Recording Your iPhone or iPad Screen Using Your Mac

You can use the QuickTime Player in Yosemite to record your iOS device's screen and create videos. You'll need iOS 8 on your device and Yosemite on your Mac, plus the lightning cable to attach the two. Then you can record the screen as well as audio from a microphone. You can then save it, trim it or share it. You can also bring the video into other apps for more editing.

Comments: 11 Responses to “Recording Your iPhone or iPad Screen Using Your Mac”

    Jean
    5 years ago

    Where can I submit a question to Gary that is unrelated to this topic?

      John R. Carter, Sr.
      5 years ago

      Click on “Contact MacMost” under Information in the sidebar on the right.

    Dave UK
    5 years ago

    Apart from the advantages for developers to show how their apps are buggy or whatever ,can you suggest what the ordinary Mac user might gain from being able to view and capture what is on their iPad on to their Mac please,i am at a loss for what i could use this feature for,is it just to get around the lack of screen capture missing on the iPad,not being awkward ,just what can you suggest to use this feature for please??

      John R. Carter, Sr.
      5 years ago

      The best use of this feature for me is during a presentation with my Mac at a meeting. I can display either the iPhone or the iPad on the projector screen without having to disconnect the Mac and connect to the remote device. The disadvantage is that if I am in full screen mode with QuickTime, I cannot move the cursor off the screen to disable the QuickTime controls. The display responds to both horizontal and vertical positions of the remote device, and sound is also captured.

      Damian
      5 years ago

      This is awesome. Another highly useful video Gary.
      To supply my answer to what is this feature good for: I immediately thought that I could make a simple instructional video for my technologically confused mom who just got an ipad. I can imagine my daughter enjoying making a video of some game play. I can also see myself making a video to post on youtube showing friends some of the apps I’ve been enjoying lately.

      Dale
      5 years ago

      I use it to create instructional videos for my classes and staff members at school.

    John Batchelor
    5 years ago

    Great tutorial Gary . I will use it for making instructional videos at work

    John Sturges
    5 years ago

    Hi Gary, You said: “To record your iPhone or iPad, the first thing you do is plug it in using the lightening connector.”

    Is that an extra cost cable (like the older Firewire cables) or is it the free Factory-supplied USB Charger Cable?

    If it’s the Charger Cable, I just never heard it called that before.

    I think your website is the single best Video Tutorial website for all things Mac. Keep it up…

    Kika Wai'Alae
    5 years ago

    While making a screen video recording of garageband I have no option to record the audio from Garageband itself. Is there a way other than using a mic recording off the iMac’s speaker?

      5 years ago

      QuickTime records the screen and a microphone for audio. If you want to route the system audio back into QuickTime you need more software. Google “Soundflower” and you’ll find what you need.

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