How to record the screen on your iPad, iPhone

Recording the screen on your iPad or iPhone, with or without sound, is very easy to do. Here’s how to do it.

If you want to record your iPhone or iPad screen, the process is simple. Of course, you can still take screenshots and use the various tools available to annotate on them, but sometimes a full recording, with audio, is preferable. You need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 11 or newer.

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How to record the screen on your iPad, iPhone

Before you begin using the screen recorder feature, you’ll first have to add a toggle to the Control Center on your iPad. That’s easily done though; just head to Settings > Control Center > Customise Controls and then tap the plus icon next to Screen Recording to add it to your quick-access controls.


How to record the screen on your iPad, iPhone

Screen recording

Once the shortcut has been added, to record the screen, you must open the control center. On iPhones before the iPhone X, this is done by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. On newer models, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen.

Tap the screen record button. You will see a countdown inside the button and it will turn red, indicating that the capture has started.

You will know when your screen is recorded because you will either see a red bar across the top of the screen (on older models) or there will be a red background behind the time (on recent models). Tap the red button or the bar to stop recording.

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How to record your iPhone or iPad screen with a voiceover

What if you want to add audio to your recording? It is quite possible. Just activate your device’s microphone and have it record while your screen recording is active.

To do this, open the Control Center and press and hold the Record button on the screen. A new menu will appear, with control to activate the microphone. Tap the Microphone Audio button. This will turn red and then select Start Recording.

What now that I have finished my Recording?

Once you stop recording, the system will ask you if you want to save the video in the Photos app. Open the app to view, edit, crop, and share the video via Messages, email, or even by posting it to your favorite social networks.