Video content since the dawn of of the Internet and YouTube has grown to an incredible extent, so much so that last Vidcon YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that for every minute that passes in a day more than 400 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. Capturing from a phone screen used to be impossible, either because the hardware or the software wasnt available, but there are now a variety of iOS Screen Recorder choices for people to pick between. Video content used to be mainly what was being recorded through an old video camera but now with capture software, and capture cards people are showing off what they’re doing on their computers, consoles, or on their phones.
Back when the App Store was much smaller and there were many limitations on what you could and could not get approved jailbreaking was a way that a lot of iOS users would get these unapproved applications onto their devices, it is the equivalent of rooting an Android device. Jailbreaking allowed you to use the Display Recorder app to simply capture from your phone and have the footage saved into the apps “Recorded Items” list. Jailbreaking an iOS device has its own drawbacks though as you are voiding your warranty and there’s no promise that the software you download through apps like Cydia that they’re safe or healthy for your device.
Since then a variety of methods to capture your iOS devices screen have been developed, including one from Apple themselves. By plugging in your iOS device to your mac and opening QuickTime you can change the source of a recording from your inbuilt camera, if you have one, to a connected iPhone. If you use this method the recording will show a clean status bar, full cell reception and battery, and the time will display as 9:41 AM as in all Apple recordings. Another tool called ScreenFlow approaches the problem the same way. If you do not wish to plug your phone in to be able to record the screen then you can use software like Dr. Fone’s iOS Screen Recorder which allows you to airplay to your computer, assuming they are on the same network. Once you have connected to the Dr. Fone software on your computer a small recording box will appear at the bottom of your screen where you can begin and stop recordings at will.
For a completely cable and computer free experience with some more hoops to jump through then you can use the AirShou app, which you need to install by going to their website through your phone. You will also need to accept that you “trust” the developer if you’re on iOS 9 and then receive an invitation code by asking the developers of the application via YouTube, Twitter, or their chat rooms. After that you can then simply start the recording, when you’ve finished you can play the footage back or save it to your camera roll.
Depending on what you are recording for each of these options might work out better for you. If you only want to record small pieces of content then ScreenFlow or AirShou might be exactly what you’re looking for. If you don’t mind some latency between your native screen and where it is being mirrored to then QuickTime is a good option. If you want to have no latency, which might be better if you plan to play a game on your device but want a larger screen then the iOS Screen Recorder is your best bet.
What do you want to record your iOS screen with? Have you tried any of these products, if so which ones?