Sometimes it’s best to share your screen when you’re trying to show how to do something or get an idea across. The latest version of iOS on iPhone has made it easier to do this: you can now share your screen via Facetime as well. But you don’t have to force your not-so-tech-savvy mom or dad to FaceTime to show them how to check their email. iPhones have another built-in feature that makes it easy to record and share your screen. The steps below will work on iOS 11 and later. Any older iPhone will have to rely on third-party screen recording apps from the App Store.
How to record screen on iPhone
To start screen recording, you must first make the option more accessible by editing your Control Center.
1. Go to the Settings app and tap Control Center.
2. Here you will see a list of tools that you can add to your Control Center for easy access. Scroll down the list and tap the green plus icon next to Screen Recording. That will move it to the “Included Controls” list.
3. Now when you go to Control Center, swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen. (On any device older than the iPhone X, you’ll swipe up from the bottom.) Screen recording is represented by a white dot icon with a circle around it.
4. Tap that icon and wait for the three second countdown to begin.
How to stop screen recording
Depending on your iPhone model, you’ll see a red timestamp at the top left of the screen or a red dot near the center while recording. Touch any of them and the iPhone will ask if you want to stop recording. Hit “confirm” and then you’ll see a popup telling you your video is saved and where to find it.
How to turn on your microphone
If you want to add audio to your recording, go to the Control Center. Press and hold the Screen Recording icon and tap the microphone icon in the context menu. Now whenever you screen record your iPhone will collect sound along with video.
How to find a screen recording
Screen recordings are treated like any other video, so you’ll find them in the Photos app, where you can edit them if needed. However, if you want your recording to go to a different location, long press the Screen Recording icon in Control Center. You will then see a list of apps where you can send your video and share it with others. For example, if you want to send that screenshot to Discord, all you have to do is tap on the app in the menu and add a check next to it. The next time you want to show your fellow gamers what’s on your screen, you can send the video directly to them.