How to Record iPhone Screen on Mac with High Quality [No Red Bar/Bubble]

By Gabriel Coleman | Last Update:

On 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 or whatever else, just follow our guide to create high-quality iPhone screen recordings.

VideoProc Converter – Make Quality iPhone Screen Recordings on Mac

  • Create high-quality tutorials, gameplay, and demos by recording iPhone without audio.
  • Capture iPhone full-screen clips or a portion of iPhone screen.
  • Mix your voice into the iPhone screen recordings.
  • Improve the recording performance by using hardware acceleration and High-quality engine.
  • Edit your iPhone screen activities to make a polished footage with a few clicks.
  • Fully support the latest iOS 13 and maOS Catalina.

How to Capture iPhone Screen on Mac with High Quality

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

Record iPhone Screen with VideoProc

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

  • Select recording area: At the bottom of the Recorder window, there's a Crop option to define the capturing area. You can choose to record full screen (default) or define a custom aspect ratio. You can also move the edges of the frame to define effective area.
  • Decide whether to record system sound: Click the speaker icon on or off. When it's off, the sound generate by your Mac wound be recorded.
  • And whether to record external sound: Click the arrow next to the Microphone button, and choose an input, such as the built-in microphone, or an external microphone, or mute environment sound at all.

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.
  • To stop recording: you can click on the red button with time indicator at the top right corner and select Stop Recording on the drop-down menu. And the recording should be saved in the right sidebar where you can open it in the Finder by clicking the Magnifier on each item.
  • If your iPhone screen recording video is too long for sharing, learn how to use VideoProc Converter to split long videos. The software can also help resize, cut, merge, and edit iPhone screen recordings.

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 Mac OS X Yosemite or later, and you are using iOS 8 or later on your iPhone.

Step 2: Launch 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 activities on Mac. After the procedure finishes, choose File > Save and enter a name for the video file.

Note: The recording will be saved as H.264@AAC@MOV if you have selected "High" quality at first; or it will be stored in H.264@PCM@MOV, if you have selected "Maximum".

Record iPhone Screen with QuickTime


  • It's free. You don't need to purchase any apps.
  • No need to jailbreak your device.
  • It's easy to use, requiring no third-party program.


  • Output videos may contain some flaws such as background noise.
  • You need a Mac or Macbook running OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 or later.
  • Not stable, the recording sometimes won't work.
  • Limited video editing abilities.

A quick comparison between iPhone screen recording applications

Tool Compatibility Quality Output format Recording settings Video editing
VideoProc Converter Mac & PC High 420+ codec, H265/HEVC supported Yes Yes
QuickTime Mac (OS X Yosemite or later) Good High (H.264@AAC@MOV) Maximum (H.264@PCM@MOV) Limited Limited

Troubleshooting: QuickTime iPhone Screen Recording Not Working

Issue 1: Users can't record iPhone screen with QuickTime player after updating to the latest iOS 13/14/15 and macOS Catalina/Big Sur/Monterey. 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.

Issue 2: 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.
  • Reboot QuickTime player on Mac, and re-connect your iPhone.

Issue 3: "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.

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About The Author

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.

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