How to screen record on iPhone and iPad: It's easier than you think
You can make a quick walkthrough or show off your mobile gaming skills. It only takes a few taps.
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If you want to record your iPhone or iPad screen, the process is simple -- whether you're nearing the rewarding conclusion to your favorite Apple Arcade game and you want to document it, or you're trying to walk a loved one through how to set up their new phone.
Of course, you can still take screenshots and use its tools to draw and annotate something on your screen, but there are times when a recording -- complete with audio -- is the better route. You'll need to have
or a later update installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, but that's the only requirement.
Before you can begin using the screen recorder tool, you'll first need to add the feature's button to the Control Center. On your iOS device go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls then tap the green plus button next to Screen Recording.
Record your screen
After adding the shortcut, you begin by opening Control Center. On iPhones older than the
, get there by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. On newer iPhones, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.
Tap on the Screen Recording button, which will prompt a countdown inside the button followed by it turning red to indicate to begin capturing whatever's on your display.
You'll know when your screen is being recorded because there will either be a red bar across the top of your screen (on older iPhones) or the time will have a red highlight behind it (on newer iPhones). Tap on the red button or bar to stop recording.
Spice up a recording with audio
What if you want to walk someone through how to use a feature or get past a bug you keep running into? Well, you can turn on your phone's microphone and have it record for as long as a screen-recording session is active.
To turn it on, open the Control Center and long-press on the Screen Recording button. A new menu will show up, with a toggle to turn your microphone on at the bottom. Tap on the Microphone Audio button, it will turn red and then select Start Recording.
OK, I made a recording... now what?
Once you stop recording, you'll be asked if you want to save the video to the Photos app. Open the Photos app to view, edit, crop, and share the video through Messages, email, or even post it to your favorite social network.