screen recording failed to save

On your iPhone and iPad, there’s a feature called Screen Recording and it allows you to record your screen without any third-party apps. Since this is an inbuilt widget, it allows you to record your screen quickly by clicking the record button in the Control Center.

Once the screen recording is done, you can go to your Camera Roll to see how the video turned out. Usually, the screen recording app works fine, but sometimes, it can fail and the screen you recorded either comes out with no sound or it doesn’t save to your camera roll at all.

Screen Recording failed to save due to The operation couldn’t be completed (Cocoa error -1)

When the screen recording fails, you usually get an error saying, “Screen Recording failed to save due to: The operation couldn’t be completed (Cocoa error -1).” Another error says, “Screen Recording failed to save due to: Failed to save recording.” You’ll need to troubleshoot your device to fix the problem with the screen recording app.

The Reason Screen Recording Failed to Save

The main reason why the screen recording app failed to save the screen recording is that you’re trying to screen record content that’s copyrighted or protected. This can be in the form of a movie. If you’re trying to record content that’s been protected, the screen recording app won’t save your screen recording.

Another reason why the screen recording will fail to save is because of a bug within your device. A bug is a failure in the OS that causes unexpected results, and this can result in apps like Screen Recording failing.

1. Stop Recording Protected Content

If you’re trying to screen record copyrighted content, the screen recording app won’t save it because of the programme that’s in the app you’re recording it from. If you’re on Netflix or any other similar app that has copyrighted films, the screen recording won’t save, or you’ll be shown an error.

2. Turn off Low Power Mode

Low power mode allows you to save battery power when your battery is critically low. In order to save battery, Low Power Mode limits your capabilities on other parts of your device, and this can affect screen recording. If you turn off Low Power Mode, this might fix the problem with the app.

turn off low power mode

Go to Settings > Battery > toggle Off Low Power Mode. Once Low Power Mode is turned off, you can turn on the screen recording app and it should save the recording in your camera roll.

3. Force Restart your iOS Device

If there’s a software problem on your device, it can cause the screen recording app to fail when it tried to save the recording to your camera roll. The quickest way to troubleshoot this problem is to force restart your device. When you force restart your device, the software is troubleshot for any errors.

If you have an iPhone 7 or above:

1. Hold the sleep/wake key and the volume down key.

2. Wait for the Apple logo to appear

If you have an iPhone X or 8:

1. Quickly press the release the volume up button.

2. Quickly press the release the volume down button.

3. Press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo.

To force restart your iPad:

1. Hold down the Home button and the power button.

2. Keep both buttons held until the Apple logo appears.

3. Let go of the buttons.

Once your device has restarted, you try and screen record your screen and check if the video saves to your camera roll without any errors showing up.

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