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How to screen record on Mac with audio [Internal & External sound]

Mac's built-in screen capturing tools and some effective 3rd-party screen recorders can help you to record exactly what's on your Mac screen with audio in easy steps.

Jasmin Woods Updated on Jan 21, 2023 10:16 PM

Whether for professional or personal use, there are a variety of reasons you might want to record your Mac screen with audio. Fortunately, macOS lets you easily create screen recordings with audio using its built-in tools like the QuickTime Player and Screenshot Toolbar.

Alternatively, you can use a reliable third-party app like AppGeeker Screen Recorder to help you record your Mac screen with audio in excellent quality and different formats.

Several different screen recording apps can help you screen record with audio on your Mac.

Screen recording on Mac is a great way to capture the current content on your computer, whether you're creating video tutorials or sharing your own thoughts. And sometimes you may want to record a video of your Mac screen with audio included.

Also see: How to Record Computer Audio on Mac

The good news is, macOS allows you to record your screen content thanks to its built-in tools. Also, there are many powerful Mac screen recorders on the market for those who need additional recording features to record Mac screen and audio at the same time. Read on to get started.

Table of contents:

Part 1. How to screen record on all Macs with both video and audio (internal sound included)

Use QuickTime Player

To screen record with audio on a Mac, you can use the native app QuickTime Player, which offers free and easy screen-capture features. QuickTime is capable of recording all the current windows on your Mac screen, including the videos, browsers, active applications and more.

Screen recording Mac with audio

QuickTime doesn't have the ability to record the audio output from your Mac system. But luckily, there is an open-source extension for macOS that allows you to capture Mac's internal audio to your screen recordings. It's an app called Soundflower that you can easily use on your Mac to record your screen with computer audio. Can't miss: Record Mac Screen and Audio with QuickTime Player

1. Install Soundflower on Mac.

2. Change audio output device in System Preferences / Sound.

To record both screen and audio on your Mac, click the Apple logo, and go to System Preferences > Sound. Click the Output tab and select Soundflower (2ch) as the sound output.

Select a device for sound output before recording.

3. Run QuickTime Player.

It's located in the Applications folder on your Mac. You can also search QuickTime Player in the Launchpad and open it from there.

Tips: If you have macOS Mojave or newer version on your Mac, simply open the screen recorder by pressing the CMD + Shift + 5 shortcut.

4. Create a new screen recording window in QuickTime.

Click File > New Screen Recording in the top menu bar, or press Ctrl + CMD + N shortcut.

Open the File menu in QuickTime and open New Screen Recording.

5. Enable audio capture in Screen Recording.

Click the down arrow next to the red circle, select the audio source to be recorded with your Mac screen. To capture internal computer sound, use the Soundflower (2ch) output.

Enable audio recording in QuickTime to capture video screen on Mac with audio.

6. Start / stop recording your screen.

Do whatever you want on your Mac screen, and start recording by clicking the red Record circle. When you're done, click the dark-grey square at the top to stop recording.


  • Don't forget to change the audio output device back after you're done recording. To do that, head to Apple icon > System Preferences, access Sound window, and change your preference back to your Mac's Internal Speaker.

Edit and share your screen recording

After that, the QuickTime preview window shows up automatically, you can check the recording result, trim the video clip, and save it as an MOV file on your Mac with a click. Also, you can use iMovie to add video effects and background music to make your recording more creative, and share it to anywhere you wish.

Alternatively, you can use third-party software like AppGeeker Screen Recorder, which provides more advanced features and easy settings.

Use a full-featured Mac Screen Recorder with audio recording

While most of screen recordings don't have to be complex, sometimes you'll want to use advanced features like annotating in real time, capturing background computer audio, adding narrations, recording Mac screen and yourself at the same time, and more. For more creative and professional videos, the all-in-one tool AppGeeker Screen Recorder offers extensive recording features to take your screen recordings to the next level.

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Thankfully, this effective Mac screen recorder is compatible with macOS versions. You can use it on any Mac, MacBook, and iMac. Additionally, it has a built-in audio recording feature that enables you to capture internal sound and microphone audio simultaneously or separately while recording a video of your Mac screen.

