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How to screen record on iPhone, iPad and iPod in 2019

Need to record your screen? Our top tips make it easy

How to screen record on iOS 11

Apple’s iOS 11 onwards offers a number of awesome updates, including the built-in ability to record your screen on iPhone.

Recording your screen is a seriously useful feature. You can share your epic gaming footage, or even send a quick how-to video to a family member who’s struggling with a tricky iPhone 8 or iPhone X setting.

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In iOS 11, it’s easier than ever thanks to a recent feature developed by Apple that allows anyone with an iPhone running on the latest software to record the screen whenever they like.

Read on for a full guide on how to record your iPhone screen, or check out our iOS 11 tips and tricks article for more advice on how to get the most out of your iPhone.

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How to record your iPhone screen

First, remember that you’ll need to be running iOS 11 or later on your device for this to work. Supported devices include: iPhone 5S or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad 5th-generation, iPad Mini 2 or later, and iPod Touch 6th generation.

To make recording your screen easier, you’ll want to add the feature to your control centre:

  1. Go to Settings app
  2. Find Control Centre
  3. Click to customise controls
  4. Select the green plus button next to Screen Recording

The Screen Recording widget should now be available in your Control Centre. When that’s all sorted, follow these steps to record your screen:

  1. Swipe up to access Control Centre
  2. Find Screen Record button (circle within circular frame)
  3. Press the button
  4. A countdown from three will begin, giving you time to leave the Control Centre and launch whichever app you want to record

When you’re recording, a red status bar will appear at the top of the screen to signal that you have Screen Recording active. To finish the recording, simply tab the red bar.

It’s also possible to record your own voice while screen recording, allowing you to narrate your video:

  1. Enter your Control Centre
  2. Press down long on the Screen Record button
  3. A pop-up with options will appear
  4. Use the Microphone Audio toggle to turn the feature on

Once you’ve activated the Microphone Audio feature, your microphone button will turn red, signalling that the audio is being recorded.

When you finish recording, your video will be automatically saved to the Camera Roll app, at which point it can be edited or shared. Couldn’t be easier.

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