Your mobile phone is already a camera, audio recorder and gaming device, however you can also use it to record whatever it is you are doing on display screen.

This is a function that has little by little become less difficult to do around the litany of tasks you can handle on your phone. Why would you need to record your screen? There are a number of explanations. One could be displaying a friend or family member how to do something on their phone, be it tech support or something fascinating on a new app.

An additional might be to consist of clips as part of videos you post on social media or video-sharing sites, such as YouTube. Whether you need to help demystify something for viewers, or add it as part of something you are reviewing, it is a awesome way to pass on information.

And it is getting simpler to do. Here is how, for both iOS and Android.

Screen recording on your iPhone

Apple provided a screen recording function when it launched iOS 11 last fall. You can find it by swiping down the Control Center, though you may want to add it as a button there first.

To do so, go to Settings> Control Center> Customize Controls. Here, you have the selection to add shortcuts to the Control Center menu. Touch the + icon next to Screen Recording and it will drop under the “Include” list.

With that done, you will now notice the Screen Recording icon on your Control Center menu, pointed out by a circle with a dot in the center. Tapping that kicks off a three-second countdown till the video recording really starts. You will know it’s working by a red line at the top of the screen. Tap that anytime you need to finish the recording.

The completed clip quickly saves to your Camera Roll. Notice that videos will record in portrait or landscape, based on how you are keeping the phone. The accelerometer just works naturally, therefore you do not have to choose an orientation ahead of time.

Keep in mind, also, that the red line at the top does show up in the recorded clip, and there is no chance to turn that off. If you need to get out from that, read on for the alternative method.

Screen recording on older iOS versions

If, for whatever reason, you have kept off from upgrading to iOS 11, you can also record your screen. You just have to perform it a various way. This procedure will also use if you are running iOS 11 but need to maintain that red strip at the top aside from your clip.

To perform this, you will want a Mac. Sadly, this technique no more performs on Windows PCs because Apple no more helps Quicktime on that operating system.

Plug in your iPhone and open Quicktime on your Mac (it’s pre-installed on your Mac). Go to File and choose New Movie Recording. A window will appear. Appear for the arrow directing down (next to the red record button), and click that for a drop-down menu where you will choose your iPhone.

You should now see your phone’s screen show up. If you need, you can also change the microphone settings. Click the same arrow for the menu and seem for the microphone options. Here, you will have the option to record sound from your iPhone, your computer’s microphone or an external mic connected into your computer.

This is excellent for what ever you are seeking to do. If you are recording footage of a game or multimedia app and want the phone’s sound, you will get that. If you need to do a voiceover, you have that choice as well.

You can even select among High or Maximum image quality. Completely up to you on what you choose. The accelerometer will decide what orientation the video seems in. Hold your phone upright for portrait or sideways for landscape. If you are going to lock the orientation, you will have to do it on the phone first.

When you are done, hit the stop button on Quicktime, and that is it. Save the file on your computer. To shift it to your phone, use AirDrop on your Mac for the fastest move.

One last issue: you may see that the time is always 9:41 A.M. Why? Because Apple usually functions that time in its ads. In the past, Apple attempted to time its largest product unveiling at 40 minutes after a keynote started. It is transformed since then, but alas, the timestamp continues to be.

Oh, and before I overlook, these screen recording techniques will also perform with the iPad.

Screen recording on your Android phone

For Android, the choices are more different, but regrettably, there is not one built-in to the operating system still. Getting this to perform is not specially hard. It just relies on which path you need to take.

One alternative is to use a third-party app you can download from Google Play. Looking for a screen recording app will generate a laundry list of results. Which one is greatest? I personally have used Mobizen, AZ Screen Recorder and Vysor, but there are lots of others.

What I such as about Mobizen, in specific, is that it is free to use, and it provides you with alternatives in how you need to record. They could consist of screen resolution, whether taps should be noticeable and if sound should be muted or not, among others. It furthermore performs on any Android device after version 5.0 Lollipop. So, whether you have a Samsung, LG, Motorola, Asus, or any other model, you should be okay.

One more option is to do it through a computer. This technique implements to both Mac and PC.

You will want to download and install a program called AndroidTool, which is free. On your phone, go to Settings> About phone> Build number and touch it seven times. A pop-up message will display that “Developer Options” are now on. Go back out, tap Developer Choices and slide USB Debugging to on.

After releasing AndroidTool, connect your phone to your computer and it should identify it immediately. Notice that devices running on Android 8.0 Oreo or later may not seem so easily. I’ll get to an option on that right after this.

With AndroidTool finding your phone, you can go to AndroidTool> Preferences> Quality to shift the sliders and do things like modifying image quality. From there, you can just click the red recording button and start a video. When completed, click the stop button. Your completed clip will save to an AndroidTool folder on your computer.

Vysor will perform with practically any version of Android, and is quite strong. Not all features are cost-free, mind you, however you can try it for free. You just have to pay to remove watermarks and get all the features.

An extra advantage in using Vysor is that you can also manage your phone from your computer. It’s a cool method to type messages more quickly or just work with apps on the phone while doing something else on a computer application.

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