How To Take A Picture Of A Text Message On An iPhone

One of the coolest features on an iPhone is it’s ability to take pictures (screenshots) of the screen. I find myself wanting to do this frequently, especially with text messages.

 If you want to take a picture of a text message on your iPhone, here’s all you have to do:

  • Press and hold the “Home” button (the big round button on the front of the screen)
  • Press the “Lock” button on the top right (the one that locks your phone and makes a “locking” sound when you press it)
  • That’s it—you’re done!

Your iPhone screen will flash and you’ll hear a shutter sound as the iPhone takes a picture of the screen. To find the photo you’ve just taken, go to your “Photos” app (the one with the Sunflower icon) and it will be saved as the most recent image under “Camera Roll.” Simple, eh? From there you can email it, text it to someone else or sync it with iPhoto.

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Ron Stauffer

Ron Stauffer is a husband, father, believer, web guy, marketing guy, musician, and man of many secret talents. He lives in the Boulder, CO area with his wife and five children, and is frequently told he's too young to have as many kids as he does.

  • yvonne condes

    Thank you!

  • Hey, Ron. When I press the home button on the front of my iPhone, it takes me to the Voice Control screen. Will my iPhone not perform the screen capture?

  • Hey, Ron. When I press and hold the Home button on my iPhone, I only get the “Voice Control” option.  Any thoughts?

    • Yep! You’re holding it down too long… if you hold it for longer than a few seconds (2 or 3, I think), it will activate voice control. So try to press Home+Lock really fast and see if that helps.

      Or, if you don’t use voice control, you can just disable it in your iPhone’s settings.

  • Cathy Dickie

    What is this action called?

    • Taking a screenshot of your iPhone’s screen. 🙂

  • Michael Sikivie

    I only get Siri when I press and hold the home button.

    • You don’t really press and hold the home button for that long… you press and hold it very quickly and hit the power button at the same time, so the snapshot happens before Siri activates. 🙂

      • Michael Sikivie


  • Hi Gelsomino: it looks like Apple has changed the “official” method sinceI first posted this over 5 years ago. But fear not, it still works the other way too—I do it every single day exactly the way I described in this post. Take care!