To this day, the ability to record your iPhone or iPad screen is still missing on all iOS firmware as a native feature. The reason I said “native feature” because you can still get this functionality using third-party apps. That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today.
I can understand why Apple doesn’t allow iOS screen recorder apps onto their App Store. Many people have the misconception that such apps are banned. However, it’s not entirely accurate. Apple will just reject your submission if you ever create an app that can record the iPhone screen. That happen primarily for security and privacy reasons.
Now that you know the facts, if you still wish to continue, I’ll be more than happy to help. Below, you’re going to find not 1, 2, or 4, but seven apps that you can use as a screen recorder on your iOS device.
- BB Rec
- Display Recorder
- QuickTime Player
- dr.fone toolkit
- Screen Recording in iOS 11
AirShou is one of those ‘it just works’ app because there are multiple ways of installing it. If one method fails, then you can move on to a different one. Either way, you will still be able to install it on your iPhone.
Once AirShou is installed, you can open it and start recording right away. It doesn’t have any bloated features or annoying ads that popups every once in awhile. This allows users to just focus on what matter most, recording their iPhone screen.
It’s also worth mentioning that you can do a live gaming broadcast with AirShou, thanks to its sister app; Shou.TV. If you’re a gamer who wish to share their gameplays live with an audience, we recommend you grab the additional app from the App Store (link here). In case it’s just an ordinary recording, you can save it directly to your Camera Roll.
There are two ways to installing AirShou on your iPhone and iPad. The first method will require nothing but your device and the Safari browser. However, sometimes Apple could revoke its certificate, and the app will become unavailable to download. That’s why we will also include the second method, which you can sideload using the Impactor tool (this one is guaranteed to work).
How to Install AirShou via iEmulators
- Open your iPhone or iPad
- Launch the Safari browser app
- Click here to open the emulator site
- You should see AirShou on the screen (it’s near the bottom of the page). Tap on Install
- Confirm that you want to proceed by selecting “Install AirShou” button
- You may also have to install the TuTu Fix app. It can be found on iEmulator as well
- Once the app is installed on your home screen, go to the Settings app
- Choose General > Profiles or Device Management (learn the different)
- Tap on the AirShou profile and select Trust
After trusting the app, you should be able to open AirShou without seeing this popup:
If everything works out perfectly, you will see the following screen after opening AirShou.
To record your screen, give the recording a name, choose the screen orientation, and tap Next step. The AirPlay screen will appear. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center. Under the mirroring list, choose AirShou.
How to Sideload AirShou IPA using Cydia Impactor
If all you see is the “Unable to Download” popup, chances are Apple has revoked the certificate for the above method. Like I mentioned earlier, there is still hope. Here’s another solution.
- Visit this page to download the latest AirShou .IPA file
- Download Cydia Impactor from here. Choose your operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux)
- Move the .IPA from Step 1 to your desktop
- Drag and drop it to Impactor
- Enter your Apple ID and password
Now just wait for the app to be sideloaded. This method should work smoothly. If Cydia Impactor happen to throw some sort of errors at you, check this troubleshooting guide.
Follow the partial instructions from Method #1 if you need help getting started. The Recordings tab from AirShou is the recording viewer. Users also have the ability to Play, Open in, Save To Camera Roll, and Delete from the same tab.
Just like AirShou, BB Rec provides multiple features as a standalone recording app for iOS. Users will have the ability to record their iPhone screen, live broadcast through its streaming server, built right into the application.
BB Rec has quickly become one of our favorite screen recorders because the interface is very easy to use. When you open the app, the main screen will display all the functionality for you to choose from.
Warning: You will need a computer to get this app.
How to Install BB Rec on your iPhone
- Download the BB Rec .IPA file from here
- Connect your iOS device to a computer
- Just like the method we used with Cydia Impactor above, drag & drop the file
- Then enter your Apple credentials when prompted
Impactor will install the application for you. Once you “Trust” the app from the Settings page, it should be opened without any crashing issue.
EveryCord is the successor of iRec, a really popular iOS screen recorder released by the iNoJB team. You might not hear its name a lot, but it works perfectly on any iOS 10 devices. There are also two ways you can install EveryCord on your iPhone or iPad. Both requires no jailbreak but the second method will need Cydia Impactor.
Hopefully, the web-based version is still working so you don’t have to pull out your computer.
How to Install EveryCord on iOS 10
- Visit the official page on your mobile device. Preferably Safari browser
- Tap on iOS Install
- You might have to go through the content unlocker. This could be a headache as you need to install a random advertised app from the App Store
- Once you get to the installing part, choose the Install button
Before you open EveryCord, be sure to go to Settings > Device Management > Select the app > Trust. Without this step, you won’t be able to open the screen recorder.
If the on-screen steps didn’t work out for you, here’s another method that you can use. This one is similar to sideloading AirShou or BB Rec.
