How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari on iPhone & iPad

Feb 6, 2020 - 24 Comments

How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari

Have you ever wanted to take a full webpage screenshot in Safari on iPhone or iPad? Now you can do exactly that with the latest iOS and iPadOS releases, where you’re able to snap full page screenshot and save it as a PDF file, which can then be shared, saved locally, edited, printed, or anything else you’d like to do with it.

Android smartphones have had the ability to capture scrolling screenshots for quite a while now. Also known as full page or long screenshots, this feature allows users to take a screenshot of an entire web page and share it with anyone, which is a lot more convenient than taking multiple screenshots. Until now, iOS had lacked this functionality, but you don’t have to feel like you’re left out anymore. With iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and later, Apple allows you to take full page screenshots on your iPhone and iPad, though the feature is limited to the Safari web browser.

Are you one of those iOS users who felt like you were missing out on such a nifty feature? Look no further, because in this article, we’ll be discussing exactly how you can take full page screenshots using Safari on iPhone and iPad. Let’s get right to it.

How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari on iPhone & iPad

Since this feature was introduced alongside recent iOS versions, you need to make sure your iPhone and iPad is running iOS 13 / iPadOS 13 or later. Capturing full page screenshots on your iPhone and iPad is fairly similar to taking any regular screenshot, except you have to choose a specific option that saves the whole web page as a file. Here’s how this works:

  1. Open “Safari” web browser from the home screen of your iPhone and iPad, then visit a website or webpage you want to take a full page screenshot of.
  2. Safari Icon

  3. If you aren’t aware, you can take a screenshot on your iPhone and iPhone by pressing your “Power” button and “Volume Up” button simultaneously. However, if you’re using an device that features a home button, like the iPhone 8, iPad Air or anything older, press the “Power” button and “Home” button at the same time.

    How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari
  4. Next, tap on the thumbnail of the screenshot in the bottom corner of the screen to bring up the markup and sharing option menu for that screen shot
  5. How to take a full webpage screenshot on iPhone or iPad in Safari

  6. Now with the screenshot open on the display, you’ll notice two tabs at the top. Select “Full Page” to get a preview of the entire web page on the right pane. When you’re ready to save the page, tap “Done”.

    How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari
  7. Now, tap on “Save PDF to Files” to save the screenshot as a PDF file.

    How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari
  8. Here, you’ll be able to choose where you want to save your screenshot. Once you’ve selected a folder, tap “Save”.

    How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari

Now that you’ve taken a full webpage screenshot in Safari, you might be wondering how to locate that full page screenshot on the iPhone or iPad. That’s what we’ll discuss next.

How to Find and Share Full Page Screenshots on iPhone & iPad

Unlike regular screenshots that get saved to Photos app as a PNG file, “Full Page” screenshots get saved as a PDF file that can be accessed using the Files app on your iPhone and iPad. Simply follow the steps below to find and share your screenshots.

  1. Open “Files” app from the home screen of your iPhone and iPad.

    Files App iOS 13
  2. Head over to the directory where you saved your full page screenshot. In this instance, we saved it in the Downloads Folder of iCloud Drive. Tap on “iCloud Drive”.

    How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari
  3. Now, go to the folder where you saved your screenshot. In this instance, tap on “Downloads”.

    How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari
  4. Here, you’ll be able to view your screenshot. Tap on it to view the PDF file.

    How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari
  5. Once you’ve opened up the screenshot, you’ll be able to scroll through the whole page and add markups. However, if you want to share this screenshot with others, tap on the “share” icon located at the bottom-left corner of your screen.

    How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari
  6. The typical iOS “Share” menu will pop up where you can choose from a number of social networks to share the screenshot or simply just send it to another iOS or Mac user via AirDrop,

    How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari

Those are the steps that you need to follow in order to snap, find, and share your Full Page screenshots.

The brief video below shows the process of taking full page screenshots on an iPhone; taking the screenshot, tapping the thumbnail, selecting ‘Full Page’ from the tab options, then tapping on ‘Done’ so you can save the full webpage screenshot as a PDF file to your device or elsewhere (you can also share it directly from that screen).

Prior to this feature being native to screenshots in the latest iOS and iPadOS releases, your only option was to grab multiple screenshots and stitch them together using a third-party application from the App Store, but having this feature built in is much more convenient.

Apple took some time to bring these full page scrolling screenshots to iOS devices, but now that it’s here it’s quite useful particularly for anyone who works with the web, or even if you just want to save a webpage locally.

The feature is not perfect however, as it only applies to Safari thus far and you can’t really use other third-party web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Firefox Focus, etc for capturing Full Page screenshots with this technique. Thus if you don’t use Safari for browsing on iPhone or iPad, you’re out of luck for easy full page screenshots.

Additionally, while you can snap full webpage screenshots, you can’t take Full Page screenshots within other apps like Mail, Facebook, Instagram, etc (yet at least, but perhaps that will arrive in a future version of iOS and iPadOS?).

