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How to Screen Record on iPhone

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The iPhone is unique among mobile devices in that you can record your screen without installing a third-party app. Starting with iOS 11, iPhone users can record gameplay, app tutorials, and anything else on their screen. So, if you have an iPhone 5S or later model, you can screen record on your device.

In this article, we will go over how to record your screen on iPhone with the built-in iOS screen recording tools. We will also go over third-party iPhone recording apps that add in features such as video editing and cloud sharing. No matter your screen recording needs, there is an iPhone app that you can use to get the job done.

How to Turn on Screen Recording on iPhone

You can add the screen recording function to your iPhone following these easy steps:

  1. Go to your iPhone settings.
  2. Click on the Control Center.
  3. Click on “Customize Controls”.
  4. Tap on the green plus button next to “Screen Recording”. 

Now, the screen recording button will be present on your control center.

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How to Record Your Screen on iPhone

Once you’ve added the screen record function to your control center, you can start creating screen recordings! Go to whatever you want to record, then open up your control center (you can do this by swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen on newer iPhones and by swiping up from the bottom of your screen on iPhones older than iPhone X). In your control center, press the screen recording button. The button will turn red and begin recording your screen. To end your recording, press the button again.

If you want to screen record with sound, long-press the screen recording button before you start your recording. A menu with a microphone toggle will pop up. Simply tap the microphone audio button to turn on audio. Then, press “start recording”. 

Screen recordings are saved in the Photos app. From there, you can edit and share your recordings with others.

Top iOS Screen Recorder Apps

While the pre-installed iOS screen recorder comes with high functionality, there are some features that you can only find in a third-party iPhone recording app. Here are the top 5 apps that let you record video on iPhone with additional features such as webcam recording, video annotations, cloud storage, and more! 

1. Droplr

record your ios screen or webcam with Droplr

With Droplr’s iPhone app, you can record both screencasts and videos and store them in your Droplr library. From there, you can share them directly with other apps or via a short link. You can paste this short link into any other platform to easily share your recording with others. You can also upload and share images, screenshots, documents, and any other file. Best of all, you can access your files from any other device that connects to the internet.

2. Loom

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Loom’s iPhone app also lets users record this screen or video. Videos are automatically shared to your Loom library and can be shared quickly with a short link. When someone clicks on your video, they can leave comments or emoji reactions. Loom includes additional video editing features, though they are only accessible on the web app.

3. Techsmith Capture

preview screen recording in techsmith capture

Capture is Techsmith’s app for iOS. With it, you can take full-screen recordings and organize them in your Techsmith library. You can also upload other recordings to your library. If you have a Snagit or Camtasia account on your desktop, you can share your recordings with those platforms for easy video editing and sharing.

4. Record it!

screen broadcast with record it! capture

Record it! is a free iOS screen recording app that is highly rated in the app store. You can also add audio commentary and facecam reactions to your recordings. After recording, you can trim your videos, add filters, and adjust the playback speed. To share your videos, you can upload them directly to YouTube or export them via other apps, AirDrop, or email. Do note, however, that you will need to purchase an in-app upgrade to record videos longer than 3 minutes.

5. Screen Recorder Pro

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Screen Recorder Pro lets you take an unlimited number of screen recordings from one easy-to-use app. You can also record your facecam and include it on your video to highlight your reactions. Screen Recorder Pro also includes basic editing and sharing features and lets you share your videos directly to top social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitch.

Start Sharing iPhone Recordings

You can start creating and sharing iPhone screen recordings and videos today with Droplr. Droplr’s online video storage will save you space on your iPhone and make it easier for you to share your videos with others. You can start using Droplr for free with a 3-day trial or schedule a demo for you and your business.

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