How to Record Your iPhone's Screen with Audio in iOS 11 — No Jailbreak or Computer Needed
The centerpiece of Apple's WWDC presentation for us was iOS 11, and it did not disappoint. The latest iteration of the tech giant's venerable mobile operating system has been partly redesigned and comes with a ton of new features that its users were only able to dream about in previous versions. One of those new features is native screen recording.
While major enhancements such as the fully revamped App Store and Control Center were in the forefront during iOS 11's introduction, many smaller but still significant improvements didn't get as much attention as they deserved — especially iOS 11's native Screen Recording tool.
The importance of native screen recording arriving for the iPhone cannot be understated. Recording your iPhone's screen on previous iOS versions either relied on paid third-party apps, glitchy jailbreak tweaks, frustrating sideloaded apps, or a laborious process requiring your Mac computer.
All that has finally changed with the arrival of iOS 11, and you can now record your screen as easily as browsing the web or accessing an app. If you'd like to learn more about how to enable and use this awesome feature on Apple's newest iOS, just keep on reading.
Just like the Flashlight tool, the Screen Recording tool doesn't have an app — just a control option for the Control Center. First, head over to your iPhone's Settings, then tap on Control Center. From there, scroll down to find the Screen Recording control, and tap on the green "plus" icon to add it onto the Control Center.
Once you've added the Screen Recording control tile in the Settings, you'll now see the Screen Recording toggle that you can tap on whenever you want to record your screen. If you want your screen recording to have audio, simply perform a long press or 3D Touch on the control tile to open its very own control window, then tap on the mic icon on the bottom to toggle audio on or off.
You can tap on the Screen Recording option in the Control Center to start a screen recording, or you can long press or 3D Touch on it and press "Start Recording." To stop a recording, you can do the same thing — tap on the Screen Recording option, or long press or 3D Touch on it and press "Stop Recording." Alternatively, you can tap on the blue recording indicator in the status bar to stop it, if you see one. Not all apps will show the status bar, especially in games.
Once you stop recording, you'll get a notification that you can tap on to quickly view the video in the Photos application.
To edit your video, simply select the editing icon next to the trash bin. To trim your video, just tap and hold on one of the black arrows on either side of the frame viewer, and move it inward. The yellow cropping indicator will show up to help you see better. You can preview the video anytime by tapping on the play button in the bottom center.
Once you're satisfied with the video's length, tap on "Done" in the bottom right and select "Save as New Clip" to save it. This won't overwrite the current clip, so you don't have to worry about losing the original screen recording.
As iOS 11 is still in its beta stages, the iPhone's screen recording feature obviously needs further polish before it's released in the wild. One tweak we'd like for Apple to apply would be for the Control Center to exit automatically once Screen Recording is started. What refinements would you like on iOS 11's Screen Recording feature to make it as hassle-free as possible? Share your thoughts and comment on the section below.