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How To Record a FaceTime Call [October 2019]

Posted by Jamie on October 25, 2019

Want to record a FaceTime video call on your iPhone, iPad or Mac? Apple device owners don’t ‘call’ anyone anymore, they “FaceTime them” instead.

If you are a Windows user just getting started using FaceTime, check out this TechJunkie tutorial on how to use FaceTime on a Windows PC.

Facetime the default way people video keep in touch other than through texting and messaging with messaging apps, so FaceTime helping keep old fashioned voice and video alive.

There may be times when you’ll find it beneficial to record a Facetime call. I’m going to show you how. It’s important to always ask permission before recording a Facetime call with someone.

You have been able to record your iPhone and iPad screen since iOS 11 but the video only, not the audio part of the call.

What’s more, you can do it without alerting the other person you’re recording. This was a wakeup call to any Apple user who liked to have ‘adult’ FaceTime calls with their significant other or anyone else who would be horrified at being recorded!

A good rule of thumb is to be careful what you say and do while you’re on Facetime! You don’t want to find that something embarrassing has somehow made its way to YouTube,

There are ways around the lack of audio though as there are a few apps that will record a FaceTime video call along with the sound. You can record your Facebook calls on your Mac as well as your iOS devices.

Why FaceTime Record?

Freelancers may find it useful to record project kick up calls to use as a reference once the project has begun, especially if there are technical details to remember.

Or you may be discussing a technical problem that the client’s experiencing and want to make sure that you have the details available later in case there are gaps in your notes.

For more personal reasons, you may want to record the audio and video of a call with a close friend or family member.

There’s a nostalgic feeling the inspires people to save video calls of all sorts whether it’s a call with a parent, a beloved sibling, or an old friend.

Years from now you may be glad you saved video calls with those you love such as your mom, dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and so on. Explain to your relative why you want to record the call. People tend to understand the idea of recording video in the same way that people save photos for posterity, so they will likely react to your idea favorably.

Regardless of whether it’s a client, family member, business associate or friend, it’s important to get consent before you record the call. It may even be the law. Check applicable state and local laws.

Record a FaceTime call on iPhone

You can record a FaceTime call on iPhone or iPad without audio from within iOS but you will need a third-party app to add it.

To use the built-in screen recorder, follow these instructions:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your phone screen to access the Control Center
  2. Then look for the screen recording icon, which looks like a pair of white circles with the center one filled in
  3. Tap the screen recording icon
  4. Then you have three seconds until it starts recording

After the three seconds, the screen will then be recorded whatever you do on your phone but it does not record the audio.

If you don’t see the screen recording icon in Control Center, you may have to enable screen recording:

  1. Open Settings and Control Center
  2. Select Customize Controls
  3. Scroll to Screen Recording and select the green Add icon

Once done, repeat the above steps to initiate screen recording.

If you need audio as well as video, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are dozens. Apps such as Record it!, DU Recorder, Web Recorder, and others will get the job done.

Record a FaceTime call on Mac

Most people will use their iPhone to FaceTime but you can do it on your Mac too. The easiest way to record FaceTime is through QuickTime. It is already installed within macOS and gets the job done.

  1. Open QuickTime from the launcher or from Applications.
  2. Select File and New Screen Recording.
  3. Select the small down arrow next to the record button within QuickTime and select Internal Microphone.
  4. Open FaceTime to set up your call.
  5. Select QuickTime to record the entire screen or drag and drop to record just a portion of it.
  6. Select the stop recording icon once done.
  7. Select File within QuickTime and Save.
  8. Name your recording and select where you want it saved.
  9. Select Save.

QuickTime is the native screen recorder for Mac and will slide out of the way once you begin recording.

You can choose to record mouse clicks and commands if you’re creating tutorial videos or something like that or just have it highlight your FaceTime window.

It records both audio and video once you set up the microphone so it offers more inherent features than the iPhone and iPad.

While QuickTime is pretty good at recording your screen, there are other apps that can do better.

Apps such as ScreenFlow, Snagit and Camtasia will all get the job done. They aren’t free but offer many more features than QuickTime so if you’re doing this regularly and want some editing features too, they may be worth checking out.

Recording FaceTime Calls

Depending on where in the world you live, it may be illegal to record a video or voice call without alerting the other party.

Many states in the US have two-party consent laws which means you can freely record calls if both parties consent. Some states do not require consent to record calls so you should check to ensure you’re on the right side of the law for where you are.

The law is applicable to where you are at the time when recording the call, not where you live. Your location at the time you record the call is a minor but important legal distinction.

Other countries have different laws about recording conversations so check to make sure you’re compliant wherever you are at the time.

It is good manners to alert the other party that you’re recording the call even if the law does not require you to inform the other party of your plans to record the call. This courtesy of informing the other party is especially true if you’re calling in a professional capacity rather than just friends.

That’s how to record a FaceTime call. Do you know of any other apps or methods to achieve the same goal of recording FaceTime audio and video call? If so, please tell us about these other methods below in the comments!

If you found this article useful, check out How to Use FaceTime Without WiFi and Does FaceTime Notify the Other Person if you Screen Record?

2 thoughts on “How To Record a FaceTime Call [October 2019]”

Erin says:
None of the apps I tried for my iPhone recorded audio. Not even the ones you mentioned in this article. What’s up with that??
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Dawn DeSimone says:
This doesn’t work on The XR! How do you record FaceTime audio on The XR
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