How Long Can You Screen Record On iPhone?

Being able to screen record on your iPhone is extremely helpful and means you can show how an app works to others or prove to your friends that you completed your favorite game! Screen recording also has other benefits too. Keep reading to find out how you can screen record on your iPhone and how long you can screen record on your iPhone. Hint: it’s a long time.

iPhone screen recording

How to screen record on your iPhone

First of all, let’s look at how you can screen record on your iPhone. It’s easy to do by following a couple of simple steps;

  • Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
  • Tap the green plus icon next to Screen Recording.

After you’ve added the Screen Recording button Control Center, you can record from your screen. To start recording your screen:

  • Open Control Center by swiping down from the upper-right corner.
  • Tap the Record icon, then wait for the countdown to finish.

Note: If you’re on an iPhone 8 or older, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.

How to turn off the iPhone screen recorder

When you want to finish recording your screen, there are two ways to stop it. You can stop recording by:

  • Opening Control Center by swiping down from the upper-right corner
  • Tapping the Record icon so that it turns gray again


  • From the home screen, tap the red bar at the top-left corner of your screen
  • Confirm finishing the screen record

How long can you screen record on iPhone?

I ran my own experiment to see how long I could screen record on my iPhone. I charged my iPhone 12 up to 100% to make sure my iPhone didn’t turn off due to a lack of juice. I sat my iPhone down on the side and turned on the screen recorder. I went about my business and came back here and there to check how it was going. My iPhone eventually ran out of battery after seven hours but when I turned it back on, the video was intact. So, even if your battery runs out mid-video, it should save it when you turn it back on.

It appears that there’s no time limit for how long you can screen record on an iPhone. The only things that affect how long you can record are your battery and your storage space. Although there is no official time limit on how long you can record, it seems likely that you could keep your iPhone on charge and screen record until your storage space is full.

However, it’s worth pointing out that some iPhone users have reported that their recordings have suddenly stopped, seemingly for no reason. You could experience the same thing if your iPhone overheats.

The Bottom Line

Screen recording is a very useful feature to have on your iPhone for a number of reasons. Just remember to check you have enough battery and enough storage space available before you start to record for a long time.

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About S. Santos

I am a tech columnist and blogger by trade, but I'm also an avid tennis player. In my spare time, I enjoy reviewing gadgets and gizmos from the world of tech.

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