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How-To: Take Screen Recordings on your Apple Devices

Recording your device’s screen can add great content to your YouTube channel, blog or just for sharing on social – here’s how


Your iPhone and iPad can snap photos, shoot video, record audio and much more, but there are ways to record whatever you do on your device’s screen, too. This could be really useful for helping out a friend or family member with some tech support, or even for a social media and YouTube star looking to add helpful or interesting content. The premise is simple: using various basic apps or software, you press record on a computer and then record whatever you’re doing in real time on your Apple mobile device.

For Your iPhone or iPad

Both iOS and MacOS make this inherently easy to pull off because the screen-recording feature is already built in to the QuickTime software application that’s free on Macs. There’s also a Pro version, but you won’t need that one to make this work.

  1. Open QuickTime on your Mac.
  2. Plug your iPhone or iPad into one of the Mac’s USB ports.
  3. On the Mac keyboard, hold Command and Option, and press the N
  4. A recording window will pop up on QuickTime. Click the drop-down
    menu (an arrow pointing down) next to the red record button. You’ll see
    your device listed as one of the options. Select it.
  5. Your device screen should now appear. When you click the record
    button on QuickTime, it will begin recording everything you do on your
    iPhone or iPad screen.
  6. You can change the microphone settings so that it records sound
    from your iPhone or iPad, the computer’s internal mic or an external mic
    you have plugged into the computer, say, for narration.
  7. Choose High or Maximum image quality, whichever is best for your
    uses. (It will adjust for portrait or landscape modes, so you don’t need
    to be concerned with that.)
  8. When finished, click the stop button on QuickTime.
  9. To save it where you want, go to File > Save, then type in a name
    for the finished video and click Save.

Example: Using QuickTime and iMovie, Connected created this simple How-To for changing your iPhone’s flashlight brightness. Click below to view the video: 

Other software like Telestream’s ScreenFlow also give you the ability to add things like subtle tap points. 

Apple no longer supports QuickTime for Windows PCs, so third-party software is required to make this process work. There are PC screen-capture applications that can work with the iPhone and iPad, which you can find with a simple search.