Data Doctors: How and when to use screen recording on iPhone

Data Doctors: How and when to use screen recording on iPhone

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Why would you need to use screen recording feature on your iPhone and how you can do it. explains Ken Colburn of Data Doctors.

Q: Can you give me examples of why I would use the screen recording feature on my iPhone?

A: Taking screenshots on our smartphones has become a very useful tool for various reasons, such as creating an offline copy of an electronic boarding pass or capturing an error message when you need help.

In the age of social media and gaming, the ability to record whatever’s on your screen with sound can be just as useful.

In the past, iPhone users had to use a third-party app to accomplish this task, but since iOS 11, it’s an option that just needs to be enabled.

Enable screen recording

To make this feature available, access the Settings menu, then tap Control Center and scroll down to the Screen Recording option. Tap the plus sign on the left to add it to your Control Center options.

To access the feature, swipe down from the top right side of the screen, which will bring up the Control Center. The Screen Recorder will now be at the bottom of the options and will appear as a solid dot surrounded by a circle.

Using Screen Recording

To start using this feature, simply tap the record icon, which will start a 3 second countdown so you can access what you want to record.

It’s not so important for you to jump quickly to what you want to save, because you can edit the video later once it’s saved in your Photos app.

While your screen is recording, you will see a red indicator in the upper left corner with either the recording icon or the current time. When you want to stop recording, tap the red indicator, then tap Stop.

When you’re done, go to the Photos app, open the screen recording and tap “Edit” in the top right corner to change where it starts and stops and a few other tweaks available.

There is no time limit for how long your screen will be recorded and is mostly based on how much free space your iPhone has, as it is treated the same as any other type of video file.

Record videos online

A common use for screen recordings is for videos you can’t download from social media or YouTube (for those who aren’t premium members), or to capture live events, like a webinar.


The game world uses screen recordings to help others navigate a difficult section or show off their skills.

How-To Videos

Anyone trying to teach others can use screen recordings to create a step-by-step instructional video that shows every open app and every tap, swipe, and its associated.

Whether you want to create a training video or show a family member how to use a new app or service, screen recording can save you a ton of time.


Nothing is more frustrating for both the tech support person and the user seeking help when the problem tries to be explained verbally. Being able to record what you are going through and send it to the support person can save time and aggravation for everyone involved.

Ken Colburn is founder and CEO of Data Doctors Computer Services. Ask any technical question on Facebook or Twitter.

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