January 22, 2024

How to screen record on iPad in 6 steps: A 2024 guide

Need to share a tutorial or presentation with your team? Learn how to screen record on your iPad with sound, plus the best recording apps available.
January 22, 2024

How to screen record on iPad in 6 steps: A 2024 guide

Need to share a tutorial or presentation with your team? Learn how to screen record on your iPad with sound, plus the best recording apps available.
January 22, 2024
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It doesn't matter if you're presenting a tutorial for students, communicating with team members, or creating captivating content for an audience — a crappy screen recording can ruin it.

The good news? There are ways to make sure your iPad screen recordings don’t suck. Here's what you need to know to create crisp, clear, and professional screen recordings.

Can you screen record on iPad?

Yes, you can screen record on an iPad. Apple integrated a screen recording feature into the iPad operating system, so you can capture whatever’s happening on your screen. 

To find and set up this feature, enable screen recording in your Control Center. Then, just tap the screen recording button when you’re ready to start and stop a recording. 

Locating Record button on iPad Pro in Command Center
Locating Record button on iPad Pro in Command Center

How to screen record on iPad with sound

1. Enable Screen Recording in your Control Center

Before you can start recording, you’ll need to add the Screen Recording option to your Control Center for quick access.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Control Center.
  3. Find Screen Recording in the list and tap the green "+" icon next to it.

A screenshot of the Settings > Control Center menu with the green "+" highlighted next to Screen Recording
Finding Screen Recording option in Control Center

2. Open Control Center

Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to access your Control Center. Locate the Record button. 

Image of Control Center on iPad
You can access the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner

3. Turn on microphone audio

If you want to record voiceovers or external sound with your screen recording:

  1. In the Control Center, long press and hold the Record button.
  2. Tap the microphone icon, turning it from gray to red, indicating it's active.

A screenshot of the expanded screen recording options with the microphone icon highlighted.
Turning on the microphone audio for screen recording on iPad

4. Start screen recording

With everything set:

  • Tap the Record button in the Control Center.
  • You'll see a three-second countdown on the icon, giving you a brief moment to navigate to where you want the recording to start.

A screenshot of the Record button displaying the countdown.
Displaying the countdown before screen recording.

5. Navigate and record

Once the countdown finishes, your iPad will start recording whatever is displayed on the screen. Navigate through apps, make a tutorial, or showcase whatever you want to record. 

Remember, any notifications or messages that pop up during this time will also be recorded.

6. Stop recording

When you're done recording, tap the red button in the top right corner of your home screen. Then tap Stop when you receive the prompt.

Screenshot of red status button at top of iPad screen with confirmation notification to end recording.
Confirm ending your screen recording once it’s over.

Once stopped, the screen recording will be automatically saved to your Photos app. You can view, edit, and share it as needed.

4 tips to improve screen recordings on iPad

1. Clean up your screen and prepare

Remember that people will see everything in your screen recording. Ideally, you want to avoid any distractions during your session. 

Imagine watching a tutorial where the instructor has numerous app notifications popping up or random apps scattered everywhere. It’s distracting and takes away from the main content.

So, do some housekeeping before you record:

  1. Clear any pending notifications (like your 11,000 email notifications).
  2. Organize your apps.
  3. Remove any personal or sensitive information.
  4. Set a clean and neutral background.

Spending a few minutes cleaning up your screen can make your recording look professional and keep viewers focused on your content.

2. Put on Do Not Disturb mode

As you now see, notifications can interrupt a recording. Picture the moment you’re about to explain a crucial step in your recording, and suddenly, Mom calls, breaking the flow of the video. 

Before recording, swipe into the Control Center and tap the crescent moon icon to activate 'Do Not Disturb' mode.

3. Use a stylus or Apple Pencil

An Apple Pencil makes your touch inputs (tapping, swiping, long pressing) more precise and clear for the viewer. If you're doing a lot of screen recordings and drawing and writing during them, a stylus or Apple Pencil can improve the overall quality of your demonstration. 

At the moment, the Apple Pencil will run you $89 on Amazon.

4. Plan your narration and movements

Spontaneous recordings often have pauses, errors, or unnecessary segments. 

Imagine watching a video where the narrator is unsure, repeatedly going back on their steps, or taking long pauses to figure out what to do next. It feels unorganized and can make viewers lose interest.

