How to Record iPhone Screen on Your Mac?

Screen recording is required for many personal and professional reasons. Especially with high-end mobile devices like iPhone people tend to use them for more productive purposes. For example, you can screen record your official app tutorial and share it with other friends and colleagues instantly though YouTube. Unfortunately Apple does not allow any apps from App store to record the screen activities of the device due to security reason. On the latest iOS version, you can record iPhone screen directly from the Control Center. However, Apple also allows to record your iOS device screen using a Mac with QuickTime Player. In this article we explain how to record iPhone screen on your Mac.

We use iPhone as an example; the same process will work for iPad and iPod touch also.

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What You Need?

You need the following to record iPhone screen on your MacBook:

  • iPhone with the latest iOS version updated
  • MacBook
  • Apple Lightning connector

Follow the below steps to record the iPhone screen.

Step1 – Connecting iPhone to Mac

Connect your iPhone and Mac with the lightning connector cable that comes with your iPhone purchase.

Connect iPhone to Mac
Connect iPhone to Mac

If you are connecting the iPhone first to a Mac you will be prompted with a message asking whether you trust the computer. Tap on accept to continue with the further steps.

Trust Mac
Trust Mac

Enter the device passcode to trust your Mac. Generally, once you add the device as trusted, you will not be prompted from next time onwards.

Enter Passcode
Enter Passcode

Step2- Launching QuickTime Player

Now, press “Command + Spacebar” buttons to launch Spotlight Search on your Mac. Search for “quicktime” and launch “QuickTime Player” app.

Step 3 – Opening Video Recording

In QuickTime Player, click on “New Movie Recording” option available under “File” menu. Alternatively, press “Option + Command + N” shortcut keys to open movie recording. Click on the small down arrow nearer to the record button and choose your iPhone name for the camera option.

Choosing Device, Microphone and Quality of Video
Choosing Device, Microphone and Quality of Video

If you want to record audio as well choose either your iPhone or the Mac’s built-in microphone under “Microphone” option. Check the quality of the video by choosing “High” or “Maximum” options and choose the best suited one for you.

If prompted, you may need to allow QuickTime Player permission to record your screen.

Allow QuickTime Player
Allow QuickTime Player

Click on the “Open System Preferences” button, which will take you to the Mac preferences section. Choose the QuickTime Player and click “Quit Now” button on the prompt to relaunch QuickTime Player.

Add QuickTime Player for Access
Add QuickTime Player for Access

Step 4 – Recording Your iPhone Screen

Now the iPhone screen can be seen on your Mac and all the activities you do on the iPhone will be duplicated in QuickTime Player’s recording screen like an extended monitor.

iPhone Screen Recording in Mac
iPhone Screen Recording in Mac

Click on the start recording button to start the screen recording along with your voice if required. Once done just click on stop recording button.

Once the iPhone is connected to live recording in QuickTime Player, the carrier name displaying on the top status bar will be automatically hided in the video to ensure the security and privacy.

Step 5 – Saving and Sharing Video

Check your video and edit with QuickTime Player if required. For example, you can trim the long frames at the start and end of the video to make it professional. Now that your screen recording is ready, you can save to local Mac by pressing “Command + S” keys.

Save Screen Recording
Save Screen Recording

Alternatively, you can directly share the recorded screen video to YouTube, Facebook or any other social media by clicking on the upload icon.

Share Your Screen Recording in Social Media
Share Your Screen Recording in Social Media

You can also use AirDrop to instantly send the screen recording to the another device to people who uses the same iCloud account.

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2 thoughts on “How to Record iPhone Screen on Your Mac?”

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  1. Hi! Awesome guide. You could also try AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder. This is an excellent application that will help you record and mirror your iPhone and iPad on your pc without lag. Aside from that, this tool will help you publish screencast of videos and animated images easily.

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  2. Nice guide, thanks for the sharing. 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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