How to record a FaceTime call on your iPhone or MacSource: Joseph Keller / iMore

FaceTime calls are a great way to stay in touch with people you care about, whether on an iOS device or a Mac. However, what do you do if you want to save those special moments? Luckily, using your Mac, you can record those calls to view later.

Here's how you can record FaceTime calls taken on both Mac and iPhone.

How to record a FaceTime call on your Mac

If you're looking to record a FaceTime call on your Mac, you can use QuickTime's screen recording feature to your advantage.

  1. Open FaceTime on your Mac.
  2. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard.
  3. Click Options on the screen capture menu.

    Record a FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to Open FaceTime and click Options on the screen capture interfaceSource: iMore

  4. Click a save location under Save to.
  5. Click Built-in Microphone under Microphone.

    Record a FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to click a save location, then how to click Built-in MicrophoneSource: iMore

  6. Click Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion to select your recording area.
  7. Click Record to start recording your screen.

    Record a FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to click Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion, then click RecordSource: iMore

  8. Begin your FaceTime call.
  9. Click the Stop Recording button after you end your FaceTime call. Your recording will be saved to your chosen location.

    Record a FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to begin your FaceTime call, then click Stop Recording when your call is doneSource: iMore

How to record a FaceTime call on your iPhone using your Mac

First things first: don't. Since you can't record your screen natively on your iPhone anyway, you need a Mac for this, and you can already record FaceTime calls on your Mac (I mean, you are reading this whole guide, right?).

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However, if you insist on recording a FaceTime call on your iPhone using your Mac, here's how.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac with a Lightning cable or 30-pin connector.
  2. Open QuickTime on your Mac from your dock or Applications folder.
  3. Click File in the Menu bar.

    Record an iPhone FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to open QuickTime, then click FileSource: iMore

  4. Click New Movie Recording.
  5. Click the arrow next to the record button in the QuickTime window.

    Record an iPhone FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to click New Movie Recording, then click the arrow next to the record buttonSource: iMore

  6. Choose your iPhone from the list of available cameras.
  7. Unlock your iPhone. Its display should now appear in QuickTime on your Mac.

    Record an iPhone FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to select iPhone from the camera menu, then unlock your iPhoneSource: iMore

  8. In QuickTime for Mac, make sure the volume bar is turned up. Otherwise, you won't be able to hear your call, and what would even be the point?
  9. Open FaceTime on your iPhone.

    Record an iPhone FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to adjust the volume bar, then open FaceTime on your iPhoneSource: iMore

  10. Click the Record button in QuickTime on your Mac.
  11. Place your FaceTime call on your iPhone.

    Record an iPhone FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to click Record button, then place a FaceTime call on your iPhoneSource: iMore

  12. Click the Stop button in QuickTime to stop recording when you've finished your call.
  13. Click File in the Menu bar.

    Record an iPhone FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to click the Stop button in QuickTime, then click FileSource: iMore

  14. Click Save.
  15. Give your recording a name.

    Record an iPhone FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to click Save, then enter a name for your recordingSource: iMore

  16. Choose where you want to save your recording.
  17. Click Save.

    Record an iPhone FaceTime call on Mac, showing how to choose where your recording is saved, then click SaveSource: iMore

Questions?

Let us know if you have any questions about recording FaceTime calls in the comments below.

Update May 2020: Up to date through iOS 13 and macOS Catalina.

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