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Everything You Need to Know about How to Record Your Screen on Mac

This blog aims to help you solve how to record your screen on Mac and guide you how to record your screen with internal audio and microphone on Mac.

Apple differentiates itself from other technology companies in all respects, so much so that it has a different name for personal computers called Mac while in the case of others, PC. Besides, Apple creates its own tools for the sake of users’ unique experiences. A screen recorder, for example, you can find a self-sufficient one on Mac without much effort. Simple as it sounds, many of you are probably still confused about how to record your screen on Mac. Or some of you know how to do it but fail to record the internal audio. Thus, this blog aims to help you with everything about screen recording on Mac. 

How to Screen Recording on Mac


How to Record Your Screen on Mac in Two Easy Ways

There are two ways to screen record on Mac. You can do it with the help of either Screenshot toolbars or QuickTime Player. The following is how to do it step by step.

How to Record Your Screen on Mac Using Screenshot Toolbars

Step 1: Press “Shift + Command + 5” to open the Screenshot Toolbar.

How to Record Your Screen on Mac - Step 1

Step 2: Choose “Record Entire Screen” or “Record Selected Portion”.

Next to the Screenshot icon, you will find icons for recording your screen. Based on your needs, you choose either to “Record Entire Screen” (on the left) or to “Record Selected Portion” (on the right).

How to Record Your Screen on Mac - Step 2

  • If you click the left button “Record Entire Screen”, no need to adjust anything. 
  • If you click the right button “Record Selected Portion”, you can choose which area to be recorded and change the area size. 

Step 3: Click “Options” to preset your recording. 

How to Record Your Screen on Mac - Step 3

From a wide range of selections, you can decide where to save the recording, how many seconds to start after clicking “Record”, whether to use a microphone or not and more options such as “Show Mouse Clicks”.

Step 4: Click “Record” to Start Recording.

Step 5: Click the stop button in the menu bar in the upper right corner of your computer to finish recording.

How to Record Your Screen on Mac - Step 5

After clicking stop, the thumbnail of your video will appear at the bottom right. You can swipe right to save it or open it to trim and share. 

How to Record Your Screen on Mac Using QuickTime Player

Step 1: Open QuickTime Player on your Mac.

There are two ways for you to find QuickTime Player on your Mac.

  • Find it through the Application folder, then double click to open it.
  • Find it through the search bar, then tap “QuickTime Player” into the search bar to get it. 


To open the search bar, click the magnifying glass icon in the menu bar in the upper right corner or press “Command + Space” on your keyboard.

Step 2: Check the menu bar in the upper left corner to open “File” > “New Screen Recording”, then a screen recording window will pop up to help you with how to record your screen in computer.

How to Record Your Screen on Mac with QuickTime Player - Step 2

Step 3: Click the red button in the screen recording window to start recording. 

How to Record Your Screen on Mac with QuickTime Player - Step 3


Before recording, you can click the arrow next to the red button to preset your recording.

  • If you want your voice to be recorded in the video, then choose a microphone to solve how to record your screen with sound mac.
  • If you want mouse clicks to be shown in the recording, then choose “Show Mouse Clicks in Recording”.

Step 4: Choose to record the whole screen or part of the screen.

After clicking the red button to start, a window will appear in the middle of the screen to remind you whether to record the whole screen or part of the screen.

How to Record Your Screen on Mac with QuickTime Player - Step 4

Step 5: Start Recording. 

  • Record the whole screen: click anywhere to start.
  • Record part of the screen: drag to record the area and adjust the size, then click within the area to start 

Step 6: Click the stop button in the menu bar in the upper right corner to finish recording.

How to Record Your Screen on Mac with QuickTime Player - Step 5

Those are all the basic steps about how to record your screen on Mac.  

But unlike the third-party tool iTop Screen Recorder that captures all the sound automatically on Windows, both the Screenshot toolbar and QuickTime Player fail to record the internal audio on Mac. Probably many of you have been bothered by it all the time. Don’t worry, in the next part, there is a solution on how to record your screen with sound Mac. Keep reading.



How to Record Your Screen with Sound on Mac

In terms of how to screen record with sound on Mac, your speaking voice is easy to be recorded with the help of the internal microphone on Mac; but internal audio takes few steps more to be recorded. Here is how to do it step by step.

How to Record Your Screen on Mac with Internal Audio

Step 1: Download and install Soundflower on your Mac.

Step 2: Open Audio MIDI Setup. You can find it through the Search bar (Command + Space).

Step 3: Click the “Plus Button” at the bottom left corner > “Create Multi-Output Device” > Choose “Build-In Output” and “Soundflower” at the same time. 

How to Record Your Screen with Sound Mac - Step 3

Note: 

  • Build-In Output has to be set as the Master Device. Otherwise, you can’t hear any sound while recording. 
  • You can double click the “Multi-Output Device” icon to rename it. Here you see it is “Screen Record w/Audio”

Step 4: Go to “System Preference” > “Sound” > “Output” > Change your “Output” to the newly created “Multi-Output Device”. (Here you see the renamed one “Screen Record w/Audio”)

How to Record Your Screen with Sound Mac - Step 4

Step 5: Start recording.

Press “Shift + Command + 5” > “Record the Entire Screen” or “Record Selected Portion” > “Options” > “Microphone” > “Soundflower” > “Record”.

Now, how to record your screen with internal audio on Mac has been solved. The next part will take a step further, telling you how to record both of your internal audio and microphone on Mac.

How to Record Your Screen on Mac with Mic and Internal Audio

For some of you who want to record a tutorial video, here is a guide to help you record both your microphone and internal audio. 

Steps 1 ~ 4 are the same as the steps to record your internal audio mentioned above. 

Step 5: Open  “Audio MIDI Setup”. You can find it through Search bar. (Command + Space) 

Step 6: Click “Plus Button” > “Create Aggregated Device” > “Soundflower” + “Built-In Microphone”.

 How to Record Your Screen with Sound Mac - Step 5

You can rename this newly created “Aggregated Device”. Here you see it is “Soundflower Input”

Step 6: Press “ Shift + Command + 5” > “Options” > “Microphone” > “Soundflower Input” > “Record”

By doing so, you can record both the microphone and the internal audio.

The Bottom Line

Hope the ways in this blog can help you when you don’t know how to record your screen on Mac. By following them step by step, you can screen record on Mac with internal audio or not, with or without a microphone. Moreover, except the ways mentioned in this blog, in the near future, iTop Screen Recorder will make things much easier for you to record your screen on Mac  with sound. Keep an eye on it!


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