If you’ve ever wondered how to record your iPhone screen, this blog post is for you. With the light years of advances in video tools and screen capture tech, you’d think that Apple would have come up with an easier way to record your iPhone screen by now, but the truth is that most of the solutions require you to jailbreak your phone, or use additional hardware.
There are a lot of reasons that you’d want to record your iPhone screen. It used to be most popular among gamers, but these days people want to record their iPhone or iPad screen for lots of other reasons, such as demonstrating how to do something, or to show someone a problem they’re having.
Easiest Method: Use Blrt to make your recording
Blrt is an app that’s available on the App Store, Google Play and Google Chrome – and it’s free to download and free to use. What’s more, using Blrt doesn’t require any additional hardware. Just the app and your iPhone. You can get started now:
Now we’ll set the record straight from the outset – Blrt is not video. But you can use Blrt to capture what’s happening on your iPhone’s screen, AND you can point, talk and draw over the screen to explain in words and gestures what’s happening. And once you’re done, everything you’ve said and drawn over the screen images is saved in a recording called a Blrt, that is much, much more bandwidth efficient than video, which means it can be sent to others and played super-fast.
Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Take a screen shot of all the things that you want to capture from your iPhone screen. Just press the home and sleep/wake buttons at the same time to take a screen shot.
Step 2: Your screenshot will save in your Photos app. Now, you could just share it with someone at this point, but why stop there? This is where Blrt turns things up to 11.
Step 3: Launch Blrt. This button will take you to your mobile app or Blrt Web, depending on which device you’re currently using:
Step 4: Tap ‘new Blrt’. It’s in the top right hand corner on iOS. Look for it in the top right corner of the ‘Inbox’ tab on Blrt Web.
Step 5: You want to Blrt the screen capture you took, which got saved as an image, so select that – it’s at the top of the list.
Step 6: The image of your screen capture got saved in your photos app, so tap ‘photo gallery’. If you’re using Blrt Web, simply find the files wherever you’ve saved them.
Step 7: Select the images you’d like to talk, point and draw over. When you’ve chosen the one (or ones) you want, tap on ‘done’.
Step 8: Once you’ve added all of your photos to the ‘Pages’ screen you can remove any that you change your mind about, or re-order the images to make your explanation easier to understand.
When you’re happy that the right screen capture image or series of images has been selected, tap ‘create’.
Step 9: Now you’re ready to hit the red ‘record’ button to talk, point and draw over your screen capture. Don’t forget to zoom and talk and point, to explain exactly what you’re thinking.
Don’t know how to take a screen shot? It’s easy! We wrote a whole post that walks you through the process:
In this post we walk you through how to quickly and easily capture screen on any mobile phone or tablet (iOS or Android). Using these screenshots with Blrt is the easiest way to show anybody how to use a mobile app.
Now that you’ve seen how easy the Blrt process is, we hope you’ll see how useful it is for recording what’s on your iPhone screen and sharing it with someone else in a way that really helps them to understand what it is they’re looking at. We really hope you find Blrt useful, and if you any questions whatsoever about Blrt, please do let us know by dropping us a Blrt or an email at [email protected], or visiting help.blrt.com and checking out all our help topics.
If you’re hell-bent on recording video from your iPhone (and dealing with those huge, bandwidth-chomping files), we’ll give you a few tips on how to do it.
Record your iPhone screen using additional hardware
Try using QuickTime
If you have a Mac as well as an iPhone (and a lightning cable) you’re able to use QuickTime Player. This became possible with the advent of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and requires you to have:
- An iOS device running iOS 8 or later
- A Mac running OS X Yosemite or later
- Lightning cable
Benefits of using QuickTime:
It works reliably
Downside of using QuickTime:
- It requires a Mac and a cable.
- You can’t annotate the video to draw attention to things as you’re recording.
- You can’t edit the video, except to shorten it to the exact frames you want to capture.
- Videos are bandwidth-hungry, so if you record a longish video, it’s not easy to send it to someone else.
Another couple of tools that work similarly to this is Screenflow and Reflector, but they aren’t free and they also both require you to use your Mac if you have one.
Try using Elgato
Prior to Apple making it possible to record your iOS device using QuickTime player, gamers used to use the Elgato game capture device. It’s a good solution, but it requires you to have:
- An Elgato game capture device
- Your iOS device
- An HDMI to iPhone adapter
- An HDMI cable
Benefits of using Elgato:
- Records 1080p60 video.
- Fairly easy to set up and use
Downside of using Elgato:
- Devices are expensive
- Requires a PC
- You can’t annotate the video
- You still end up with a fat video file that chomps down everyone’s bandwidth
Record your iPhone screen directly
If you choose to jailbreak your iPhone or your iPad, you are able to record your iPhone screen without any cable or computer by using an app called ‘Display Recorder’ which is available on Cydia.
Benefits of using Display Recorder:
- Nothing required other than your iPhone
Downside of using Display Recorder:
- Not free
- You have to jailbreak your iPhone
- You can’t annotate the video
- It’s still a video!
Keep it simple with Blrt
We might be a little biased, but Blrt is the very best way to record your iPhone screen and walk somebody through virtually anything you could want to do on a mobile device.
Get started with your walkthrough now:
Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.
Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.
Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.
Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.