How to Use the Screen Recorder on iPhone 13

Did someone send you a video of their screen, or have you been looking for a way to show someone yours?

While you may have been contemplating purchasing an app with that feature, you can actually learn how to use the screen recorder on iPhone 13 that’s on the device by default.

How to Do a Screen Recording of an iPhone Screen

  1. Swipe down from the top-right to open the Control Center.
  2. Tap the Screen Recording button.
  3. Tap the clock when you’re done.
  4. Choose Stop.

Our guide continues below additional information on how to record your iPhone screen with the record button in the Control Center, including pictures of these steps.

Have you ever wanted to show someone how to do something on an iOS device like the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, or show them something interesting? You may have looked into third party apps to do this, but most require a premium version, while you were likely hoping for a free tool.

The need to record your screen is something that has been around ever since people found that external cameras didn’t do a great job of recording computer screen videos.

If you have a Windows computer then you may already know how to screen record with the built in tool in the Xbox app that is part of Windows 10, but there is a way to do it on your iPhone, too.

You can record a video of your iPhone screen by opening the Control Center, tapping the Screen Record video, then waiting three seconds for the recording to start. You can then tap the red bar at the top of the screen when you’re done and choose the Stop option.

Once you are aware of this ability to begin screen recording and stop recording on your device, you will be able to open Control Center and create a video of your iPhone or iPad screen whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Apple iPhone – Record Screen Tutorial (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.4.1 operating system.

Step 1: Open the Control Center on your iPhone by swiping down from the upper right corner of the screen.

open Control Center

Step 2: Locate the Screen Recording button, then tap it to begin the timer.

how to use screen recorder on iPhone 13

Note that there is a three second countdown that begins before it starts to record the screen.

Step 3: Record your video, then tap the red rectangle around the clock at the top left corner of the screen when you are finished.

tap the clock

Step 4: Tap Stop to end the recording.

tap Stop

You will see a message that the video saved to the Photos app.

When you go to Photos and open the video you will notice that it doesn’t start recording audio along with the video recording. If you need audio with your video then we are going to need to change another setting.

How to Screen Record with Sound on iPhone 13

Your iPhone has the ability to record external audio using the microphone on the device. However, the screen capture does not include this audio by default, so we are going ot need to activate this option to get sound.

You can use these steps to get a screen recording with audio on an iPhone 13.

Step 1: Open the Control Center.

Step 2: Long press (tap and hold) the Screen Recording button.

Step 3: Tap Microphone at the bottom of the screen.

how to screen record with audio on iPhone 13

You will start recording with sound the next time you touch the record button on the Control Center or you tap Start Recording on the menu discussed in this section.

As you get more familiar with tools like the screen recorder, it can be a good time to get acquainted with the personal hotspot, too. Check out our how to change hotspot name iPhone guide to learn more.

How to Enable Screen Recording Tool on iPhone 13

The steps in this article assume that you already have a screen recording button in your Control Center. If not, then you won’t be able to create screen recordings until you make another change.

You are going to need to edit the Control Center, which is the menu that opens when you swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen. We can do this with the following steps.

Step 1: Open Settings on your iPhone.

open Settings

Step 2: Tap Control Center near the top of the menu.

choose Control Center

Step 3: Scroll down and tap the green + icon to the left of Screen Recording.

enable screen recording on iPhone

This will add screen recording tools that you can access whenever you want to record video of what you see on your device screen.

You should now be able to open the Control Center and follow the steps from the previous section to create screen recording videos.

Not interested in using voicemail? Find out how to turn off voicemail on iPhone 13 so that people can’t leave you messages.

Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about how to turn on screen record iPhone tools so that you can create videos of what is displayed on the screen.

Frequently Asked Questions About the iPhone Screen Recorder

Where is the iPhone 11 screen record button?

While we have focused on the iPhone 13 in this guide, these same steps will apply to most other iPhone models that are using recent versions of iOS.

This means that you can find the screen recorder iPhone 11 option by swiping down from the upper right corner to open the Control center, then tap the Screen Record button.

How can I stop recording sound when I use the screen recorder on my iPhone 13?

While the sound for screen recordings is not turned on by default, it’s possible that it gets turned on later, only for you to want to turn it off again.

You can turn off the iPhone screen recorder sound by going to the Control center, tapping and holding on the Screen Record button, then tapping the Microphone button to turn it off.

How do I stop an iPhone screen recording?

Once you are done with your screen recording you can touch the clock at the top-left of your screen (it should be red) then touch the Stop button on the pop up in the center of the screen.

Our guide continues below with extra details on how to use the screen recorder on iPhone 13 devices.

More Information on How to Make an iPhone Screen Recording

You can open the Control Center on an iPhone 13 and other iPhone models that don’t have a Home button by swiping down from the upper right corner of the screen.

If your iPhone does have a Home button, however, then you need to do it a different way.

You can open the Control Center on an iPhone with a Home button by swiping up from the bottom of the screen instead. There you will also find the screen record feature if it’s enabled in your Control Center Settings.

Once you have created a new movie recording on your iPhone screen you are probably going to want to know where to find it so that you can watch, edit or share it.

You will file your recorded video content in the Photos app. There is a specific folder called “Screen Recordings” where these videos are saved, but you can also find them in your Camera Roll.

The iPad and the iPod Touch also have the to record video with their own screen recording tools. The process is the same on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod, so once you are comfortable with creating these videos on one device you will be able to do it on all of them.

If you followed the steps in the section above to see more controls such as the microphone button, then you likely noticed the warning that:

  • “Everything on your screen, including notifications, will be recorded. Enable Do Not Disturb to prevent unexpected notifications.”

That menu also has included controls that allow you to choose which of the apps on your iPhone are able to record your screen.

Once you elect to put screen record on iPhone 13, you may discover that you start using a lot of your storage space. These videos take up a lot of space, just the videos you record with your iPhone’s Camera app. you may want to periodically go to Photos > Albums > Screen Recordings and delete the files that you don’t need anymore.

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