How to Screen Record with Sound on an iPhone (Updated for 2020)

 

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Recording your iPhone screen can come in handy when you want to share something with a friend or explain instructions for how to use an app. If you want to record your screen, you don't need a special on-screen recorder app or software. To answer the question of how to add a screen recorder function, you can enable the screen recorder feature from the Settings app under the Control Center section. With Screen Recording enabled for your Control Center, you can record your screen easily. If you're wondering, "why can't I screen record with sound?" we'll answer that question, too. An iPhone screen recording will record in-app sounds by default (if your iPhone's ringer is on). But you can choose to also record your voice during the screen recording. Let's get started with how to record your iPhone's screen with or without sound, including system sounds and external sounds.

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How to Record Your iPhone Screen

This article focuses on how to screen record with sound on your iPhone, but let’s quickly recap how to record your iPhone screen. To record your iPhone screen, you need to add Screen Recording to Control Center. This will only work with an iPhone running iOS 11 or later. To add Screen Recording to Control Center:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Control Center.
  3. Select Customize Controls.

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  4. Tap the green circle next to Screen Recording.

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Now you can record your screen; however, by default, your iPhone will record the screen without any external sounds. If you want your iPhone to also record sound during the screen capture, use the how-to below to capture both your iPhone’s screen and audio.

Screen Recording Audio on Your iPhone: Turn Voice Recording & App Sounds Recording On & Off

Let's answer the question of "how do I record my iPhone screen with sound?" In this section, we’ll summarize how to record (or not) your voice along with your iPhone’s native sounds. This is a very important part of recording your screen with sound, because we need to clarify what you mean by sound.

  1. If you want to record your voice while screen recording on iPhone, you want the Microphone turned on (*Note* this will also record in-app sounds).
  2. If you only want to record the sounds of an app, you want the Microphone turned off, but your iPhone’s ringer turned on.
  3. If you turn the Microphone off and have your ringer off (silent), the screen recording will be silent.

It’s also good to note that the Screen Recording function will remember how you set your Microphone Audio for future recordings. But you can always use the how-to below to turn the audio off if needed.

How to Record Sound when Recording Your iPhone Screen

Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty. To record ambient sound, like your own voice, during a screen recording, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Center:​ On the iPhone X and later or an iPad with iOS 12 or later, or iPadOS, swipe down from the upper-right corner of your screen. On earlier iPhone versions, swipe up from the bottom of the display. 
  2. 3D Touch or long press the Screen Record icon.
  3. Tap the app where you want your screen recording saved.

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  4. Tap the Microphone on the lower part of the screen to record your voice.
  5. Tap Start Recording.

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  6. A countdown will begin from three, when it reaches one, your iPhone will record the screen, your voice, and any other ambient audio.
  7. Tap Stop Recording to end the screen recording; the recording will be saved to the location you selected earlier.

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Can You Screen Record Content from Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, or YouTube?

How do you screen record in Apple Music? Well, you can't use the screen record feature with this service. When you begin Screen Recording, if Apple Music is playing, then the sound will stop until you cancel the recording. There used to be a workaround for this, but Apple has since fixed that bug. Basically, to keep a song forever, you'll have to pay the licensing fees and buy it.

It's worth noting that some third-party apps, such as Spotify, YouTube, and Amazon Music do not allow you to screen record in the free version, but in the premium version, you can screen record. While you can technically record songs this way, the legality of doing so is a bit gray. Most likely, third-party apps will eventually build the same protections as Apple Music to prevent screen recordings of licensed content. Even so, it's fun to play around to see what you can record on your iPhone as long as you know that some licensed materials might push the mute button as soon as you hit record.

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