Recording screen of iOS device without 3rd party software

CameraWhere you wondering how to record screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? It’s possible even without jailbreak. You won’t need extra expensive software, all you need is Mac and it’s QuickTime Player. And of course iPhone/iPad/iPod touch itself. So if you want to create videos from iOS, for example for study or gaming records, or want to record a tutorial or just something for fun, it’s possible without 3rd party apps. But don’t forget, this native way of screen recording does not work with all OS X versions and your iDevice must be supported too. So what I exactly need?

For first, you need a Mac with OS X Yosemite or higher. QuickTime is built-in, so no extra apps needed.

But with iDevices, is little more complicated. You need iOS 8 or higher. And now it comes – your iDevice must have Lightning connector, so some iOS 8 capable devices – iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPad 3 – are not supported.

Now connect your iDevice to Mac via Lightning cable and launch QuickTime. Select “File” and then “New Movie Recording”. After this don’t click on record button, first click on small arrow near recording button, where you will see menu:

  • Camera: choose your iDevice, no FaceTime camera
  • Microphone: here you can choose if you want to record sound from your Mac’s microphone or sound played from your iDevice. I will explain differencies: if you record with Mac’s microphone, you can record your voice, but iDevice will be quiet. If you are for example playing music or game on iDevice, it will be muted. If you choose iDevice’s microphone, your Mac’s microphone will be muted and in final video you will hear only sounds played in iDevice. Don’t worry about quality, it does not use sound recorded by Mac’s microphone, it uses iDevice’s sound processing hardware so sound in final video will be at fine quality. If you are unsure what I’m saying – when you are copying music file (like mp3) from iDevice to Mac, music file is same on both iDevice and Mac. It does not work in way “Mac’s microphone hears mp3 from iDevice and then save that mp3 into your Mac as record”. You are copying raw data.
  • Quality: here you can choose quality. Higher quality uses more space on your disk, but video is more cleaner. With video converting apps you can record original in highest quality and then compress it to lower quality for example for publishing on web without affecting original high-quality record for later uses.

Final video will be in MOV format. In these videos, time on recorded iDevice’s screen will be always 9:41 AM or 09:41 (based on using 12 or 24 hour clock on your iDevice), wi-fi and Bluetooth signals are full and battery is shown as fully charged.

One hint: turn off screen rotating, because when screen rotates, video recording will be suspended.

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