Recording a video of the simulator used to be a bit clunky – either using the command line via
simctl or other software such as Quicktime. Thankfully it’s now much easier!
Screen Recording in Xcode
Above the simulator is a toolbar which includes a button to take a screenshot:
File menu there is an option to
Selecting this option, or pressing
Command + R, starts recording the simulator. The screenshot button changes to a stop recording button.
When you’ve finished the task you want to record, simply tap the stop button. A preview will show on screen briefly and then the recording will be saved to your Desktop as an
While the preview is on screen you can also right click and choose other options including
Save as Animated GIF.
(TIP: to play the GIF, locate in Finder and then press the spacebar).