How To Record a FaceTime Call [October 2020]

Apple device owners often prefer to FaceTime their contacts rather than call them because it’s more personal than a voice call, and it’s so easy. What’s more, some Apple users need to record the video on their FaceTime calls for either business or personal reasons. The following helpful guide will show you how to do just that, regardless of the reasons for recording.

Remember, though, to always ask permission before recording a FaceTime call with anyone. Also, Windows users who are new to FaceTime may want to check out this TechJunkie tutorial on how to use FaceTime on a Windows PC. This will help them to better familiarize themselves with the platform.

iOS 11 was the first operating system release that allowed users to record the video from their FaceTime calls, though it doesn’t allow for recording of the audio portion. Keep in mind though, FaceTime recording can be initiated without the other party’s knowledge, so always be mindful of this when on a FaceTime call. The last thing you want is to end up being YouTube infamous, due to a careless FaceTime call. If you’re curious about notification when someone is recording a FaceTime call, read this: Does FaceTime Notify the Other Person if you Screen Record?

A few apps are available to help record a FaceTime video call along with the sound. Most are available on the app store. Many of these apps can also help you to record your Facebook video calls on your Mac in addition to your iOS devices.

Record a FaceTime call on iPhone

You can record a FaceTime call on iPhone or iPad without audio from within iOS.

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.

Facetime Record

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. 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, 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 computer 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 labeled options next to the record button within QuickTime.
  4. Select MacBook Microphone.
  5. Go to the File section and choose Quicktime Player.
  6. Open FaceTime to set up your call.
  7. Select QuickTime to record the entire screen or drag and drop to record just a portion of it.
  8. Hit the Record button when you’re ready.
  9. Select the stop recording icon once done.

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 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 additional editing features, they may be worth checking out.

Recording FaceTime Calls

As mentioned above, it’s very important to notify the other party if you plan to record. It’s also important to understand that you may be recorded at any time as well. Many countries and even local municipalities have specific laws regarding recording without consent, so make sure you know the laws that govern your behavior when choosing to record a FaceTime call. As long as your staying within the law, you shouldn’t have any problems.

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!

One thought on “How To Record a FaceTime Call [October 2020]”

Avatar Dawn DeSimone says:
This doesn’t work on The XR! How do you record FaceTime audio on The XR

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