Finally, remember that all of these full page screenshots aren’t really images, but instead they’re saved as PDF files. That may be inconvenient to access and share compared to JPEG and PNG files like regular screenshots, but it also may be a necessity for capturing the full length of a webpage and being able to view it properly.

What do you think of Full Page Screenshots within Safari on iPhone and iPad? Do you see yourself using this feature to capture whole web pages? Let us know your thoughts, experiences, and opinions in the comments section down below.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rose in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Kevin Roa says:

    I use the Tailor app. Saves to your Photos. I like that better then as a PDF.

  2. Onor says:

    Here is how to snap a full webpage screenshot with iPhone or iPad:

    – Open Safari

    – Go to a web page that is long enough to scroll

    – Take a screenshot as usual on your iPhone or iPad (press Volume Up and Power, or Home button + Power, depends on your device)

    – NOW tap the screenshot thumbnail that appears in the corner – this is the part some people are skipping

    – Choose “FULL PAGE” at the top of the screen to take the full webpage screenshot on iPhone or iPad or iPod

    – You can then use the Share option to send it to someone directly, or to email it or save it

    – If you tap on Done you will have the immediate option to “Save as PDF” to save the entire webpage screenshot as a PDF file

    There you have it. This is a great feature.

  3. Nedda Honig says:

    This did not work for me with an iPhone XS MAX. Tried it a couple of times and all I get is the screen to power off the phone.

    • Paul says:

      Nedda, after you take the screenshot of the webpage in Safari, immediately tap on the thumbnail icon of the screenshot that appears in the corner of the screen. Then you’ll be in the markup screen where you can select “Full Page” to snap the full webpage screenshot.

      Hope that helps!

  4. bob lucido says:

    I tried it .. just upgrade to 13.3.1 . and when i hit those two buttons it takes a snapshot and doesn’t give me any options for Full or not

  5. James says:

    IPad Pro (first version) iPadOS 13.3.1. Safari
    Sorry Linda but this does not work here. I just get a screenshot saved in photos.

  6. Lisanne Ashton says:

    Hi, not working on iPad Air running iOS 13…don’t get the tabs, just takes screenshot

    • Onor says:

      Tap on the thumbnail after you take the screenshot in Safari, that’s how you access the the tabs to choose the full page screenshot option!

  7. R Briggs says:

    I am running IOS 13.3 on an iPhone XR, this feature is not present!

  8. Roderick says:

    On my iPhone 7 with iOS 13.3.1, using Power + Home button in Safari, I only get the standard prtscrn image.

  9. Roderick says:

    I have an iPhone 7 with iOS 13.3.1, I use Power button + Home on Safari, and I only get the standard printscreen to image.

  10. Thompson says:

    How can I stop getting mail from my old discontinued Blackberry account?

  11. Tom says:

    Be aware you must choose FULL PAGE very quick on an iPad or in a blink it defaults to screen.

  12. Levantis Brad says:

    Finally! Long overdue feature.

  13. Tom says:

    So will I not be able to take a photo?
    I want to be able to create a jpg in Safari.

  14. TonyDownunder says:

    I have an Xr iPhone with the very latest and tabs do not show either.

  15. katbel says:

    This is a great tip! Thanks a lot Paul 😊

  16. Fulano says:

    The “two tabs” shown in step 3 do not appear on an iPhone 8 or an iPhone X. Are you sure this isn’t just a trick for iPhone 11?

    • Linda says:

      Positively this is for every iPhone or iPad that runs the latest iOS / ipadOS releases. If you’re not using Safari or on iOS 13 or later you will not have this full page screen shot option however.

      • Alexander Ewen says:

        No, the “two tabs” do not appear on my iPhone X either. I am running the latest 13.3.1 software

      • G S says:

        You neglected to tell people to click on the thumbnail screenshot image (before it disappears) that was created by pressing the button combinations in step 2.

        Only then will the options in step 3 be available.

      • Sandy Ewen says:

        I agree with Fulano. I am running ios13 on my iPhone X and this functionality does not exist.

        • Onor says:

          I’m running iOS 13 on my iPhone X and iPadOS 13.4 on iPad and the functionality DOES EXIST, there is an extra step that some of you are missing however. Here is how you do this:

          – Open Safari

          – GO to a web page that is long enough to scroll

          – Take a screenshot as usual on your iPhone or iPad

          – NOW tap the screenshot thumbnail that appears in the corner – this is the part some people are skipping

          – Choose “FULL PAGE” at the top of the screen to take the full webpage screenshot on iPhone or iPad or iPod

          There you have it, doing it right now as we speak!

          This is a feature that Apple openly talks about on their own website and it’s a good one. Remember to tap that thumbnail in Safari after the screenshot, that’s how you can select FULL PAGE!

    • Gloria says:

      I, too, had trouble finding the tabs at first. There’s a step missing: the tabs are in the temporary screenshot that appears at the bottom of your iPhone or iPad screen. Tap on that temporary image and you will see the tabs and be able to follow the rest of the instructions.

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