How to Screen Record on your iPhone

Recording your iPhone screen can be very helpful, whether you want to record an excerpt from the game you’re playing, record part of a live stream on Instagram, or create an explanatory video for your friends.

You can send the video clip you’re recording to a relative or friend, upload it to Twitter or post it to your Instagram story. Here are the steps to save your screen, whether you have a newer or older iPhone.

how to screen record on your iphone

The screen recording is built into iPhones, but to use it, you must first check if the screen recording button is in your Control Center. To open the Control Center, swipe down from the top right corner if you’re using an iPhone X or a later version, or swipe up if you have an iPhone 8 or an earlier version.

Check if you have the screen recording button, which looks like a dot with a circle around it. If you don’t, here’s how you can add it:

  • Open settings
  • Press “Control Center”
  • Tap “Personalize Controls”
  • This is where you add and remove items from your Control Center menu. Scroll down and press the green button with a “Screen Recording” next to it. This will move it from the “More Controls” section at the bottom to the “Include” section at the top.

Save your screen

Now you’re ready to record your screen. (Just know that there are apps that block screen recording.) For starters:

  • Open the app or website you want to save
  • Swipe up to view the Control Center menu (iPhone 8 or earlier version) or down in the top right corner (iPhone X or later)
  • Press the crescent moon button to activate Do Not Disturb, which will temporarily suspend calls and notifications. This is useful because when you save your screen, you save everything that appears, including notifications. If you hold down the Do Not Disturb button, you’ll see more options, like turning off notifications for an hour or planning when you want to suspend them.
  • While you’re still in the Control Center, press the screen recording button to start recording. Once you press the screen recording button, a timer starts, giving you three seconds to start recording. Tap the screen to hide the Control Center menu.

You are now ready to record both video and audio of everything you watch or listen to on your phone. However, you will not record any sound that is not generated from your phone.

If you want to register while talking (or any other external sound) in addition to recording the audio you play on your phone, you will need to activate your microphone:

  • Before you start recording, hold down the screen recording button. Press the microphone button on the pop-up screen to activate the microphone. Then press “Start recording.” The countdown will begin in this window. Tap anywhere on the screen to leave the screen, then tap the next screen to close the Control Center.
  • Keep in mind that once you turn on the microphone, it will stay on the next time you record your screen unless you turn it around and turn it off
  • To stop recording, swipe up (or down) to access the Control Center again and press the recording button again
  • Unless you have open media (you’re watching a YouTube video or an Instagram story, for example), you’ll see a red bar at the top of your screen (or at the top left if you have a newer iPhone) indicating that you’re recording. If you tap this bar, you’ll get a pop-up asking if you want to stop recording. Press “Stop.”

The video will be stored with the rest of your photos and videos in your Photos app

Now you know how to record the screen and audio built into the app on your iPhone.

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