Thu. May 26th, 2022

I take a lot of screenshots – thousands every year – across all platforms.

I take so many of those screenshots

my iPhone

that I have created a quick way to do it using an iOS feature called AssistiveTouch (detailed information on how to do that can be found here).

When you think of “screenshot”, you think of images, right? Well, iOS can now send out screenshots as PDFs.

And they are not just screenshots of the bit you can see on your screen. Oh no, these are full screen images of things like web pages, documents or emails that do not fit on your screen.

Pretty convenient!

Here’s how to do it (note that this feature was introduced in iOS 15):

  • First, find some content that is larger than your screen. For example, a web page.
  • Take a screenshot as usual (on an iPhone with Face ID, press and release the side button and volume up button at the same time; on an iPhone with Touch ID, press and release the Home button and the side button or the Sleep / Wake button at the same time, depending of which iPhone you have).
  • Once the screenshot is taken, tap it at the bottom left of the screen to maximize it.
  • Press Full page.
  • Now you can choose to save the screenshot as a PDF or share it.

It’s that simple.

I do not use PDF screenshots as often, but when I do, this feature is incredibly useful.

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