OS X Yosemite iPhone Screen Recording

I’ve been asked a lot of times on Twitter how I was able to hide my iPhone’s carrier name on iOS. There really is no trick involved, I was simply using my Mac’s iPhone screen recording feature. Indeed, macOS has the ability to capture real-time video of your iPhone or iPad’s screen out of the box. This feat is accomplished by a new option in the QuickTime app.

Using the screen record option in the QuickTime app results in a uniformed status bar on the iPhone. It hides the carrier name, and sets the time to 9:41 for a clean looking status bar while recording. Of course, this change isn’t permanent, as some might at first assume, but it’s a great way to capture clean looking video of your iPhone or iPad.

In this guide, I will show you how to record a video of your iPhone screen. Note that this works the same to record the screen of your iPad.

How to record an iPhone screencast

To record your iPhone screen, your device must be connected to your Mac with a Lightning cable. You must also be running iOS 8.0 or later on your iPhone or iPad.

Launch the QuickTime app on your Mac , and click File → New Movie Recording. Use the drop-down menu on the QuickTime video output screen to select your device under the Camera heading. You can then select your microphone input, which can include any microphones you have connected to your Mac, your Mac’s internal microphone, or the iPhone or iPad’s microphone. Once you have everything setup, click the record button to commence recording.

Once the recording is completed, click the record button again to stop recording. You can then use the File → Save dialogue to save your screen recording to your desktop.

This is by far one of my favorite features in macOS, because I often take screen captures of my iOS devices. The QuickTime app in OS X Yosemite makes it all the more easier, because I can do so with a simple Lightning connection between my Mac and my iOS device.

What do you think?

  • Is there a way to record sound?

  • Ian Leon

    I wish you success with your book

  • therealjjohnson

    This is awesome.

  • Eni

    How did you removed the carrier name here?

    • appletimemac

      That’s an activation screen. Sometimes it doesn’t show the carrier.

      • Thomas

        no it’s not. he is also recording his phone’s screen on his laptop with quicktime while recording it with a camera as well.

      • yep

      • Eni

        So when you record the phone, not just the screen on the record losses the carrier but and the phone itself?

  • KarwanGhaffari

    hhh jeff your time on status bar it’s 9:41 am
    but on clock app it’s 6 ?! what’s is the secret !

    • Hak

      Read the article.

    • Vince Reedy

      the secret is reading the article

  • InfinitePlusOne

    I’m so desperate for Apple Pay in the UK though! IOS8.1 is meaningless to me atm

  • justme

    Can I record this?
    Bugs on iOS8.1?…. where?

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Still on 7.1.2 jailbroken 🙂

  • a great feature….first thing i did was see if it would record netflix. “connected display not supported”…. however, it will record youtube or other video playback

  • bayarsaikhan ganbat

    How to use it on iPhone 4s, connected on mac

  • Guest

    connected but no iphone

    • bayarsaikhan ganbat

      iphone 4s

  • James G

    Got my iPhone 6 plugged in but QuickTime isn’t recognizing it as a Camera, nor my FaceTime camera on my 2013 MacBook Air. Hmmm….

    • James G

      I kept selecting New Screen Recording. Doh! New Movie Recording does the trick.

  • philoup

    How do I get my YouTube account to the sharing menu as you can see at 2:01 in the video?

  • Adel Mandani

    Thank you

  • Mark S

    This must have been eliminated in el capitan.

  • Nelsoncolar

    Thanks for the guide. And I cannot get my iPad Air or iPhone 6 to connect – I don’t see them as an option in the drop down menu on quicktime. The lightening cord works/connects just fine. Any thoughts on what else I could check to fix this? iOS and OS are both fully updated. I used to record my iPhone screen with Acethinker iPhone screen recorder, never had that problem.