Data Doctors: How and When to Use iPhone Screen Recording

Data Doctors: How and When to Use iPhone Screen Recording

Why you might ever need to use the screen recording feature on your iPhone and how you can do it. Explains Ken Colborne of Data Physicians.

Q: Can you give me examples of why I use the screen recording feature on my iPhone?

a: Taking screenshots on our smartphones has become a very useful tool for several reasons, such as creating an offline version of your electronic boarding pass or capturing an error message when you need help.

In the age of social media and gaming, the ability to record everything that is displayed on your screen along with audio can be just as useful.

In the past, iPhone users had to use a third-party app to get this task done, but since iOS 11, this was an option that only needed to be enabled.

Enable screen recording

To make this feature available, go to Settings menu, tap Control Center and scroll down to Screen Recording option. Click the plus sign on the left to add it to the Control Center options.

To access the feature, swipe down from the top right side of the screen, which will display the Control Center. The screen recorder will now be at the bottom of the options and will appear as a solid, circled point.

Using screen recording

To start using this feature, simply click on the record icon, which will start a 3-second countdown so you can go to what you’d like to record.

It is not important that you quickly jump to what you want to record, as you will be able to edit the video later once it is saved in the Photos app.

While recording your screen, you will see a red indicator in the upper left corner with either the recording icon or the current time. When you want to stop recording, click the red indicator and then click Stop.

When you’re done, go to the Photos app, open the screen recording and tap Edit in the upper right corner to make changes to the start and stop point and some other available tweaks.

There is no specific time limit for how long your screen can be recorded and it mainly depends on the amount of free space available in your iPhone, as it is treated like any other type of video file.

Online video recording

A common use for screen recordings is for videos you can’t download from social media or YouTube (for those who aren’t premium members), or to record live broadcasts, such as a webinar.

the games

The gaming world uses screen recordings to help others navigate a difficult section or show off their skills.

Instructional videos

Anyone trying to teach others can use screen recordings to create a step-by-step video tutorial showing every app that is opened and every associated click, swipe, and sound.

Whether you want to make a training video or show a family member how to use a new app or service, screen recording can save a lot of time.

find the mistakes and resolve it

Nothing is more frustrating for both the tech support person and the user asking for help when a problem is trying to explain it verbally. Being able to record what you’re going through and pass it on to a support person can save time and aggravation.

Ken Colborne is the founder and CEO of Data Doctors for Computer Services. Ask any technical question on Facebook or Twitter.

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