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How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone With Broken Buttons

Broken buttons on your iPhone severely inhibit the way you can use the device, especially if you can’t afford a repair right away. Taking screenshots is one of those features that is typically only used via the default button combination: Pressing both the Sleep / Wake Button and the Home Button at the same time. Going around the problem typically means that you as the user take advantage of features such as AssistiveTouch, which simulates the pressing of a real button via the touch screen. But there is more, you can also use AssistiveTouch to trigger more complex features such as taking a screenshot – without actually using the physical buttons! Here’s a tutorial on how to take an iPhone screenshot without a functional Power Button or Home Button.

Hint: See our guide on how to take a screenshot the regular way for more information. Read more…

Taking screenshots on iPhone via AssistiveTouch

Taking a screenshot on iPhone without using the Power Button (Sleep / Wake Button) or the Home Button is only possible through our trick, or by connecting your device to a Mac and recording the screen, then extracting images from the video. But that is way too complicated for daily use. Luckily, you can enable this trick on any type of iPhone, regardless of the age of the device. This will allow you to continue working with your phone until you are able to afford a repair.

Enabling the AssistiveTouch feature

Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch

Open up your “Settings” app and go to “General”, then select “Accessibility”. Look for the section titled “AssistiveTouch”. Tap it and then finally switch on the feature by enabling the toggle button at the very top.

This will make a circular symbol appear on your screen, which you can shift around at will and use as your button replacement. The feature is actually there to aid users with impaired motor function, but works just as well to overcome limitations of your hardware.


Taking the screenshot

AssistiveTouch [icon] > Device > More > Screenshot

Taking a screenshot using AssistiveTouch is as easy as tapping the little circular symbol, then selecting “Device” from the menu, followed by “More” and finally tapping “Screenshot” to take a screenshot of what is currently visible on your screen. Don’t worry, the AssistiveTouch menu as well as the little dot won’t be visible on screenshots at all.

Enabling the AssistiveTouch shortcut for taking screenshots

Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch

If you plan on taking a lot of screenshots this way, it might be sensible to add the feature to your main AssistiveTouch menu for easy and quick access. This can be accomplished by making a few adjustments in your system settings.

Open up the “Settings” app and go to “General”, then “Accessibility” and finally “AssistiveTouch”. Tap “Customize Top Level Menu” to get to the customization screen.

Once there, add a shortcut symbol to your menu by tapping the plus button at the bottom right. Then tap the newly created shortcut area and select “Screenshot” from the menu.

Depending upon how you’ve set up your device, the shortcut may already be in place in the main menu. You can customize this in any way that suits your style. Enjoy!

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