How to Take iPhone Screenshots

How to Take iPhone Screenshots

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***This tutorial has been updated for Apple's built in screenshot capabilities. You can find those new instructions here

Erica Sudan from the The Unofficial Apple Weblog has written a small command line utility to take screenshots of your iPhone. To take screenshots of your iPhone using this tool, please follow these instructions:

Step One
Click here to download Erica's screenshot utility. Double click the zip file to extract it.

Step Two
On your iPhone press to select Settings from the springboard.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Then press to select General.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Under General press to select Auto-Lock.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Press to select Never from the list of Auto-Lock times.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Step Three
Find your iPhone's IP Address. Do this by pressing to select Settings from the springboard. Then press to select Wi-Fi from your Settings menu.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Now press to select the blue circle with the right arrow next to your connected network.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

A screen will appear showing your connection details. Take note of your IP Address.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Step Four
Start Fugu by clicking its icon in your Applications folder. If you didn't use Fugu to unlock your iPhone you will have to download and install it now.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Step Four
Log into Fugu by inputing your iPhones IP address into the Connect to field. Type root into the Username field. Then press the Connect button. If you are prompted for a password it is either dottie or alpine depending on your unlock methods.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Step Five
Select the panel to the right and click the Go To... button on the toolbar.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

How to Take iPhone Screenshots

A popup window will appear. Enter /bin into the entryfield and click the Go button.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Now on the left panel navigate to where you extracted the file screenshot from screenshot.zip.

Drag and drop the file screenshot from the left panel to right.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Step Six
Select the file screenshot from the right panel and press Command+i on the keyboard.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

This will bring up an info window for the file. Check all the boxes next to Execute and click the Apply button.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots


Step Seven
Open a new Terminal window by clicking its icon in Applications:Utilities.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Step Eight
SSH into your iPhone by typing the following at the command line replacing 'ipaddress' your iPhone's IP Address. When prompted for a password just enter 'dottie' or 'alpine' depending on the unlock method you used.

ssh root@ipaddress

How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Step Nine
On your iPhone navigate to the screen you would like to take screenshot of. Then back in your Terminal window type screenshot then press enter.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Step Ten
Go back to Fugu which you should still have running. Select the right panel then click the Go To... button from the toolbar.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Enter /tmp into the Go To popup window then click the Go button.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Step Eleven
In the right panel you will notice a file called foo_0.png. Drag this file from the right panel to the left panel to copy it to your computer.
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

If you open the file with preview you will see it is a perfect screenshot of your iPhone!
How to Take iPhone Screenshots

Tricia Davies - February 15, 2009 at 9:10am
That sure is complicated. Well if you\'ve the new 2.0 software update, apparently it works just by pressing the power and home buttons together. Google it or have a look at this mini tutorial here: http://cogito.faii.net/iphone-screenshots-tutorial/ there\'s a trick if you\'re feeling mischievous as well. according to the author, once taking an image of a friend\'s homepage on his iphone, hand the iphone back to him. he\'ll think it\'s hung or something like that. one of those cheap thrills. Nice theme btw! :)
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