How to Record FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

FaceTime is a free service developed by Apple, allowing people to make video calls, audio calls, or group calls between Apple devices worldwide. It has become an integral part of daily life during the global pandemic because many of us have been keeping in touch with family and friends on video chat via FaceTime.

It's great to see each other on a video chat, but what if you want to keep those special moments in a FaceTime call? Can you screen record facetime? There's still no recording feature on FaceTime. No sweat. This article will show you how to record FaceTime with sound on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to Record FaceTime With Audio
How to Record FaceTime With Sound on Your iPhone, iPad & Mac

Part 1. How to Record FaceTime Call on iPhone and iPad

Most of us would prefer to make FaceTime calls using mobile devices and we are not always near to our computers.

#1. Record FaceTime Call Using the Built-in Screen Recording Tool

iPhone and iPad made the addition of a screen recording feature to Control Center, which lets you record all activities happening on your screen with internal sound and voice-over.

However, considering the fact that FaceTime adopts Apple's FairPlay Streaming technology, which will mute your recordings out of copyright-protection and privacy protection, so it's impossible to get the audio portion of a FaceTime call using iPhone and iPad screen recording features.

Anyway, you can still save the video portion of a FaceTime call using the iOS and iPadOS screen recording. The guide has been rounded up below.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom edge of your iPhone or iPad to check if there's a screen recording feature in the Control Center. If not, head to Settings > Control Center, and add the Screen Recording option.
  2. Fire up Control Center and tap the screen recording button. After three seconds countdown, a red status bar will show at the top of your screen to indicate screen recording is on.
  3. Launch FaceTime and start a video call.
  4. Tap the screen recording button once again to stop recording. And video clips will be automatically saved to the Photos app.
How to Record FaceTime on iPhone and iPad
How to Record FaceTime on iPhone and iPad

#2. Record FaceTime Call Using QuickTime

Tested almost all iPhone and iPad's screen recorders, they are also unable to record audio as soon as FaceTime engages for it has been well-protected by the FairPlay Streaming DRM technology as previously described.

The only solution to record two-way audio on a FaceTime video call is to hook up your iPhone/iPad to a Mac and record the screen using QuickTime.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to a Mac with a cable and tap Trust on your iDevice to continue.
  2. Then Open QuickTime and go for File at the top > New Movies Recording from the context menu, and a screen recording window with recording controls will pop up.
  3. Now click the arrow icon next to the record button in recording controls > select to record [Your name] iPhone from the menu. Make sure the microphone of your Mac is selected, either.
  4. Click on the record button in QuickTime and begin your FaceTime call on your iDevice.
  5. When the FaceTime call is done, click the Stop Recording button at the top-right menu bar.
  6. Go for File > Save. Name your recording and select a location, and click Save in the dialogue box.
Screen Record FaceTime With Audio on iPhone/iPad in QuickTime
Screen Record FaceTime With Audio on iPhone/iPad in QuickTime

Part 2. How to Record FaceTime Call on Mac

The FaceTime free service is available to macOS, either. The real fun of making FaceTime calls on a Mac computer lies in the facecam. You can use the facecam that comes with your Mac or use high-definition facecams from other manufacturers to yield a better video quality, especially when making online conferences or online training courses.

There are two methods to record FaceTime with Audio on Mac. If your Mac computer is in macOS Mojave or later, you can use the native Screenshot toolbar. If your Mac computer isn't running in macOS Mojave or later, you should take a look at QuickTime or other alternatives.

#1. Record FaceTime Call on Mac With the Screenshot Toolbar

  1. To invoke the Screenshot Toolbar, press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard. And the toolbar will appear in the lower area of the screen.
  2. Now go for either Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion, and enable the microphone sound in the Options menu. You can make other changes like location, timer, etc.
  3. You will next begin a FaceTime call on your Mac and click the Record button on the control bar.
  4. When the FaceTime call is over, click on the small Stop button at the upper-right corner to end the screen recording. And the video clip will be automatically saved to the location you chose.
Screen Record FaceTime on Mac With Screenshot Toolbar
Screen Record FaceTime on Mac With Screenshot Toolbar

#2. Record FaceTime Call on Mac With QuickTime

The majority would be willing to upgrade their Mac computers to a newer version for better performance and more nifty tools. While there are also some people who would prefer to use the original version. If you are one of them, you can use the preinstalled QuickTime to record FaceTime on Mac.

  1. Open QuickTime and go to File > New Screen Recording, and the recording controls will appear.
  2. Click the arrow icon to select the system microphone and drag the volume cursor to the level you need.
  3. Click on the record button and choose to record the entire screen or part of the screen. And screen recording begins.
  4. Make a FaceTime call on your Mac.
  5. When the video call is ended, click the small stop button at the upper right-hand corner to stop recording.
  6. Go to File > Save to name and choose a location to store video clips.
Screen Record FaceTime on Mac With QuickTime
Screen Record FaceTime on Mac With QuickTime

Part 3. How to Record FaceTime Call With Audio

Due to the adoptation of FairPlay Streaming to FaceTime, you won't record the audio portion of a FaceTime. And some readers reported that the Screenshot toolbar and QuickTime might have no sound when recording screen, which lets you fail to record FaceTime calls with sound correctly. More so, Screenshot Toolbar and QuickTime might have other annoying glitches, such as:

  • QuickTime terminates abnormally.
  • QuickTime "Cannot Record" error.
  • QuickTime might fail to recognize iPhone/iPad.
  • QuickTime screen recording taking forever.
  • Screenshot toolbar hotkeys aren't available.

Those are the situations where the third-party screen recorder can help you out. For me, VideoProc is the best alternative to record FaceTime video and audio. Let's explore!

VideoProc - Best Screen Recorder to Record FaceTime With Audio

  • Record iPhone and iPad screen through a Mac computer.
  • Record Mac computer screen in high video and audio quality.
  • No restriction on video length.
  • Record screen with hardware acceleration for Nvidia, Intel, and AMD cards.
  • The basic video editing features are the icing on the cake.

#1. For iPhone and iPad

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to a Mac with a cable, then tap Trust on your iDevice to continue.
  2. Fire up VideoProc on your Mac Computer and head over to the Recorder option at the main interface.
  3. Select the iPhone mode at the top and Enable microphone sounds in the lower area. You can also choose a location for output files.
  4. Click on the RUN button to start recording, then begin a FaceTime call on your iPhone or iPad.
  5. When the FaceTime call is finished, click on the small stop button at the top-right corner, the video clip will be saved to your chosen location by default.
How to Record FaceTime with Audio in VideoProc
How to Record FaceTime with Audio in VideoProc

#2. For Mac Computers

  1. Open VideoProc and select Recorder on the main page.
  2. Select the Desktop recording mode at the top and toggle on the microphones in the lower area.
  3. You will next click on the RUN button to start screen recording, and open FaceTime on your Mac to make a video call.
  4. Once the video call is over, click the small stop button at the upper right to end the recording.
Screen record FaceTime on Mac with audio in VideoProc
Record FaceTime on Mac with Sound with VideoProc

Wrap Up

It's 100% impossible to record the audio portion of a FaceTime call on your iPhone/iPad with the native screen recorder. That's because the FaceTime service is protected by Apple technology. If you want to record video and audio of a FaceTime call, you can record your iPhone, iPad through a Mac computer or directly record FaceTime on a Mac with a screen recorder.

A slight word of warning at the very end: it's immoral and illegal to record anyone without their permission, you should require the consent of all parties before recording a FaceTime call.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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