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How to screen record on iPhone

A must-have feature for your iOS device.

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One of the killer features of iOS is the built-in screen recording functionality. With the feature, you can quickly record whatever is on your screen, but to use it, you’ll need to know how to screen record on iPhone.

Screen recording is great. Maybe you want to save clips of the game you’re playing or need to show a family member how to do something on their own phone. Regardless of the reason, the feature is very helpful.

Once recorded, you can send the clips to your friends, upload them to Twitter, or add them to your Instagram story.

If you want to start using this feature, you’ll first need to set it up. Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about recording your screen on iPhone below.

How to add screen record on iPhone

Unlike Android phones, you won’t need to download an app or root your device to record your screen. That’s because it’s baked into iOS, but you’ll have to set it up first.

  1. Open Settings
iphone settings app
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  1. Tap Control Center
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  1. Scroll down and tap the green button with a + that’s next to Screen Recording
screenshot of ios settings showing the option to add screen recording to control center
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That puts the shortcut for Screen Recording into Control Center. While you’re here, make sure the toggle next to Access Within Apps is set to on.

How to screen record on iPhone

You’re now all set to start recording your screen. It’s worth noting that some apps will block screen recording. That’s usually any apps from banks, but some others as well. Some also block audio recording. You also won’t be able to use Screen Mirroring while you record.

  1. Open the app or website you want to record
  1. Open the Control Center. On iPhones earlier than the iPhone 8, that means swiping up from the bottom, and on the iPhone X or later it’s pulling down from the top-right corner
screenshots of iphone 8s and iphone 11 pro showing where to swipe to open control center
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  1. Tap the Record Screen (the circle) icon to start recording. It won’t start immediately; you get a three-second pause before it records so you can switch back to the app you want to record
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  1. To stop recording, swipe to get to the Control Center again and tap the Screen Record button one more time

Here’s what a screen record on iPhone looks like once it’s finished

It’s also worth tapping the Crescent Moon or Focus icon (shown above) to set your iPhone into Do Not Disturb mode so you won’t get notifications in your recording.

While recording, you’ll see a red bar at the top of the screen. Newer iPhones with a big notch will just have the red bar at the top-left. That’s a visual indicator to remind you that you’re recording.

You can tap the bar at any time to get a pop-up message that asks if you want to stop recording.

How to record your voice while screen recording on iPhone

The above method lets you record both the video and audio generated by your phone, but you might want to record yourself talking at the same time.

You can do that by turning on your microphone, and the process is almost the same.

  1. When you’re in the Control Center but before you start recording, press and hold the Screen Record button
screenshot of control center showing the screen recording button
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  1. Then tap the microphone button on the pop-up screen to turn your microphone on
screenshot of iphone screen recording showing where to turn the microphone on
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  1. Lastly, tap Start Recording to start the three-second timer letting you know recording will start soon
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The microphone setting saves, so the next time you do a Screen Record it will be on. Turn it off before recording if you don’t want it.

Where to find your iPhone screen recordings

Once your recording ends, your newly generated screen recording will be found with the rest of your photos and videos in the Photos app.

With your recorded videos, you have all the options you normally have with iOS videos. You can send them to friends or to other apps. You can also use the built-in edit feature to trim the length.

Apple’s screen record feature is great for preserving content

Whether you just want to record your screen for yourself or to share something with your friends, the iPhone’s screen recording feature is a great addition to your phone.

We’re not sure why Apple doesn’t include the screen record button by default in the Control Center, but thankfully, you can turn it on in just a couple of steps.

What do you think? Do you see yourself using the screen recording feature? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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