iOS Screen Recorders: Top 8 Apps (2017 Update)

August 26, 2017

iOS Screen Recorder

If you want to see all the best screen recorders for iOS in one place, then you’ll love this guide. I’ve tested and reviewed the most used tools (both free and paid) on the market and below are my recommendations.


They are tools that work under different conditions but share the same goal: to help you record your iPhone/iPad’s screen. I hope you’ll find one or two you can put to good use after reading this post.

AirShou

Free iPhone screen recorder: AirShou

How to install AirShou

AirShou is a tweaked app for screen recording on iOS devices. The app is not available to install from the App Store but there are many third-party sources that are providing you with the download.

At the present time, the best method to download and install AirShou is to use TutuApp, a new app market for both iOS & Android devices. You can read this article to know about TutuApp and how to use this app to get AirShou.

Once you’ve downloaded successfully the AirShou app, you will see its icon on the Home screen. But the app is still not available to use now. Just tap on it, you will see the pop-up telling you that AirShou has not been trusted on your device.

To make it a trusted app, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management
  2. On this page, you may find several enterprise apps
  3. Choose the profile corresponding to AirShou.
  4. Tap on the Trust button and one more time to confirm. Now the app is ready for use.

How to use AirShou

If you open the app for the first time, you may need to log in with Shou.TV – which is a gaming service. You can alternatively use your Facebook, Google or Twitter account to quickly log in.

Note: Since AirShou works by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection to itself, you first need to connect your device to a Wi-Fi network to get it working.

Using AirShou to record iPhone screen

The main page provides us with two options: Broadcast and Record, simply select Record. After you enter the title and select the orientation, tap on next step. Now swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center, tap on AirPlay and select your device from the AirPlay Mirroring list. AirShou will automatically start to record the display as soon as AirPlay is connected.


EveryCord

EveryCord (formerly named iRec) is an application from iNoJB team. Installing EveryCord is pretty easy. If AirShou cannot be installed in the present time, then you can give it a shot. No jailbreak or computer needed.

On your iPhone or iPad, click on this link to go the official website and install it. If the app’s certificate gets revoked and cannot be installed (“Unable to Download App”), you’ll have to download the iPA and install using Cydia Impactor.

EveryCord

After you install EveryCord on your iOS device,  go to Settings > Device Management > Select the app > Trust. Unlike other apps in the same arena, EveryCord doesn’t have a visible “Record” button. Instead, you have to name the recording first, then hit done to start.

Vidyo

vidyo

Vidyo was available to download from the App Store with the price tag of $4.99. But then, not surprisingly, Apple has pulled off the app from the store because of the screen recording ability.

Fortunately, you can now install this app by sideloading its iPA file. Here is the newest tutorial on how to install and use Vidyo. The process of installing the app requires using a computer running MacOS, Windows PC, or Linux. And the only drawback of this method is you will need to reinstall the app every 7 days because of the limit Apple puts on free developer accounts.

BB Rec

BB Rec is another iOS screen recorder app that takes advantage of AirPlay mirroring, like AirShou and Vidyo. The reason I think BB Rec is worth mentioning in this article is that this app also allows you to broadcast your screen through a streaming server. The app interface is quite simple. You can start capturing as well as find your videos right from the main screen.

BB Rec - Free screen recorder app for iPhone & iPad

To install BB Rec, you can use two methods:

  1. Download the app from Tutu Helper, or from vShare. Using Tutu Helper is simpler as you don’t need to use your computer.
  2. Sideload the iPA file, like install Vidyo. Click [here] to download the IPA file of BB Rec and follow the post on how to sideload iPA files to install the app.

QuickTime Player

Requirements: iOS device running iOS 8 or later, Mac computer running OS X Yosemite or later, lightning cable.

In my opinion, using QuickTime is the best method to record iPhone’s screen. It’s very easy to use, no need to jailbreak your device. You don’t have to worry about third-party apps still working or not on your device like the aforementioned method.

Here is how to use QuickTime:

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to your Mac via the lightning cable

Step 2: Launch QuickTime Player, select File > New Movie Recording from the menu bar. (you can use keyboard shortcut Option-Command-N alternatively)

QuickTime iOS screen recorder

Step 3: A new window will appear. Click on the little arrow next to the circle button to reveal the drop down menu and then select your device from “Camera”.

QuickTime iOS screen recorder

Step 4: You can also choose the microphone and video quality. If you want to record the audio directly from your device, choose your device as the Microphone.

QuickTime iOS Screen Recorder

After setting up, click the Red button to begin. To stop, click the stop button in the QuickTime preview window. You can then save the resulting video as a .mov file on your Mac, or you can edit the video within QuickTime and convert it to another video format.

Tip: by hitting Cmd + T you’ll be able to directly trim your video before saving it, so you only keep the relevant part of the recording. 

LonelyScreen

If you’re a Windows user, then this tool will suit your needs. LonelyScreen is a free application that can turn your Windows computer into an Apple TV for mirroring from your iPhone. The reasons I love it? Well, it’s free, the app interface is simple to use and the video quality is quite good.

