How to Record Your iPhone Screen

How to Record Your iPhone Screen

Whether you want to create a tutorial or simply show your friends a funny video you saw, recording your iPhone screen is an essential skill. It’s easier than you think. Gone are the days when you had to jailbreak your phone or download third-party apps. On iOS 14 and higher, you can record your screen using a built-in feature called Screen Recording.

This article will teach you how you can turn it on and use it to record your screen. These steps were taken on an iOS 15.3.1 device.

Add Screen Recording to Your Control Center

  1. Open the “Settings” app and then select Control Center.

    The Settings App on the iPhone
    Tap Control Center.

  2. Turn on Access Within Apps if it’s not already enabled.

    Control Center Options
    Enable Access Within Apps.

  3. Scroll down to the “More Controls” section and look for Screen Recording.

    Control Center Options
    Look for “Screen Recording” in the “More Controls” section.

  4. Once you press the + button, Screen Recording will appear in the “Included Controls” section.

    Included Controls Section in the Control Center Settings
    Tap the + button to add Screen Recording in “Included Controls”.

  5. Swipe down from the top right corner to open Control Center, and you should be able to see the icon for Screen Recording.

    Control Center on the iPhone
    Open Control Center.

Use Screen Recording to Record

  1. Go to the app you want to record and open Control Center.

    Control Center on the iPhone
    Open Control Center.

  2. If you want to record without sound, just tap the icon for Screen Recording once.

    Screen Recording Icon in the Control Center on the iPhone
    Tap the Screen Recording icon.

  3. If you want to record with sound, tap and hold the icon, and you’ll see more options. Then, tap the Microphone button at the bottom to enable audio recording.

    Screen Recording Options
    Tap and hold the Screen Recording icon.

  4. Tap Start Recording, and a 3-second countdown will begin, after which your device will start to record.

    The Start Recording Button in the Screen Recording Options
    Tap Start Recording.

  5. Once you finish recording, tap the red icon in the upper-left corner of your screen (upper-right corner on an iPad).

    The Red Screen Recording Icon on the iPhone
    Tap the red icon in the upper left corner.

  6. A window will pop up asking you if you want to stop screen recording. Tap Stop if you’re done recording.

    A Confirmation Window Asking If You Want To Stop Recording Your Screen
    Tap Stop.

  7. A notification will appear from the top telling you the video has been saved to “Photos”.

    Screen Recording Notification
    A notification will appear once you’ve stopped recording.

Keep in mind that you can’t screen record YouTube videos or Netflix because they use DRM to keep their content from being recorded. Additionally, if you have trouble recording your screen, it might be because there’s not enough storage on your device.

Use third-party apps

If you’re using iOS 13 or below, you’ll have to use third-party apps to record your screen. Some popular apps you can use include:

Record It!

Record It! makes recording your screen and uploading your videos directly to YouTube convenient. Record It! also gives you the option to edit your recorded videos. You can trim, add video filters, and play around with the background color in the app.

A significant downside is that you have to buy the pro version to record videos in 1080p.

Record It! Screen Recording App for the iPhone
Record your screen with Record It!

Screen Recorder +

If you want to record your screen in 2K and 4K, this is the app you want to download. Screen Recorder + gives you a more comprehensive range of video editing options than your typical screen recording app. You can add audio commentary and FaceCam reactions. If you’re a gamer, this app will be perfect for you.

Screen Recorder + for iOS 13 or Below
Third-party screen recording app Screen Recorder +.

TechSmith Capture

TechSmith Capture is another excellent screen recording app for iOS 13 or below devices. To begin recording with TechSmith Capture, you first have to create an account on the site. Once you’ve signed up, you’re ready to start recording!

Third-Party iOS Screen Recording App Called TechSmith Capture
Start recording with TechSmith Capture.

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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