Apple's iOS 12 prevents accidental screenshots on iPhone X

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Apple's iPhone X screenshot mechanic -- a simultaneous press of the side and volume up buttons -- is for some too easily triggered when turning the device on, resulting in multiple inadvertent screenshots per day. It seems the company has addressed the problem with the release of iOS 12.




Traditionally, capturing a screenshot on iPhone, or any iOS device for that matter, has been a deliberate process that typically necessitates the use of two hands. Models with Touch ID require users press both the home and sleep/wake buttons at the same time, a somewhat awkward gesture that in large part prevents accidental activation.

With iPhone X, Apple abolished the home button, meaning screenshot management had to be mapped to the handset's remaining physical controls. Apple elected for the volume up button and -- enlarged -- side button, controls that sit directly opposite each other on the handset chassis.

The arrangement is much easier to access than its Touch ID-sleep/wake counterpart, and therein lies the problem. Due to the handset's slim design, users often pick up the device by grasping it on two sides, a motion that for some inevitably triggers a screenshot.

Luckily, Apple implemented a tweak in iOS 12 that should rectify the issue, at least in part.

In the first beta version, released to developers on Monday, screenshots are deactivated until iPhone's screen is awake. That means no inadvertent snaps when a sleeping iPhone X is picked up off a flat surface.

The screenshot feature does, however, become active once the display is on. Since iOS incorporates a wake-on-raise feature, the screenshot issue might persist for users who constantly fumble around for their iPhone X in a bag or jostle their device prior to grabbing it.

Still, the OS-level change is a step in the right direction and shows Apple is cognizant of user reported troubles, even minor niggles that are at most mildly inconvenient.
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  • Reply 1 of 20
    claire1claire1 Posts: 466unconfirmed, member
    There has to be better button placement.
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  • Reply 2 of 20
    friedmudfriedmud Posts: 151member
    claire1 said:
    There has to be better button placement.

     I agree!  Just don't have the volume buttons directly across from the power button.  I don't know how this has gone on for so long.

    I would still love to have to power button on top...
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  • Reply 3 of 20
    matrix077matrix077 Posts: 548member
    I just use a button on Assistive Touch to get a snapshot. Works brilliantly. No need to use physical buttons. 
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  • Reply 4 of 20
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,210member

    The screenshot feature does, however, become active once the display is on. Since iOS incorporates a wake-on-raise feature, the screenshot issue might persist for users who constantly fumble around for their iPhone X in a bag or jostle their device prior to grabbing it.
    Yes, because a sizeable proportion of iPhone user base is made up of French mimes and circus clowns. 

    🙄
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  • Reply 5 of 20
    gutengelgutengel Posts: 136member
    How about switching control center access from the bottom of the screen, so I can open it with one hand? Or the stupid volume controls now showing up invasivly on the middle of the screen. Thinks that should have been fixed year(s) ago…
  • Reply 6 of 20
    matrix077matrix077 Posts: 548member
    gutengel said:
     Or the stupid volume controls now showing up invasivly on the middle of the screen. Thinks that should have been fixed year(s) ago…
    Just no! Goes away with your stupid idea. 
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  • Reply 7 of 20
    It's time Apple returned the power (sleep/wake/'side') button back to the top of the phone, where it always was prior to the iPhone 6.

    The new placement on the side is a really bad decision in my opinion. Aside from this new screenshot problem, I've always found the side button a nuisance. I'm always pressing it by accident when I'm trying to put the phone away in my pocket, and yet I can't get at it quickly when I want to press it if the phone's already in my shirt pocket (e.g. to silence it quickly). The old position was perfect; the new location's a disaster as far as I'm concerned. If Apple put the button back on the top, where it always used to be, all these problems would be instantly solved.
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  • Reply 8 of 20
    What way do you hold your phone? I have never taken a screen shot by accident.
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  • Reply 9 of 20
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,481member
    I most often take accidental screen shots when I am using one hand to put the phone to sleep or using one hand to raisie the volume. The fix doesn’t seem to address that. 
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  • Reply 10 of 20
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,732member
    matrix077 said:
    I just use a button on Assistive Touch to get a snapshot. Works brilliantly. No need to use physical buttons. 
    Does that turn off the hard buttons? If not, the accidental screen shots would continue.
    What way do you hold your phone? I have never taken a screen shot by accident.
    Has to do with closing the screen and/or taking it out of the pocket. Not sure exactly, but it is not uncommon for me to find a few screenshots of the home screen in my photo album.
  • Reply 11 of 20
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,159member
    What way do you hold your phone? I have never taken a screen shot by accident.
    "Don't hold it that way."
  • Reply 12 of 20
    What way do you hold your phone? I have never taken a screen shot by accident.
    Never happened to me either, but I use Raise To Wake. Once in a while I manually put it back to sleep, but I think my case gives me a grip that doesn't lead to this issue.
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  • Reply 13 of 20
    mystigomystigo Posts: 104member
    What triggers me is having the power button opposite the volume buttons. I absolutely hate that about the iPhone. My camera roll is full of screenshots because I accidentally registered a click on the volume button while pressing the power button side.

