Are you having trouble trying to record the screen on your iPhone in iOS 11? You’ve come to the right place! There are plenty of great reasons to record your iPhone screen — maybe you’re creating a tech tutorial or tip for YouTube, or maybe you’re trying to show off or review an app. No matter what you’re reason is, Apple makes it really easy to record the screen of an iPhone (and even an iPad). In fact, you don’t even need any extra software to record your iPhone’s screen. If you follow along below, we’ll take you through the steps of recording your iPhone’s screen.
You can actually record your iPhone’s screen really easily with QuickTime Player. You will, however, need some extra equipment, and that is a Mac of some sort — a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, etc. Any one of those will do. If you don’t have a Mac, don’t worry yet, there’s still ways you can record your iPhone’s screen, which we’ll get to in a minute.
To start, we’ll need to connect the iPhone up to the Mac. Grab your lightning cable, plug the lightning end to the iPhone, and then the USB end into the Mac. With newer Mac devices, you may need to pick up a USB-C to Lightning adapter, as many Macs are moving this way.
On your MacBook Pro, launch QuickTime Player. QuickTime Player generally comes pre-loaded on all Mac devices, as it’s Apple’s built-in video watching and basic video editing software.
Next, at the top left of your screen, click on File and then select New Movie Recording. Here, you will see your iPhone as one of the options for recording. Click it, and you can start recording video on your iPhone. You’ll need to press the Record button for recording to officially start.
In the same screen, if you also want to record audio on your iPhone, you’ll need to change the Microphone setting to your iPhone as well. Congratulations! After you hit that record button, you’re now recording video and audio from your iPhone’s screen.
It’s worth noting that, once you start the iPhone recording, your iPhone’s screen will be mirrored on your Mac so that you can easily see what’s being recorded.
On Windows, you have to use a separate piece of software. You can use a free application called Lonely Screen, which is also available for Mac if you don’t like QuickTime Player. Lonely Screen is able to record your iPhone’s screen via AirPlay. You can get it here.
The way Lonely Screen works is that it basically functions as an AirPlay Receiver. You can connect your iPhone up to Lonely Screen after it’s up and running, and basically, it’ll allow you to mirror your iPhone screen on the PC, as well as even record the iPhone screen.
Once Lonely Screen is downloaded and installed, open up the Lonely Screen application. With the application open on your computer, move over to your iPhone.
On your iPhone, you’ll want to open up Control Center, usually done by swiping upward. If you have an iPhone X, you’ll need to swipe downward from the top-right portion of the screen.
Next, you should see AirPlay Mirroring right below your Wi-Fi controls. Click on it. A prompt will open, and you’ll have to select Lonely Screen from the list it gives you.
Now, once you move back over to your PC, you should see your iPhone being mirrored on your computer. To start recording, within Lonely Screen, click on the little white arrow at the bottom right of the application. This will open up the application controls.
You should see a big red circular recording button appear. To start recording, simply click it. When you’re done recording, click the stop button. Mac will automatically save the video to your Movies folder, and in Windows, it’ll automatically be saved to your Videos folder.
If you’re looking for more options than basic recording, Lonely Screen will be disappointing. That said, you can use something similar that is more feature-rich, such as AirServer. It works on the same basic principle of Lonely Screen, operating over AirPlay. But the benefit is that it has a whole lot more features.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways for you to record your screen on iPhone iOS 11, whether you’re on Windows or Mac. It’s worth noting that all of the methods we outlined will work with an iPad as well. Do you have a specific and favorite way you record your screen? Let us know in the comments section below!