How to Use Screen Recording on iOS Devices

Do you want to record a video of your iOS device’s screen?

Do you want to record a video of your iOS device’s screen? To be entirely honest nowadays it is easier than ever before to do so as iOS 11 has its very own built-in screen recorder.

Still as you’ll soon see it helps to know all your options – and there are a number of them.

iOS 11 Screen Recorder

If your iOS device has the latest update installed, you should be able to enable the iOS 11 screen recorder and start to use it to record your screen. To do that you will need to:

1. Add ‘Screen Recording’ to the Control Center by going to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and pressing the ‘+’ next to Screen Recording.

2. Open up the Control Center by swiping upwards (or down from the top right on the iPhone X).

3. Start recording by pressing the ‘Record’ button, or hold it down if you want to enable audio recording as well.

4. Stop recording by opening the Control Center and pressing the ‘Record’ button again, or tapping the red bar at the top of the screen.

All in all it is fairly easy to use, but at the same time relatively basic. Additionally the footage that you capture will always have a bit of video at the start and the end that will need to be trimmed out.


Mac Screen Recorders

For older iOS devices you can’t record videos from the screen directly, and will need to use a video recorder for Mac. In some cases you may want to use this option even on iOS 11 devices, as screen recorders on Mac often have additional features that you may want to use.

The most basic way to record the screen of an iOS device is the one that Apple introduced with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. If you’re running that version (or higher), you will be able to record from iOS devices using QuickTime in a few simple steps:

1. Connect the iOS device to a Mac using the Lighting cable.

2. Open QuickTime and click ‘File’ then select ‘New Movie Recording’.

3. If the iOS device isn’t detected automatically, click on the arrow near the ‘Record’ button and select it as well as the microphone if necessary.

4. Click ‘Record’ to start recording, and then click ‘Stop’ when it is done.

5. Click ‘File’ and select ‘Save’ to save the recording.

While recording using QuickTime will allow you to ensure that you start and stop recording exactly at the point you want to – there isn’t much that it can do that iOS 11 cannot. That is why if you want additional options such as automated timers, editing tools and so on you need to look at third-party screen recorders and could try Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac for example.

At the end of the day it is up to you to decide whether iOS 11’s built-in screen recorder is going to cut it or not – but at least you now know the options that are available.