The only real problem with the built-in iOS-to-Mac recording option is the need for a Lightning cable. And, of course, it doesn’t work on Windows. It’s the Lightning cable requirement that got me to look around for a wireless AirPlay solution that does the same thing. I found one.
Wireless Screen Recorder
There’s a pretty nifty iOS recording app called AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder (I like ‘iScreen Recorder better, because it works on iPad, too) which lets your Mac record the iPhone’s screen using AirPlay instead of the mandatory Lightning cable.
Apple doesn’t provide a method in iOS to record the iPhone or iPad’s screen, but that’s exactly what iPhone Screen Recorder does. Install the app on your Mac or Windows PC. Open up your iPhone or iPad, select AirPlay, then select your Mac (or PC) in the pop up window.
If everything in the simple setup works appropriately, you’ll see the iPhone or iPad screen show up on the Mac’s screen. It works much the same as mirroring on your television with AirPlay.
Whatever you see on your iPhone shows up on the Mac’s screen. And it can be recorded as a movie. Think of the possibilities. Got a game you’d like to move from the iPhone’s small screen to the Mac’s big screen and you don’t have AirPlay or a big screen television nearby?
How do you record the iPhone’s screen as a Mac movie. Click. Whatever game you’re playing gets recorded and saved as a movie. Whatever you do on your iPhone or iPad can be recorded on the Mac, and that includes Skype or FaceTime video calls, games, applications you’re using, whatever.
Movies can be saved as MP4, FLV, or animated GIFs. It even records audio from the iPhone or Mac. It’s also a good way to take screenshots on your iPhone or iPad and save them quickly to the Mac without going through Photos or sneaker net or emailing them to yourself.
iPhone Screen Recorder has a few advantages to other apps, including Apple’s own QuickTime Player. First of all, it’s a wireless connection straight from the iPhone to your Mac. No Lightning cable required. Second, files can be saved in multiple file formats without jumping through hoops. And, finally, it saves iOS screen snapshots.
Oh, and the video can be fully HD (depends upon your iOS device). Nicely done, a bit expensive, but useful.