Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Good afternoon,
I own an iPad 2 and a Macbook Pro. I am looking for a free solution to recording my iPad's screen from my computer. I plan to record the gameplay of various iOS games and upload them on video sharing websites.

About my iPad 2 - Version: 6.0.1
Not jailbroken.

I apologize if this exact question has already been answered but I have been unable to find an answer that is suitable for my specific needs. Finding a free alternative to Reflector seems to be very difficult!

All answers will be greatly appreciated.

share|improve this question
Is jailbreaking an option? –  Rob Mar 26 '14 at 7:34
Use Photo Booth. (This is a joke, by the way. It would work though...) –  daviewales Mar 26 '14 at 7:37
I would prefer not to have to resort to jailbreaking my device. I understand that I could use the camera on the computer to record the iPad's screen but I obviously do not want to do that. –  user74098 Mar 26 '14 at 7:57
Thank you, Arne and daviewales. <br> It seems that, at this point, Reflector is my best option. I hope they do develop more free screen recorders for iOS devices in the future. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question. <br> Also, I would like to thank whoever turned my "Answer" into a comment. –  user74134 Mar 26 '14 at 16:42
you should have the ability to comment on your own question, even with only 1 rep. –  dwightk Mar 26 '14 at 16:45

5 Answers 5

I don't know of a free option. There are products like X-Mirage (USD 16), which lets you record your device via AirPlay. This is probably the most hassle-free and cheap solution.

You can also buy an HDMI adapter from Apple, or some third party version, and record your gameplay that way using e.g. an HDD-recorder with HDMI input. For this solution you obviously need quite a bit of hardware.

share|improve this answer

There used to be some free apps, but they stopped working because the devs didn't have time to update them to work with the latest changes to airplay.

If you are willing to pay a bit of money you can get apps which turn your Mac into an Airplay server. You can then mirror your iPad's screen to your Mac, and record it there.

Check them out, and work out which one is best for you.


X-Mirage has a 7-day free trial, so I think it's the closest you'll get to a "free" solution.

share|improve this answer

Wait a few more weeks until OS X Yosemite is released. In Yosemite it's possible to record your iOS screen with QuickTime when you've connected your device with an USB cable..

share|improve this answer

Just go to camera and click the buttion flip camera! If this doesnt work I dont know what will because seriously I dont have an iPad and I have no clue om how to use it

share|improve this answer

emu4ios.com...install then find iRec and click install and begin 😃

share|improve this answer

We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.