How to record your iPhone & iPad’s Screen

July 14, 2017
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We will be looking at how you can record something on your iPhone or iPad in this blog post. This can be helpful for bloggers even those who want to share something new or tips regarding their iPhones or iPads. Display capture apps, as well as many recording devices, are perfect for such a purpose even if you are a gamer and want to show off your gaming skills with the rest of gamer community, this may be a helpful research blog post for you.

This may be a different task as compared with the screenshot as the screenshot feature is built-in but there is no built-in feature for the iPhone to record a video of the iPhone or the iPad.


We have mentioned here the five possibilities that are the best available options for you to record your iPhone and iPad screens display without any jailbreak needed or required, as Jailbreaking the iPhone brings many consequences with its pros and harm your iOS devices.

You have 5 options that are available for you and are listed below as:

  • QuickTime
  • ScreenFlow
  • Reflector
  • Apowersoft
  • Elgato Game Capture HD

QuickTime Player:

Here I want you to connect, your iPhone or iPad via a lightning cable to your Mac, and go to QuickTime player. Select the ‘File’ from the menu bar and click on the “New Movie Recording”. You will notice a recording window to open, showing you yourself. You can see a little arrow that is located in front of the record button, it will launch you a drop down menu and now select iPhone or iPad.


Also, select your Mic in case you want to also record the sounds and music effects. Tap on the Record buttons, and you can start performing the task or the functions that you wanted you to record. Whenever you are done recording, tap the stop button and save the video.

Note: Before saving your video, in case you want to trim the unnecessary or irrelevant stuff from your video hit cmd+T.


ScreenFlow is another option available for you to record your iPhone or iPad display, with a benefit of you not requiring to open the video editor like iMovie to edit the video. As the ScreenFlow allows you to edit your videos within the ScreenFlow.


To get ScreenFlow up and running, plug your iOS device via lightning cable to your Mac and run the ScreenFlow. It automatically detects your device and will offer you the option to record the screen of your device.

With ScreenFlow work gets a lot simpler as compared with the QuickTime. The only edge QuickTime has over the ScreenFlow is that its free of cost on the App Store, so you may try it out without paying a penny. 


The reflector is another paid app on the App Store, that can be used for recording live videos and also recording your iOS device’s display screens. The benefit and merit of using the Reflector is that it don’t need any cable works or connections, just your iOS device and a computer nothing else. Reflector 2 is available for $14.99 on the App Store


Another feasible and productive option for you to record your iPhone and iPad displays is the Apowersoft iPhone / iPad Recorder. It has the feature of iOS Screen mirroring, recording, and screenshot clicking. This app can be used on your iOS devices without the necessity to jailbreak your iPhone.


For running this app, set your iDevice and Computer under the same network, then you will be able to successfully mirror iOS screen as soon as the connection between the devices is established.

Elgato Game Capture HD:

Before the QuickTime was available people used Elgato’s Game Capture HD to successfully record their iPhone and iPad displays. It is one of the two most popular hardware devices that are currently present in the market as the HD PVR2 is only for the windows customers so Elgato is our only choice available.


You will be also requiring a Lightning Digital AV Adapter from the Apple Store. Setting up the Elgato is very simple and require a few major steps to be followed that are:

Connect Elgato Game Capture HD to your Mac using a cable. Connect your iPhone with the Digital AV Adapter and then plug one end of HDMI cable to DIgital AV Adapter and other end to HDMI socket on the Elgato Game Capture HD.

Open Game Capture HD, enter game’s name in Video Title area and click the Red button which will go Orange indicating the Recording process has begun.

Elgato also offers you the video editing features such as the cut and take snapshots of the video.


Well these are the best possible ways present for you to make sure that you are able to record your iPhone and iPad screens without the need for Jailbreaking your iPhones. Stay tuned for more such helpful blogs, tutorials and guides.

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