Connecting Your iPhone or iPad to Your Mac via the 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 the 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 recording a new movie:
    • In the upper left-hand corner, click 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 the drop-down menu 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 the Start Recording button.
    • Choose the QuickTime Player window (labeled "Movie Recording") as the window to record.

  2.  Other Notes
    • Please make sure the QuickTime Player window does not block the user from seeing the test instructions.
    • Also, note that you do not need to press the red Record button in the Quicktime Player at any point.

Troubleshooting tips:

  • If you do not see your iPhone as an option after clicking the drop-down menu...
    • 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, starting from Step 3.
    • Close the Quicktime Player and disconnect and reconnect your iPhone before trying again, starting at Step 1.
  • If your iPhone is selected, but you see a black screen in the QuickTime Player...
    • Double-check that your iPhone is unlocked.
  • If you receive an error in the Quicktime Player after selecting your iPhone...
    • Close the QuickTime Player and try again, starting from Step 3.
    • Close the QuickTime Player and disconnect your iPhone, then begin again at Step 1.

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