There are plenty of reasons you may need to record your iPhone screen. Maybe you’re helping a friend or family member with something that is easier to demonstrate on video. On the other hand, maybe you just want to share a clip of a cool new game.
No matter why you want to record your screen, it’s easy to do on your iPhone. You don’t even need to install any third-party apps; the functionality is built into iOS.
Setting Up Your iPhone for Screen Recordings
Before you can start recording your iPhone screen, you need to do a little preparation. Not only does this let you start recording your screen now, but it makes it easier to do in the future as well.
To enable quick screen recordings, we’re going to add a shortcut to Control Center. Open Settings, then scroll down and select Control Center. Now, scroll down through the More Controls section until you see Screen Recording. Tap the green plus button here to add it to your Control Center.
Now you have quick access to screen recordings in Control Center. If you find you don’t need to have this button handy, you can always tap the red minus setting to remove it from Control Center again.
How to Create a Basic Screen Recording
Creating a simple screen recording is easy once you’ve gone through the steps above to set it up. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone screen to access Control Center, then tap the screen record button, which looks like a solid circle within another circle.
Once you’ve tapped the Screen Recording icon, you’ll see a countdown. After three seconds, your screen recording will start.
The button will turn red once recording starts. Simply tap this button again to stop recording.
You’ll see a notification letting you know that the recording was saved. Usually, these are saved to Photos, but you can save recordings to other apps like Twitch and Discord, for example.
By default, these screen recordings will record only the audio coming out of apps. If you want to narrate a screen recording, you need to activate microphone recording. To do this, long-press on the Screen Recording button in Control Center.
Here at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a microphone icon. By default, this is off. Tap it to toggle it on to allow for recording VoiceOver during a screen recording.
Tips for Recording Your iPhone Screen
There are a few things to keep in mind about recording your screen on an iPhone. First, it records everything, including notifications. If you want to make sure that your screen recording isn’t interrupted by a notification about a message from a friend, you may want to temporarily enable Do Not Disturb.
If you’re a content creator and plan to record your screen often, you may want to create a custom Focus mode for when you’re recording your screen. For more information on how exactly to do that, take a look at our guide to using Focus mode on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.
Kris Wouk is a writer, musician, and whatever it’s called when someone makes videos for the web. He’s an Apple nerd with a fondness for hi-res audio and home theater gear.