How to take a screenshot on Apple's iPhone 7

The Apple iPhone 7 comes with a brand new Home button that no longer physically clicks: you might not have even noticed, though, as it still gives a very solid feedback that mimics the feeling of a physical click. Turn off the phone, though, and you will see that the Home button does not actually click, but the 'clicking' sensation actually comes from a clever vibration that comes off from Apple's vibration motor, the 'Taptic Engine', built inside the iPhone 7.

So you might be wondering: with this new button, how does one take a screenshot on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?

The screenshot shortcut is in fact the same: you take a screenshot on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus by holding down the power / lock key (the one on the right) and the Home button simultaneously. Keep in mind that you actually have to apply pressure with your finger towards the Home key, so that it is a forceful touch rather than just a light tap.

You will hear the familiar click, the screen will blink white for a moment, and the screenshot will be saved to your camera roll. It's all as simple as that.

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iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I don't like the new button, tried it out in store and it just feels weird. All you feel is a vibration from the Tap Tic engine, I don't get how that's supposed to simulate the feeling of pushing something in. But let's see how it goes.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nothing can perfectly emulate a natural feel of a buttock click. Anyways, launchers do have a feature which lets users take a screen shot by simply placing the palm of the hand on the screen. Oh wait, iOS doesn't support launchers, lol my bad.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Oh, I meant to say "BUTTON click", not "buttock". What a silly typo.

18. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That just made my day.

6. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Yep. Nothing can perfectly emulate a natural feel of a buttock click.

10. Nopers unregistered

You'd think for somebody who whinges about iOS all day would know it doesn't support launchers. Springboard is good enough, restricted as anything but it does the job and doesn't respring as often as Android home crashes (in my experience with Sony and Samsung)

17. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL the natural feel of buttock, explains why guys hate iOS so much, gotta get that natural buttocks feeling with Android!!! Yea I've been waiting for a theme centre on iOS for years, who knows maybe next year. I've given up on iOS for design, it's horrible, never liked it past iOS 6, got used to the new design by iOS 9 and now iOS 10 is just horrible for me, don't like any of it. Can't wait for the Pixel phones, keep getting the feeling Google's going to screw this up, hopefully we get a true iPhone level stock Android phone. I want to that bad.

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Reviewers also say the same, sadly. They got it right on the Macbook though, I was amazed on how they emulated a real click, I had to check multiple times to make sure it wasn't a click pad.

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

So it's not up to MacBook level? I was expecting it to be the same. I was also very impressed with MacBook's tap tic engine.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

As per reviewers it is definitely not on MacBook level, they say the vibration is strong on the back of the phone, and you will feel nothing if you place the phone on top of a table and then press the home button.

8. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It feels like you're clicking the whole bottom third of the phone, as if it had separated and you push it together. It's "ok", I'm neither for or against it (I presume it's mainly for next year's rumoured buttonless model if leaks are to be believed) - I don't have the iPhone 7 but my wife does and I've used it for about 10 mins in total, felt used to it very quickly, I'm not sure why some reviewers seem to have such a hard time with it - it's different but not really better or worse to me.

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I see. I'll make further comments once I have my hands on one, can't really completely rely on the youtube guys.

9. Nopers unregistered

The problem is the engine in the MacBook is slightly different to the Taptic Engine in the iPhone, I've tried it out myself and personally I think it is fine, there are plenty of phones out there with capacitive home buttons that don't give haptic feedback when you press them, it's just not as clicky as an actual button.

11. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Just like any other phone. Why can't they do it like this: tap the screen three times fast then the shot is taken? Here i found some tips I thought to share with my folks http://techpathy.com/useful-iphone-7-tips-and-tricks/ I just wish Apple had the option to share screenshots via text without saving like android does.

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Tapping three times fast?? Nie but that would be so terrible when playing games... Zombies coming out a tsunami and I'm like tapping 100 times continuously which will result in about 33 screenshots... Yikes.. Lol... Jk

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Next article, how to turn on your phone.

14. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

iPhone 7*

16. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Apple hasn't gotten rid of the power / wake button. Yet.

15. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Just did it easy-peasy on my 6S. Have a feeling will be a little hesitant on the 7 with no physical home button anymore.

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