How to Screen Record on iPad [Full Guide]

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  • Record screen and webcam simultaneously.
  • Schedule recordings.
  • Edit recorded videos.
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This article features a built-in solution that you can turn on to make an iPad screen recording with sound, as well as some of the best third-party recorders. Read the guide below to learn how to screen record on iPad.

How to find an iPad screen recording feature

Instead of downloading a third-party screen recorder for iPad, you can utilize the built-in screen recording tool. It’s available for iOS devices of any generation including iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini. Where is this recording function located and how do you activate it? Read the guide below to find it and add it to the Control Center:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Open the Control Center tab.

  3. Tap the + sign next to Screen Recording.

Now that the recording function is set up, you are ready to make a screen recording on iPad.

How to screen record on iPad with sound

Learn how to screen record on iPad with sound by following the steps below.

Step 1. Open the Control Center

In iOS 12 or later, open the Control Center by swiping down from the upper-right corner of the screen. (For iOS 11, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen).

Step 2. Enable microphone recording (optional)

To make a screen recording with voiceover, hold the Screen Recording button and tap the microphone icon. Click the Start Recording button to begin the screen capture process.

Step 3. Start recording

If you don’t want to record microphone sound, tap the Screen Recording button, then wait for the three-second countdown.

Step 4. Finish the recording process

To stop recording, open the Control Center and tap the Screen Recording button. Or tap the red status bar at the top of your screen and tap Stop.

How to find screen recordings

Your new recordings are put in the Camera Roll. To see it, open the Photos app and look for the newest item. From here, you can share or edit it like any other photo or video.

Top-5 screen recorders for iPad

Our goal is to provide you with only verified information. To ensure this, Movavi Content Team does the following:

  • The team tests all the products mentioned in this article.

  • When testing, we compare the key characteristics of the products, which include selecting capture area, schedule recording, showing keystrokes and mouse, and other significant features.


Record it!

This free iPad screen recorder is perfect for recording gameplay as well as other kinds of screen capture videos. You can record video on iPad with microphone sound for audio commentary and add a facecam of any shape and size to your videos. You can trim recorded videos, add various special effects and filters, and change the playback speed. Once you have the video recording ready, Record it! offers you quite a few export options such as uploading to YouTube, saving locally, or exporting to other apps. The in-app upgrade is needed to remove a 3-minute recording restriction. The base version is free to use and you can get Record it! Pro for $4.99.

Screen recorder – RecPro

Just like many other apps to record an iPad screen, this app lets you capture your phone screen along with a webcam, system sound and microphone. Apart from the basic recording function, it offers advanced editing tools such as filters and special effects along with trimming, rotating and cropping. Additionally, different facecam overlay options make this a preferable choice overall.

DU Recorder

DU Recorder’s screen capturing tool isn’t its main feature. It’s everything else DU Recorder can do that makes it impressive. Not only does it provide its user with a set of advanced editing tools, but it can also live stream your screen to a variety of platforms like YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook. The app is free, but requires an in-app purchase to remove the watermark.

Screen Recorder Pro

With Screen Recorder Pro, as the name suggests, you can not only record your screen with audio but also capture microphone sound and edit your recordings. One of the most prominent features of Screen Recorder Pro is its annotation tools. You can apply stickers to draw attention to a particular area of the screen and draw with the brush tool, just like in Instagram or Snapchat.

Go Record

Go Record is compatible with iPad and other Apple devices and is highly rated. You can make a recording of your iPad screen or import screen recordings from your photo library and add facecam, microphone sound, and system audio. Go Record also offers editing tools to fine-tune your recordings. You can save your video straight to your Photos app or upload it directly to YouTube. The one downside is that the free version of Go Record has ads, so be prepared to sit through one or two every time you make a video.

How to improve your iPad screen recording

Here are a few tips to improve the quality of your iPad screen video capture:

  • Use an external microphone: the built-in iPad’s microphone is good enough, for a professional recording you might want to use something better. You can easily connect any external microphone to your device to get the best audio quality possible.

  • Close all unnecessary apps: recording is a process that takes a lot of resources and can influence your iPad’s performance. To make a smooth screen recording, close any iPad apps that you're not using.

  • Lock your iPad's screen orientation: tap the lock icon in the Control Center to prevent your iPad’s screen from rotating.

  • Use the Do Not Disturb mode: getting a call or message in the middle of a recording can be annoying and inconvenient. Open the Control Center and tap the half moon icon to enable Do Not Disturb mode and silence all incoming calls and messages.


Hopefully, this guide has given you plenty of options to choose from the next time you're looking for the best audio-recording software on iPad. Remember to always choose an app that matches your budget, meets your skill level, and provides the features and functions you need when recording iPad screen.

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