You can screen record your iPhone in a few simple steps. In this guide we’ll show you how to record what’s on your screen so that you can send it to friends, family, or co-workers.
Apple’s iOS 14 software has a handy screen recording feature that can be used to show off what you’ve been doing on your phone. It’s useful if you want to send someone a tutorial, highlights of a game you’re playing, or even a bug you’re dealing with on your current version of iOS.
iOS 14 doesn’t make the iPhone screen recording process abundantly clear so you may not know how to capture what’s on your screen.
So if you just switched to an iPhone or you’ve simply forgotten how to screen record on iPhone, we’re going to show you how in a few easy steps.
Here’s how to screen record iPhone on iOS 14.
How to Screen Record iPhone on iOS 14
You don’t need any fancy apps or jailbreaks to record your iPhone’s screen. You just need to add an icon to your iPhone’s Control Center. Control Center is the screen that pops up if you pull from the top right of the screen (if you’re using an iPhone without a home button) or the bottom edge of the screen (if you’re using an iPhone with a home button).
Here’s how to add screen recording to your iPhone’s Control Center:
- First, open up the Settings app on your phone.
- Tap Control Center.
- Under the More Controls section, find Screen Recording.
- Tap the green plus sign next to Screen Recording.
After you do this the Screen Recording icon will be added to your phone’s Control Center for easy access. Now you’re ready to screen record your iPhone.
When you’re ready to record your iPhone’s screen, follow these steps:
- Bring up Control Center on your iPhone.
- Tap the Screen Recording icon. It’s the icon that has a circle within a circle.
- When you do that, your iPhone will give you a three second countdown and then the recording will start.
Once you start recording your iPhone’s screen, you’ll notice a red icon in the upper left corner of the display. Tapping this icon will bring up a menu that lets you stop recording your screen whenever you want.
After you select stop recording, your video will automatically be sent to your Photos application where you can edit it and/or share it with others through apps like Messages.
Beyond the ability to stop the recording, Screen Recording doesn’t have a ton of controls. You can, however, perform a long press on the Screen Recording icon in Control Center to bring up a couple of different options.
On this screen (seen in the photo above) you have two controls. The control in the middle of the screen allows you to quickly record in an app like Twitch. The control toward the bottom of the screen allows you to toggle your iPhone’s microphone on or off.
It’s important to note that some applications may not allow you to use screen recording due to copyright or privacy issues. You also can’t use screen mirroring while recording your iPhone’s screen.
Install iOS 14.7.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.7.1 right away.
iOS 14.7.1 doesn't have a lot on board, but it does bring a new security patch with it. You can learn more about the patch right here.
If you want to better protect your iPhone and its data, you'll want to install the iOS 14.7.1 update in the near future.
If you missed iOS 14.7, you'll get its 31 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 14.6, you'll get the update's 38 security patches with your iOS 14.7.1 update. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. You can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit.
If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.
iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.7.1. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.7.1. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.7.1 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.7.1 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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