Can You Record a Facetime Call?


Some Facetime calls are worth recording - we all know that! But how do you record a Facetime video call?

Do you need third-party apps to do so, or how does it work? As you know, Facetime is an app that works on Apple devices, whether we talk about iOS devices or Mac computers.

And, fortunately, there’s a built-in screen recording feature on all Apple gadgets that you can take advantage of.

Therefore, if you want to start recording Facetime calls, then keep on reading to learn more about:

  • Can you record a Facetime call?;
  • How to record a Facetime call on iPhone and Mac;
  • How to record Facetime with audio on an Apple device.

Can You Record a Facetime Call?

Yes, you can record Facetime calls, whether you use an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or even a Macbook! There’s a built-in screen recorder in all the aforementioned devices, so the process of recording on the Facetime app is quite simple for all Apple users.

Therefore, if you want to capture video just to know how long you have been on Facetime you can do it.

You don’t need to download anything to your mobile device, even if you want to record Facetime call with audio - it’s all done within the Apple ecosystem, which, frankly, works great.

How to Screen Record Facetime Call on iPhone

In order to record Facetime calls on iPhone, you can use the screen recording icon that appears on the device’s control center.

This native screen recorder is always located on your phone, and it works to record both audio and video on the screen quite easily on your iPhone.

To do so, just follow these quick four steps.

Step 1: Start Facetime Calls

First of all, join a Facetime call on your iPhone.

You can join a group call (learn how to join to Facetime calls here), or open Facetime to start a private call with someone.

Once you are inside the call, we need to look for the screen recording button.

Step 2: Access the Control Center On Your iOS Device

Now, you need to open the control center on your iPhone. You can do so by scrolling down the main screen on your phone.

Step 3: Tap the Screen Recording Icon

Here, you will find a little record button, which will record the entire screen. Tap on it to begin recording.

Now, the video on your iPhone will start recording, but there’s a problem - this feature won’t natively record a Facetime call with audio from both sides.

Bonus: Record Facetime Audio

If you just want to record what is happening on the screen, then move on to the next step.

On the other hand, if you also want to record external sound, i.e., your voice, then do the following.

Long-press on the Screen Recording icon. Then, a microphone icon will show on this screen capture menu.

Turn on the microphone icon, and the screen recorder will start recording Facetime audio as well.

This means that, in order to record Facetime with audio from both sides on iPhone, you need to manually toggle on the Microphone Record audio feature.

Step 4: Go Back to the Facetime Call and Stop Recording When You Finish

At last, simply go back to the Facetime window, and you will record a Facetime call in no time.

Once you are done, open the control center again, and tap the Stop button.

After you finish recording, the video file will save directly to your phone’s gallery.

That’s how screen record on iPhone for Facetime calls works!

How to Screen Record Facetime Call on Mac

As you know, you can also make Facetime calls if you have a Mac.

There’s a recording software integrated into the macOS operating system called QuickTime player.

The best part of this is that PC users can also download QuickTime player, so the program is pretty versatile.

In order to perform Mac screen recording, follow these quick steps.

Step 1: Open QuickTime Player On Mac

First of all, go to the Mac’s menu bar, and look for the QuickTime app - you will natively find it there.

Open the app, accept the Dialog Box, and proceed with the next step.

Step 2: Go to File and Select “New Screen Recording”

Click “File” at the top bar of the screen inside QuickTime, and look for the New Recording option.

It might also say “New Movie Recording,” depending on the macOS version you have.

Step 3: Set Up Your Computer’s Built In Microphone and Screen Capture Settings

Now, you need to make some tweaks to the recording settings on the QuickTime app.

Here, you will be asked to select the microphone (click on your Mac’s microphone), select record entire screen, change to record selected portion, choose the output format, and more.

Although QuickTime has many options to choose from, the app’s interface is quite intuitive, so we assure you that you won’t have many problems with this step.

Step 4: Go to the Facetime Call and Press the Record Button

When you are done making the tweaks, simply click Record.

Now, start a Facetime call, and let the screen record feature do its magic.

It will record audio as well, so worry not!

That’s how recording Facetime calls works! Once again, Apple makes it as simple as possible for all of us to use these amazing features.

For more Apple-related guides, GrowFollowing has got you covered.


Do You Need a Third-Party App to Start Recording Facetime Calls?

Not at all. There are plenty of third-party apps that do this in the market, but in reality, you can simply use your OS’s features and nothing more!

Will Others Know That You Record Facetime Calls?

No. There are no “Facetime recording” notifications whatsoever. The other user will never know if you are recording the call or not.

About the author

Karen is a senior technical writer and copywriter here at GrowFollowing. Her area of expertize are social media apps and new media.