- Download the .IPA file for EveryCord here
- Make sure your iPhone is connected to the computer
- Install the app via Cydia Impactor
The icon should look something like this on your screen.
Open EveryCord on your iOS device. Unlike other apps, EveryCord won’t have a visible “Record” button. Instead, you have to enter something in the “Recording Name” box and hit Done.
This will then trigger a popup that says, “Are you sure you want to continue with the recording named…”. As soon as you tap on Yes, your screen will be under recording mode.
A few months ago we updated our list of screen recorder tweaks for your iOS device. In it, we decided to include an app called Vidyo as an alternative for those without a jailbroken iPhone or iPad.
The app can be downloaded right from the App Store. Sadly, the Apple review team found out and deleted the application. Although Vidyo didn’t contain any suspicious elements, it violated the company’s Terms of Service. And for that, the app was pulled off the App Store.
Still, the IPA file manage to float around the Apple community. Thanks to that you can still install it on your device without jailbreak.
How to Install Vidyo Screen Recorder for iOS 10
- Click here to download the .iPA file
- Head over to this article to download Cydia Impactor
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer
- Drag and drop Vidyo IPA to Cydia Impactor
- Enter your Apple ID and password to start installing
You should see a new app icon on your home screen. Before opening it, there is an additional step. Go to Settings > General > Profile(s) > and tap on Vidyo > Trust. Now you can start using Vidyo to record the screen of your iOS 10.
Since this app has a lot of useful functions, I think it will be suitable for many purposes such as live streaming if you’re a gamer or just general recording.
Unlike any of the apps we mentioned above, Display Recorder can only be found via the Cydia App Store. This means it will only work if you have a jailbroken iPhone or iPad. Despite all of that, I enjoy using Display Recorder tweak because it’s fast, responsive, and provide almost every features a gamer need to record his gameplay.
- Records direct to H.264 or MJPG/AVI
- On-device YouTube uploading
- Optionally records mic audio
- App & web site to manage recordings
To install Display Recorder, all you have to do is open the Cydia app and install it from the BigBoss repository.
If you have a Mac computer, the QuickTime Player app is perfectly for you. Why? Because you don’t have to install anything. QuickTime Player is a native feature that can be opened right from your MacBook or iMac.
Note: This option is available exclusively on macOS (OS X Yosemite and higher).
How to Record your iPhone Screen with QuickTime
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to the a Mac
- Launch QuickTime and click File (on the top menu)
- Select New Movie Recording
- A screen recording will popup. If you don’t see your iPhone’s screen, click on the angle button facing down next to the Record button
- Click on your device name and you will see the source popup on the QuickTime window
To stop a QuickTime recording, just click on the Pause button and save your file. A screen recording with QuickTime will include the voice audio and the original screen display.
This one is a little bit different. dr.fone iOS screen recorder is a freemium computer software that lets you mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to the computer wirelessly and record your screen, obviously.
We have not personally tested this tool, but from the introduction page it:
- Support devices running iOS 7 to the newest iOS 10 versions
- Uses the mirroring method that we’ve shown you with AirShou
- The price starts at 19.95 for a single year license.
Though, we only recommend dr.fone toolkit as the last resort if none of the apps or methods above works for you.
Screen Recording in iOS 11
With iOS 11, you can now record the screen of your iPhone or iPad just by tapping on a button from the Control Center. No need to jailbreak your device or install third-party apps. With the latest firmware, this feature is entirely built-in. The initial step will be enabling the screen recorder from your Settings app first.
Take a look at the short guide below.
How to Use iOS 11 Screen Recorder
- Open the Settings app
- Tap on Control Center (It’s below the Notifications tab)
- Look for More Controls
- Under this menu, you will see Screen Recording
- Tap on the green icon next to it
- Doing so, you added the screen recording function to your Control Center
You can now swipe up from the bottom of your screen and select the screen recording icon. This method can be applied anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, not just the home screen.
How do I know if I’m recording my iPhone screen?
There are multiple indicators to let you know that your iOS screen is being recorded. The icon from the Control Center will turn red, and there will be a blue bar below the status bar that says, “Recording [time].”
To stop recording your iPhone, just swipe up to launch Control Center and tap on the Screen Recording icon again. You will also get a notification that says, “Screen Recording video saved to Photos.”
To retrieve and manage all your recordings, open the Photos app, and it should appear on your Camera Roll.
Why is this different from other iOS screen recorders?
Well, that’s a no-brainer question. You don’t have to download anything, and it should work at all time. Not to mention, the feature will automatically save your videos to the Camera Roll as I said earlier.
Unlike third-party apps such as AirShou and BB Rec, the native screen recorder app in iOS 11 won’t let you showcase your gameplays to a live audience online. This is something to keep in kind f you use apps like Shou.TV or Twitch.