Recording your iPhone or iPad screen is a simple process these days – here’s our guide to recording your screen, editing the recording, and sharing it.

Why would you want to record your screen?

Before we start, let’s address why you’d want to record your screen in the first place. There are actually a number of reasons why you’d want to record your screen to show someone what you’ve done.

You could be demonstrating how to do something on your device so you could send and show a family member; you could be capturing an error or bug with an app or website to send to a support service; or you might simply want to show off your excellent prowess at the latest hit iOS game.

How to record your screen

Recording your screen is easy thanks to a feature first introduced with iOS 11 last year.

First, you need to enable it in your device’s Control Center.

1. Launch the Settings app

2. Tap Control Center

3. Go to Customize Controls

4. Scroll down and find the Screen Recording option (the icon is a red dot) and tap the green plus icon

5. Use the three vertical lines to change the order in which it appears in Control Center

Now, to start a recording:

1. Open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (or down from the top right if you have an iPhone X-style device)

2. Tap the screen recording icon. From here, it will count down from three. When it turns red, your screen is recording.

3. To stop it, tap the red bar that sits at the top of the screen during your recording. It will ask if you want to stop recording; select yes, and the video of the recording will be saved to your Photos app.

How to edit the video

Editing your screen recording is as easy as editing any other video. Simply head to the Photos app, tap on your recording and then tap Edit in the top right corner.

You can now trim the start and end of the video – use your finger to press down on the black arrows on either side of the thumbnail timeline along the bottom. When you slide your finger in, the arrows and box will turn yellow and show you the new start point of the video. Tap done and it will invite you to save it.

How to share your recording

You can now share your video just like any other video clip you’ve captured. Again, open up the image in Photos and tap the share icon in the bottom left.

This will give you various options such as sending the video via Messages, which is particularly useful if you’re trying to show a family member how to do something; over email, which is good to show organizations if their app or website has a bug; or if you want to share something you’ve done to social media, you also have the Facebook Messenger, Instagram and YouTube options.