iOS Screen Shots
Have you ever wondered how people post images of funny texts or other iPhone content online? This is made possible via the screen capture feature on the iPhone. Snapping a screen capture is actually very easy, though many iOS users are not aware that their phones have this nifty tool.
Getting a Screen Capture
A screen capture is basically just an image of your iOS device’s screen. The image includes everything that is currently displayed on your phone, such as a SMS conversation and the toolbar showing the time and your cellular connection. To get a screen capture, hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad at the same time for about two seconds and then release them. Don’t hold the buttons for too long, or your phone will go into lock mode. When you hear the sound of the camera shutter, the screen shot has been captured.
Viewing Screen Captures
Screen captures are automatically saved to your camera roll. Tapping the Photos icon on your home screen will open your camera roll, and the screen capture will be the last photo in the list, at the bottom of the screen. Tap the thumbnail of the image to open it in full view, where you can begin editing and sharing.
Editing Screen Captures
If you only want to keep part of your screen capture, you can crop the image right on your device. For instance, if you take a screen capture of a SMS conversation but only want to keep two of the conversation’s messages, you can crop out the other messages. To edit a screen capture image, tap the Edit icon in the top right corner of the image while you are viewing it in the camera roll. Tap the Crop tool, which is located in the bottom right corner of the Edit Photo screen. Once the grid appears over your screen capture, use your fingers to drag it around the portion of the screen capture you want to keep. Tapping the Crop icon at the top of your screen will cut out the portions of your image not inside the grid.
Sharing Screen Captures
Just like any other image saved to your iOS device, a screen capture can be sent out via Twitter, MMS message or email. With the image open in the camera roll, tap the Share icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. A menu will appear that gives you all of the share options, as well as a button that lets you assign the screen capture as your wallpaper. If you want a copy of the image on your computer, just email it to yourself and then open the attachment on your computer and save it to your hard drive.
Screen captures can be used for a number of reasons – submitting hilarious text conversations to a blog, sharing a high game score with a friend or saving directions in your map application for later. Though the screen capture tool is not widely advertised, its usefulness should not be underestimated.