iPhone Tip!

This is one of those things I thought everyone knew.

Turns out … everyone doesn’t.

So if you *do* know this little tip, please ignore it and play quietly until the post is over.

Wanna crop a picture you have on your iPhone and save it but you don’t know how? This one’s for YOU.

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What’s actually happening when you push the on/off and home button is a “screen grab” What this means is, it’s taking a picture of whatever is on your iPhone screen at the time. So if you’re browsing the Internet or reading an email and you want to save a “picture” of it to your iPhone pictures, just push these two buttons at the same time and it’ll save whatever is on the screen.

To those who already knew this, thank you for your patience. I’m sure to have something you didn’t know tomorrow.

By the way … for those of you who are going to ask where I got my iPhone skin and matching wallpaper … they came from Decal Girl.  I love them with all my heart.

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  1. Patty says:

    Great tip! Love it!

  2. J9 says:

    I came back to this post to tell you that I just received my order in the mail from DecalGirl…and it is…glorious.

  3. heather leigh says:

    Just so you know, when you do screen shots they are usually really low resolution, same as on your computer. So if you have a nice high-res image you want to crop and keep at that quality, you’d be better off using an app that has crop functions (Camera+, etc). :)

  4. Christina says:

    I just voted, and you are now just a mere vote away from 1st place! Come on Karen-fans, vote, vote, vote!

    Thank you for such a wonderful blog! You rock my socks.

  5. Ash says:

    Ah ha! On my iPad. Now I have a screen shot of your page saying how to because of course I had to try it right away:)

  6. Carole McGinnis says:

    I just voted for you. I look at so many other blogs and you are my favorite!!!

  7. Steve says:

    A related tip: you can copy any photo you see on a website to your camera roll by tapping and holding on the pic. Hold your finger down until you get the “save image” requester.

    Also, I voted for you as well. You deserve it!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Steve! I appreciate it. :) Now off to find my iPhone. Or iPad. Or iToaster. Anything to try the hold/save thing. Which I’m sure I’ve done accidentally, but never on purpose. ~ karen

  8. kelliblue says:

    yeah, i have about 20 photo apps…plus my iphone is jailbroken which opens up the playing field!


  9. tiana says:

    Or you could use the crop tool in the camera roll…

  10. J9 says:

    It took me a year into having my iPhone to learn how to screen grab…but I am happy to report that I already knew how to do it by the time I read this post. What I did not know was that DecalGirl existed…I just spent a GREAT deal of time making a wishlist of Skins that I am going to buy!
    Thank you for that!

  11. Kate says:

    This was news to me. Great tip. Thanks Karen!

  12. Kate says:

    I’ve been an iPhone user for a few months, so I was VERY happy to see this tip. Thank you!

    And I did vote for you! I love this blog!


  13. Nancy says:

    I don’t have an iPhone but I did vote for you!!

  14. amber P says:

    This also works on iPod Touch. You can also do this on some Android phones too. I have the EVO htc and i cannot do it, but the EVO 3D has capability, and some of the newer Droids.

  15. Rebecca says:

    I found this out when I saw about fifty screen grabs of kids games in my photos. Don’t know how they figured that out, but they taught me something!

  16. Robbin says:

    It does work on the iPad! How exciting!!!!!

  17. Robbin Caskenette says:

    I did not know this!!! Thank you! I wonder if this will work with my iPad?

  18. I am voting for you….because you rock out loud.
    your stalker, errrrh…I mean… blog follower *_*.
    Lynne xx
    Have u tried the photo apps….cartoonatic, hipstamatic, and true HDR?…True HDR is fun to mess with and make funky pics. {I blogged about that one last week}
    Big love…and going to vote RIGHT NOW.

  19. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the tip! And thanks for the self promotion, I wouldn’t have voted for you had you not. Nothing personal, I just wouldn’t have known to vote ;)

  20. Thank you for this tip….I didn’t know….well now I do thanks to you……have a wonderful day!!!!
    Oh got anymore tips????

  21. cred says:

    Whoa! I just went to vote & holy crap! you’re blowing them all away, even Centsational Girl. I like Centsational Girl, too but I am pretty impressed that a cdn blog is leading the pack. I guess that’s where the internet differs from other broadcast media.

    Congratulations! btw- I can relate to the discomfort of self-promotion but we have to find out about it somewhere.

    Good luck!

  22. Diane G says:

    Thanks for the tip! I didn’t know how to do that and I’ve already tried it out. Thanks again.

  23. mimiindublin says:

    Thanks, I didn’t know that, but I don’t profess to know much about my iPhone, I can’t even keep a call going on it, it goes to hold or something! Think I’m pressing it too close to my ear!
    delighted to vote for you, feels good to do something (small) in return for all your tips, recipes, entertainment etc

  24. Michelle says:

    My iphone is 2 weeks old and I have been searching reviews to find out tips on how to use it better – I find it easier to learn from someone (like you) than the techo manual books. Layman terms is what I need! Thanks for the tip :)

  25. Elle says:

    questions about the skin – is it like a sticker you stick on your phone? can you take it off and then put it on again?

    • Karen says:

      Elle – It’s a sticker, but removable. So you can put it on, remove it and put on a different one. I’m not sure how it would work if you removed it and then tried to put it back on again. Probably wouldn’t look as good as the first time. It might stretch out when you pulled it off. ~ karen

      • Christine Durst says:

        Repositionable but not reusable. They do stretch. But for $9.99 USD – you can buy a whole bunch and change ’em up when you want.

  26. Karin says:

    Hi there,
    This is One of the few things I learned right away
    after starting with my iphone.
    And it’s so useful!
    You never forget anything, a screen shot ,
    and it’s saved on the camera roll.
    Greetings from the German kitchen drawer owner!

  27. Christie Thomas says:

    Thanks! What a great tip! Thanks for the info on the chicken coop, I started planning ours today and we went and ordered our chicks!

  28. ellen says:

    Thanks for the tip. There’s a lot my phone will do that is news to me.

  29. It works on the iPad too! Thank you….

  30. Barbie says:

    Thanks for the tip…I had to do this right away…just now. I always love learning new stuff with my iphone. I will use this one a lot.

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