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How to Record iPad Screen

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How to Record iPad Screen: Have you downloaded several applications to film iPad screen but none of them seem to work properly? This doesn’t surprise me at all. You must know that on the iOS store there are no apps capable of actually carrying out operations of this type although in many cases the opposite is suggested. The various applications on the App Store that profess to record iPad screen in reality are either limited to the registration of Web pages or are real fake (so they do not work).

I know, put like this it can seem almost a mission impossible, and instead I assure you that, despite everything, recording the screen of an iPad is not only feasible but is actually much easier than you imagine. All you have to do is use the function made available “as standard” or install the computer software that I am about to tell you and use them by following the instructions below. In no time at all you will be able to register the iOS SpringBoard (i.e. the iPad main menu), your favorite apps and games without the slightest problem. If you are unable to take advantage of the specific functionality integrated in iOS or if you do not want to intervene from your computer, you can always turn to the tweaks for the jailbreak, but in this case it is essential that you have proceeded to unlock the device.

The tutorial was created using an iPad equipped with iOS 11, a PC with Windows 10 and a Mac with macOS Sierra, but the indications in it are valid for all the most recent versions of these operating systems (except for the possibility of filming the screen from iPad using the integrated function which is only available starting from version 11 of iOS) as well as for all iPad models currently on the market. Happy reading and have fun!


Record iPad screen on Windows

If you want to record the screen of an iPad from a computer, I can’t help but recommend that you contact  Reflector . It is a software for Windows (as well as for Mac) that “projects” the screen of iOS devices on the computer and allows you to record everything that happens on the latter. You can use it to register SpringBoard, your favorite apps and games without any kind of problem.

Reflector costs about 15 euros but you can try it for free for 7 days, during which time all recordings are “branded” with a logo. To download the program on your PC, connect to its official website and click on the Try button  located at the top right. Then click on the Download FREE 7-day trial button located under the Windows flag (on the page that opens) and choose whether to download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the software depending on the operating system installed on your computer.

When the download is complete, open the installation file you just downloaded on your PC, put the check mark next to I accept the terms in the License Agreement  in the window that opens and complete the Reflector installation process clicking first on Install and then on Yes and Finish .

At this point, start Reflector, choose whether to activate the software (by clicking on the button I have a license key ) or to start its free trial version (by clicking on the Try Reflector 2 button ) and take your iPad. Then make sure that your tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer and turn on the  AirPlay function with screen mirroring .

If you do not know how to activate the AirPlay function on your iPad, go to the home screen of the tablet (the one where there are the icons of all the apps installed on the device), swipe your finger from the bottom of the screen upwards and press the icon of AirPlay  (the one with the rectangle and the arrow) in the Control Center menu that opens (if you can’t see it, swipe it to the left). Next, select the  name of your computer  and if you are using a version of iOS prior to 11, also move the lever relative to the Screen duplication option to ON . Once this is done, you will see your iPad screen appear on the Windows desktop.

Now go back to your computer, click on the  Record button  located at the top left of the Reflector window and record all the activities that are carried out on your iPad. At the end of the operation, click on the Stop button (always located at the top left), wait a few seconds for the movie to be processed and choose the folder in which to save it.

If you think that the watermark imprinted on the registration is too annoying, try viewing the iPad screen on the computer and register the desktop with one of the programs that I recommended in my post on how to register the desktop, in fact. In this way, the watermark will always be present but in a less invasive way (smaller and in the lower part of the screen instead of in the center).

Alternatively, if Reflector does not satisfy you, you can try to record the iPad screen with AirServer , another software that allows you to turn your PC into a target device for AirPlay. It costs 13.99 euros but is available in a free 7-day trial version.

Record iPad screen on Mac

How to Record iPad Screen

Do you use a Mac? In this case, to record the iPad screen you do not need QuickTime Player , the multimedia player included on all Apple branded computers. To be more specific, all you have to do is connect the iPad to the Mac using the tablet’s Lightning / Dock cable , launch QuickTime Player from the macOS / OS X LaunchPad (or Spotlight), and start a new video recording.

