How to Record Screen on iPhone or iPad: The Complete Guide

Screenshots are a great way to capture and share what’s on your screen. However, screen recording goes a step further and allows you to record your screen activity and share it, which is much better than sending multiple screenshots. The good news is that all smartphones have a built-in feature for this. Here’s how to record your screen on your iPhone or iPad.

Screen recording on iPhone

Well, it’s not just the recording screen on the iPhone. You can edit the clip, add sound and share it in other social media apps. In our experience, the iPhone has far more advanced screen recording facilities than any other device. So let’s start by looking for the screen recording option.

How to Add Screen Recording to iPhone Control Center

Here’s how you can add a screen recording button to the Control Center to quickly activate one-touch recording.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and open the Control Center.

step 2: Scroll down to find the “Screen Recording” option and select the “+” icon next to it.

Now you can see that the screen recording has been added to the enabled controls.

step 3: On the same screen, turn on Access in apps to make sure you can also access the Control Center in apps.

That’s all. You have now added a screen recording button to the control center. Now let’s see how to use this option to record screen on iPhone or iPad.

How to record screen on iPhone or iPad

Here’s how you can quickly start, stop, and save screen recording on your iPhone or iPad.

Start screen recording on iPhone

Step 1: Here’s how you can access Control Center on your iPhone to start recording.

  • iPhones with Face ID: Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center.
  • iPhones with Touch ID: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center.

step 2: Now tap on screen recording option.

This will start recording. Now, to stop the recording and save it so you can use it later, go to the next section.

Stop screen recording on iPhone

Step 1: Now click on the clock in the status bar highlighted in red.

step 2: Click Stop to exit screen recording.

step 2: Once you stop recording, it will automatically be saved to Photos. You will also get heads up for the same.

After saving the screen recording to your gallery, you can mute and unmute the clip. Let’s learn how to do this using the step-by-step procedure below.

How to turn on sound on screen recording on iPhone

Whenever you record your screen on your iPhone or iPad, it also automatically captures the audio behind it. However, when you play the recording in the Photos app, you may not hear the sound. This is because you need to enable sound in the editing section of the recording. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Open the Photos app.

step 2: Open the recording you want the sound for and click Edit at the top right.

step 3: In the edit window, click the volume icon to turn on the sound. Click Done.

How to record screen on iPhone with external sound

By default, the screen recording function records the audio playing on the screen, but not the external audio. If you want to record external audio, here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Long press the screen recording icon in Control Center.

step 2: Click on the microphone icon.

When it turns red, it will be able to record external sound. To listen to the recorded audio in your clip, you can open Photos and repeat the same steps mentioned earlier.

That’s all you need to do to record screen on iPhone or iPad with sound. Now that you’ve looked at the Edit menu, you’re probably wondering what the other options are for. Let’s learn how we can further edit our entry.

How to edit screen recording on iPhone

First, let’s see what each of the options in the edit section can do. Just go to the Photos app, tap on Screen Recording, and tap the edit option in the top right corner to reveal all the options below.

Cut record: You can use the Trim Record option in the editing panel to trim a record if you feel part of it is unnecessary.

filters: You can also add filters to the screen recording and give it a different color scheme. You get tons of filters in the Photos app.

Configure: If you are not satisfied with some details of the recording, you can use several options in the “Customize” panel in the “Edit” section. This will allow you to control brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.

Trimming: If you want the screen recording to focus on a specific area instead of the entire screen, you can crop the recording. So you can easily resize the video clip as you want.

How to share screen recording on iPhone and iPad

Once you’ve edited your entry and tailored it to your requirements, here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Open the Photos app and open the screen recording you want to share.

step 2: Click on the “Share” icon. You will find a list of frequently used programs and people. Share your entry.

That’s all you can do with the default screen recording tool on your iPhone or iPad. However, if that’s not enough, or you just want to explore other options for fine detail control, we have other options for you.

Alternative ways to record screen on iPhone or iPad

You can always resort to screen recording through your Mac or using third-party software. They will require you to go the extra mile, but they are definitely worth it.

1. Use third-party apps like Record It!

Write it down! is one of our favorite screen recording apps for iPhone or iPad. It allows you to choose the resolution, bitrate and frame rate for screen recording. If these are the options you want to control and change while recording your screen, this app gets a high recommendation from us.

Plus, it’s free to install and easy to use.

How to use Record It! on iPhone

Step 1: Install the app from the App Store.

step 2: Open the app and tap the red button to start recording.

step 3: Now click on Start Streaming.

That’s all! The rest of the sharing and editing procedure remains the same as mentioned earlier. There is also a method of direct screen recording using Mac and PC. Let’s see how we can do this.

2. Record iPhone or iPad screen on your Mac

Here’s how you can record your iPhone and iPad screen on Mac. This is very useful as you can skip the extra steps to transfer the recording to your Mac.

Step 1: Open QuickTime Player.

step 2: Click File -> New Movie Recording.

step 3: Click the down arrow next to the record icon.

Step 4: Now select your iPhone. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac.

step 5: On your iPhone, you’ll get a prompt asking if you trust the computer. Click on Trust and enter your password.

This will start recording your iPhone screen on your Mac. Click File -> Save on the QuickTime media player toolbar to save the recording to the location of your choice.

QuickTime Player for Mac is a free tool and so is the process of recording your iPhone screen from Mac. However, on Windows, all reliable tools require a subscription. If you want to record your iPhone screen using Windows, you can check out these two programs: Camtasia ($50 per year) and Reflector ($17.99 per license).

If you have any other questions, chances are we’ve answered them in our FAQ section.

iPhone screen recording FAQ

1. Can you record Netflix screen on iPhone?

No, content on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video is protected. So you cannot record the same thing.

2. Can you record a phone call screen?

No, you cannot record a phone call on iPhone.

3. Why the screen recording button does not appear?

You may have removed the screen recording button from the Control Center, or you may not have added it in the first place. We have a procedure to do the same at the very beginning of this article.

4. Why does my screen recording have no sound?

You need to enable sound in the clip editing section of the Photos app.

5. How long can you record screen on iPhone?

As long as you have enough memory, there is no time limit for screen recording on iPhone.

6. How to record FaceTime screen with sound on iPhone?

All you have to do is record it in the usual way and turn on the microphone. However, make sure your microphone is turned on during a FaceTime call.

Record screen on iPhone or iPad with ease

That’s all you need to know about screen recording on iPhone and iPad. Apple doesn’t usually advertise such features, so they remain hidden until they are explored. We hope you found this guide helpful, and we also hope you discovered techniques and options you didn’t know existed before!