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How to Screen Record on iPhone 13 (2022)

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If you need to record whatever is going on on the screen of your iPhone 13 in motion, you can instead of just taking a screenshot, grab a screen recording video. Fortunately, the iPhone 13 (all models including the regular, mini, Pro, and Pro Max) can screen record thanks to a feature that can be easily accessed via a Control Center shortcut. In this guide, we will show you how to use it.

What is a Screen Recording?

A screen recording put simply, can be described as a screenshot in motion. A screen recording captures everything that is appearing on your iPhone’s screen directly to a file. What differentiates it from a screenshot, however, is that instead of a still image, a video is what gets saved to your Photos library. This feature is great to have for when you want to capture errors or bugs in action, make a video showing how to get something done on your iPhone, and more. You should note, however, that you cannot make a screen recording while you are mirroring the screen of your iPhone to another display. Otherwise, everything that is displayed on your iPhone’s screen gets captured including notifications.

How to Enable the “Screen Recording” Button on Your iPhone 13

If you want to take a screen recording on your iPhone 13, you will first of all need to use a special “Screen Recording” button. This button can be found in the Control Center, but by default, it is disabled. (A quick reminder that the Control Center is the shortcuts panel that you can open by swiping down from the top right corner of your iPhone 13’s screen.) Before you can use the screen recording feature, you will first of all need to enable the screen recording button.

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First off, go to the Settings app on your iPhone.

Iphone Tap Settings
iPhone Tap Settings

Once in the Settings app, tap on the “Control Center” option.

In Settings, Tap Control Center
In Settings, Tap Control Center

On the page that comes up next, swipe down the screen and then tap on the “Screen Recording” option (with the plus symbol next to it). Now, the “Screen Recording” option will be moved from the “More Controls” list to the “Included Controls” list. This will make it appear in the Control Center.

In Control Center Settings, Tap Screen Recording To Add It To The Included Controls List.
In Control Center Settings, Tap Screen Recording To Add It To The Included Controls List.

From this page, you can also rearrange the order in which shortcut buttons appear in the Control Center. You can do this by tapping and dragging the items in the “Included Controls” list. Once you are done and are okay with the order of the list, close the Settings app. The next step is to record your screen.

How to Capture a Screen Recording on iPhone 13

The next step after adding the Screen Recording button to the Control Center is to proceed to take a screen recording. To do this, you first need to go to the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen.

Iphone 13 Launch Control Center
iPhone 13 Launch Control Center

Now, you should see the Screen Recording button (a circle with another circle in it) close to the bottom of the panel along with some other shortcuts (such as the Flashlight or Calculator, for example) in the Control Center.

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There are several options when it comes to screen recording. If you want to record your screen without audio, simply tap on the Screen Recording button once. If you want to include audio in your recording, however, including audio from your iPhone’s microphone, you will have to tap on the Screen Recording button and then hold on to it.

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Tap The Screen Recording Button In Control Center.
Tap The Screen Recording Button In Control Center.

If you want to record without audio and you tapped on the button once in the step above, skip to the next step. If you want to record your screen with audio and therefore, tapped and held on the Screen Recording button, a special menu will pop up on the screen. You can turn on the microphone recording by tapping on the microphone icon until it becomes red and then displays a “Microphone On” message under it. Now, tap on the “Start Recording” button.

Tap The Microphone Button, Then Select Start Recording.
Tap The Microphone Button, Then Select Start Recording.

A countdown will begin and after three seconds, your iPhone will begin to record all that goes on your screen (and your microphone audio if you enabled it). Now, while the recording lasts, you should notice that both the Screen Recording icon in Control Center and the clock in the top right corner of the screen will turn red.

Tap The Red Time In The Upper Left Corner, Then Select Stop.
Tap The Red Time In The Upper Left Corner, Then Select Stop.

Once you are done with your screen recording, you can end it by tapping on the red clock in the top left corner of the display and then tapping on the “Stop” button in the pop-up menu.

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Tap The Screen Recording Button In Control Center
Tap The Screen Recording Button In Control Center

Another way you can stop the screen recording is by going to Control Center. Once there, tap on the Screen Recording button again. Now, you will notice the button turn from red to white meaning the recording has been ended.

Once you have done this, a notification will pop up on the screen telling you that your screen recording has been saved to your Photos library. It says “Screen Recording video saved to Photos.”

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Now, you can proceed to view your screen recording as well as share it. You can do this by going to your Photos app. Once there, you should notice a thumbnail among your photos and videos that represents the screen recording. You can use the Photos editing feature to trim the ends of the video to remove the parts where you started or stopped recording the video.