Record iOS Devices (Mac)

Learn how to record the screen of any iOS device running iOS 8.0 or later. Add gesture effects to show every tap, pinch, and swipe.

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Note: You can only connect and record iOS devices from Camtasia Mac. This option is not available on Camtasia Windows.

  1. Connect your iOS device with a Lightning cable to a computer running macOS 10.15 or later.
    Note: The iOS device requires iOS 8.0 or later.
    Connect iOS device to mac computer
  2. In Camtasia, select File > New Recording.
  3. Camtasia Recorder opens. Click the Screen dropdown and select the iOS device from the Mobile Device section.
    iphone selected in Mobile Devices section in Screen dropdown
    To learn how to set up the other recording options such as microphone or system audio, see Record, Edit, Share.
  4. Set up the desired screen on your device and click the Start Recording button in Camtasia.
  5. When you are finished recording the iOS device, click the Stop Recording button in Camtasia.

The recording opens in Camtasia Editor. Add gesture effects or a device frame to enhance your final video.

Add Gesture Effects

Gesture effects add visual effects that simulate taps, swipes, and pinches on mobile devices.

  1. Click the Gesture Effects tab.
  2. Drag a gesture effect onto the canvas.
  3. To change the duration of an effect, click the Show Effects tab on the timeline and drag the ends of the effect in or out.
    Click Show Effects tab
  4. To edit the properties, click to select the effect on the timeline and edit the settings in the Properties panel.
    Tap properties

Add a Device Frame

Add a device frame around an image or video clip to provide context and a professional look to your video.

To learn how to add a device frame, see Provide Context with Device Frames.