How to Record Your Screen on a Mac

Karina Parikh

Karina Parikh

Plenty of screen recording tools exist — including ones that come pre-installed on your Mac — but many of them are complicated, clunky, and require you to upload and download large files each time you want to share your video.

That’s where Loom comes in. Simply record your screen and instantly share it with a link without taking up any space on your computer. 

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how you can record your screen on Mac using Loom’s desktop app and Chrome extension.

How to record your screen on a Mac using the Loom desktop app

The Loom desktop app for Mac gives you powerful recording tools to capture, annotate, and share what’s on your screen. Like all of our recorders, you have the option to record your camera and screen for a more engaging and expressive experience. Loom combines the effectiveness of video with the convenience of messaging.

Allie Hitchcock, Loom’s Customer Education Specialist, explains how to record your screen using the Loom desktop app. 

After you install the Loom desktop app, here’s how to record your screen:

  1. Click on the desktop app icon to open the recorder.

With the Loom desktop app recorder, you can easily select your audio input and preferences for what you would like to record straight from the main menu.

  1. Sign in or create a Loom account.

  2. Choose what to capture:

    •  Screen + Cam: Records your screen and camera

    •  Screen Only: Records just your screen with no camera

    •  Cam Only: Records only your camera

For the options Screen + Cam and Screen Only, choose whether to record your full screen, a specific window, or a custom-size recording area. If you have multiple monitors, you can also choose which monitor to record.

3. Choose your audio and camera: 

If you choose to record your camera and audio with your screen, you can select any camera or microphone connected to your computer. Check the audio indicator to tell if your microphone is enabled and capturing audio before you start recording. 

4. Click Start Recording.

5. To stop recording, use the stop button on the Control Menu or click the Loom app on your desktop. You can also quickly restart, pause, or delete your recording from the Control Menu. 

Here’s an overview of Loom’s recording controls, which you can hide if you’d like. 

As soon as you finish recording, your video is uploaded to Loom and you can instantly watch and share it with a link.

With Loom, you can also customize your recording experience — from adjusting your microphone and camera inputs to resolution, settings, and keyboard shortcuts. Want to add some fun to your recording? Use the shortcut “control + command + c” to add a burst of confetti.

Need more powerful recording tools? With Loom Pro, you get access to additional features like HD recording, adding a call-to-action buttoncustom thumbnails, and the drawing tool to annotate as you record. 

How to record your screen on a Mac using the Loom Chrome extension

Loom’s Chrome extension allows you to record your screen with a browser extension instead of downloading Loom to your desktop.

Matthew Flores, Customer Support Representative, explains how to record your screen using the Chrome extension.

After you add the Loom Chrome extension to your browser, follow the instructions below to record your screen:

1. Click on the Chrome extension icon.

2. Decide how to capture your recording:

• Screen + Cam: Records your screen and camera
• Screen Only: Records just your screen with no camera
• Cam Only: Records only your camera

For Screen + Cam and Screen Only recordings, you will also have the option to record your entire desktop or just the browser window. You can select any external microphone or camera connected to your computer as the input for your recording. A microphone audio indicator tells you if your microphone is enabled and capturing audio before you start recording.

3. Click Start Recording.

Accelerate the flow of information with video messaging

Whether you're connecting with your team, your customers, or anyone else, recording your screen with Loom is a great way to collaborate and quickly share information. See how you can use Loom to:

The conversation doesn’t stop there. Your recipients can reply back with a loom, time-stamped written comments, and emoji reactions throughout your video. Plus, your videos will remain in your cloud-based personal library so you can access them at any time or share them with your wider team if you’re using Loom for Teams

Download the Loom desktop app and Loom Chrome extension.

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Karina Parikh

Written by Karina Parikh

Karina is a Content Marketing Manager at Loom.

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