Before hitting record, take a moment to outline what you want to say and do. If you need it, practice your movements and narration several times. The result is a more smooth and professional-looking recording. 

The 4 best screen recording apps for iPad

Record it!

Record it! is a popular screen recording app for iPadOS that lets you record walkthroughs, demos, tutorials, and training videos

Record it! has some cool features like FaceCam Reactions, where, after recording, you can go back and add reactions throughout your recording. It also has a basic video editor where you can trim videos, add filters, adjust playback speed, and change background colors. 

Once your recording is finished, you can share directly to YouTube, camera roll, or export the recording to a more advanced editing tool like Descript. 

App Store rating: 4.6 out of 5 ⭐ with 345,900 ratings.

Key features:

  • Audio only commentary recording.
  • One-tap recording.
  • Editing functions. 

Pros:

  • Easy editing.
  • Can add commentary to existing videos. 
  • Free.

Cons:

  • Three minute recording limit on free version. 

Price: Free or $4.99 for the pro version.

RecPro

RecPro is another screen recording app that lets you on any iOS device with iOS11 and higher. The free version uses ads to make up for your subscription fee. It's good for people who want more control over their recordings. 

Similar to Record it!, this app lets you record with a face cam where you can add comments and reactions throughout the video. It also offers a video editor with lots of stickers and filters. 

App Store rating: 3.7 out of 5 ⭐ with 2,300 ratings. 

Key features:

  • Rotate and flip videos.
  • Choose video sizes.
  • Record at various FPS and Mbps rates.

Pros:

  • Unlimited time recording. 
  • Easy to add text and edit videos. 
  • Great control over video style. 

Cons:

  • Coin system to buy upgrades is useless.
  • Expensive if paying monthly.

Price: $9.99 monthly or $29.99 yearly. 

DU Recorder

DU Recorder is an excellent iPad app for creators that livestream a lot. It offers 1080p streaming to platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch, making it perfect for games, live shows, sports, and more. 

Of course, you can also screen record with it. For editing, you can add music, filters, and crop recorded videos. DU Recorder is free, but has premium upgrades you’ll need to pay for to access.

App Store rating: 4.4 out of 5 ⭐with 56,600 ratings. 

Key features:

  • Record audio and video.
  • Stream straight to popular platforms like Twitch.
  • Choose the resolution for streams.

Pros:

  • Go live in minutes on many platforms.
  • Supports Replaykit and RTMP addresses. 

Cons:

  • Relatively low FPS compared to other tools.
  • Low quality audio recording. 

Price: Free with paid upgrades.

Screen Recorder Pro

Screen Recorder Pro is a good app for annotating videos on your iPad. You can easily create tutorials and other videos and share them on YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, or Facebook. For creators who want to edit on their iPhone or iPad, you can edit in Screen Recorder Pro’s studio.  

App Store rating: 4.5 out 5 ⭐with 21,400 rating.

Key features: 

  • Records from screen or face cam.
  • Annotate videos in real time. 
  • Sophisticated studio for editing videos.

Pros: 

  • Intuitive interface. 
  • Makes tutorials and gaming videos easy to create.

Cons: 

  • Not much control over settings.
  • Very limited free version.

Price: $4.99 weekly, $9.99 monthly, $39.99 yearly. 

Screen recording with Descript

The best screen recorder for iPad really depends on what you're doing with your video. 

You can always use the built-in function shown above, which captures your iPad screen and saves it to the camera roll—but it doesn’t have many features. If you’re planning to stream live or annotate, there are third-party apps better suited.

If you want to record on your Mac, Descript is an excellent option. You can record your computer screen with audio, edit the video, and publish it all in one app. Editing in Descript is as easy as editing text in your transcript. Learn more about our video editing and podcasting today. 

How to screen record on iPad FAQ

How do I turn on Screen Recording?

To turn on Screen Recording, swipe down from the upper right corner to open your Control Center. If you've added the Screen Recording tool to your Control Center, tap on its icon to start recording. To stop, tap on the red recording button at the top of your screen and confirm the “stop recording” prompt.

Why can't iPads screen record?

iPads can indeed screen record. Apple has built a Screen Recording feature into iOS, which means you can record your iPad screen without installing third-party apps.

How do I record my iPad screen without an app?

