How to record the screen of your iPhone or iPad

Ever since iOS 11 came out in 2017, iOS has allowed users to easily record their screens and create useful, native video recordings that can be used as comprehensive guides for your not so tech-savvy friends or family. You can even capture your epic gaming achievements on video!

Who knew that recording your screen could be so easy! Here's what you need to do:

Step #1.


How to record the screen of your iPhone or iPad


Head to Settings > Control Center, and swipe down to the available toggles. Look for the screen recording one. Make sure to enable it if it has been disabled and have it show up in the selected Control Center toggles.

Step #2


How to record the screen of your iPhone or iPad

Flick open the Control Center up and simply tap the new Record toggle that should be positioned at the bottommost layer. From now on, your screen will be recorded. 

Step #3


How to record the screen of your iPhone or iPad

A popup message will appear, asking you if you're sure that you want to stop recording. The recorded video will be saved as a 45fps MP4 file with a resolution of 900 by 1600 pixels and will be available for you to share as you please.

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15 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

Cue the "Android has had this for years"

3. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Yup, Android had this for years.

4. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

I was screen recording on iPhone for years as well. Quite simple tbh. Where has everyone been?

6. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually I hate that Sony has it even before it became native to Android and recently drop the feature entirely... Now I need a third party app for that... So kudos to iOS to embed it in the control center, it's both practical and easy to use

13. Georgio

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

The iPhone had it for years as well. Click bait ... They like to wind up people so they can get some clicks on the story and also money.

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 791; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

It's ground breaking innovation in the world out feature phones...

5. KingSam

Posts: 1370; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Is the resolution the same for all devices? Including IPads?

7. monoke

Posts: 1142; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

IOS next technological breakthrough : Ability to change icons!

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30831; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS is not a weak platform, it's a restricted one. Big difference.

8. shelbyfelicita

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

This is awesome! Great find. Currently, I'm using a desktop app call Acethinker iPhone screen recorder that mirrors my iPhone screen to the computer and use its screen recording function to make videos. It's not that direct, but it works. Now I can do that on straight on iPhone, cool.

9. Simonhong

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2018

This is awesome! Great find. Since I'm a gamer, I need to capture my gameplay on iPhone for my YouTube channel. Currently, I'm using a desktop app call Acethinker iPhone screen recorder that mirrors my iPhone screen to the computer and use its screen recording function to make videos. It's not that direct, but it works. Now, I can do that straight on iPhone, that's cool.

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6618; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

3D touch/haptic touch on the control center button to record with/without sound.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30831; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Kudos to Apple for having this natively. I downloaded a good one on my Note 9, but Samsung should have this, other than for gaming.

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

yeah i'm still not sure why samsung has yet to make it system wide... the whole adding an app to the game list to record with whack. i just use az screen record.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30831; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly it makes zero sense, and az is the one I use. Very good one.

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