iPhone XR: How to Take a Screenshot

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 25 Oct 2018

If you are upgrading to the iPhone XR from an iPhone 8 or older, you will be in for a surprise when you try and take a screenshot on the device. This is because due to the lack of a home button, the process of taking a screenshot on the iPhone XR is pretty different from previous iPhones.

Coming from an iPhone X though, you will feel right at home since like the iPhone XR, it also lacks a home button. So, if you are looking to take a screenshot on the iPhone XR but wondering how to do it, check out the steps below.

Step-by-Step Guide to Take a Screenshot on iPhone XR

Step 1: Press the Side button and Volume Up button

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

iPhone XR Take Screenshot

Step 2: Edit Screenshot

If your iPhone XR is not on mute, you will hear the camera shutter sound. 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 XR using Assistive touch

There’s a slightly easier way to take a screenshot on the iPhone XR using one-hand but that requires enabling 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 XR 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 XR 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.

iPhone XR Screenshot Assistive

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 XR in iOS 13

The steps to take a screenshot on the iPhone XR in iOS 13 remains the same as it was on iOS 12. You will have to follow the exact same steps mentioned above for taking a screenshot.

How to View Screenshots on iPhone XR

All the screenshots you take on your iPhone XR will be saved in the Screenshots album in the Photos app. This album is auto-created by iOS and all screenshots you take will be automatically added to it.