How to record your iPhone or iPad Screen Video on a Mac
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How to record your iPhone or iPad Screen Video on a Mac

Recording iPhone or iPad screen could be super useful. Suppose you want to walk your friend or a family member through a special process or show them a video or a special trick on your iPhone, ipad. Whatever the reason might be, the good news is that you can record your iPhone or iPad screen using Mac.

Many apps and services that allow you record iPhone screen natively but recording iPhone or iPad screen on a Mac will give you a lot of advantages. You will have the recorded file in Mac, which you could watch, edit and send an email to anyone. Let’s see how to record iPhone or iPad screen on a Mac.

Apple gave the ability to record iPhone or iPad screen in OS X. Before it, people used to record screen using many third-party apps and jailbreak tweaks for iPhone. After iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple supported for recording screen by using QuickTime, the famous Apple multimedia software which has a vast range of features and functions.

Here is how to use QuickTime to record screen

First, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac with a Lightning cable.

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If you are connecting your phone to your Mac for the first time, the system could ask you to “Trust”. Just Accept and trust the machine and things will move forward.

Launch QuickTime Player app in your Mac via LaunchPad >> Other or you also can find it by typing "Quicktime Player" into Spotlight Search box.

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Then, go to the “New Movie Recording” option from the File menu. You will find this menu in the menu bar just above the main screen of the applicaiton.

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Or if you do not want to go through this hassle, just press the option key along with Option + Command + N key. This key combination will launch the movie recording feature of QuickTime.

Now, QuickTime is programmed to use the Mac camera to record the video. But as we want to record iPhone and iPad screen on Mac using this software, we will have to select something else.

You should click on the small inverted triangle shaped icon which is placed just next to the Record button. This is a drop down list type button. This button is used to infuse in an option to select the secondary source to choose the camera.

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You will see the name of your iPhone or iPad in the list if the device is connected and accepted properly by your computer.

Just click on your device name and within a few seconds, you will see that the system would render the screen of the device on your Mac. The complete iPhone or iPad screen will be visible on your Mac screen.

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It’s brilliant, isn’t it? No need for any useless third party app or software.


  • You can also select the quality of the video you want to record. You can choose from options like “Maximum” or “High Quality”.
  • If you also want to record the screen audio, you can select the option from the list. But in case you want to narrate something at the backed, you can select the Mac’s mic for that.

Hit the Record button and start recording the screen on Mac. You can record iPhone or iPad screen for as long as you want.

When you are done recording the screen, just click on the Stop button in the preview window of the QuickTime software.

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You can save the video recording file in a lot of formats to your computer. The primary format is the .mov file. You can also export the recorded screen to other devices and formats by going to “Export” option from the “File” menu of QuickTime.

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You can send the exported files to other channels via email or social media like Youtube, Vimeo, etc very easily.

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That’s it. This was how to record iPhone or iPad screen on Mac. In case of any question or feedback, leave your comment below this post and we will be happy to respond.


Fahad Saleem
Fahad Saleem

Tech nut, Gadget Enthusiast, Slacker, Binge Eater, Tea lover. When not covering tech, I love reading and daydreaming.


Comments (1)

  • jeffcard


    04 November 2016 at 07:37 | #

    Thanks for the guide. The recording itself is near real-time, but there is some noticeable lag between performing an action on my iPhone and seeing the action occur in the QuickTime window. Any thoughts on what else I could check to fix this? I used to record my iPhone screen with Acethinker iPhone screen recorder, never had that problem.


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