How To: iPhone iPad Screen Recording on Mac

YouTube acts as a major intersection for nearly all of the videos on the internet. According to YouTube every minute there are 300 hours of video uploaded every single minute. That is insane! For the video hobbyist here is a tutorial on how to record the screen of an iPhone or iPad off a Mac.

What you’ll need:

  • Mac
  • iPhone or iPad
  • Lighting Cable
  • 5 Minutes of Your Time

Screen Recording on iPhone/iPad

    1. Connect your iPhone via a Lighting Cable.
    2. Open up QuickTime Player
    3. Go to File -> New Movie Recording.Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 4.39.24 PM
    4. Select the Device (It will default over to your Mac’s camera). This will be by a drop down by the record button.  Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 4.39.53 PM
    5. Hit Record.
    6. When you are finished click the record button again and a dialog will pop up asking you where you would like to save the file.

Words of Wisdom

  • Use a video editor to edit these files to your choosing. I would recommend iMovie since it is free and simple.
  • Remember to throw in some music (if posting to YouTube check on copyright music)
  • If you switch the portrait orientation it may potentially crash the recording.

Below are some videos I have taken with my iPad and iPhone.

iPhone Screen Recording


iPad Screen Recording

Have a wonderful day!




Cody Sweeny is a blogger, amateur photographer and technology enthusiast.

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