Screen Recording not working on iPhone 12? Fix


Fix screen recording not working on iPhone 12

Several users have reported that they’re unable to record screen on iPhone 12 running iOS 14. If you’re among them, I’ll try to help you resolve the problem, and revive the Screen Recording feature on your iPhone 12.

Screen Recording can come in handy when you have to show a bug with an app or make a quick explainer how a particular setting must be activated on your iPhone 12. And you can’t also record anything happening on your iPhone 12 unless the function doesn’t work. There are multiple reasons to why Screen Recording it’s not working on iPhone 12 running iOS 14.

For example, it may refuse to record your screen while using specific apps. It may appear grayed out within the Control Center. Maybe you have disabled Screen Recording and forgotten about it. Or it may end up throwing an obscure ‘Screen recording failed to save’ error message instead.

If that sounds familiar, then here’s what you need to know to get Screen Recording to work properly on your iPhone 12.

How to fix screen recording not working on iPhone 12 issue

1: screen recording won’t work everywhere

it’s worth noting that Screen Recording won’t work everywhere. Usually, this happens when certain apps impose limitations on functionality when playing copy-protected content.

If this is the case, Screen Recording may fail to start, the app that you are attempting to record may pause or freeze, or stopping the recording can result in an error message.

For example, you can’t use Screen Recording while playing music or videos in the Music app. Problems with Screen Recording isolated to a certain app most likely means that this is the reason. Sadly, you can’t do anything about it.

2. restart your iPhone

If Screen Recording was working without issues all along and suddenly stopped functioning, then it might be worth restarting your iPhone. That should likely help resolve any software glitches preventing Screen Recording from running properly.

Press and hold both the Power and either Volume button Until you see the power off slider. Now, swipe the slider from left to right to power off your iPhone.

After turning off your iPhone, press and hold the Power button again to boot it back up. If the reason was a minor technical glitch, then Screen Recording should work on iPhone 12 without issues.

3: Update your iPhone

Keeping your iPhone 12 up to date is a good idea, especially if you face issues with Screen Recording that require frequent device restarts to resolve. Often, the latest iOS 14 updates bring significant bug fixes and performance enhancements that can help to fix persistent problems for good.

To check and install the latest updates for your iPhone, start the Settings app, tap General, and then tap Software Update. If an update is available, tap download and install.

Furthermore, we recommended that you keep your library of apps updated. Long-press the App Store icon on your iPhone 12 and then tap Updates to do that.

4: add an icon to control center

Is the Screen Recording icon missing from the Control Center? If that is the case, you need to add it to the Control Center.

Start the Settings app and tap Control Center. Next, tap Customize Controls.

Underneath the More Controls section, tap the ‘+’-shaped icon next to Screen Recording. That should put the Screen Recording icon back on the Control Center.

5: check restrictions

Is the Screen Recording icon on the Control Center grayed out? If so, the feature is likely restricted. To lift the restriction, please do the following:

Step 1: Start the Settings app and tap Screen Time. Next, tap Content & Restrictions. You will have to insert your Screen Time passcode if prompted to proceed.

Step 2: Tap Content Restrictions, and then scroll down to the section labeled Game Recording. Tap Screen Recording to proceed.

Step 3: Tap Allow, and then exit the Settings app.

The Screen Recording icon within the Control Center should now be active. Simply tap on it to start recording.

6: Low power mode

Are you receiving a ‘Screen recording failed to save’ error message when stopping your screen recordings? If you have Low Power Mode enabled on your iPhone 12, then that likely could be the reason. Low Power Mode curtails certain functions within iPhone, and that might prevent Screen Recording from capturing and saving your screen properly.

To turn off Low Power Mode, open the Settings app, tap Battery, and then turn off the switch next to Low Power Mode.

7: check Storage

Are your recordings failing to save to the Photos app? You must check if storage is the likely issue. To do that, start the Settings app, tap General, and then tap iPhone Storage. The indicator to the top of the screen should show the amount of free space left on your iPhone.

You can delete or offload unnecessary apps to free up storage on your iPhone.

8: turn on microphone

Is Screen Recording failing to capture sounds from your microphone? Easily fixable. Just turn on the microphone before initiating Screen Recording.

To do that, perform a Haptic Touch gesture (long-press) on the Screen Recording icon within the Control Center, and then tap Microphone. You can also do this after starting a recording.

9: reset all settings

If you are still facing issues with Screen Recording on iPhone 12, consider resetting the settings of your device. That should likely help patch up any improperly configured settings preventing the functionality from working properly.

However, a settings reset will revert all modified settings to their defaults, so consider this a last resort to fixing iPhone 12 Screen Recording. You may want to back up your iPhone first before proceeding with this step.
To do this, start the Settings app, tap General, and then tap Reset. Finally, tap Reset All Settings.


Screen Recording is an essential functionality with multiple use cases. Not only does it help you capture amazing moments on your iPhone 12, but It lets you record and share complicated processes, helps you submit feedback to app developers, and more. Hence, ensuring that it’s ready to go off at a moment’s notice is crucial. Hopefully, the fixes above helped, and you are back in business.

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