Saturday, 18 July 2015

How to Record Your iPad's or iPhone's Screen (No Jailbreak or Computer Required)

How to Record Your iPad's or iPhone's Screen (No Jailbreak or Computer Required)

Due to security and privacy concerns, Apple doesn't allow any applications to record your iOS device's screen. If malicious, an app could theoretically continue recording even after you think it's off, allowing it to capture account and password information that you enter on your device.

Software like Good Screen Recorder Lite and Reflector will let you record your iPad and iPhone screens, but they will only work through a computer, and usually at a cost. Then there are Cydia apps that let you screen record right from your iOS device, but you need to jailbreak it first to do so.

There is another option, though, and it's called Shou, from Shou.TV, which allows you to screen record directly from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch—without having to jailbreak or use a computer. This app is not available in the iOS App Store, so you'll be sideloading it like we've done before in the past for video game emulators like GBA4iOS and NDS4iOS.

This will work with both iOS 7 and iOS 8 devices.

Step 1: Install Emu4iOS Store

Directly from your iOS device, head over to and download and install the Emu4iOS Store (Beta). From the Emu4iOS Store, you'll be able to download apps that are not in the official iOS App Store, without having to jailbreak your device.

Once the app is done installing, open Emu4iOS and tap on Trust. Don't worry, nothing bad will happen to your device.

Step 2: Install Shou
You'll find several apps available through Emu4iOS, but the one we want here is Shou, the screen recording app you need to download—tap on it, then select Install.

A popup will appear asking you to confirm installation—select Install to finish the process.

Step 3: Screen Record, Play, & Save
In order to use Shou, you'll need to sign up for an account using your email, Facebook, or Google+ credentials. To start a screen recording, tap on Start Recording—you'll see a red Shou banner at the top of your screen indicating that recording is currently active.

Note that in order to record full-screen games and videos, you'll need to enable Assistive Touch by going to Settings -> General -> Accessibility, then toggling Assistive Touch on.

To end the recording, either tap on the red banner, or go back to Shou and select Stop Recording. Slide over to the Recording tab to view the recording you've created, play them within the app, play them with another app, save them to your Camera Roll, or delete them altogether

Tap on Open In... to open the video in another application (Vine, iFile, etc.) or to share it via AirDrop or email. When you save a video, you'll be able to view it from your Camera Roll.

As for issues, the only time I encountered lag was when recording high-definition videos on YouTube, but then again, why would you want to record a YouTube video anyways?

Other than that, Shou is very straightforward, simple, and works extremely well for showing off some tips and tricks in apps and games—let us know what you think in the comments below.

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