How To Record Your iPhone Screen or Record Your iPad Screen

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One of the most common questions I receive is “how do I record the screen on my iPhone or iPad?”.  Unfortunately, at least with the current version of the iOS operating system, there is not an app that allows you to do this.

However, there are still a few ways you can record all of the action on your iPhone or iPad screen.   For example, you can jailbreak your device and install questionable software.  You can point a video camera at your screen and press record.  Or you can take a series of still images of your device screen and piece them together in video editing software.

But the simplest and best way is to use AirPlay.

AirPlay was introduced by Apple earlier this year…and it was intended to wirelessly stream your iPad or iPhone screen onto an HDTV screen via Apple TV.

But then some smart people made software that allows you to stream to your computer screen too…where you can then record your computer screen…thus allowing you to record the screen on your iPhone or iPad.

So the whole process goes like this:

1. Install software on your PC or Mac.

2. Make sure your PC/Mac is on the same wireless network as your iPhone or iPad.

3. Start AirPlay on your iPhone or  iPad (Apple has instructions here in case the video above stumps you).

4. Record your computer screen using Camtasia, Screenflow, etc.

The whole process takes less than 20 seconds and will give you real-time recordings of your iPhone or iPad screen.

But there are two gotcha’s:

Gotcha #1 – You need to install special software on your PC or Mac.  Your best choices are:

AirServer – what I personally use and recommend

Reflection – thanks to Gideon Shalwick for turning me on to this alternative, which some people might prefer

Gotcha #2 – THE ABOVE SOFTWARE WILL ONLY WORK WITH THE IPAD 2, NEW IPAD OR IPHONE 4S (if you have the original iPad or an older iPhone, sorry, but this won’t work for you).

By the way, the screen recording portions of the video above were created using AirServer, Screenflow and the new Ipad.  And the apps used in the video were Accuweather, Drawing Pad and Keynote (look for them in the app store if you’re interested).






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