How Long Can You Screen Record on iPhone?

There is no specified limit to how long you can screen record on your iPhone. Storage space and battery level are the only major constraints.

Hi, I’m Devansh. I screen record my iPhone 13 just as much as I take screenshots. I find it convenient for capturing gaming moments or saving a presentation.

In this article, I’ll first show you the proper steps to screen record your iPhone. I’ll recommend three video recording apps if you need extra features. I’ll also answer some common questions.

If you want to record your iPhone screen but aren’t sure how long you can do it, keep reading!

How Long Can You Record Your iPhone Screen?

Okay, so here’s the million-dollar question: how long can you record your iPhone screen? The truth is, Apple hasn’t yet specified a limit on how long you can record your iPhone screen. So, you can record as long as you want, and only storage space and battery level might stop you.

Of course, there could be other errors as well, like software crashes or overheating. But, other factors remaining constant, you can record as long as you want!

Steps to Screen Record on iPhone

Let’s go through the steps on how to screen record on iPhone. Before you can do it, you need to add the Screen Recording control to Control Center. Open Settings and go to Control Center. Scroll down to the ‘More Controls’ section and click on the green ‘+’ icon next to Screen Recording.

Once it’s saved, you’ll see this icon when you open your Control Center. Now, follow these steps to screen record on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open Control Center and long-press the Screen Recording icon.

Step 2: Depending on the apps that you’ve installed on your iPhone, you might see the option to broadcast to a third-party app like Discord or Skype. Select one if necessary.

Step 3: Tap the ‘Microphone’ button if you want to add a voiceover to the video recording.

Step 4: Tap the ‘Start Recording’ button. A three-second countdown will be triggered before the recording starts. Feel free to just tap once on the Screen Recording icon in Control Center if you want to skip the above steps and directly start recording.

Step 5: When you want to end the recording, go to Control Center and tap the Screen Recording icon again. You can also tap the red dot in the status bar and select Stop.

Once processed, the screen recording will be saved to the Photos app in an album titled ‘Screen Recordings.’ You can edit the recording further in Photos too. Tap ‘Edit’ in the top-right corner, and you can crop, trim, and add filters to it.

Storage Space and Battery Level

As noted, storage space and battery level are the two main constraints of how long you can screen record on your iPhone. To check available storage space before recording, just open Settings, go to General, and iPhone Storage. Here, you’ll get a neat visual breakdown of how much storage space is available.

As the hours in your recording start to add up, the file size can span into multiple gigabytes. So, ensure that sufficient storage space is available before you start recording. You can scroll down for recommendations for freeing up storage space.

The second major constraint is battery level. If you’re recording and the battery dies suddenly, the recording up to that point will probably be saved. But, still, it’s important to ensure that you have sufficient battery available. This’ll allow you to record for hours without interruption.

Third-Party Video Recording Apps

I find the built-in screen recording feature in iOS largely sufficient for my use case, but you can look into third-party apps if you need something more. TechSmith Capture, Record it!, and Go Record are all popular apps.

They each come with their own pros and cons. For example, Record it! will only allow you to record up to three minutes with the free plan. So, I recommend you read their descriptions before downloading them to ensure they align with your needs.


Here are some common questions related to screen recording on iPhone.

Can you Record Your iPhone Screen and Mirror it Simultaneously?

No. If screen recording is activated, you can’t mirror your iPhone to any external device at the same time. Check out this Support page for more info.

Do All iOS Apps Allow Screen Recording?

Unfortunately, not all apps allow you to record the screen. Video content apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+ prohibit this since it could lead to piracy. In addition, other apps might do the same for security or privacy reasons. You can check their terms and conditions before you start recording.


There is no specific limit to how long you can screen record on your iPhone. Whether to create a tech tutorial for a friend or save a webinar for later referral, screen recording can come in handy. Just ensure that you have sufficient storage space and battery level before you go ahead with it!

Is the default Screen Recording option in iPhone sufficient for your needs, or do you believe it needs to have more features? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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