Can’t Stop QuickTime Screen Recording? How to Fix?

Can’t Stop QuickTime Screen Recording? How to Fix?

Selena Thomas

July 08, 2022 13:28Updated by to Record Video

Apart from playing video and audio files, QuickTime Player can also record the screen of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and the screen of your Mac. And you can find the recordings in the QuickTime folder on your Mac.

However, many users encountered the recording error that QuickTime can’t stop screen recording. If you also have trouble in stopping QuickTime Screen Recording, or fail to save the ongoing recording, read on this post and we’ll show you quick and easy ways to stop QuickTime screen recording.

Stop Quicktime Screen Recording

Part 1. How to Stop QuickTime Screen Recording

To stop screen recording in QuickTime, the direct way is to find the Record button in recording bar and click it to stop recording.

Screen Recording Button

If there is no Record button or the recording bar doesn’t appear, you can try the following ways to pause QuickTime screen recording.

Using Keyboard to Show Recording Bar

To show the recording bar, you can just press Esc and you’ll see the Stop icon. Click on it to stop recording the scree, and then you can preview the recorded video and save it to your Mac.

Force Quit QuickTime

If the QuickTime won’t quit recording, you can force quit QuickTime to end the recording. Note that your recording might be unsaved.

Find and click on the Apple menu, and then select Force Quit. Locate and highlight QuickTime, and then click Force Quit button in the lower right corner of the window. QuickTime player should be closed and the on-going screen recording will stop.

Close QuickTime in Activity Monitor

If the above methods don’t work, try closing QuickTime in Activity Monitor.

Navigate to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor. Or you can simply open the app with Spotlight. Then, click the CPU tab, and choose QuickTime. Then, click on the X in the upper left of the app. So, you can quit the QuickTime Player application.

Activity Monitor Cpu

Use a QuickTime Alternative

Even if we can use QuickTime to create new recordings without installing any 3-rd party software, it might cause a series of troublesome problems. To record the screen on Mac smoothly and make professional recordings, AnyMP4 Screen Recorder is a competitive alternative to QuickTime. It is capable of capturing any screen activity and video in high quality. Also, you can use it to capture music, radio, VoIP phone calls, voice notes and any other audio. Its also gives you the advanced options for real-time editing while recording, task schedule recording, output format configuration, and more.

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Part 2. How to Save QuickTime Screen Recording

When you stop the recording, you can preview the video in advance. If you’re satisfied with the result, you can go to File and choose Save. You will see a new pop-up window on which you can name the recording and choose the destination folder. Finally, click Save to export it to your Mac.

Save QuickTime Screen Recordering

What if your QuickTime screen recording not working?

Part 3: FAQs of QuickTime Screen Recording

1. How to create a new screen recording with QuickTime Player?

First, you need to launch QuickTime Player on your Mac. Choose File, and select New Screen Recording. Then, press the Record button. A screen with additional instructions will appear. Click the Record button to start recording. When you’re finished, click it again on the Menu Bar to stop recording.

2. Why screen recordings of QuickTime have no sound?

QuickTime doesn’t capture screen with the sound from computer system sound and built-in apps. Audio recording of QuickTime only works with your built-in microphone, external microphone, or other Core Audio-compliant audio device.

3. How to force quit QuickTime app?

When QuickTime is frozen, you can press the shortcut Command + Control + Esc to force QuickTime to quit. Or you can Force Quit it from the Apple menu.

4. How to change the QuickTime default location of recording files?

To change the location of your QuickTime files, open the QuickTime app, and go to the screen controls. Then, choose the arrow pointing downward at the right side of your screen. Next, you can choose your desired location to save your QuickTime recordings from the menu list.

5. How to recover unsaved QuickTime screen recording?

Open the Finder on your Mac. Press Command + Shift + G, and you will see a pop-up Go-to box. Here paste the command:

~/Library/Containers/ Information/. This path will take you to the unsaved QuickTime files and then find your desired recording to save it.


These are easy ways you can try to stop the screen recording in QuickTime. It is recommended to adopt an advanced screen recorder like AnyMP4 Screen Recorder is a wiser option. You can use it to record the screen activity on your Windows PC or Mac , capture the gameplay on PS4, save Clash Royale gameplay, and more.

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