iPad and iPhone screen recording: Record the screen on iOS

Since iOS 11, you can easily record the screen on the Apple iPhone and iPad as well as with the iPod Touch and, for example, create videos with instructions or tutorials. You do not need a screen recorder app or other additional software for the smartphone and tablet for this, but can use a corresponding function in the operating system directly. So how you can create a screen recording on the iPhone and iPad and save it as a video, I have summarized that for you in this post.

The screen recording function in iOS 11 on the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch ensures that you can record videos from the display of the Apple device without the Screen Recorder app. Here is a guide for that.

The screen recording function in iOS 11 on the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch ensures that you can record videos from the display of the Apple device without the Screen Recorder app. Here is a guide for that.

Record iPhone screen and iPad screen

As I said, you no longer need a screen recording app for your iOS devices from version 11 of the Apple mobile operating system. Because if you want to make a video of the display, then you can use the function screen Capture from the control center call. If you don't find it there, you may have to add it as an option first. This is done in the following way:

Settings -> control center -> Controls to adjust -> screen Capture (tap on the +)

Once that is done, you now have the screen recording (gray / red circle with gray / red point for "Record" function) in your iOS control center on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. If you would like to use it to record instructions, a tutorial or maybe the cracking of a high score in a game app, you can do so with the following steps:

  1. Opens the control center (up to iPhone 8 Plus: swipe up from the bottom of the screen / with iPhone X: swipe down from the top right corner of the display)
  2. Briefly tap the screen recording icon for a video with no sound
  3. Tap harder or longer on the symbol and activate "Microphone recording" for a video with an audio track
  4. Wait for the three-second countdown
  5. Record the screen and then stop recording again in the control center; You can find the resulting video in the Photos app

Screen capture: Record the display as a video or photo

With the screen recording function on iOS 11, Apple has added a useful feature to its mobile devices. With the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch you can easily capture the content of the display as a video - with or without sound if you wish. However, if you only want to take a screenshot: take a look at these instructions ;)


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  1. Franz Weiler says:

    Didn't even know that this is now possible with iOS11! So far I have always used the Apowersoft iOS / iPad recorder that mirrors and records my screen on the PC, which is really very practical and easy! But I will test the possibility right away! Thx :)

    • sir appleot says:

      Yes, I only used it for the first time two weeks ago. And it's really super easy. If you use the iCloud photo library, the film even moves automatically to your Mac, where you can then mess it up. :)
      By the way, I used the feature to document an error on a website when using it with the iPhone.

      • Franz Weiler says:

        I think the feature is really great, but for me my iOS recorder is a bit easier to use. Still a great alternative! I look forward to more new contributions from you!

  2. Bernhard says:

    I can insert the switch in the control center, but it has no function. iPad mini 2, version 12.1.4

    Does anyone have similar problems?

    Greetings Bernhard

  3. liliths says:

    ApowerREC is also software that can record the screen of an iOS device directly. In general, I use most of the ApowerREC besides the recording feature that came with the phone.

    • sir appleot says:

      But that doesn't seem like a good recommendation. The app received a 5-star rating and 5 stars in the AppStore because it just doesn't work. The question arises why one should use external software - which often does not work for this - for something that iOS already reliably implements with on-board tools ?!

  4. bumped says:

    Very good information

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