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How to record screen on iOS with the Screen Recorder

Does iPhone have a screen recorder?

Taking a screenshot is sometimes just not enough, especially if you want to capture any moving media and save it or share it with your family, friends, or social media followers. Luckily, you can record the screen on iOS with the native app. We explain how to do it below. The instructions apply to iPad users (iPadOS), too.

Does iPhone have a screen recorder?

iOS has a built-in screen recorder that is, some might say, a bit too simplistic and barebone. Still, it does the job for most users and it’s intuitive as one would expect from Apple-made software. It does offer a few custom options, though. By default, the screen recorder will record system sounds instead of the external sound recorded by the microphone. You can change that and make it record external sounds, too. So, if you want to leave some voice feedback over the recording, that’s an option.

Another option is to directly share your screen with various apps that support screen sharing in some form. If you choose any other option but Photos from the list, the recording will be broadcasted in the app of your choice. Your iPhone won’t save these recordings. For example, if you’re on Instagram Live or Video Calling and want to share your screen. That’s pretty much it. You can find screen recordings in Photos on iPhone’s internal storage. Screen recordings usually don’t take a lot of iPhone storage, unless you record your screen for hours. You can edit them, share them — everything you can do with regular videos. The screen is, by default, recorded in the iPhone’s native resolution only.

With all that out of the way, here’s how to record screen on iOS with the built-in screen recorder:

  1. To add the Screen Recording tile to Control Center, open Settings > Control Center and make sure that Screen Recording is in the Included Controls list. If not, add it with the +.
  2. To start recording, expand the Control Center and tap and hold on the Record tile to expand options. You can enable Microphone recording or choose between available apps, as we already explained.
  3. The Screen Recorder will start counting down from 3 and start recording. Alternatively, you can tap on the tile to start the countdown. The countdown is there so you can close Control Center, but you can cut the video later.
  4. To stop the recording, tap the tile again. Or tap on the red banner in the top left corner and choose Stop.

Also, there are many screen recording apps available on the App Store. If you need more features, you might want to look that way. Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.


By default, screen recordings on your iPhone come with sound. Just make sure to unmute the video when you open it in Photos. On the other hand, if you want to record yourself or any external sounds, tap and hold on to the Screen Recording to bring up the menu. Once there, tap on the Microphone icon to record external audio to screen recordings.

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Digital Uncoded. @lemmingspain