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How to Take a Screenshot on iPad Air: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this article, I will show you How to Take a Screenshot on iPad Air. I will show you 3 simple methods how you can do it. For more How to posts about tablets check out our earlier posts.

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Method 1 – Using Hardware Buttons

Using the hardware buttons is the most common and straightforward way to take a screenshot on your iPad Air. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Locate the Buttons – Locate the power button and the volume up button on your iPad Air. The power button is usually situated on the top edge of the device, while the volume up button is on the right side.

screenshot on iPad Air

Step 2: Set up the Screen – Navigate to the specific content or screen you wish to capture in the screenshot. Ensure that everything you want to include is displayed on the screen.

Step 3: Simultaneously Press the Buttons – Press and hold the power button and the volume up button simultaneously. You will hear a camera shutter sound, and the screen will momentarily flash, indicating that the screenshot has been successfully captured.

Step 4: View and Edit the Screenshot (Optional) – Once you’ve taken the screenshot, a small preview of it will appear at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

Tap on the preview to open the Markup toolbar. Here, you can make edits, such as cropping the image, adding annotations, or highlighting specific areas.

Method 2 – Using AssistiveTouch

You can also take screenshots, using the AssistiveTouch function on your iPad.

  1. Settings>Accessibility>AssistiveTouch
  2. AssistiveTouch>Device>More>Screenshot

Step 1: Enable AssistiveTouch– Open the Settings>Accessibility>AssistiveTouch. Toggle on the AssistiveTouch feature and a small circular icon will appear on your screen.

Step 2: Set up the Screen – Navigate to the content or screen you want to capture.

Step 3: Capture the Screenshot – Tap on the AssistiveTouch icon to open the menu. Select Device>More>Screenshot. The screenshot will be instantly taken and saved to your Photos app.

iPad Air


Taking screenshots on your iPad Air is a useful feature that allows you to capture and preserve important information, memorable moments, and creative inspirations.

Whether you prefer using hardware buttons or enabling AssistiveTouch for easier access, the process is simple and straightforward.

By following the step-by-step guide and utilizing the Assistive Touch option, you can become a screenshot-taking expert in no time. Capture and save your favorite moments with ease on your iPad Air!

Apple iPad Air (5th Generation)

screenshot on iPad Air
  1. Where can I find my captured screenshots?

    All screenshots taken on your iPad Air are automatically saved to the “Photos” app in the Screenshots album.

  2. Can I take screenshots of videos or protected content?

    Screenshots are typically disabled for protected content, such as DRM-protected videos and some apps.

  3. Can I edit screenshots after capturing them?

    Yes, you can edit screenshots immediately after capturing them by tapping on the preview at the bottom-left corner of the screen. The Markup toolbar allows you to crop, draw, add text, and more.

  4. Does taking a screenshot affect my iPad Air's performance?

    No, taking screenshots has a negligible impact on your iPad Air's performance and does not consume significant resources.

  5. Can I use the same methods on other iPad models?

    Yes, the methods mentioned in this guide are applicable to various iPad models running compatible iOS versions.