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How to Record iPhone/iPad’s Screen in iOS 11

Earlier iOS devices didn’t have the functionality to record their iPhone/iPad’s screen. This could only be done by jailbreaking the device or installing a third-party iPhone/iPad screen recorder. Another alternative was to connect your device to a Mac and use QuickTime to record your iPhone/iPad screen. This can be also troublesome as you can’t carry a Mac along with you if you need to record your iPhone/iPad’s screen.

But all this has changed with the outcome of iOS 11. Apple has added a built-in mobile screen recorder. With iPhone/iPad screen recorder, you no longer need to jailbreak your device or to install a third party screen recorders.

  • Part 1: The built-in recorder in iOS 11
  • Part 2: Use QuikTime to record iPhone/iPad
  • Part 1: The iPhone/iPad screen recorder in iOS 11

    The iOS 11 has come with a built-in mobile screen recorder. This built-in app has provided a great alternative to the traditional methods to record screen video without the use of third-party apps. The built-in screen recorder has made the whole process very easy and simple. Follow the steps mentioned below if you want to record your iPhone/iPad’s screen-

    1. If you don’t have screen recorder toggle on the control center, first add it through the settings app. Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls, then tap “+” button.

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    2. Open the control center by swiping up.

    3. Tap the screen recorder button that looks like a solid circle enclosed in another circle.

    iPhone/iPad screen recorder

    4. The video recording will start after 3-second delay and the recording button will turn red. A notification will also appear on the top indicating recording time.

    5. After you are done recording, open the control center again and tap on the screen recorder button again. Alternatively, you can also tap on the red notification on the top of your screen and tap stop at the prompt.

    iPhone/iPad screen recorder

    6. This will stop the recording and it will be saved in the photos app.

    Part 2: Use QuickTime to record screens of iPhone/iPad (below iOS 11)

    You may wonder what I should do if my phone runs on iOS below 11. Please don’t worry, here is the answer.

    People need to download and install a third-party iPhone/iPad screen recorder after jailbreaking the device and going through a complicated installation process. iOS is always risky to jailbreak your device as if you don’t do it carefully your device will get broken. It means your device will stop functioning and you will need to go to the Apple care for getting it fixed. Jailbreaking also voids your warranty. So rather than going through these risks, people preferred using QuickTime to record their Phone/iPad’s screen.

    With QuickTime media player you could record your iPhone/iPad’s Screen. For recording your iPhone/iPad screen with the help of QuickTime, you would need Mac OS X. Below are the steps to record your iPhone/iPad screen on your Mac by using QuickTime-

    1. Connect your iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) to your Mac with a USB cable.


    2. Launch QuickTime on your Mac available in the application folder.

    3. Click on the file menu on QuickTime menu bar and choose New Movie Recording.


    4. A video recording screen will open. Now slide the cursor over that window to make the record and volume button visible.

    5. Click on the arrow next to red record button to show the camera and microphone recording options. Choose your device from the list of devices and you will be able to see your device screen in the QuickTime window.

    6. Click on the red record button when you want to start recording.

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    7. To stop the recording of the screen of your iOS device, click on the Stop button at the video recorder window.

    8. If you want to edit the video, you can do it in QuickTime and save it after editing or you can directly save it as it is by going to File Menu and clicking on save option.

    The recorded video will be saved in .mov file format which you can later export to view on certain devices. You can edit the video later in QuickTime, Filmora scrn or others and share it online for tutorials or demonstration, and whatever you want to do with it. This method of recording iPhone/iPad screen is useful for devices running the iOS version lower than 11. This is a far safer method to record device screen video than jailbreaking. But with the addition of a mobile screen recorder app in iOS 11 and above, it seems a little bit clumsy by using QuickTime.


    iPhone/iPad screen recorder is a very useful tool when you want to record tutorials, demonstration or report bugs. The demand for mobile screen recorder is rapidly increasing. Youngsters also love them for recording funny clips and videos to share the video on social media network and another platform. So which method offered above is better, no definite answer. All you need to consider is your own situation. Good luck.

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Jan 03,2018 15:52 pm

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