Screen Recording Guides

How to Make a Screen Recording on Mac OS

On Mac OS, screen recording is simple. This tutorial will walk you through the process of recording your screen step by step.

by Anfernee Chansamooth
Updated May 9, 2022

Mac OS comes preinstalled with a variety of useful multimedia tools, and one of them is screen recording.

There are also more sophisticated screen-recording solutions for Mac OS available from third-party developers.

For a guide on how to make excellent screen recordings, check out our seven tips to make your screen recording easy to follow.

Are you looking to record your screen on other popular platforms? If yes, refer to the relevant guide for your preferred platform:

Which screen recording software works on Mac OS?

There are two different ways to record your screen in Mac OS:

  • Using built-in desktop software.
    Mac OS comes with a built-in tool called QuickTime Player which can be used to record your screen. Instructions on how to use Quicktime Player for screen recording are listed below.

  • Using third-party browser-based screen recording software.
    These tools don’t require anything to download or install, can be conveniently viewed on any device, and it's easy to share recordings with team members and clients. ZipMessage is built specifically for this.

How to record your screen in Mac OS

QuickTime Player is one of several video players available. QuickTime Player can also be used as a screen recorder in addition to playing videos!

Follow these steps:

  1. With QuickTime Player open, select "File > New Screen Recording". You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + N.
  2. QuickTime Player New Screen Recording
  3. A Screen Recording prompt will appear.
  4. QuickTime Player Screen Recording prompt
  5. Before you click the record button, Click the down arrow next to Options to ensure you are set up properly.
  6. Down Arrow
  7. Then, select how much of the screen you want to record.
  8. You have three options: Entire screen (left most icon on the Screen Recording prompt), Selected window (2nd from the left), or Selected portion (3rd from the left).

    If you only need part of your screen recorded, click Selected portion, and drag over the section you want.

  9. Click "Record" to begin recording.
  10. You will now see a recording icon with a stop button inside it appear on your top-right menu bar (near where the date and time typically appears).

  11. Click on the stop button to stop the recording.

  12. Your recording can be found in the location you previously specified in Step 3.

How to share your Mac OS screen recordings with others

When you stop the QuickTime Player screen recording, the new video file will be saved to your desktop (unless you’ve specified a different location under the recording settings). Search for a .mov extension.

If you need to easily share your video messag with someone else, ZipMessage was made for that. You can upload a screen recording video to ZipMessage, to use in a shareable message and conversation.

(Alternatively, you can simplify the whole process by using ZipMessage to record your screen and then share the link to view your recording.)

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How to ask your clients on Mac OS to record their screen

Are you working with clients or remote teammates and need to send screen recording videos back and forth? Need to request a screen recording back from a client?

The instructions above can be passed along to help.

Alternatively, try using ZipMessage for free, which enables both you and them to record and send screen, camera, audio, and text messages back and forth asynchronously. It’s free to use and super easy to share.


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