I have a Wi-Fi-only iPod Touch and iPad. Many apps don't function well without an Internet connection, so a screen capture gives me the information I need when I'm off-line. I frequently will screen capture street maps of places I'm going and Yelp reviews of possible restaurants, so I can refer to it even though I'm off-line.
Here are some other possible uses for screen capture:
- Capture a temporary web event, e.g. a receipt for a purchase
- Use to illustrate a step-by-step procedure
- Images from streaming video, movies, TV shows, online games
How to screen capture
Capturing the screen on your iOS device is actually quite easy:
- Press and hold the Home button
- Then, while continuing to hold the home button, quickly press and release the power button
Like any picture you've taken, you can find the image in the Photos app in your Camera Roll photo album.
Screen Capture Common Problems/Solutions
You may run into a few problems at the until you get the hang of coordinating the two actions.
Problem #1: you get sent to your Home screen.
- Reason: You pressed the home button, but did not hold it in long enough. So the iOS device treated it as simply pressing the home button.
- Solution: Hold in the Home button until you have pressed/released the power button.
- Reason: you pressed and held the power button too long.
- Solution: While holding the Home button in, make sure you quickly press and release the power button.
- Reason: You held the home button too long before tapping the power button, which brings up Siri.
- Solution: Hold in the Home button and then immediately press the power button.