    I can't count how many times I have turned the phone off while trying to increase the volume.

    Having the buttons directly opposite each other by definition causes the applied force to one button to transmit into the button on the other side unless you consciously relax the specific finger placed against the opposite button. It is the single biggest design flaw on the iPhone.

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  • Reply 14 of 20
    Yes! Another annoying aspect of the X being improved. My top gripes about the X (which I still plan to purchase the next iteration of), in order:

    -gets stuck on pin entry after misfire (going to be fixed!)
    -hard to 'unhide' notification details if there is a misfire without then fully unlocking the phone (a lot of times all I want to do is see the notification details)
    -the most used feature from my lockscreen, control center, is the biggest pain in the ass to access! (really hoping for a solution)
    -annoying process to cancel out apps (I don't trust Facebook not to be working in the background)
    -accidental invocation of siri when I'm grabbing the phone or dropping it into my pocket (can't figure the latter one out)
    -accidental screenshots (going to be fixed!)
    -heavy/bulky: I didn't think this would bug me at all until I started playing around with a 7/8 again

    Pros:
    -aside from UI implementation, Face ID works incredibly well
    -notch doesn't bother me at all
    -screen is great
    -tap to wake is great
    -aesthetics are fantastic


  • Reply 15 of 20
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 613member
    Totally agree with moving the home button back to the top of the phone Having two buttons directly opposite of each other is just horrible design. Even after 3 ½ years I still routinely press both the volume up and power buttons when trying to turn off my 6s.
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  • Reply 16 of 20
    Alex1NAlex1N Posts: 37member
    mystigo said:
    What triggers me is having the power button opposite the volume buttons. I absolutely hate that about the iPhone. My camera roll is full of screenshots because I accidentally registered a click on the volume button while pressing the power button side.

    I can't count how many times I have turned the phone off while trying to increase the volume.

    +1000. I have been trying to train myself to not turn the voulume down every time that I put the phone to sleep with the power button on my iPhone 7 Plus, but I’d MUCH rather have the power button back on the top edge. I blame Jony Ive for the current shemozzle (like the cylindical strain-inducing ‘strain-reliever’ on all Apple cables. Aaaargh. Idiot(s).)
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  • Reply 17 of 20
    starwarsstarwars Posts: 65member
    This problem has been since iphone 6, due to the placement of sleep/wake button, it is almost always accidentally pressed when volume up/down is desired.
    dysamoria
  • Reply 18 of 20
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 817member
    I've rarely had this issue with my iPhone X but obviously this change will benefit many others.  Thankfully Apple continues to pay attention to even the smallest details.
  • Reply 19 of 20
    lukeilukei Posts: 325member
    matrix077 said:
    I just use a button on Assistive Touch to get a snapshot. Works brilliantly. No need to use physical buttons. 
    This isn’t the issue it is accidental screenshots by pressing buttons. I can confirm iOS12 fixes it. 
  • Reply 20 of 20
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 1,817member
    Yet another reason ditching the home button was a mistake.

    Also, the placement of the sleep/wake/power and volume buttons being opposite each other was a mistake since day one, and it's a compensation for making the phones too large. The physical design of iPhone has been inferior ever since they enlarged them. My pinky became a shelf (this causes cramps and soreness after a while), single-handed use has turned to two-handed, typing has had to become two-thumbed (and the keyboard does not accommodate this well, especially if you're fast), and they had to add a stupid screen sliding behavior just to reach the top of the screen (how does this work without a home button, by the way?).

    Apple hasn't cared about proper ergonomics and functional design since 2013 when iOS 7 came along, and nothing is getting better. iOS is just getting more and more convoluted in terms of gestures. This article's subject... This tiny change is not a solution to the more common problem of the wrong side buttons being triggered.
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