How to Screen Record with Audio on iPhone (UPDATED FOR iOS 12)

Ever since iOS 11, you've been able to record your iPhone’s screen. iPhone screen recording includes sound, but the option to enable that feature is hidden inside the Control Center. If you add Screen Recording to the Control Center in iOS 12 on your iPhone, you can record your screen. 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. iOS 12 makes recording your iPhone screen easy; for step-by-step details, read How to Record your iPhone Screen. In this article, we’ll go over how to screen record with sound on your iPhone.

Related: How to Record Your iPhone Screen with iOS 11 & iOS 10

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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:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap Control Center
  • Select Customize Controls.

  • Tap the green circle next to 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 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.

  • 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).
  • If you only want to record the sounds of an app, you want the Microphone turned off but your iPhone’s ringer turned on.
  • 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:

  • Open the Control Center.
  • 3D Touch or long press the Screen Record icon.
  • You’ll see Microphone Audio. Tap to turn it on (or off).
  • Tap Start Recording.

How to Record Sound when Recording Your Screen with iOS 11 on iPhoneHow to Record Sound when Recording Your Screen with iOS 11 on iPhone 

You’ll see a count down 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?

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 to 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.

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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Conner Carey is a writer & joyous creator; she works with online businesses to develop their brand and as a creative consultant to help artists of all kinds get unblocked. You can reach her at connercarey.com (coming soon) or @connerleecarey on Instagram. She’s currently garage-selling all of her stuff to hit the road in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi. Follow their adventures on instagram @georgiatheRV.