Step 1: Open Screen Recorder on Mac and choose Video Recorder.

You can record screen activities, webcam videos and audio on your Mac.

Step 2: Enable audio recording option.

Turn on System sound option to capture computer audio from macOS and Microphone to record your own voice for narration. You can also record yourself along with your Mac screen by enabling the Camera option.

Add system sound, microphone audio, or webcam video to your Mac screen recording.

Step 3: Select a recording area: Full screen or a selected region.

Choose entire screen or a selected section on your Mac screen. You're also able to record a specific window or application.

Step 4: Record both video and audio from your Mac screen.

Click the REC button to start recording. Use the editing tools to add on-screen drawings and annotations to make your video more understandable.

When you're ready to stop screen capturing, hit the red square on the floating bar.

You can add real-time annotations while recording your Mac screen.

Step 5: Preview and export the high-quality recording to your Mac.

When it's done, you're allowed to preview and trim the screen recording before saving it on your Mac. The video file can be exported in various formats like MP4, MOV, and more.

Additional tips:

To configure more settings, click the gear icon at the top of Video Recorder window to access advanced options of screen and audio capture:

  • In Output section, select a location and choose to record your screen videos as MP4 file or in other general formats. Save recordings in Middle / High / Lossless quality.
  • Click the Hotkeys tab, set up shortcuts for screen / audio recording.
  • Check Mouse option, let it show your mouse pointer and record the clicks.
  • Go to Recording tab, you can use it to show countdown before recording, exclude the float toolbar in the video, and much more.

Configure advanced settings for screen and audio recording on macOS computer.

Part 2. How to record your Mac screen and your own voice

Speaking of the quickest screen recorder for Mac, you just can't miss the Screenshot Toolbar. Pre-installed on macOS Mojave and later, it can be easily activated by the shortcut Shift + CMD + 5 and is very helpful to capture your audio for narration while screen recording on your Mac computer.

Step 1. Access Screenshot Toolbar.

Launch the Screenshot Toolbar by pressing Shift-Command-5 keys at the same time. This will open up the screen capture controllers.

Step 2. Choose what you want to record on your screen.

From the toolbar, you can choose the entire screen or just a specific portion to record on your Mac.

Choose the recording options to capture whole screen / a certain area on Mac.

Step 3. Add microphone audio to your screen recording.

Click Options to access more settings. Choose an input microphone when you need to record your voice or background sound to your screen recording on Mac.

Use an internal microphone or an external audio equipment to record your voice with your Mac screen.

Step 4. Adjust recording settings.

Decide where to save your screen recording video, whether you want to use a timer or show mouse clicks.

Step 5. Start recording.

Hit the Record button on the right to begin capturing your screen content as well as microphone sounds on your Mac.

Step 6. Stop recording and save the video file.

Hit the black square in the upper-right corner to stop screen recording. The video file will be saved in .mov format on your desktop by default unless you've changed the location before recording.

Tips: If you're using an older OS before macOS Mojave, use the QuickTime Player for recording instead. Open QuickTime, and go to File > New Screen Recording. This way, you can screen record your Mac and use your microphone to add external sounds.

Frequently asked questions

Q1 - Why is there no sound from my Mac screen recording?

If you're recording videos on your Mac screen with QuickTime Player, be aware that it's unable to record the internal sound coming from your computer system unless you use a third-party audio extension. In this case, it would be a better idea to use a screen recorder with audio capture features. The AppGeeker Screen Recorder can help you with that.

Q2 - Can QuickTime Player record my Mac screen with audio?

The QuickTime Player can create screen recordings with microphone audio on Mac. That is to say, you can record your video screen and microphone sounds at the same time. We also have another guide, sharing tips about how to capture computer audio on Mac if you're interested.

Q3 - How can I record a video of my Mac screen with internal sound?

To take videos of Mac screen with computer audio, let the easy-to-use AppGeeker Screen Recorder to help you.

1. Install and open Screen Recorder on your macOS.

2. Go to Video Recorder.

3. Enable System sound option.

4. Click on REC button to start recording.

5. Hit Stop square to end recording.

Once done, preview, edit, and save the recording file on your Mac.

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for Windows | for macOS

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