If you do not know how to start a new recording in QuickTime, right click on the program icon in the Mac Dock bar and select the New Movie Recording item from the menu that opens. Then click on the arrow located next to the Rec button (the red dot), select the iPad item from the Camera menu and the tablet screen will be instantly projected on the Mac desktop.

At this point, you have to decide whether to capture audio directly from the iPad or from the Mac microphone. Then click on the arrow located next to the Rec button in QuickTime and select the name of your iPad or the integrated microphone from the menu that opens.

Now we are! Click on the QuickTime Rec button , make your recording and when you are satisfied with the result, save the video by clicking on the Stop button and selecting one of the options available in the File> Export menu (e.g. 1080p to save a video in Full HD or 720p to save it in HD ready format).

Would you like to be able to create a more, so to speak, professional video that also includes shooting your face via your computer’s webcam? If this is the case, you can project the iPad screen on your Mac via QuickTime Player as seen together above and record the display using Open Broadcaster Software , a free program which, in fact, allows you to record the computer screen and possibly also the shots taken with the webcam. For more information on how to use it, I suggest you take a look at my tutorial on how to register the desktop that I linked to you a few lines above.

Standard function to record iPad screen

How to Record iPad Screen

Instead of using the aforementioned computer programs, would you like to record the screen of your iPad by working directly from iOS? Well, as anticipated at the beginning, it can be done by using the special feature that remains available as standard for all Apple mobile devices starting from version 11 of iOS.

To use it, first of all recall the control center by swiping it from bottom to top, then select the icon with the REC symbol . If you don’t see it most likely it’s because you have yet to add the function to the Control Center. To do this, go to the home screen of the device, press on Settings , then on  the Control Center item on the  left and then on Customize controls and then tap on the + button (plus symbol) that you find in correspondence with the Screen Recording item .

After activating the function, a short countdown will begin in correspondence with the button previously pressed. After that this will turn colored and your iPad screen recording will finally start.

Then exit the control center by swiping from top to bottom and carry out all the various operations you intend to perform during recording. Meanwhile, at the top of the screen you will see a red bar appear  indicating, precisely, the fact that what happens on the display of your Apple-branded tablet is in progress.

Then when you want to stop recording, just tap on the red bar at the top and then on the  Stop button in response to the warning you see appear on the screen. Keep in mind that, as well as as I just indicated, the recording of what happens on the iPad display is also interrupted when the tablet screen freezes or is locked.

You will then find all your recordings made in the Videos  album in the Photos app on your device. If you want, you can also access it immediately by pressing on the appropriate notification that is shown to you at the top of the screen when registration is complete. All recordings are saved in MP4 format and do not include audio.

IPad screen recording apps and devices

How to Record iPad Screen

To conclude, I want to point out that in the event that the solutions to record the screen of your Apple-branded tablet that I have already proposed were not to your liking and if you have jailbroken your device you can resort to one of the many “tweaks ”That allow you to perform the operation in question directly from iOS, similar to what made possible by the series feature. To get them, open Cydia , select the Search tab located at the bottom right and search for terms such as screen recorder or screen record .

Among the best tweaks in the category I recommend AntRec which is completely free, supports streaming on Twitch and also allows you to record what the user is doing via the front camera of the iPad. Try it and I’m convinced you won’t regret it!

To record the iPad screen with AntRec, start the application, indicate the orientation in which you intend to record by choosing an option between  portraitleft  or  right  and tap on the gear icon  at the top left in order to adjust the resolution of the video, the presence of the front camera and various other settings.

Then assign a name to the recording by inserting it in the appropriate text field, tap the  START button  and choose the  Recording  item from the menu you see appear to start the screen recording operation. When you are done, start AntRec again and press the  Stop button . You will then be able to access the registration directly from the menu that opens by tapping on the icon of the sheet  at the top right. From the same menu, you can also share the movie in other apps or save it to the iPad roll.

If, on the other hand, you need to record high quality gameplay, I suggest you opt for the purchase of the Elgato Game Capture HD , a “box” that connects to the Lightning / Dock port of the iPad and to the computer and allows you to record any type of videogame. Find more information on how to use it on the official Elgato website .