How To Screen Record on iPad Mini

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Your friend has told you that they don’t know how to use a specific app, and you’d like to help. You also may have decided to post a video tutorial on one of your social media accounts on how to perform a task on iPad Mini. Either way, you want to know how to take a screen record on the iPad Mini.

Quick Answer

All iPad Mini running upgraded operating systems come with the Screen Recording feature. You can record whatever is happening on the screen, save the video in the Photos app, and share it with your friends. You can quickly activate this feature from the Control Center.

We’ve put this into steps below for your better understanding. So, read on to learn the vital skill of screen recording on iPad Mini.

Screen Record on Your iPad Mini in 3 Steps

The easiest and most reliable way to screen record on your iPad Mini is to use Apple’s built-in screen recording feature. This software tool is only available in iOS 11 and later. Therefore, if your iPad Mini is running an older version, you’ll first need to update to a compatible iOS version. 

Alternatively, you can utilize a third-party screen recording application such as the Record It app. However, Apple doesn’t allow the use of third-party apps to screen record on your iOS device, as that puts your data security at risk.

You’ll have to jailbreak your device if you decide to use one of these apps anyway at the expense of your security, or you’re unable to find and use Apple’s recommended built-in screen recording feature. 

With iOS version 11 and later, below are the 3 steps to screen record your iPad.

Step #1: Activate the Screen Recording Feature

Activate the screen recording feature on your iPad Mini first to get started. Tap on the Settings app on the device’s home screen. While on the Settings screen, scroll down the menu, tap the “Control Center” option, and choose “Customize Controls“. Tap on the “Screen Recording” option.

If the screen recording is already activated, you’ll see it in the first list on the “Include” list on your iPad Mini. But if it doesn’t appear, scroll down to the “More Controls” section. Tap on the green plus (+) sign to add it.

Step #2: Start Screen Recording

Once you’ve activated screen recording control, exit the Settings screen and start recording. While on the screen you wish to record, swipe down from the top-right corner. Make a swipe up from the bottom of the screen if you’ve got an iPad Mini running iOS 11.

Press the screen recording icon (gray button) to start recording the video. You’ll see a 3-second countdown, after which the recording will start. You will see a red stripe at the top of the screen to indicate that the iPad is recording everything that’s happening on the screen.

In addition to the sound of your iPad Mini, you can also use the microphone in your screen recording if you want. Press and hold the gray button, and a menu will appear. Tap the microphone to enable or disable it. After that, tap on the “Start Recording” option to begin recording after the 3-second countdown.


You might not be able to record audio in some apps. Additionally, you can’t screen record and use screen mirroring simultaneously.

Step #3: Finish the Recording

Press the red stripe at the status bar on the top of the screen and choose “Stop” from the small notification window to stop the recording. You can also stop the process from the Control Center by pressing the red stop recording button.

You’ll see a notification at the top of the screen once the screen recording has stopped successfully. Open the Photos or Gallery app to view the new screen record and share it with whoever you want.


Recording the screen on iPad Mini has never been easier with the help of the Screen Recording feature found on the device’s Control Center. In our article above, we’ve discussed three steps. As you’ve learned, it’s straightforward, and anyone can do it. 

We’ve also learned that you can also use a third-party app such as Record It to screen record on iPad Mini although Apple doesn’t recommend it for security reasons. We don’t encourage it either, and we hope your iPad Mini is running iOS 11 or later, meaning that you’ll always use Apple’s stock Screen Recording app. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I screen record on my iPad Mini?

How long you can record on your iPad depends on the storage available; you can screen record as much as the storage can allow.  

Does the iPad Mini screen recording record sound?

Yes, screen recordings on your iPad Mini can include audio along with your narration, which can be very useful when creating tutorials.

Tap and hold the screen recording icon (gray button in the Control Center) to open a menu. Choose the “Microphone Audio” option to activate voiceover. Next, tap “Start Recording” to start screen recording with sound. Tap the red stripe at the top of the screen to end the process. 

Where do iPad screen recordings go?

The videos are saved into the Photos app whenever you screen record on your iPad Mini. From there, you can edit and share them with people.

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