Unveiling the Magic of Scrolling Screenshots on iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this era of digital overload, it is more important than ever to be able to capture everything that is on your iPhone screen – from very long web pages to detailed PDFs, long emails, and notes that keep rolling as you type and scroll. Apple has finally caught on by providing a native option for taking a scrolling screenshot from your iPhone. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to lock in everything on your screen quickly and easily, and without using any third-party apps.

The Evolution of Screenshot Capabilities on iPhone

Standard screen grabs are easy – an iPhone user could probably take a screenshot with both hands tied behind her back, her eyes closed. iOS updates brought many changes and one was a scrolling screenshot that’s great for capturing complex data. It works well for websites or PDFs, a long note or a really long email thread in Apple’s native apps.

How to Capture the World in a Scroll

A scrolling screenshot on your iPhone (or scrolling shot on Android) or what your Apple device actually calls it: a ‘Full Page’ or ‘Full Page Screenshot’ of a document, webpage, note or email captures what you see as a PDF file, as everything that is displayed on your chosen content. Here’s a step by step walkthrough:

  • Take Screenshot: Press the side or top button and the volume up button at the same time.
  • Preview: Tap the screenshot preview that appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  • Choose ‘Full Page’: In the top-right corner of the preview screen, select ‘Full Page’.
  • Edit as desired: Before saving you can preview all pages, use the markup tools to make annotations or crop a screenshot to select specific parts of the selected area.
  • Save or Share: After you’re done, press ‘Done’ to save the document, or share it by tapping the share button.

Alternative Paths: Third-party Apps

Content might be hosted in third-party apps (another common use-case), or the user might simply need fine-grained control over the format (such as being able to save a screenshot as a PNG). In those cases, a third-party app such as Picsew – which provides advanced screenshot features, including richer functionality and, importantly, enables the ability to test before paying via an in-app purchase – can fill in the gap.


No sooner are these tools in your hand than Apple’s engineers are busy thinking of other ways to make your digital existence easier and more comfortable. The ability on your iPhone to take a scrolling screenshot illustrates this on one level but, in truth, there’s so much more to be discovered and exploited in order to make the most of your device:

  • Connecting Displays: Discover the best USB-C and Thunderbolt displays for your Mac.
  • Apple Logo Keystrokes: Shortcuts that let you type the Apple logo on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
  • Device Upkeep: Tips on how to keep your iPhone clean and when to get a battery replaced.

Your Thoughts

We hope this guide will help you to clear your mind of any confusion on how to take screenshots on full-page on your iPhone, making every step clear and making sure you capture the screenshot of the page entirely. So thanks to Apple who always find ways to make us enjoy interacting with technology in a smarter way, keeping things easier and consistent.


Apple Inc has built its reputation not only on the creation of some of the first personal technologies – the first Macintosh – but also on beautiful, elegant design, and on leading the way in including features that improve the user experience. In this vein, integrating the ability for users to take scrolling screenshots directly into iOS is simply another example of Apple seeking to improve users’ experience with their products and to further simplify the daily lives of their customers by including features that are useful.

Even so, this uncompromising commitment to enhancing the user experience and usability continues to drive Apple to explore the limits of the possible, transforming each device into an object of everyday life rather than a mere gadget.

Jun 06, 2024
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