There is a free version for Mac computers as well. If you’re using MacOS, you can use this LonelyScreen instead of QuickTime Player if there is no cable available. Here are the download links to two versions: WindowsMac

After installing the application, all you have to do is launch it and on your iOS device, open Control Center – turn on “Airplay” – and select LonelyScreen (The default name). Now you will see your device screen projected to the computer window. Just click the Red button to start and stop recording.

LonelyScreen - How to record your iPhone screen using your computer

All your saved videos can be found in the app’s folder. To access it, just click on the little folder icon in the bottom-right corner.

Display Recorder – a jailbreak tweak

The last screen recorder I want to show you is the jailbreak tweak named Display Recorder. I know it’s not a popular solution as Apple always pushes out new updates and quickly unsign the previous iOS versions to avoid users jailbreaking their devices. But if you have a chance to jailbreak your iPhone, this is one of the must-try tweaks.

Display Recorder Cydia tweak

Display Recorder is one of the most well-known tweaks among iOS jailbreak users. Let’s take a look at its features:

  1. Capturing a video of your device screen while also showing taps
  2. Adjustable frame rate, rotation/orientation, video format, and quality settings
  3. Recording mic audio
  4. Activator integration for quick access
  5. Many more…

The tweak is very easy to use. Once you’ve installed it, navigate to Settings and tap on Display Recorder to start configuring. Here you can see all the features I mentioned above.

Display Recorder Cydia tweak - iPhone screen recorder

After configuring, exit Settings and now you can launch Display Recorder and start using it. All resulting videos will be saved within the app. You can choose the option to save it to the Camera Roll as well.

Display Recorder is available for download on Cydia with the price tag of $4.99. In case your device is running iOS 7 or iOS 8, and this tweak doesn’t work flawlessly, you can try other jailbreak tweaks like Shou and RecordMyScreen.

Apowersoft iPhone/iPad Recorder

Another option to record iPhone screen with the help of Windows PC is by using Apowersoft iPhone/iPad Recorder. Actually, it is available for both Mac and Windows and even has a launcher for your web browser.

Apowersoft screen recorder for iOS

This software also utilizes Apple’s AirPlay function to feature screen mirroring, recording and screenshot taking. Additionally, the app settings allow you to change display quality, video quality, video format and audio input. You can choose to record screen iPhone/iPad with audio from your device system or microphone, both or none.

iOS 11 Screen Recording

Apple just released iOS 11 beta and one of the most exciting features is screen mirroring. If Apple keeps it in the official release, this would be the best news for iOS users. No need to install other apps on your iPhone, iPad. Now it’s a built-in function which can be found easily in the Control Center.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to record your iPhone screen. Hopefully, you can find a tool that suits your needs. Remember to go back and check this article sometimes because I will update new applications or new updates here.

If you know other applications that offer high video quality and have an affordable price, then let me and other users know about it by telling us your experience in the comment section below.

11 Comments

  • Reply Kurt January 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    That was great. Thanks for that.
    I have a question though. In opening Airplay Mirroring to use these apps (I have downloaded Airshou), Where else is it shown? Will it show up on my AppleTV devices automatically? I’m a bit concerned about privacy. Who else can see what I’m doing on my phone when I open Mirroring?
    Sorry, I’m new to Airplay stuff.
    Cheers.

    • Reply Daniel January 5, 2017 at 2:23 am

      Hi, Kurt. On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center. In Control Center, tap AirPlay, here you can select where it is shown. As you’re using AirShou, just select AirShou option from that.

  • Reply Ryder February 7, 2017 at 3:06 am

    All of those are money or use a computer. Besides air shou. When I tried to do air shou it said that the person who created my phone couldn’t be trusted. So that means air shou won’t work for me . My device is a iPod touch 5

    Any ideas

    • Reply Daniel February 9, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Airshou is now not available to install. Do you have a computer? Without using a computer or jailbreak, it’s really painful.

      • Reply Frank February 23, 2017 at 9:16 am

        Hello Daniel, did you try dr.fone ios screen recorder? It can run on iOS device without jailbreak.

    • Reply GREG March 29, 2017 at 2:07 am

      i click to turn on airplay and all it does is load and say ” LOOKING FOR APPLE TV…”

      • Reply Daniel April 18, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Make sure your device is connecting to a Wi-Fi network!

  • Reply vi May 22, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I’m using AirShou but when I record, and I stop it, it doesn’t save the video :/

  • Reply Khizer July 12, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the information! But I’m having issues with AirShou and EveryCord. AirShou Doesn’t give me the ‘Record’ option. All I can do is Broadcast. EveryCord keeps crashing, I tried reinstalling, restarting my device but all was of no use. I checked the official AirShou website : airshou.org/download/ . The method mentioned on that website isn’t working for me either, it keeps taking me back to the web page instead (although I see positive comments there) I’m on an iPad Mini 3 (WiFi), need help with this please!

    • Reply Ky August 7, 2017 at 11:51 am

      EveryCord doesn’t work on iPad.I try it many time

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