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iRec Lets You Record iPhone iPad Screen Without Jailbreaking On iOS 7 & 8 [FREE]

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As much as we love the iPhone and iPad, and third-party iOS apps, we just aren’t big fans of Apple’s policies regarding what kind of apps are allowed on the iTunes App Store. iOS is still far, far behind in terms of truly powerful apps, as the platform is void of good background automation tools, screen recorders, emulators, file explorers, launchers, UI customization, and so much more we could and will certainly write about one day.

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Other than temporarily fooling Apple into allowing your policy-breaking app on the App Store – such as with the torrent direct downloader we covered yesterday – developers have two options: launch through Cydia for jailbroken devices, or work with platforms like Emu4iOS to launch on the web.

Just a few weeks ago, for example, we saw the release of GBA4iOS through the latter option. It is a full-blown GameBoy Advance emulator for iOS that you can use without jailbreaking your phone!

screen recording on ipad iphone with iRec without jailbreaking

Today, we’ve come across a screen recorder on Emu4iOS. Named ‘iRec’, the app allows you to record iPhone, and iPad screen without jailbreaking, for free. It’s a fairly simple app, but little to no configuration options. Just launch the app, name your screen-record, and start recording. Once you’re done, you can see the video from within the app and then, if you like it, save it to your Camera Roll.

iRec is devoid of any sophisticated features or customization options. However, considering that the app is in ‘Beta’, we will let that slide. It is available for free, and works on iOS 7 and iOS 8. We tested it ourselves, and can confirm that it works as advertised, though we are hearing reports of iRec not recording video properly on older devices.

How To Install iRec Screen Recorder On iOS (Without Jailbreaking)

Step 1: Open up in Safari on your iOS device

Step 2: Tap on ‘Install’. iOS will ask you if you are sure about doing this, which you of course are, so do the needful.

record screen iphone with irec from emu4ios store

Step 3: A new app by the name of ’emu4ios’ will be shortly visible on your homescreen. Launch it to see all the available apps.

Step 4: You will see ‘iRec’ at the very top. Install it just like you would install any app from the iOS App Store. It’s a simple one-click install!

Step 5: Launch ‘iRec’ from your homescreen after it is installed, and use it just like you use any app!

That’s it!

Be sure to let us know what you think of iRec in the comments section.

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  1. This app No work like any record screen out there (DispRecord , RecordMyScreen, freerecord screen, etc.) it just records my audio not the screen. Do I need another app to play the video? Please help he if I did something wrong. I have been looking and trying to download recording apps as i mentioned above and still have not found one that works properly. Thanks.

      1. Which iPhone are you using? The app does have issues recording videos on older iPhones for some reason. Newer iPhones like 5 and 5s work just fine.

        1. Im using my ipad 3 w/retina IOS 6.1. Does it only work for iPhones not itouch, iPads?

          1. The app is only work for iPhone, no iPod touch, But you can use quicktime to record your iTouch or iPad screen, free and easy.
            1. Plug in iPad to computer, launch QuickTime and select menu File->New Movie Recording.
            2. On the right of the red circle record button on the video preview screen is a reversed ^ icon. Click on it for a drop down menu allowing you to choose the iPad as video source. That’s all.
            To get HD quality video, I’d recommend acethinker iphone recorder, works pretty well for my iPad mini 2.

  2. I use iPhone 5s (iOs 8.2), after downloading Emu4iOs and tried installing iRec. Something popped up and said “iRec couldn’t be installed at this time” I’ve tried it many times and always failed. How? Thank u

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  4. This concerns how much of the screen you can record at a time. There might be instances wherein you do not want to record the entire screen but only selected portions of it. Screen recorder software programs offer different possibilities such as full screen capture, video capture, window capture and region capture. Advanced programs also offer timer controlled capture and scrolling capture options. When you choose a software program with such varied capture capabilities you can center your videos on a particular topic or activity making them more relevant. However, make sure that you choose based on your needs.