How To Screen Record On An iPhone

Written by Claire Smith


Posted on August 26 2023

In a world dominated by visual communication, the ability to capture what's happening on your iPhone screen has become an essential skill. Whether you want to create tutorials, share app demos, or preserve memorable moments from your favorite games, screen recording on an iPhone can prove to be a valuable tool. In this guide, we'll walk you through the simple process of screen recording on your iPhone.


Step 1: Check Compatibility


Before diving into the world of screen recording, it's important to ensure that your iPhone is compatible with this feature. Screen recording is available on iPhones running iOS 11 and later versions. To check your iOS version, go to Settings > General > About and look for the Software Version.


Step 2: Add Screen Recording to Control Center


The Control Center is your go-to place for quick access to various iPhone features. By default, the screen recording option might not be visible, so you'll need to add it manually:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Control Center.
  3. Under "More Controls," you'll find Screen Recording. Tap the green '+' button next to it to add it to the Control Center.


Step 3: Start Screen Recording


Now that you've added the screen recording icon to your Control Center, it's time to start recording your screen:

  1. Open the app or screen that you want to record.
  2. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen (or swipe up on iPhones with Face ID) to access the Control Center.
  3. In the Control Center, you'll see the Screen Recording button, represented by a circular icon with a dot in the center. Tap on it.


Step 4: Customize Settings (Optional)


Before you start recording, you can customize a few settings to enhance your recording experience:

  1. Microphone Audio: If you want to include your voice narration or external audio, long-press (3D Touch) or press and hold (Haptic Touch) the screen recording icon in the Control Center. This will reveal options for recording Microphone Audio. Tap it to turn on or off.
  2. Screen Mirroring: If you wish to record not only your screen but also the content of your iPhone's screen, like videos or presentations, you can enable Screen Mirroring from the Control Center.


    Step 5: Stop Screen Recording


    While recording, you'll see a red status bar at the top of your screen. This indicates that the recording is in progress. To stop recording:

    1. Tap the red status bar.
    2. A pop-up menu will appear. Tap Stop to end the recording.


    Step 6: Access Your Recording


    Once you've stopped the recording, the video file will be saved to your iPhone's Camera Roll automatically. You can find it in the Photos app, where you can edit, share, or delete it as you like.


    Step 7: Edit and Share (Optional)


    Before sharing your recorded video, you might want to make some edits or add annotations. You can use the built-in Photos app for basic editing, or transfer the video to more advanced editing software.

    To share your recording:

    1. Open the recorded video in the Photos app.
    2. Tap the Share icon.
    3. Choose the platform or method you'd like to use to share your video.




    Screen recording on your iPhone opens up a world of possibilities, from creating tutorials and demos to sharing memorable moments with friends and family. With just a few simple steps, you can harness the power of this feature to enhance your communication and documentation efforts. So, whether you're a teacher, a gamer, or just someone who loves to capture life's moments, the ability to screen record on your iPhone is a skill worth mastering.