Use the built-in Screen Recording feature to record your iPad screen without an app. You can customize Control center options by going to Settings > Control Center. Then, add the Screen Recording tool. Activate it from the Control Center when you want to start recording.

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Mina is a writer, video game narrative designer, and all-around word nerd. When not writing, she embarks on adventures with her husky, Moro.
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It doesn't matter if you're presenting a tutorial for students, communicating with team members, or creating captivating content for an audience — a crappy screen recording can ruin it.

The good news? There are ways to make sure your iPad screen recordings don’t suck. Here's what you need to know to create crisp, clear, and professional screen recordings.

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Can you screen record on iPad?

Yes, you can screen record on an iPad. Apple integrated a screen recording feature into the iPad operating system, so you can capture whatever’s happening on your screen. 

To find and set up this feature, enable screen recording in your Control Center. Then, just tap the screen recording button when you’re ready to start and stop a recording. 

Locating Record button on iPad Pro in Command Center
Locating Record button on iPad Pro in Command Center

How to screen record on iPad with sound

1. Enable Screen Recording in your Control Center

Before you can start recording, you’ll need to add the Screen Recording option to your Control Center for quick access.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Control Center.
  3. Find Screen Recording in the list and tap the green "+" icon next to it.

A screenshot of the Settings > Control Center menu with the green "+" highlighted next to Screen Recording
Finding Screen Recording option in Control Center

2. Open Control Center

Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to access your Control Center. Locate the Record button. 

Image of Control Center on iPad
You can access the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner

3. Turn on microphone audio

If you want to record voiceovers or external sound with your screen recording:

  1. In the Control Center, long press and hold the Record button.
  2. Tap the microphone icon, turning it from gray to red, indicating it's active.

A screenshot of the expanded screen recording options with the microphone icon highlighted.
Turning on the microphone audio for screen recording on iPad

4. Start screen recording

With everything set:

  • Tap the Record button in the Control Center.
  • You'll see a three-second countdown on the icon, giving you a brief moment to navigate to where you want the recording to start.

A screenshot of the Record button displaying the countdown.
Displaying the countdown before screen recording.

5. Navigate and record

Once the countdown finishes, your iPad will start recording whatever is displayed on the screen. Navigate through apps, make a tutorial, or showcase whatever you want to record. 

Remember, any notifications or messages that pop up during this time will also be recorded.

6. Stop recording

When you're done recording, tap the red button in the top right corner of your home screen. Then tap Stop when you receive the prompt.

Screenshot of red status button at top of iPad screen with confirmation notification to end recording.
Confirm ending your screen recording once it’s over.

Once stopped, the screen recording will be automatically saved to your Photos app. You can view, edit, and share it as needed.

4 tips to improve screen recordings on iPad

1. Clean up your screen and prepare

Remember that people will see everything in your screen recording. Ideally, you want to avoid any distractions during your session. 

Imagine watching a tutorial where the instructor has numerous app notifications popping up or random apps scattered everywhere. It’s distracting and takes away from the main content.

So, do some housekeeping before you record:

  1. Clear any pending notifications (like your 11,000 email notifications).
  2. Organize your apps.
  3. Remove any personal or sensitive information.
  4. Set a clean and neutral background.

Spending a few minutes cleaning up your screen can make your recording look professional and keep viewers focused on your content.

2. Put on Do Not Disturb mode

As you now see, notifications can interrupt a recording. Picture the moment you’re about to explain a crucial step in your recording, and suddenly, Mom calls, breaking the flow of the video. 

Before recording, swipe into the Control Center and tap the crescent moon icon to activate 'Do Not Disturb' mode.

3. Use a stylus or Apple Pencil

An Apple Pencil makes your touch inputs (tapping, swiping, long pressing) more precise and clear for the viewer. If you're doing a lot of screen recordings and drawing and writing during them, a stylus or Apple Pencil can improve the overall quality of your demonstration. 

At the moment, the Apple Pencil will run you $89 on Amazon.

4. Plan your narration and movements

Spontaneous recordings often have pauses, errors, or unnecessary segments. 

Imagine watching a video where the narrator is unsure, repeatedly going back on their steps, or taking long pauses to figure out what to do next. It feels unorganized and can make viewers lose interest.

Before hitting record, take a moment to outline what you want to say and do. If you need it, practice your movements and narration several times. The result is a more smooth and professional-looking recording. 

