshot, you’ll find the image in the “Screenshots” album within the “Photos” app. From there, you can view, edit, share, or delete the screenshot as needed. Taking screenshots on your iPad Air is a valuable tool for preserving important information, sharing content, and capturing memorable moments.

Where can you find the captured screenshots after using the Apple Pencil method?

After using the Apple Pencil method to capture screenshots on your iPad Air, you can easily access the captured screenshots in the “Screenshots” album within the Photos app. Here’s how to find them:

Open the Photos App: On your iPad Air, locate and tap on the “Photos” app icon. This will open the Photos app, where you can view and manage your photos and screenshots.

Navigate to the “Screenshots” Album: Within the Photos app, you’ll notice various album options at the bottom of the screen. Scroll through these albums until you find one labeled “Screenshots.” Tap on the “Screenshots” album to open it.

View and Manage Screenshots: Inside the “Screenshots” album, you’ll see all the screenshots you’ve captured using the Apple Pencil method. Each screenshot will be displayed as a thumbnail. You can tap on a thumbnail to view the full-size screenshot, and from there, you can swipe through your screenshots, zoom in for closer inspection, or even delete screenshots you no longer need.

Share and Edit: From the full-size screenshot view, you can tap the “Share” button to share the screenshot with others via messaging apps, email, social media, or other sharing methods. You can also tap the “Edit” button to crop, annotate, draw, add text, or make other adjustments to the screenshot before sharing or saving.

By navigating to the “Screenshots” album within the Photos app, you’ll be able to conveniently access, manage, and share the screenshots you’ve captured using the Apple Pencil method. This ensures that your captured content is easily accessible and organized alongside your other photos and videos.

How to share a screenshot

Sharing a screenshot is an easy way for people to show what they are up to and share important information with their contacts. It can be especially useful for quickly passing on directions, maps, articles and text snippets to others. Taking a screenshot is the first step – simply tap the volume up and power buttons simultaneously to capture the current screen image – but there’s more than that you can do after that.

You have all sorts of options for annotating or cropping your screenshot before sending it out. Once you have it ready, simply select the Share button in the top right corner and pick your desired recipient from the standard iPadOS sharing options that will appear. Your contact can then view you’re screenshot exactly as it was taken on your side, with all its annotations included, allowing them to get more insight into whatever you are trying to share with them.

Edit screenshots easily

For those times when a screenshot needs to be quickly annotated and edited, the steps to do so are quite simple. After capturing a screenshot on your device, a small thumbnail preview will appear in the bottom-left corner of your screen. This thumbnail will automatically disappear after several seconds or it can be dismissed by simply swiping it away. While this provides an easy way to store your screenshots in your photo library, you also have the option of pulling up the screenshot to make quick edits and annotations before that happens.

To get started with editing and annotating your screenshot, start by tapping on the thumbnail that appears at the bottom-left corner of your screen. From there, you can access several tools such as shapes, text tools, lines, and highlight features to mark up very quickly and easily on whatever was captured in the shot. For more advanced users other options like filters and blurring out sections also exist which allow for even greater possibilities when customizing screenshots.