How to Screen Record on iPhone

How to Screen Record on iPhone 

We're sure you've been there — you're on a family FaceTime or playing a game on your Apple® iPhone and something funny happens. You think, "I wish I had a recording of that moment!" With screen recording, you can capture those on-screen memories and more.

The iPhone is famous for its convenient features that make so many actions easier for users. Among the most useful is screen recording. With this action, you can record anything displayed on your iPhone's screen. Learn how to record your screen on iPhone devices with this helpful guide. 

When You Should Screen Record on iPhone

• Demonstrating a Process
• Recording a Game
• Documenting a System Error
• Saving a Video Call

When You Should Screen Record on iPhone 

You can document just about any important moment with the iPhone's screen recording feature. Screen recording on iPhone is handy in a few scenarios like these:

1. Demonstrating a Process 

Maybe your loved one got a new phone and needs help walking through the setup. Perhaps a friend wants to know how to do something within an app. Creating a screen recording is the perfect solution to both these situations. Create a video instead of sending instructions through text. Then your friend can refer to it whenever they need help.

2. Recording a Game 

You're finally about to beat the boss level of your favorite iPhone game, and you want to document the victory. Saving your gaming highlights is easy with a screen recording. Then you can share it with your friends so they can applaud your success.

3. Documenting a System Error 

Showing is better than telling when you need help troubleshooting an issue on your iPhone. If you encounter a bug within an app or another error, you can screen record the experience. Then you can share the recording with the app creator or someone else who can help you solve the problem.

4. Saving a Video Call

You might want to have a FaceTime call with your friend to tell them some great news. Documenting their reaction is easy with screen record. You can also record a conference presentation and much more.

Screen record is helpful in these situations and many others. Screen record saves you the time of typing information into a text or communicating over a phone call. 

How to ScreenRecord on iPhone

• Add Screen Record
• Long-Hold the Screen Record Button
• Record Your Screen
• Stop Screen Record
• Save Your Screen Recording
• Share Your Screen Recording

How to Screen Record on iPhone 

Screen recording on iPhone is pretty simple. Before you can get started, you'll need to have iOS 14 or later installed on any iPhone. This update enables the screed record tool. Older phones might not support screen record without an update.

How to screen record on iPhone 12 is slightly different than how to screen record on iPhone 11 and older versions. Here's how to turn on screen recording on iPhone devices: 

1. Add Screen Record 

You have to add the screen record button to the Control Center before using this feature. Follow these steps for how to add screen record on iPhone to your device's Control Center: 

  • Go to your iPhone's Settings.
  • Navigate to Control Center.
  • Tap on Customize Controls.
  • Press the green plus button beside Screen Recording.

Now you can begin your first screen recording. To start, navigate to the app or website you want to record so you can take fewer steps once the recording starts. Go to your device's Control Center. iPhone models have different ways of opening the Control Center: 

  • For iPhone 8 or older: From any screen, website or app, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center.
  • For iPhones X and later: Swipe down from the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

2. Long-Hold the Screen Record Button

From within the Control Center, you'll find your screen record button. The button is gray with a solid white dot surrounded by a circle. Tap and hold the screen record button. This action will begin a three-second countdown inside the button. The button will then turn red to indicate that you have started screen recording. 

At this point, you can use one of two methods to determine whether your screen is recording: 

  • A red status bar: On older iPhones, a red status bar including the word "Recording" will be displayed across the top of your iPhone screen.
  • A red clock: The time on newer iPhones will have a red background behind it when screen recording.

When you see either of these indications, you know you're recording your screen!

3. Record Your Screen

With your screen recording feature live, you can immediately jump into whatever it was you wanted to record. Navigate from Control Center to create that tutorial video or open a game, app or website. Screen record won't hinder your iPhone's regular functions. This means you can record virtually anything displayed on your screen. The options are nearly limitless. 

4. Stop Screen Record  

To stop recording your screen, you have two options. First, you can go through Control Center: 

  • Open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your screen or down from the iPhone's upper right.
  • Tap the Screen Record button, which will display red and white instead of gray and white.
  • Press Stop.

You can also tap the red status bar at the top of your iPhone's screen if you have a model that uses this feature. Then tap Stop. You've completed your screen recording!

5. Save Your Screen Recording  

Once you stop recording, your iPhone will ask if you want to save the recording to your Photos app. Depending on your iPhone's model, you may also be able to save it to another app. Here's how to save your recording to Photos and edit it later: 

  • Tap Yes when your iPhone asks whether you want to save your screen recording.
  • Navigate to Photos.
  • Tap on your screen recording.
  • Press Edit to crop your recording.

You can crop, trim and edit your screen recording like with regular videos. To edit, follow these steps:

  • Find your screen recording in Photos.
  • Tap on it.
  • Press Edit in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Tap and drag the arrow at the bottom left of your screen.
  • Size the frame to trim your video. You can also cut the end of the video by moving the arrow at the bottom right.
  • Tap Done.
  • Choose Save As New Clip to create two separate recordings.

6. Share Your Screen Recording  

If you want to share your screen recording with that friend who needs help starting a video chat on their iPhone, you have several options. Follow these steps to send your screen recording to someone else:

Share From Photos 

With your screen recording saved in Photos, you can send it to someone using several methods:

  • Open Photos on your iPhone.
  • Select your screen recording to view it in full screen.
  • Tap the Share button in the bottom left, which looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it.
  • Choose a sharing option, like Messages, AirDrop or Mail.