The 4 best screen recording apps for iPad

Record it!

Record it! is a popular screen recording app for iPadOS that lets you record walkthroughs, demos, tutorials, and training videos

Record it! has some cool features like FaceCam Reactions, where, after recording, you can go back and add reactions throughout your recording. It also has a basic video editor where you can trim videos, add filters, adjust playback speed, and change background colors. 

Once your recording is finished, you can share directly to YouTube, camera roll, or export the recording to a more advanced editing tool like Descript. 

App Store rating: 4.6 out of 5 ⭐ with 345,900 ratings.

Key features:

  • Audio only commentary recording.
  • One-tap recording.
  • Editing functions. 

Pros:

  • Easy editing.
  • Can add commentary to existing videos. 
  • Free.

Cons:

  • Three minute recording limit on free version. 

Price: Free or $4.99 for the pro version.

RecPro

RecPro is another screen recording app that lets you on any iOS device with iOS11 and higher. The free version uses ads to make up for your subscription fee. It's good for people who want more control over their recordings. 

Similar to Record it!, this app lets you record with a face cam where you can add comments and reactions throughout the video. It also offers a video editor with lots of stickers and filters. 

App Store rating: 3.7 out of 5 ⭐ with 2,300 ratings. 

Key features:

  • Rotate and flip videos.
  • Choose video sizes.
  • Record at various FPS and Mbps rates.

Pros:

  • Unlimited time recording. 
  • Easy to add text and edit videos. 
  • Great control over video style. 

Cons:

  • Coin system to buy upgrades is useless.
  • Expensive if paying monthly.

Price: $9.99 monthly or $29.99 yearly. 

DU Recorder

DU Recorder is an excellent iPad app for creators that livestream a lot. It offers 1080p streaming to platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch, making it perfect for games, live shows, sports, and more. 

Of course, you can also screen record with it. For editing, you can add music, filters, and crop recorded videos. DU Recorder is free, but has premium upgrades you’ll need to pay for to access.

App Store rating: 4.4 out of 5 ⭐with 56,600 ratings. 

Key features:

  • Record audio and video.
  • Stream straight to popular platforms like Twitch.
  • Choose the resolution for streams.

Pros:

  • Go live in minutes on many platforms.
  • Supports Replaykit and RTMP addresses. 

Cons:

  • Relatively low FPS compared to other tools.
  • Low quality audio recording. 

Price: Free with paid upgrades.

Screen Recorder Pro

Screen Recorder Pro is a good app for annotating videos on your iPad. You can easily create tutorials and other videos and share them on YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, or Facebook. For creators who want to edit on their iPhone or iPad, you can edit in Screen Recorder Pro’s studio.  

App Store rating: 4.5 out 5 ⭐with 21,400 rating.

Key features: 

  • Records from screen or face cam.
  • Annotate videos in real time. 
  • Sophisticated studio for editing videos.

Pros: 

  • Intuitive interface. 
  • Makes tutorials and gaming videos easy to create.

Cons: 

  • Not much control over settings.
  • Very limited free version.

Price: $4.99 weekly, $9.99 monthly, $39.99 yearly. 

Screen recording with Descript

The best screen recorder for iPad really depends on what you're doing with your video. 

You can always use the built-in function shown above, which captures your iPad screen and saves it to the camera roll—but it doesn’t have many features. If you’re planning to stream live or annotate, there are third-party apps better suited.

If you want to record on your Mac, Descript is an excellent option. You can record your computer screen with audio, edit the video, and publish it all in one app. Editing in Descript is as easy as editing text in your transcript. Learn more about our video editing and podcasting today. 

How to screen record on iPad FAQ

How do I turn on Screen Recording?

To turn on Screen Recording, swipe down from the upper right corner to open your Control Center. If you've added the Screen Recording tool to your Control Center, tap on its icon to start recording. To stop, tap on the red recording button at the top of your screen and confirm the “stop recording” prompt.

Why can't iPads screen record?

iPads can indeed screen record. Apple has built a Screen Recording feature into iOS, which means you can record your iPad screen without installing third-party apps.

How do I record my iPad screen without an app?

Use the built-in Screen Recording feature to record your iPad screen without an app. You can customize Control center options by going to Settings > Control Center. Then, add the Screen Recording tool. Activate it from the Control Center when you want to start recording.

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