Capture iPhone Screen
Create A High-quality iPhone Screen Recording

How to Record iPhone Screen on Mac with High Quality [No Red Bar/Bubble]
By Gabriel Coleman Updated: November 02, 2018

In iOS 11 or later, Apple offers a built-in feature for recording the screen of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch without cable. But the red bar that appears at the top of the iPhone screen is quite annoying. On the other side, iPhone owners who stick with iOS 10 or earlier have no luck to enjoy the feature. So iPhone screen recording software for Mac still remains an effective way of doing the job. Whether you want to record your gameplay and share the footages online or make tutorials and presentations, just follow our guide to creating high-quality iPhone screen recordings.

Make Quality iPhone Screen Recordings on Mac
Try Award-winning VideoProc

How to Capture iPhone Screen on Mac with High Quality

VideoProc comes with an intuitive interface, making it easy to record the screen of your iPhone without jailbreak. You can create iPhone screen recordings with or without sound. Find out how.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone

Launch VideoProc. Connect your iPhone with your Mac via USB cable.

Step 2: Click the Recorder button

Click the Recorder button on the main interface to show the Recorder window. Click the iPhone tab at the top, and you should see your iPhone screen.

Step 3: Customize recording settings

At the bottom of the Recorder window, there's "Crop" option, allowing you to define the area of your iPhone screen to capture. You can choose to record full screen (default at launch) or define a custom area by cropping. You can click the Crop button and use a crop box to move the edges of the frame or enter the value in the W (Width) and H (Height) fields. Click the arrow next to the Microphone button, and select the one you want. You can also choose "No Audio" and record iPhone screen without sound.

Step 4: Start recording

On the left, you should see the Output Folder option. Click the Browse button and select a folder to save the recording. When ready, click the red REC button at the bottom right corner. Your iPhone screen should now be recording.

Tips: If your iPhone screen recording video is too long for sharing, learn how to use VideoProc to split long videos. The software can also help resize, cut, merge, and edit iPhone screen recordings.

record iPhone screen on Mac

How to Record iPhone Screen with QuickTime Player on Mac

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac with an iDevice USB cable. When the iPhone is connected, a window appears. Click "Trust" and continue.

Note: Your Mac should run on OS X Yosemite or later, and you are using iOS 8 or later on your iPhone.

Step 2: Open QuickTime Player app on your Mac. Click File and select New Movies Recording from the list.

Step 3: Click the arrow next to the record button. Select iPhone under Camera. Meantime, you can select the microphone to use and set the recording quality.

Step 4: Click the Record button to start recording iPhone screen activity on Mac. After the process finishes, choose File > Save and enter a name for the video file. The recording is saved as an H.264 video with an AAC audio track.

record iPhone screen with QuickTime


It's free.

It's easy to use, requiring no third-party program.


Output videos may contain some flaws such as background noise.

You should use OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 or later.

Recording not working issue is annoying.

Limited video editing abilities.

A quick comparison between these two iPhone screen recording programs

Tool Cost Compatibility Quality Output format Recording settings Video editing Help & Support
VideoProc Free-trial Mac & PC High 420+ Yes Yes Yes
QuickTime Free Mac (OS X Yosemite or later) Good H.264 Limited Limited No

Troubleshooting: QuickTime iPhone Screen Recording Not Working

Q 1: Users can't record iPhone screen with QuickTime player after updating to the latest iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. Other iPhones with the earlier version of iOS work fine.

● Restart your iPhone, QuickTime player app, and Mac.

● Some report it fixed the error to switch the recording quality from High to Maximum.

● It may be the new OS bug. Downgrade your device to the last version of OS.

Q2: QuickTime doesn't display iPhone. There is an iPhone option under Camera, but iPhone screen doesn't appear after selecting the device.

● Restarting your iPhone and see if the issue is fixed.

● Re-open QuickTime player on Mac, and re-connect your iPhone.

Q3: "The operation could not be completed". When trying to connect iPhone with QuickTime on Mac to capture the screen activity, the error message pops up. This is one of the most commonly complained problems with iPhone screen recording using QuickTime app.

● If you select Save, and the error message appears, you just need to find the recording name, click it, select Show Package Content, and export the file.

● If you receive the error message on start, try unplugging all the devices connecting to USB on Mac, restart iPhone, and try recording again to see it works. An SMC reset may also help for the issue.

Related Article
Gabriel Coleman

Gabriel is a technical editor with several years of writing experience. Gabriel covers video processing, post-production, hardware, Windows, Apple's Macs, iPhones, iPads, and all kinds of technology topics. He loves collecting cool gadgets and trying new things like virtual reality, drones, 8K TVs and the latest 4K games. He also has interests in reading, photography, climbing, scuba diving, and tennis.

Aiming to be the leading digital media company, Digiarty Software, Inc. is dedicated to providing professional and innovative multimedia software for all Windows and Mac users.


Load GoPro to iPhone

Transfer GoPro Footages to iPhone Quickly and Easily.

Stabilize iPhone Shaky Video

4 simple clicks to fix your iPhone shaky video back to normal.

How to Cut iPhone Videos >

Shorten iPhone Clips and Remove Unnecessary Segments

Home | Company | Contact us | Partner | Policy | Agreement | News center | Video Processing Tips

Copyright © 2019 Digiarty Software, Inc. All rights reserved

Any third party product names and trademarks used in this website are property of their respective owners. All the related logos and images, including but not limited to Apple's iPhone®, iPod®, iPad®, iTunes® and Mac® are registered trademarks of their own. Digiarty Software, Inc. is not owned by or affiliated with Apple Inc. and any of those companies.