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How to Screen Record on iPhone

In today's digital age, recording your iPhone screen can be incredibly useful. Whether creating a tutorial, showing off a high score in your favourite game, or trying to capture a bug to report, knowing how to screen record on your iPhone is essential. Let's dive straight into the steps without any fluff.

1. Enable Screen Recording in the Control Center

First, you need to ensure the screen recording feature is accessible from your Control Center. If you've never tinkered with your Control Centre settings, you might not see the screen recording option by default. Here's how to add it:

  • Open the "Settings" app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and tap on "Control Center."
  • Look for "More Controls" and then find "Screen Recording."
  • Tap the green plus icon next to "Screen Recording" to add it to your Control Center.
A screenshot of the iOS settings where a red arrow points to the control center.

2. Access the Control Center to Start Recording

With the screen recording feature now added to your Control Center, it's time to start recording:

  • For iPhones with Face ID, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen to access the Control Center. On iPhones with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.
  • You’ll see a lot of icons, but the one you’re looking for is the Screen Recording button, which looks like a solid circle inside a thin circle. Give it a tap.
  • There's a three-second countdown, giving you time to get to the screen you want to record. And then, you're recording! You’ll know it's working because the time indicator at the top of your screen turns red.
A screenshot of the iOS control center with an arrow pointing to the screen record button

3. Stop the Recording

Once you've captured what you need, stopping the recording is just as straightforward:

Either you:

  • Access the Control Center again using the same swipe motion as before.
  • Tap the Screen Recording button again, or you can tap the red time indicator at the top of your screen and then tap "Stop."
  • Your iPhone will automatically save the screen recording to your Photos app.

Or you:

  • Click on the red pill at the top of your screen to stop the screen recording.
  • Depending on your device, the read dot might be on the left or in the middle of your screen.
A screenshot of the iOS control center with an arrow pointing to the screen record button

Additional Tips

  • If you want to include audio in your screen recording, press and hold the Screen Recording button in the Control Center before you start. Then tap "Microphone On."
  • You can edit your screen recording in the Photos app just like you would with any other video. Trim the start and end points, add filters, or even crop the video to focus on what's important.

Screen recording on your iPhone is that easy. You now have the know-how to capture whatever happens on your screen. Go ahead and give it a try – you'll be a pro in no time.