Display Recorder

User's Guide

Hold the sleep button for one second to start recording.

The device will prompt you to ensure you haven't pressed the button accidentally.

Press Record and DisplayRecorder will begin recording exactly what's on the display.

Hold the sleep button to complete the recording.

The web interface can be used to extract recordings from the device for postprocessing or for accessing the live view

Join your computer and iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network

Launch DisplayRecorder via the SpringBoard

If the bottom statusbar reads "Web server disabled", tap the Enable button in the bottom left corner

Enter the text in DisplayRecorder's statusbar into your desktop browser's address bar and press enter

Use the on-screen interface to download videos


Adjust how smooth the animation of the recorded video is. Higher values require more processing power to encode and take up more space, but result in a higher quality video.

Lock Framerate

Forces DisplayRecorder to keep capturing frames at the desired speed even if the device isn't able to encode them fast enough. Short periods of high framerate are possible, but if the device runs out of memory, SpringBoard will forcefully restart and lose the active recording.


Selects which orientation the video should be recorded at. Portrait is fastest on iPhone/iPod touch devices; Landscape Left is fastest on iPad

Video Format

Selects the format DisplayRecorder should encode with.

MJPEG/AVI can record all apps, even those that use hardware accelerated video and audio codecs. Yields very large files that must be played back on a computer. Incompatible with iOS 6 and later

H.264/MOV cannot record apps that use hardware accelerated video and audio codecs. Yields much smaller files that may be played back on the device and transferred to the camera roll.

H.264/MOV with Mic Audio behaves similarly to H.264/MOV, but includes audio input gathered from the device's microphone.

Video Quality

Adjusts the quality of the recorded video. Low quality will reduce the size of the resulting videos, but no nearly as much as reducing the framerate. High Quality is recommended


Captures the display in black and white. Reduces the size of the resulting video

OpenGL Capture

Enables or disables capturing OpenGL content. OpenGL content includes games, hardware accelerated video and sometimes camera display. Disabling this option will improve the performance of the capture at the cost of not being able to capture certain content.


Selects whether to capture the screen at half-size. Reduces the size of the resulting video drastically and is useful for getting high framerate captures on iPad. Not compatible with OpenGL capture

Show Taps

Enables or disables on-screen preview of screen taps

Tap Size

Adjust the size of the indicator used to represent taps

Web Server

Enable or disable DisplayRecorder's built-in web server. Using the web server you can download recordings, view a live preview of the display, and remotely control your device.

Activation Methods

Choose how to start/stop recording the screen. Any Activator method can be assigned to DisplayRecorder