Use QuickTime to Record Video from your iPhone onto Mac

Want to create an iPhone or iPad tutorial video for someone, record a game level walk through or something else? It’s easier than you think if you have OS X Yosemite installed — you don’t need any third-party apps installed. Here’s how to record your iPhone video onto your OS X Yosemite Mac.

The secret is the QuickTime Player application in your Mac’s Applications folder. QuickTime Player doesn’t just play videos — it also records video and audio. And with OS X Yosemite, it can recognize the output of iOS devices connected to the Mac using USB.

Before we get started, let’s check the list of equipment you’ll need:

  • A Mac running OS X Yosemite.
  • An iOS device running iOS 8 — iPhone, iPad, iPod touch will all work.
  • A Lightning cable (sorry, this won’t work with 30-pin dock connector-equipped devices).

To record your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on your Mac

  • Connect the iOS device to your Mac using the Lightning cable.
  • Open the Applications folder.
  • Double-click on QuickTime Player.
  • Click on the File menu.
  • Select New Movie Recording.
  • Click on the downward-facing arrow to the right of the record button.
  • Under Camera, select the name of your iOS device.
  • If you wish to record audio from the device, select its name in the Audio source list.
  • Click on the red record button to begin recording video from your iPhone.
  • When you’re done, click on the button again to stop recording.

Tip: You don’t actually need to record anything. If you just want to show what’s on your iOS device screen on your Mac— playing a game, for example, and wanting to see what it looks like even bigger – you can do it. QuickTime Player shows you everything as it’s happening.

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