Is there a red bar at the top of your iPhone’s screen, and you don’t know why? Or have you seen a video of an iPhone screen that had that red bar, and you were curious what it’s for?
That red bar at the top of the iPhone screen indicates that the screen is currently being recorded. This is a new feature introduced in iOS 11, and offers a simple way for you to create a video file of what is happening on your screen. The red bar in question is indicated in the image below.
If you are seeing that red bar, this means that the screen recording feature of your device has already been enabled. But, if you would like to be able to record your iPhone screen and don’t know how, our tutorial below will walk you through the steps.
How to Get or Remove the Red Bar at the Top of the iPhone Screen
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3.2. Note that your iPhone will need to be updated to at least iOS 11 for you to have the screen recording feature. This article on Apple’s site discusses their screen recording feature. Additionally, screen recording videos can have rather large file sizes. If your iPhone storage is nearly full, you may have trouble recording videos. Find out some ways to delete iPhone files and remove some of the older files using that space. The steps below will show you how to add the screen recording feature to the Control Center, then how to start or stop recording.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Select the Control Center option.
Step 3: Choose Customize Controls.
Step 4: Touch the + button to the left of Screen Recording.
Now you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center, then tap the Record button to start recording. When you wish to finish recording, swipe up from the bottom ofd the screen again and tap the same button.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
His main writing topics include iPhones, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Android, and Photoshop, but he has also written about many other tech topics as well.
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