How to take a scrolling screenshot on your iPhone

A normal screenshot on your iPhone captures exactly what’s on your screen – nothing more, nothing less. Unfortunately, that’s not always enough, especially when you’re trying to capture anything that protrudes off the screen.

Hidden inside iOS is a scrolling screenshot feature that allows you to capture multiple pages with just a single screenshot. There are third party apps that you can use to stitch together individual screenshots and create a longer but scrolling screenshot makes the process easier.

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If you want to save a script in safari or a long PDF in your email, here’s what you need to know to take scrolling screenshots on yours iPhone.

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What is a scrolling screenshot?

A full-page screenshot or scrolling screenshot captures an entire page—a webpage, document, or email—without you having to take multiple screenshots and then stitch them together. For example, if you want to scan a 116-page document in Safari, you only need to take a single screenshot to capture the whole thing.

How to take a scrolling screenshot on your iPhone

To take a scrolling screenshot, do the following:

1. First, Take a normal screenshot on your iPhone. If you have Face ID, quickly press the side button + volume up button. For Touch ID, it’s the side/top button + home button.

2. Tap the Screenshot preview that appears in the lower left corner. It appears for about five seconds, so you’ll have to be a little quick.

3. Next go to Full page option. Under Full Page, you’ll see a preview of the full scrolling screenshot on the right, along with a larger preview in the middle. You also have tools to crop the scrolling screenshot in case it’s too long.

4. When you are done editing the scrolling screenshot, blow Finished. You will see two options: one to save the scrolling screenshot and another to delete it.

5. Finally tap Save PDF to Files to save the scrolling screenshot.

You need to choose a folder to save the scrolling screenshot to. By default, the Files app selects the last folder you saved something in, or the Downloads folder.

Taking a scrolling screenshot on an iPhone

To take a scrolling screenshot, you need to take a normal screenshot first.

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How to show scrolling screenshots on your iPhone

All scrolling screenshots are converted to PDFs so they are saved in the native Files app. To view your scrolling screenshot, open the Files app, go to the folder where your screenshot was saved, and tap the screenshot.

Here you can rename the file, draw on it, leave comments and more. You can also share the scrolling screenshot, but the other person must have Files or another PDF reader to view it.

The Files app on iOS

All your scrolling screenshots are live in the Files app.

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