If you need to capture what’s happening on your iPhone 13 screen in motion, don’t take a screenshot—take a video to record the screen instead. Fortunately, your iPhone 13 (Normal, Mini, Pro, or Pro Max) makes it easy with a Control Center shortcut. Here’s how to use it.
What is screen recording?
Think of screen recording like an animated screenshot: it captures everything you normally see on your screen directly into a file. But instead of the still image, this video is saved to your photo library. Screen recordings are great for capturing bugs or errors in action, making tutorial videos, and more. Keep in mind that you cannot record a screen while mirroring your iPhone screen to another screen. Other than that, everything on the screen is captured, including notifications.
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Enable “Screen Recording” button first
To take a screen recording on your iPhone 13, you will need to use a special “Screen Recording” button in the Control Center which is disabled by default. (As a reminder, Control Center is the shortcut panel that appears if you swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.)
To enable the screen recording button, first open the Settings app.
In Settings, tap on “Control Center” near the top.
In Control Center settings, swipe down and tap Screen Recording (with a plus icon next to it). This will move it from the “More Controls” list to the “Inline Controls” list and it will appear in the Control Center.
While you’re at it, you can rearrange the order of the Control Center shortcut buttons by clicking and dragging items in the Inline Controls list. Once done, exit Settings. Now it’s time to record your screen.
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How to take a recording screen on iPhone 13
Now that you’ve added the Screen Recording button to the Control Center (covered in the section above), you can record a screen at any time. To do this, first open the Control Center by swiping down with one finger in the upper-right corner of your iPhone screen.
In the Control Center, a screen recording button (a circle within another circle) will be located near the bottom of the panel along with other shortcuts (like a flashlight or calculator, for example).
If you want to record a screen without sound, you can click the screen recording button once. However, if you want to capture the audio from your iPhone microphone while recording the screen, tap and hold the Screen Recording button.
If you click the button once, move to the next step. But if you press and hold the screen recording button, you will see a special popup. To turn on microphone recording, tap the microphone icon until it turns red and says “Microphone is on” under it. After that, click on “Start Recording”.
After three seconds, your iPhone will start recording all activity on the screen (and microphone sound, too, if you enable this option). You will notice that both the screen recording icon in Control Center and the clock in the upper left corner of the screen turn red while recording your iPhone.
When you’re done capturing the screen recording, tap the red clock in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select “Stop” on the popup.
Alternately, you can also stop screen recording by opening the Control Center and clicking the Screen Recording button again. When it turns from red to white, you will know that the recording has stopped.
After that, you will see a notification pop up telling you that the screen recording you just took has been saved to your photo library.
To view or share your screen recording later, open the Photos app as you normally would. Among your photos and videos, you will see a thumbnail that represents the screen recording. With the Editing in Photos feature, you can trim the ends of the video (if you wish) to remove the parts from which you captured the start or stop of the video. good luck and have fun!
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