FaceTime video calls is a good way for distant families to feel like they are together, but it is a pity that they are so fleeting that the application does not allow you to record facetime on iphone the conversation so you can relive it in the future. Such a feature would not only be used for special family occasions: it is also a convenient and effective way to create a podcast if you and your co-host cannot be in the same room at the same time.
Well, FaceTime may not offer baked screen recordings, but there are some other methods to achieve this. In this post, we show how to record FaceTime iPhone, iPad or Mac. (We also discussed the question of whether it is legal to record FaceTime calls).
Recording on Mac
We’ll start with the Mac because it’s easier. (More FaceTime calls are made on mobile devices than on Mac PC. If you want to record facetime call, it’s worth switching to Mac just for that call.)
When you want to record what is on your Mac’s screen, the best option is usually QuickTime, which is pre-installed. Search Applications if you are not already in your docking station and open it.
Select File> New Screen Recording (or right click on the QuickTime Player icon in your Dock and choose New Screen Recording). Click on the red recording icon, then click anywhere to start recording the full screen, or click and drag through the FaceTime window if you want to be more selective.
Now the FaceTime conversation begins. When finished, click on the recording icon in the top bar, or right-click on the QuickTime icon in the base and select Stop Recording.
Your recording will appear in a window for you to see; if you are happy, select File> Save.
Recording on iPhone or iPad
Many more people use FaceTime on an iDevice than on a Mac, but recording a conversation is more difficult. Here are your options.
Ways to record facetime on iPhone
IOS screen recording
A screen recording feature was added to the Control Center in iOS 11. Note, however, that the function is deliberately designed to capture video but not audio in certain applications by (we assume) legal reasons. And FaceTime is one of the applications where you can not record audio.
If a recording of the FaceTime video component, and not the sound, is sufficient for your needs, however, this is the simplest solution.
First, open the Control Center by sliding up from the bottom of the screen. (On the iPad, swiping up just makes the spring appear, keep sliding to bring up the full screen that contains the thumbnails of recent applications, the dock and the Control Center). See if the screen recording icon is there: it is a small white circle with a larger white circle around it.
If it is not there, you must access Settings and tell iOS to show the screen recording feature in the Control Center. Go to Settings> Control Center> Customize controls, scroll down and touch the green plus next to Screen Recording.
Now return to the home screen, open the Control Center, touch the screen recording icon (you will see a countdown of three seconds, then a red bar at the top of the screen to indicate that it is being recorded) and start his FaceTime call. When you are finished, slide up the Control Center and touch the recording icon one last time, and your video will be saved in Photos.
In addition to being silent, we have found that this procedure is quite inaccurate; sometimes we start to record the screen and then we get a colleague to start a FaceTime call, but when we accept the call we finish the recording.
Finally, we will add that there is an alternative solution that allows you to record one side of the audio, but not the other: if you press the screen recording icon, it gives you the option to activate the microphone of your device, and it will do so later record what he hears
Record through a Mac
This is crazy since you’ll need to involve the Mac and you could have the conversation on that machine. But if you are eager to have the conversation on an iPhone and record it, including bi-directional audio, then the best solution is to connect the iDevice to a Mac and record through it.
Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, unlock iDevice and start QuickTime on the Mac PC. Click File> New movie recording.
A window will open, showing the view from the webcam of your Mac, but we want to use the iDevice screen. Click on the arrow to the right of the red recording button, and you should see your iPhone or iPad in the “cameras” list. Select it
If everything is fine, the window will change to show what is on the screen of your iPhone. When you are ready, click on the red button to start recording and then start the FaceTime conversation. The rest is the same as when recording a conversation on Mac: click on the stop button on the top bar when finished or right click on the icon of the base; then save the finished video if you are satisfied with it.
Is it okay to record FaceTime call?
If both parties agree to this, it is fine to record FaceTime call. If you can get away with recording a conversation in secret, without notifying the other person, it varies depending on where you are (and the person you are recording) at that moment, and you should check the laws in your country and state. But the general principle is that the same privacy laws that would apply when recording a telephone call apply to the audio.
In England and Wales, you can secretly record a call you have with someone, provided it is only for your use. (This may be seen as a violation of privacy if discovered, but even if it were, this would be a civil rather than a criminal matter). However, if you want to share the contents of the call with a third party, you should have notified all parties to the call in advance, or obtained your consent later. Consent can be implicit by continuing the call after notification, rather than explicitly.
In the USA In the US, 11 states have “two parties” (or “all parties”) consent, which means that all persons in a conversation must have been notified that the call is being recorded. The other 39 states have one-party consent, which means that you (as one of the parties) can choose to record the conversation without consulting the other party. If the callers are in different states, the precedent says that the stricter rules would apply. Keep in mind that even if both are in a party’s consent state, you may still be at risk of a breach of privacy claim if you shared the recording with another party.
There are several complications and grey areas in addition to these simple principles: companies are sometimes allowed and occasionally required to record certain conversations to demonstrate regulatory compliance, while journalists may publish secret recordings if they can demonstrate that they are in the interested public. Our general advice would be to obtain the consent of, or at least notify, the other person, if possible, and obtain specific legal advice for the case where it is not possible.