Connecting Your iPhone or iPad to Your Mac via QuickTime Player

  1. Unlock your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your Apple computer with your lightning cable 
    • Select 'Yes' if your iPhone asks to trust your computer
    • Wait until iTunes opens to make sure the phone has completed its connection 
  1. Open Quicktime Player
    •  You can find Quicktime Player in your Applications folder or by clicking on the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner of your screen and typing 'Quicktime Player' before pressing Enter on your keyboard 
  1. Start a New Movie Recording
    • In the upper left hand corner click on 'File' then 'New Movie Recording' 


  1. Select your iPhone as the video input
    • To change the video's input from your webcam (if enabled) to your iPhone click on the downward arrow next to the record button and select your iPhone
    • Note: Make sure your device is unlocked


  1. Start Recording
    • Once the iPhone is shown in the QuickTime Player window, click on the start recording button.
    • Choose the QuickTime Player window (labeled “Movie Recording”) as the window to record.

  2.  Other Notes
    • Please do not maximize the Quicktime Player window since it hides the session's tasks.
    • Also note that you do not need to press the red record button in Quicktime Player at any point.


Troubleshooting tips:

  • If you do not see your iPhone as an option after clicking the downward arrow
    • Check for the 'Do you trust this computer?' alert on your iPhone's screen and select 'Yes' if it's appeared
    • Close and reopen Quicktime Player and try again from Step 3
    • Close Quicktime Player and disconnect and then reconnect your iPhone before trying again at Step 1
  • If your iPhone is selected, but you see a black screen in QuickTime Player
    • Make sure your iPhone is unlocked -- the screen will remain black if it is locked
  • If you receive an error in Quicktime Player after selecting your iPhone
    • Close Quicktime Player and try again from Step 3
    • Close Quicktime Player and disconnect your iPhone then begin again at Step 1

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