How to Screen Record with Audio 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'll find that the option to enable that feature is hidden inside the Settings app under the Control Center section. With Screen Recording enabled for your Control Center, you can record your screen easily. 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 and system sounds.

Related: How to Record Your iPhone Screen

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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.

    iphone control centercustomize iphone control center
  4. Tap the green circle next to Screen Recording.

    iphone screen recording

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 record both your iPhone’s screen and audio.

Screen Recording Audio on Your iPhone: The Fine Points

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 that 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 also 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. First, open the Control Center:​ On the iPhone X and later, swipe down from the upper-right corner of your screen to open the Control Center. On earlier versions of the iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the display. 
  2. 3D Touch or long press the Screen Record icon.

    open the control center on your iphone
  3. You’ll see Microphone on the lower part of the screen. Tap to turn the microphone on and record your voice.
  4. Tap Start Recording.

     iphone microphone icontap start recording on your iphone

You’ll see a countdown on your screen begin from three. When the counter reaches one, your iPhone will begin recording the screen and your voice or any other ambient audio. Once you stop recording your screen, the screen capture will automatically save your recording to your Photos album.

Can You Screen Record Content from Apple Music or Amazon Music?

The short answer is no, you cannot. 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 work around for this, but Apple has since fixed that bug. Basically, to keep a song forever, you'll have to pay the licensing fees on the iTunes Store and buy it.

It's worth noting that some third-party apps, such as Amazon Music, don't have this safety feature. 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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