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I’m trying to take a screenshot of a problem that’s occurring with Guided Access on my iPhone. Is this possible?

I’ve had no luck with the usual method of simultaneously pressing the Home and Power buttons. This limitation exists even before I tap the Start button within Guided Access. Just being within the initial screen keeps the screenshot function from working.

I tried to find an answer to this question via standard web search, but found nothing.

Note: I’m using a beta version of iOS 13, but I assume that this same problem exists in iOS 12 and earlier.

  • Did you try using Assistive Touch from Settings app → General → Accessibility? – Nimesh Neema Aug 9 at 23:44
  • I haven’t, but I can. Not very familiar with it. Does it have a screenshot function? – EJ Mak Aug 10 at 0:05
  • Yes. I'll describe it in an answer. – Nimesh Neema Aug 10 at 0:07
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You can use the AssistiveTouch feature built into iOS. AssistiveTouch gives you a software equivalent of Home button which can be used to perform a variety of device operations.

To enable AssistiveTouch go to Settings app → General → Accessibility → AssistiveTouch.

Once enabled, you'll notice a gray colored translucent overlay button on your device screen. Tap on the AssistiveTouch button → Device → More → Screenshot to capture a screenshot without touching any physical button on your device.

The captured screenshot can be viewed in the Photos app normally.

  • By “normally,” do you mean that the resulting screenshot will show the entire screen, but without the AssistiveTouch overlay? – EJ Mak Aug 10 at 3:33
  • @EJMak I actually meant that the screenshot taken this way will be saved in a similar manner as to one taken using physical buttons. Also, yes, the screenshot taken via AssistiveTouch will "not" include the overlay. – Nimesh Neema Aug 10 at 3:35
  • Thank you. That did the trick. Although I don’t rely heavily on the accessibility features in iOS. I’m impressed by their thoroughness and depth. Bravo, Apple! – EJ Mak Aug 10 at 3:50

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