Share Through Email 

You can also attach a screen recording within your iPhone Mail app. To email a screen recording:

  • Open your Mail app or log in to your account on your iPhone's web browser.
  • Start a new email.
  • Tap anywhere in the email where you want to insert your recording.
  • Select the left-facing arrow from the format bar above your keyboard.
  • Tap the Insert Photo button above the keyboard. This icon looks like two photos, one of a mountain and a sun.
  • Select your screen recording to insert it.

These two methods can share a screen recording with anyone through a phone number or email address.

How to Record Screen on iPhone With Sound

Follow these steps to find out how to add sound to screen recordings:
Go to Control Center
Enable Sound in Screen Record
Create, Save and Share Your Screen Recording

How to Record Screen on iPhone With Sound 

You might also want to iPhone screen record with sound. For instance, an iPhone setup explanation would be more helpful if you could record your voice to walk through your tutorial and make sure you address every step clearly. 

Luckily for iPhone users, the steps of how to screen record with sound on iPhone are also simple. Your iPhone's screen recorder function saves sound from the system and your microphone. This includes your voice and background noise, as long your iPhone's ringer is on. 

This feature is easy to use once you have enabled screen recording on your iPhone. Follow these steps to find out how to add sound to screen recordings:

1. Go to Control Center

You should already have the screen record feature enabled on your iPhone. If not, go back up to step one above. Otherwise, navigate to the website or app you want to record. Then open your iPhone's Control Center: 

  • For iPhone 8 or older: Swipe up from the bottom of your cell phone's screen.
  • For iPhones X and later: Swipe down from your screen's upper right corner.

From within Control Center, find the Screen Record button.

2. Enable Sound in Screen Record 

Once you have tapped on the Screen Record button in the Control Center, you will see a microphone button. Screen recording's default uses no external sound, so the microphone will automatically be off. Whether you activate the microphone depends on the sound you want in your recording: 

  • If you want system and external audio: Tap the microphone to capture your voice and sounds from your apps. The button will then turn red.
  • If you want system audio only: Leave the microphone off and turn your iPhone's ringer on.

Now you can use your iPhone to record the screen with sound. Tap the Screen Record button and hold it to begin recording your screen. The three-second countdown will display inside the button. 

3. Create, Save and Share Your Screen Recording 

Once the countdown reaches zero, you've started recording your iPhone screen with sound. The screen recording will capture your system's sound and anything picked up by the microphone. You will see a red background behind your clock. 

Navigate out of Control Center and record, save, share and edit your recording as usual. Now you have a screen recording on your iPhone with sound! 

Troubleshooting Common Screen Recording Issues 

You'll use screen recording in many situations. The flexible feature allows screen recordings with or without sound across nearly every website and app. 

You should also know about a few limits to the screen recording sound feature. Check out these frequently asked questions to find solutions to audio issues you might experience with screen recordings: 

1. How Long Can You Screen Record on iPhone? 

There's technically no time limit for recording your iPhone's screen. However, you can only save screen recordings that fit on your iPhone's hard drive. You'll have to trim a screen recording taking up more space than your iPhone has in storage.

2. Why Did My Screen Recording Cut Off?

If your screen recording is cutting off, several things could be to blame. An iPhone that goes to sleep during a long recording could mess with a screen recording's quality. There also might not be enough storage space on your phone, causing the video to glitch.

An app limit could be preventing you from recording during gameplay. To change this setting, follow these steps: 

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Open Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  • Select Content Restrictions.
  • Go down to the Game Center section.
  • Tap Screen Recording.
  • Press Allow.

3. Why Can't I Record Audio in an App? 

You might try to screen record with audio in a specific app, only to find that your screen recordings have no sound. Some apps might not allow you to record audio while using the app at all. If you're playing Apple® Music, the music will stop until you end the recording. Other music and video streaming apps might switch off to protect licensed content.

You can try a few solutions to enable sound in other apps:

  • Turn on your iPhone's ringer: If you're able to record sound through your microphone but not from the app, try starting over with your iPhone's ringer on. If the ringer is off, your cell phone's systems are silenced.
  • Give the microphone permission to record while in the app: To turn your microphone off and on for specific apps, open the Settings app and tap Privacy. Click on Microphone. Then toggle on any app you want to use while recording. You can also toggle off the app if you want system sounds but not external noises.

4. Can I Screen Record and Use Screen Mirroring? 

Screen mirroring allows iPhone users to mirror their cell phone screen to a TV or computer. However, you can't use screen mirroring and screen recording at the same time. This is another example of streaming services protecting their content. If you want to keep a movie or TV show forever, you'll have to pay for it on your streaming service.

5. Can I Hide Notifications on Screen Recordings?

Screen recording captures everything displayed on your iPhone screen. This includes notifications like text messages. Enable Do Not Disturb to silence notifications while you screen record: 

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Focus.
  • Select Do Not Disturb.
  • Choose custom Do Not Disturb options for each app you want to silence.

If your iPhone uses iOS 14 or earlier, go to Settings and tap Do Not Disturb to manually enable the feature. 

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