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Recording your iPhone screen is easier than you think. Here’s how it’s done

Do your parents constantly call you asking you how to do something on their new iPhone? Or maybe you want to record a sweet Fortnite win that people just have to see? Since iOS 11, Apple introduced a native option to record the screen on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod. What once required a third-party app is now a stunningly simple process. Here’s everything you need to know in order to create a screen recording.

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Setting up screen recording

Although screen recording is easy, you do need to make the setting available in your Control Center. To enable screen recording, go to Settings> Control Center> Customize Controls. Select the plus icon (+) next to Screen Recording. A Screen Record icon should now appear in your Control Center, which you can access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, or swiping down from the top right edge if you’re on an iPhone X series or iPhone 11 series.

Recording your screen

Apple has made screen recording a really simple process. Just open the Control Center and tap the Screen Record icon. It’s a white circle with a circular ring around it.

Once you tap it, you’ll have three seconds to close the Control Center before your phone will start recording. A red bar will appear at the top of your screen to let you know you’re recording.

If you want to add audio to your screen recording, things are a little different. Press the Screen Record icon with extra pressure (via 3D Touch) for more options. A pop-up menu will appear in the middle of your screen, and you can press the Microphone Audio icon, followed by the Start Recording button to get going.

When you are finished recording, the fastest way to stop recording is to tap on the red timer on the top of the screen. You’ll see the message “Screen Recording video saved to Photos” appear in your Notification Center, and you can tap on it to enter the Photos app and watch your video. You can also go to the Control Center and tap on the Screen Record icon to stop recording.

Editing a screen recording

After you end the recording of your screen, it will automatically save to your phone’s memory. You’ll see the message “Screen Recording video saved to Photos” in the notification bar. Tap on this notification to open the video. Or, you can open the recording via the Photos app to edit.

Editing a screen recording is just like editing any other video in the Photos app. Open up the video in Photos and select Edit in the upper right-hand corner. A slider bar will appear below the screen recording. At either end of the slider are toggle bars that allow you to edit frame by frame. Simply drag the toggle bars to make adjustments to the beginning or end of your screen recording. When you feel satisfied with your editing and don’t want to change anything else, simply tap Done. Don’t forget to save your work! Just tap Save as New Clip before navigating away from the editing screen.

Screen recording and compatibility with other apps

Keep in mind that some apps might adjust how screen recording functions, so you may need to experiment a bit when using outside apps. It should be fairly straightforward to iron out any kinks using a little trial and error, but results might vary depending on which app you’re using and what it can do.

There are also a few third-party apps that offer new screen recording features. One such app is Mirror for Samsung TVs, whose capabilities expand past Apple’s screen recorder. It lets you mirror your screen recording to an associated Samsung TV and is a good option if you’ve ever felt frustrated with Apple’s screen recorder.

For the average user, though, recording your iPhone screen is much easier than you might anticipate. And although there are third-party apps available, Apple’s onboard screen recording option should fulfill the majority of everyday needs, such as sharing videos through messages, email, or social media.

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