How to Screen Record on Mac With Internal Audio

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Screen recording on a Mac is a useful feature that allows you to capture your screen activity, whether it’s for creating tutorials, recording gameplay, or making presentations. However, if you want to include internal audio in your screen recordings, you might run into some challenges. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of how to screen record on Mac with internal audio.

Step 1: Check System Requirements

Before we begin, ensure that your Mac meets the necessary system requirements for screen recording with internal audio:

  • Mac running macOS Mojave (10.14) or later
  • A compatible Mac model
  • Internal speakers or headphones

Step 2: Adjust Sound Settings

To enable internal audio recording during screen capture, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu () in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences”.
  3. Click on “Sound”.
  4. Navigate to the “Output” tab.
  5. Select your internal speakers or headphones (whichever you want to record).

Troubleshooting Tip:

If you don’t see any output devices listed in the “Output” tab, make sure your speakers or headphones are connected properly and functioning correctly.

Step 3: Choose a Screen Recording Tool

To record your screen with internal audio, you can use one of the following tools:

  • QuickTime Player: This built-in application allows you to record your screen with internal audio easily. Simply open QuickTime Player and select “New Screen Recording” from the File menu.

    Then click on the small arrow next to the record button and choose your internal microphone as the audio source.

  • Third-party Screen Recorders: There are several third-party screen recording applications available that offer more advanced features. Some popular choices include OBS Studio, Camtasia, and ScreenFlow. These tools allow you to customize your recording settings, edit videos, and export them in various formats.

Troubleshooting Tip:

If you encounter any issues while recording internal audio with QuickTime Player or a third-party screen recorder, make sure you have selected the correct audio input source in the application’s preferences or settings.

Step 4: Start Recording

Once you have chosen your preferred screen recording tool, follow these steps:

  1. Open the selected screen recording tool.
  2. Select the area of your screen (or the specific window) that you want to capture.
  3. If using QuickTime Player, click on the record button to start recording. If using a third-party tool, refer to its documentation for instructions on starting a screen recording.
  4. Note: Make sure to enable audio recording in your chosen tool and select the internal audio source as mentioned earlier.
  5. Note: If using QuickTime Player, you might need to click on the volume icon during recording and select “Internal Microphone” as the input source.

    This will ensure that your audio is recorded properly.

  6. Perform the actions on your screen that you want to record, whether it’s demonstrating a process or playing a video with sound.
  7. When you’re done recording, stop the screen capture in your chosen tool. Save the recording to your desired location on your Mac.

Congratulations! You have successfully recorded your Mac screen with internal audio. Now you can use the recorded video for whatever purposes you need!


In this tutorial, we have covered the step-by-step process of how to screen record on Mac with internal audio. By adjusting sound settings, selecting a suitable screen recording tool, and following the necessary steps, you can capture high-quality screen recordings that include internal audio effortlessly. Whether you’re creating tutorials or capturing gameplay footage, this feature will surely enhance your recording experience on macOS.

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