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iOS 11 will let you record your iPhone or iPad's screen

Screenshots are so 2016. With iOS 11 you can record a video of your iOS device's screen with a tap.

Yes, Apple added an awesome new screenshot tool to iOS 11 that practically makes the upgrade worth the price of admission alone. But, Apple also added a new Screen Recording tool. Meaning, instead of taking a boring screenshot and drawing on it with digital ink, you can now record and narrate your iPhone or iPad screen. 

To use the new screen recording feature, you'll first need to add the feature's button to Control Center. Open Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls then tap the green plus button next to Screen Recording. Learn more about what's new in iOS 11's Control Center here

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Record without sound

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After tapping this button, you will have 3 seconds to open the screen you want to record.

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With the shortcut added to Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of your iOS device's screen and tap the Screen Recording button. The button will begin counting down from 3, giving you time to get to the screen you want to record. The status bar at the top of your phone's display will turn red when it's actively recording. Tap the red bar to instantly stop recording. 

Narrate as you record

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A hard-press or long-press on the Screen Recording button will bring up the ability to turn on your microphone for the recording.

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All right, but what if you want to walk someone through how to use a feature or a bug you keep running into? If you have a 3D Touch-enabled iOS device, hard-press on the Screen Recording shortcut in Control Center. If you lack 3D Touch, a simple long-press will do. 

A button to turn Microphone Audio On or Off will show up just beneath the record button. Tap the button to turn audio recording on, then tap Start Recording. The microphone button will turn red when activated as a reminder that audio will be captured. Now iOS 11 will record using your device's microphone along with whatever is on the screen. Neat, right? 

View and share

Once you stop recording, the video is saved to the Camera Roll on your device. Open the Photos app to find it. You can then view, edit and share the recording as you would a video you recorded using the Camera app. 

First published June 30, 5 a.m. PT.
Update, Sept. 12, 2:15 p.m.: Updated with the latest iOS 11 details.

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