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How to record your iPhone or iPad’s screen in iOS 11

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How to record your iPhone or iPad’s screen in iOS 11

You can already record your iPhone or iPad's screen using QuickTime on your Mac. With iOS 11, you'll be able to record screen-capture video directly on the device.

If you've got a Mac handy, you can connect your iPhone or iPad with a cable and record your device's screen that way:

iOS 11, however, will let you record the screen directly on your device, keeping your Mac out of the equation entirely. Here's how it works in the developer and public betas.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How to enable screen recording in iOS 11

You'll start and stop your recordings from Control Center. First we'll enable the button, then explain what happens when you press it.

  1. Launch the Settings app in iOS 11.
  2. Tap Control Center.
  3. Tap the plus sign next to Screen Recording to add it to your Include list if it's not there already.

How to record your iPhone or iPad's screen in iOS 11

Now that it's set up, anytime you want to record your screen, it's just a swipe and a tap away.

  1. Open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Screen Recording button. It looks like a big dot within a circle and changes from white to red when recording.
  3. Exit Control Center by swiping it back down or just tapping the down-facing arrow at the top of the screen.

  4. Swipe up to open Control Center when you're finished recording.
  5. Tap the Screen Recording button.

A banner notification will tell you the screen recording was saved to Photos. You can tap that notification to open Photos and find it in your Camera Roll.

Can I edit the videos?

Of course. Tap the Edit button in the top-right corner, and the video appears on a timeline. You can grab the ends and drag them a few frames to eliminate video of you starting and stopping the video in Control Center, for example. When you tap Done, Photos will offer to save your edits as a new clip.

You're free to transfer the video to your Mac for editing in QuickTime or iMovie as well. Or you can upload it to iCloud Photo Library, your iCloud Drive, YouTube, Facebook, or send it anywhere else the Share Sheet can take you.

Can I record apps that play video?

That depends on the app. The button doesn't work at all when you have some apps running, like Netflix for example. (Obviously recording a video of Netflix or any other streaming service would violate its terms of use.)

I was able to record a snippet of YouTube, but while the video started in landscape orientation, it quickly jumped back to portrait and just looked weird. This could be because the feature is in beta or because it's not really supposed to work with YouTube either. Our advice is to be a good citizen and make videos of apps and games for personal use only.


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