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How do you record the screen on an iPhone or iPad?

record the screen on an iPhone or iPad
Video tutorial: you can record an iPad's sreen

With the advent of iOS 11, Apple device owners gained a quick and easy way to make video recordings of their screens, making it a cinch to create tutorials or even share weird happenings (great for reporting issues with apps, for example). Here’s how to record the screen on an iPhone or iPad.

Record the screen on an iPhone or iPad

Control Center is the grid of useful options that you get when you swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen (except on the iPhone X, where you swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen). By default, video recording isn’t there, so this is something you’ll need to add first.

  • Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls
  • Tap + next to Screen Recording
  • If you wish to change the order of the items in your Control Center you should tap and hold over the three horizontal bars to the left of any item – this then allows you to drag the order of the individual items

Creating a screen recording

Whenever you wish to create a video of your screen activity, head to Control Center and select the Screen Recording option (it’s the one that’s a solid circle inside another circle). This will capture both the screen content as well as any audio output.

  • You will get a three second countdown, after which the recording will start
  • All screens, animations, etc. will be recorded until you either:

    • Head back to the Control Center and click on the Screen Recording icon*
    • Tap on the red status bar at the top of the screen (on an iPhone X, you will find the left-hand corner is red and you will need to tap this instead)*
  • You will now find the video in your Photos app, where it can be edited and shared just the same as any other video on your phone

(*The prompt that appears to ask you to confirm that you really want to stop recording ISN’T included in the final recording.)

Now read this: How do I close Twitter images on my iPad/iPhone?

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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind WordPress.com and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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