How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 20 Sep 2018

Screenshots aren’t only for the sneaky Snapchat users or the hilarious Tinder profile. Screenshots can help showcase a problem, capture an important image, or be used in an article just like this. In this article, we show you how to take a screenshot on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Taking a screenshot on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max hasn’t changed much if you’re coming from an iPhone X, but if you’re upgrading from an iPhone 8 or older iPhone model then the method is different due to the lack of the Home button.

Step-by-Step Guide to take a screenshot on iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max

The steps on taking a screenshot are pretty easy to remember. All you need to do is:

Step 1: Press the Side button and Volume Up button

To take a screenshot on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, press both the Volume Up and the Side button (previously known as Sleep/Wake button) simultaneously.

Take screenshot on iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max

Step 2: Edit Screenshot

You’ll hear the familiar camera shutter sound (if your iPhone isn’t on mute), and the screenshot preview will show up at the bottom. Tap on it and you’ll see the option to annotate the screenshot.

Step 3: Share Screenshot

Tap and hold on the preview to directly jump to the Share sheet to send the screenshot to an iMessage conversation, WhatsApp, Slack or mail.

You can also dismiss the screenshot preview. The screenshot will be automatically saved in the Screenshot album in the Photos app.

How to take a screenshot on iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max Using Assistive Touch

If you need or want to take a screenshot with only one hand, you can do so with Assistive Touch.

Step 1. Enable Assistive Touch

You can enable Assistive Touch by launching the Settings app and navigating to General -> Accessibility -> Assistive Touch and toggle Assistive Touch ON. You will see a semi-transparent button added to your screen. This is the Assistive Touch button.

iPhone XS - Enable Assistive Touch

Step 2. Customize Top Level Menu

Tap on the Customize Top Level Menu. 

Then tap the Custom icon (the one with the star), and select Screenshot from the list. The screenshot button will be added to the Assistive Touch Menu. You can also tap on any of the default icons to replace it with the Screenshot button, or any other option from the list.

iPhone XS - Customize Top Level Menu

Step 4. Take Screenshot With Assistive Touch

With the screenshot option added to your Assistive Touch menu, we can take a one-handed screenshot anytime by tapping on the Assistive Touch button followed by the screenshot button.

Take Screenshot on iPhone XS with Assistive Touch

And just like before, the screen will flash white, you’ll hear the camera shutter sound (if your phone isn’t on mute), and your screenshot will be saved in Photos.

How to Take Screenshots on iPhone XS in iOS 13

The method to take a screenshot on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max running iOS 13 remain the same as it was in iOS 12. This means you will have to follow the exact steps above to take a screenshot on your iPhone running iOS 13.

How to View Screenshots on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

You can find all your screenshots in the Screenshots album via the Photos app. This album, like the Selfies album, is auto-created. Every screenshot you take will be added to this album automatically.  Just open the Photos app, tap on the Albums tab, and you will find the Screenshots album in the list.

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