How to Screen Record on Mac, Windows 11, and Other Devices

Whether you’re teaching a new hire how to use a tool, explaining a complex project when an email just won’t do, or recording a personalized product demo, you need to know how to record your computer screen.

Fortunately, we’ve put together a quick and easy guide for recording your computer screen on a Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android. Use the links below for quick navigation to each section.

How to Screen Record on Mac
How to Screen Record on Windows PC
How to Screen Record on Android
How to Screen Record on iPhone and iPad
Best Free Screen Recording Tools

How to Screen Record on Mac

Apple pre-installed QuickTime Player, an app that lets you record, edit, play, and share audio and video files onto every Mac. You can use it to record your computer screen.

Step 1: Navigate to Launchpad > Quicktime Player.

Step 2: Go to File > New Screen Recording.

Step 3: Choose your screen preferences and click Record.

Microphone: Choose None to record your screen with no sound. Choose Built-in Microphone to record your screen with sound.
Options: Choose Show Mouse Clicks in Recording if you want your clicks to appear as a circle during your screen recording.

Click your screen to record your entire computer screen.
Drag a section of your screen that you want to record.

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Step 4: To stop recording, click the stop button on the screen or touch stop on the touch bar.

Step 5: To save your recording, go to File > Save, and name your recording.

How to Record Your Screen on Windows 11

On Windows 11, Microsoft pre-installed the Xbox App, which has a built-in screen recorder that’s designed for recording video games on your computer. You can still use it to record your screen for marketing purposes, though.

Step 1: Type “Xbox” into the search box, and open the app.

Step 2: To open the Game Bar, which lets you record your screen, hold the Windows+G keys on your keyboard.

Step 3: Click the gear icon at the far right of the top widgets toolbar.

This will open Settings, then click Capture in the pop-up menu to view options in the Xbox app. Here, you get to choose your screen recording’s quality setting, determine whether or not you want to record audio, or set a maximum clip length,

Step 4: Click the Record button or hold the Windows+Alt+R keys on your keyboard to start recording your computer screen.

Step 5: Click the Stop button when you’re finished recording.

Step 6: Go to Settings > Gaming > Captures to find your recorded video.

How to Screen Record on Android

Step 1: Swipe down from the top of the screen to view the settings.

Step 2: Tap the Screen Record button.

Step 3: When you’re ready to record, tap Start.

Step 4: To stop recording, swipe down again and tap Screen Record.

How to Screen Record on iPhone and iPad

Step 1: Swipe down from the top of the screen to view the settings.

Step 2: Tap the Screen Record button.

A three-second countdown will begin, and then the screen recording will start.

Step 4: To stop recording, tap the red flashing button in the top left corner of the screen.

Best Free Screen Recorders for Mac and Windows

If you’d like to record your screen with more advanced tools, check out our list of the best free screen recording tools.

1. Loom

Loom helps you quickly record your screen (with optional video or audio) and share your video with others. Your share link can also include a password for extra privacy and security. Loom also offers easy editing capabilities, allowing you to trim the video or add a call-to-action (CTA) and custom thumbnail. Loom’s easy-to-use platform and privacy features make it an excellent choice for workplace communication.

2. OBS Studio

OBS Studio is an open-source software for video recording and live streaming. Designed for gamers to record and stream themselves playing video games, OBS Studio offers advanced post-production tools, like customizable transitions, muting or turning on audio sources, and editing, which allows you to tinker on almost every aspect of your recording or broadcast.

3. Zoom

You may know Zoom for being one of the most popular virtual meeting softwares on the market, but you can use the free version of Zoom to record your screen for up to 40 minutes. You can simply start a new meeting by yourself, click “share screen” and start recording. You’ll get a high-quality MP4 file after you’re done that you can edit, stylize, and more.

4. Google Meet

Not just for meetings, Google Meet can be used to grab quick recordings of your screen when you’re not in the mood to install a new software program or create a new account. Simply open your Chrome browser, click the nine dots in the top right corner, and choose Google Meet. From there, you can start a new meeting and record your screen with ease.

5. Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

Apowersoft is a web-based screen recorder, so you don’t have to download it. By just visiting their website, you can record your screen for however long you want, pick a certain part of your screen to record, insert your webcam into your screen to talk about what exactly you’re doing, capture video and audio at the same time, and make annotations while recording.

6. Icecream Screen Recorder

With support for over 50 languages, Icecream Screen Recorder is one of the best screen recorders for global teams. You can also add your own watermark to your recordings, choose your recordings’ video quality, trim recordings, and set timers for each task you want to complete during your screen recordings.

7. TinyTake

TinyTake is a more basic screen recorder, but you can still record your screen for up to two hours, email your screen recording to colleagues, and even create a shareable link.

Screen Record on Your Computer, Phone, or Tablet

The use cases for recording your screen are endless. Use this simple guide on how to record your screen across different devices to add more context to your video content.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in [Month Year] and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

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