Recording screen on an iOS device, especially the iPhone is a fun experience. Apart from fun, this is often very necessary if someone is into blogging, or making tutorial videos on iPhones and other iOS devices. Typically, iOS doesn’t allow recording of its screen during real time.

Recording is available, but for a whole bunch of advanced features while recording having a jailbroken iPhone is necessary. If your phone is jailbroken, you could download any of the available Cydia tweaks available for screen recording like ScreenRecorder or Display Recorder, available for free. These Cydia tweaks are developed by Ryan Petrich.

Download Xrec

However, what if you don’t have a jailbroken iPhone and don’t want to go through this process either? xRec by Akin Ogunc is now available in the App Store, an iPhone user doesn’t have to go through the process of jailbreaking their iPhone to get this app through a Cydia tweak.

Xrec screen recorder for iPhone

How does xRec Screen Recording works?

This app works pretty much like any other screen recording app on iPhone works. The user needs to open the app first, and tap on the record button. However, after opening Screen Recorder HD, it is necessary to set the iPhone into the orientation you plan to record the video in from the Settings menu. Then, tap on Record and tap Start; recording of the screen will start.

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Press Home button to minimize the Screen Recorder HD app in the background and do the stuff you want to record on your iPhone screen. After the task is done, open Screen Recorder from multitasking menu and tap on the Stop button. In other ways, user can also open the app from the home screen icon instead of the multitasking entry; both works the same way.

xrec iPhone screen recorder

Once the video is captured it will take some time to encode the video into a compact format, depending on the version of iPhone and video length it could take some time but generally in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, the time shouldn’t be longer than few seconds, or minutes.

After the encoding is complete, the video will appear inside the Screen Recorder app interface and user can save it to camera roll by tapping on the blue indicator on the recorded video.

Record iPhone Screen App

However, being a free live screen recorder xRec comes with a minor disadvantage, but if the video is recorded for some professional purpose then this could in fact be a major disadvantage. The xRec watermark will be posted on each video in a red bar, which is very prominent and the viewers of the video will notice it for sure. If you don’t mind an xRec banner on your videos then it’s fine, but for professional purposes xRec might not be as useful as it sounds.

Download xRec App Without Jailbreak

You can easily download xRec app from Apple Store.

xRec iPhone Screen Recorder Alternatives

Reflector is a paid app for screen record on iPhone which basically does the same job, but that app would cost $12.99. To get rid of the xRec banner, you could purchase this app from App Store paying $1.99 for removal of the ads and the banner.


xRec makes recording screen videos easier on iPhones, there are plenty of alternatives on the App Store as well. However, for a low price solution to screen recording, an iPhone user could certainly give xRec a try.

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.