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How to record your iPhone screen without the annoying red bar or bubble «iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks



Built-in screen recording, one of the hottest features Apple has with iOS 11 and later, is easily launched from the optional Control Center switch on your iPhone. From there, you can stop recording from the same place or from the red status bar or bubble. It is a very convenient addition to iOS, but there is an obvious drawback – the red indicator that can be displayed in your recordings.

When a screen recording is in progress (audio can even be enabled!), IPhone X and other Face ID models will have a red bubble around the time in the status bar while all other iPhone models make the entire status bar at the top of red. Anyway, it can be quite annoying in screen recordings, especially if you do them for professional reasons.

The annoying red bar or bubble displayed during ongoing screen recording can actually be hidden by some apps such as full screen games, some photo editors, and others where the developer chose to hide the status bar completely as usual.

The red bar on top of most iPhones (left) and the red the bubble on the iPhone X (right). Pictures of Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks

If you record screen recording in one of the apps that hide the status bar, Apple's built-in screen capture feature in the Control Center is a worship service. But if you record your iPhone screen in a non-existent app, there are other options you can use so that the unattractive red bar or bubble never pops up.

Option 1: Use QuickTime on your Mac

the best part about the built-in screen recording feature of iOS 11 and iOS 12 is that you do not need to connect to any cables, but for high quality recordings without the red bar or bubble, it is necessary to you do not record an app that hides the status bar.

If you have a Mac, you can easily record your iPhone screen with the built-in QuickTime Player, as long as you run MacOS 10.10 or later and QuickTime Player is version 10.4 or later. You also need a flash cable, so it doesn't work on older iPhones with the 30-pin connectors.

It's a pretty simple process and we've taken it in detail before, so I won't go over this. But know that you can record both video and audio this way, and for the latter it can either be the sound of the iPhone itself or the microphone of your Mac to make a voiceover.

The recording process (left) and the end result (right). Pictures of Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks

The only drawback to this, which is not really bad, is that the time in the iPhone screen recording is always 9:41 and not the current time. 19659008] Option 2: Third Party Mac Apps

Because there's a built-in way for your Mac to communicate with your iPhone, for example, with the QuickTime option above, other developers can leverage that system for their own apps. One of my favorites is Screenflow by Telestream. It's a little expensive, but the editing options you get are enough to justify the cost.

Picture by Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks

Other third-party apps available, most of which I have not personally tested include Screen Record Pro of Xiaolei Zhang ($ 9.99) for Mac only, Animatrice by Telethon KK (free) for Mac, which just steals QuickTime recording straight up and not so good, LonelyScreen ($ 14.95 / year) for Mac and Windows, and Reflector ($ 14.99) for Mac and Windows, just to name a few.

Again, the only drawback to these apps (except price) is that the time in the iPhone screen recording is always 9:41 and not the current time, just like with QuickTime. But it only applies to the apps that require you to connect via flash cable, not those that will mirror the screen wirelessly to your Mac.

Option 3: Use a Jailbreak Tweak

If you have a jailbroken iPhone, you can install a tweak from either Cydia or Sileo to automatically get rid of the screen indicator once and for all. Kiran Patil s SilentRecorder tweak is free to install and will work on modded iPhones running either iOS 11 or 12. Just search for it and install.

SilentRecorder is enabled by default once installed, but you can disable it at any time in the Settings app if you ever want the screen recording indicator to be on. Just keep in mind that you must force close the setup app each time you enable or disable tweak to make the changes.

SilentRecorder tweak is in the setup app. Pictures of Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

In addition to hiding the red screen bar or bubble, SilentRecorder also offers options to hide indicators for phone calls, audio recording, location and hotspot. Overall, SilentRecorder is an excellent tweak to have if you don't want to pollute your iPhone with unnecessary indicators.

Why other options did not make this list

Before the time of Apple's built-in screen recorder, which first appeared in iOS 11, there were a handful of iOS apps that you would need side loads to use, for example AirShou, EveryCord, Vidih and VizoRec. These did not cut, because in any case you still have a red indicator at the top of the screen when you record, in most cases, or it would make the status indicator turn blue instead. The apps are not very reliable, and some don't even work anymore.

There are also some iOS apps that actually exist in the IOS App Store now that use Apple's built-in screen recorder to "stream" these videos to a service like Twitch. These include EveryCord by Anthony Agatiello (free) and Mobcrush (free) to name a couple, but they are the victims of the same annoying red bar or bubble that you are trying to avoid because they use the built-in screen recorder.

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Cover photo by Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks


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