How to take screenshots on iPad using gestures with iPadOS 17 and 16

Take screenshots on iPad using gestures

Is taking a screenshot on iPad too much for your fingers to handle? Well, you’ll definitely be lit up after hearing this news. Gone are the days of struggling with buttons just to get a desirable screenshot. You can now easily take screenshots on iPad using gestures! Without wasting any time, let’s get started with this simple yet intuitive guide.

How to take screenshots using gestures in iPadOS 17

iPad offers more than just the traditional method of taking screenshots. With its user-friendly interface, users can use Gestures to take screenshots easily.

  1. Access the Settings app on your iPad.
  2. Select Multitasking & Gestures to proceed.
  3. Toggle on Swipe Centre from Corner.

    Tap Multitasking & Gestures, Swipe Centre from Corner in iPad settings
  4. When prompted, assign an action for either Bottom Left Corner or Bottom Right Corner, whichever gesture you prefer.

    Select among Bottom Left Corner and Bottom Right Corner
  5. Here you can select either of the following:
    • Off: Disable the respective action.
    • Screenshot: Take a screenshot of the particular interface.
    • Quick Note: Summon a quick note anytime you desire.

      Select among, Off, Screenshots, Quick Note in settings

How to take screenshots using gestures in iPadOS 16

For those who are wary of beta updates and did not sign up for the iPadOS 17 developer beta, don’t worry; I have got you covered.

The following steps reflect the process of enabling screen gestures in iPadOS 16.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPad.
  2. Navigate to the General menu → Select Gestures.

    Tap General, Gestures in settings
  3. Now, toggle on Allow Finger to Swipe From Corner.
  4. Choose an action between Left Corner Swipe and Right Corner Swipe.

    Toggle on Allow Finger to Swipe From Corner, Left Corner Swipe and Right Corner Swipe in iPad settings
  5. Finally, select the Screenshot action for the respective action.

    Select Screenshot in gestures in iPad

    If you wish, you can also enable Quick Note for the untouched action.


Are there any restrictions on taking screenshots in certain apps or content?

Yes, some apps or content might have specific restrictions on taking screenshots due to privacy or copyright concerns. For example, banking apps or streaming platforms may disable screenshots while viewing sensitive information or copyrighted content.

Swipe in style!

It might seem a little childish, but this feature will unlock a new level of productivity and convenience you never imagined. Take this opportunity to preserve memorable moments or share important information with simplicity. Remember, all it takes is a swipe. So go ahead, put your newfound knowledge to use, and share your screen captures with friends, family, or colleagues.

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