Since 2012, things have changed quite a lot when it comes to recording your iPhone or iPad screens.
The most known option at the time to record a video of what was on your iOS device’s screen was to use the simulator on your Mac. Because video is being used more and more to present an app (whether it’s for an App Preview, a promo video or a video ad), Apple an other companies have made it much simpler for us.
Let’s take a look at your options.
This option was introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and is what we recommend to record iPhone screen or iPad screen. All your need is:
- An iOS device running iOS 8 or later
- A Mac running OS X Yosemite or later
- Lightning cable (the cable that comes with iOS devices)
No need for jailbreak, a third party app or additional hardware.
Here are the steps to do it:
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via the lightning cable
- Open QuickTime player
- Click the Record button. Now perform the tasks on your iOS device that you want to record
- Once done tap the stop button and save the video.
Quick tip: by hitting Cmd + T you’ll be able to directly trim your video before saving it, so you only keep the relevant part of the recording.
ScreenFlow provides a to record your iOS device, like QuickTime does. The bonus is that you can also edit the video within ScreenFlow, instead of having to open another program, like iMovie.
Sometimes, ScreenFlow is also better at capturing video, where QuickTime can be choppy. Since QuickTime is free, you should try that first.
But if that doesn’t work to well, then give ScreenFlow a try.
To get started, simply plug in your iOS device to your Mac with a Lighting cable and open ScreenFlow. It will automatically detect your device and give you the option to record that screen.
Make sure that the Record Screen from box is checked and the right device is selected. If you want to record the audio too, check the Record Audio from box and make sure that the right device is selected.