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Grabbing screenshots on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch


Whether you’re a designer trying to get a mobile layout pixel-perfect, a frustrated customer needing to document some strange behavior for the folks at the Genius Bar, or a wordsmith wanting to memorialize your latest Words With Friends achievement, you’re going to need a screenshot. Luckily, every portable iOS device has a super-simple way to capture whatever’s happening on your screen. Simply push the sleep/wake and Home buttons simultaneously, and you should see the screen flash, accompanied by the familiar camera snap sound—provided your device has a built-in speaker. This trick works anywhere in the OS—including when an app is running—and you’ll find the resulting image in your Camera Roll, where you can access and share it just like any other photo you’ve snapped.

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If you have Xcode, you can take screenshots of a plugged in device from the Organizer screen. It’s slightly easier as it avoids: 1) having to hit two buttons at once; 2) synching to iTunes; 3) putting the screenshots in iPhoto; 4) deleting the screenshots from the device’s camera roll.

This Xcode screenshot feature is mainly used by developers to get screenshots to upload to the App Store, but us normal people can use it to.

Posted by Patrick on June 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM (CDT)

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