Recording Your iOS Device

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

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Connect Your Device

To record an iOS device, you’ll need a computer running Mac OS X 10.10 or later, a device running iOS 8.0 or later and a Lightning cable to connect the two.

Connect the iOS device to your computer, open Camtasia and you’re ready to get started.

Mac laptop and iPhone with a lightning cable between them

Camtasia record button

Record Your Device

In Camtasia, open the recorder and select the mobile device you’d like to record. A preview of the device screen appears in the recorder. When you’re ready, click the “Start Recording” button.

To enable microphone or system audio, select the options in the recorder. To finish a recording, click “Stop Recording.”

Camtasia recorder showing how to select an iOS device

Hand with the pointer finger

Add Gesture Effects

With Camtasia’s Gesture effects, you can add visual effects that simulate taps, swipes, and pinches in your video. Open the Gesture Effects tab in the tools panel, then click and drag a gesture effect to a clip on the timeline.

To customize the timing of an effect, open the effects tray and drag the ends of the effect. To customize the look and feel of an effect, select the clip with an effect applied and adjust the effect in the properties panel.


Icons of a tablet, phone, computer and monitor

Device Frames

Add a device frame to your iOS recording to establish context and add polish to your mobile videos.

To learn more about using Device Frames in Camtasia, check out our Device Frames tutorial.

iPhone device frame with the recording within it

Start Here

Record, edit, and share a video with this series of essential skills and techniques, or pick just the one you need to perfect your project.

Reach Higher

Take your Camtasia skills to the next level with tutorials that cover advanced editing, animations and more!

Mobile Apps

Leverage TechSmith's mobile apps to record or enhance your video projects.

We're Here to Help

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