How To Take a Screenshot on iPad Air

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Imagine a world without having the possibility to capture images on our screens. Such a world will miss out on a large variety of pictures that are “undownloadable”.

With the inception of screenshots, we can now save many images that wouldn’t have usually been possible through downloading. And in fact, screenshots features are now integrated into almost all internet devices, from PCs to tablets and smartphones. In this article, we will focus on how to take a screenshot on the iPad air.

Quick Answer

There are two primary ways to take screenshots on an iPad air. First, you can do this by using the hardware buttons of your iPad tablet. The other involves you using screenshot software available on your phone.

This article contains the various ways you can take screenshots on your iPad air.

How To Take a Screenshot on iPad Air?

The Top, Volume, and Down buttons are features on your iPad that allow you to capture images on your tablet. Aside from these buttons, you can install screenshots apps or use the inbuilt screenshot program of your iPad to take screenshots.

Below are the following methods to take screenshots on your iPad air.

Method #1: Use of the Top Button and Volume Up Button

  1. Hold the Top and Volume Up buttons on your iPad air. After that, a screenshot preview will appear in the left corner.
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  2. There are two things you can do on the screenshot preview. You can either tap on it to make an edit/mark up, or long-press it to share/save it right away.
  3. Go to your Photos app to find your saved screenshot.

Method #2: Use of Top Button and Home Button

Alongside the Top button, you can use the Home button. This method is unlike the previous method, which used the Volume button instead.

To use the Top button and the Home button to take screenshots on the iPad, you should:

  1. Hold the Top button and Home button simultaneously. After that, the screenshot preview will appear.
  2. If you desire to edit the photo, click on the screenshot preview. Clicking on it allows you to edit or create markups. Otherwise, you can go straight to the next step below.
  3. Long press the screenshot preview to share it or save it to your Photos app.
  4. Go to your Photos app to view your saved screenshots.

Method #3: Use of the iPad’s Assistive Touch

iPads assistive touch is a helpful on-screen touch option. It enables you to perform many functions that otherwise involve combining many buttons. But with the iPad assistive touch, you don’t require using any of your iPad’s buttons.

To use the iPad assistive touch to make screenshots, you should:

  1. Go to the “Settings” app on your iPad.
  2. Navigate to “General Accessibility” and then to “Assistive touch.”
  3. At the top of the Menu, enable the “Assistive Touch” by switching it on. Once allowed, your iPad Assistive Touch is active, and you can now take a screenshot with it.
  4. To take a screenshot, click on the “Assistive Touch” menu.
  5. Navigate to “Device” and select “More”.
  6. Click on “Screenshot” to capture the image. Instantly, your iPad screen flashes momentarily, and it will produce a subtle shutter noise.
  7. After clicking on “Screenshot,” your iPad will automatically save captured images to your Photos app.
  8. Go to your Photos app to view your saved screenshot.

Method #4: Use of the Apple’s Pencil

Graphics designers and digital artists will find taking screenshots very convenient. Nevertheless, if you are not a graphic designer, you will still find this method helpful in taking screenshots. This method applies to all who have an Apple pencil and an iPad.

Here are the steps to take screenshots on your iPad air using your Apple Pencil:

  1. At the bottom end of your screen, swipe your stylus pen towards the center of your screen. You can use either end of your screen. However, make sure you swipe it towards the equatorial center of your screen.
  2. Once swiped to the center, your screen will be immediately captured. There are several options available to process your captured image. You have the option to edit it in several ways or to share/save/delete it.
  3. To edit your image, check the bottom of your screen. The editing tools are immediately below the captured image. You should click on any of the editing tools available. You have the option to draw on it, paint, highlight it, and many other fantastic editing features.
  4. To save your image, click on the “Save” icon located in the top left corner of your screen. It will bring out an option to save it.
  5. To share it, click on the “Share” icon at the top right corner of your screen.
  6. Finally, you have the option to delete the captured image. You can delete your captured image by clicking on the “Delete” icon located at the top right of your screen. This Delete icon is located just before the Share icon.

Method #5: Use of Third-party Apps

A final method to take a screenshot on your iPad Air is to use third-party apps available in the Apple Store.

Several screenshot apps are available on the Apple Store for you to download. Some of these apps are labeled as in-app purchases. For these apps, you will have to pay to access some screenshot features or remove some app limits. Examples of these apps are appure, and AppLaunchpad

However, some apps are free, and you can use them to make a screenshot. They only have the drawback of having in-ads. Examples of these apps are Tailor and Stitch It.

Let’s see how to take a screenshot using the Tailor app.

The Tailor App is a popular app for iOS users. As the name implies, Tailor allows you to stitch several screenshots on your iPad into one single image.

Here is a step-by-step procedure on how to use the Tailor app to take screenshots on your iPad:

  1. Take multiple screenshots on your iPad air using any methods described previously. 
  2. Download the Tailor app on your Apple Store.
  3. Launch the Tailor app and authorize it to access your photos. Automatically, the Tailor app will scan your photos to access screenshots and stitch them together.
  4. Click the “Share” button to share the stitched photo via email or other apps or save it to your files.


This article has described the various ways to take screenshots on your iPad air. The methods involve using your iPad Top, Home, and Volume button, Stylus pen, and third-party apps. Kindly use any way that suits you to take screenshots on your iPad Air tablet. 

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