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How to record the screen of your iPhone or iPad with iOS 11

Want to show your non-tech savvy relative how to set up their email without actually having to do it for them? With iOS 11[1], Apple introduced an option that allows you to record the screen on the iPhone[2], iPad[3] and iPod[4]. What once required a third-party app, became stunningly simple.

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 the top right edge if you’re on an iPhone X[5].

Recording your screen

Apple has made screen recording a really simple process. Just open the Control Center and tap the Screen Record icon[7]. It’s a white circle with a circular ring around it. [6]

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 is to tap on the red timer on the top of the screen.

You’ll see the message “Screen Recording video save to Photos” appear in your Notification Center, and you can tap on it to enter the Photos app to watch it. You can also go to the Control Center and tap on the Screen Record icon to stop recording.

Editing a screen recording

How to record the screen of your iPhone or iPad with iOS 11

Once you’ve finished recording, you may want to tweak the video. Apple’s Photos app makes it really easy to edit it.

When you’ve finished recording your screen, you’ll see the message “Screen Recording video saved to Photos” in the notification bar. You can either tap on this notification or open the recording in the Photos app to edit. Editing a screen recording is just like editing any other video in the Photos app.

Open 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.

Drag the toggle bars to make adjustments to the beginning or end of your screen recording.

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References

  1. ^ iOS 11 (www.apple.com)
  2. ^ iPhone (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ iPad (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ iPod (www.apple.com)
  5. ^ iPhone X (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ Screen Record (support.apple.com)
  7. ^ icon (support.apple.com)

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