Fix Screen Recording Not Working Mac Sonoma, Ventura Can’t Play

If you cannot screen record on MacBook Pro/Air/iMac after macOS Ventura/Sonoma Update, Screen Recording Can't Be Saved.

Screen recording tool (Shift+Command+5) on Mac is helpful, especially for Video Production professionals. But when it’s false play, screen recording can’t be saved (BC of Not Enough Free Up space on mac & Other issues), or screen recording is not saving in your drive after stop screen recording, etc., are the common errors experienced by every Mac owner. 

What if the screen recording stuck and crashing while you record? or Won’t Play in Preview, Fret not! Continue reading the article, as we have curated the best solution to fix it.

Troubleshooting guide: Screen Recording not Working, Can’t be Saved on Mac

Have you come across Shift + Command + 5 doesn’t work for taking a screenshot or Record Video record screen on Mac? Let’s fix it by following the below-mentioned guide.  

We have another free screen recording, Restart your Mac and Check, and also try QuickTime Player.

Fix 1: Recorded Screen video won’t play

The last time when I try to record my Mac running macOS Mojave, Video Doesn’t play and save on Mac. An error message is saying – Your Screen Recording Can’t be Saved.

I am using Full-screen recording with a microphone (record screen with audio). At that time, the microphone was not working due to hardware issues. After I disabled the microphone, That’s work fine for me.

Press Shift+Command+5 and choose Record Screen; click on “Options”> Set the Microphone to “None.” Or Fix your Microphone problems on Mac,

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screen-recording-audio-not-working-on-mac

Pro Tips: How to Record audio from Website On Mac.

That helps to fix the issues for Screen Recording audio not working on Mac.

Fix 2: Check Keyboard Shortcuts

Whenever you want to record a video on Mac, you can use the Keyboard Shortcut keys: “Shift + Command + 5” as its Default Keyboard Shortcut on Mac from Keyboard Preferences. So if you encounter an unresponsive recorder, you need to verify the default shortcut isn’t disabled or changed.

macOS Ventura, Sonoma And Later

  • 1→ Go to Apple Logo > System Settings… 
System Settings on Mac
System Settings on Mac
  • 2→ Select Keyboard from the Tab. And then click on Keyboard Shortcuts… 
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keyboard-shortcuts-settings-on-mac
  • 3→ Click on Screenshots and then check the box next to the Screenshots and Recording Options. 
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correct-and-restore-default-shortcut-on-mac
  • 4→ At the same point, verify the shortcut isn’t changed. To restore the default one, click Restore Default at the bottom. 

macOS Monterey And Earlier

  • 1→ Click on Apple Logo from the top Mac menu > System Preferences 
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system-preferences-on-mac
  • 2→ Choose Keyboard.
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keyboard-settings-on-macos-monterey
  • 3→ Shortcuts Tab> Screenshots > Select all Checkbox 
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check-screen-recording-shortcut-on-mac-restore-default

Verify your Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Screen Recording or Screenshot isn’t changed. If that’s so, you can click on Restore Default Button.

Screen Recording Is Not Saving In Your Drive After Stop Screen Recording

Nothing to worry about since you have not yet selected the drive in which the video needs to be saved. To do so, press the Shift+Command+5 from the recording tool, and click on the Options. Next, click on the Other Locations…

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screen-recording-is-not-saving-in-your-drive

Select Drive from the left sidebar. And accordingly, select the location you want. 

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select-external-drive-to-save-recording

Choose the Folder to save the next recording or screenshot.

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select-save-folder-on-mac

Re-check before starting recording under the save to options.

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change-recording-save-to-location-on-mac

That’s it.

Fix 3: macOS Screen Recording Permission Not Working

Some Mac users reported the issue with the App, and the Browser won’t allow a recording screen or “screen recording not showing up in system preferences.” For Example, Screen Recording Video making software Record screen during Zoom meetings in-app or Browser. So, You have to Enable the screen recording permission from mac privacy settings.

macOS Ventura And Later

  • 1→ Go to Apple Logo from the menubar and choose System Settings… 
System Settings on Mac
System Settings on Mac
  • 2→ Swipe down and select Privacy & Security. Select Screen Recording from the right side.
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screen-recording-privacy-settings-on-mac
  • 3→ Enable toggle next to the application and enter the Administrator Name And Password. That’s It!
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enable-screen-recording-permission-for-app

macOS Monterey And Earlier

  • 1→ Go to the Apple Logo from the top mac menu > System Preferences. 
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system-preferences-on-mac
  • 2→ Click on Security & Privacy.
  • 3→ Click on lock [Enter Administrator Name and Password] to make changes.
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unlock-settings-in-macos-monterey-earlier
  • 4→ Privacy Tab > Select “Screen Recording” from the left side of the window. Also, Select the App or Browser to allow Screen recording while opening on the screen. That’s it.
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allow-apps-to-record-screen-on-mac

Fix 4: Mac Privacy Screen Recording Missing

There might be a chance the application from which you are willing to record isn’t allowed under the Screen Recording privacy on macOS. If that’s so, follow the below steps. 

macOS Ventura & Later

  • 1→ Go to Apple Logo from the menu bar and choose System Settings… 
System Settings on Mac
System Settings on Mac
  • 2→ Swipe down and select Privacy & Security. Select Screen Recording from the right side.
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  • 3→ Click on + Plus Icon and enter the Administrator Username Name And Password. 
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add-app-in-to-screen-recording-privacy-list-in-macos
  • 4→ Next, choose App from Windows under the applications from the sidebar. Select the app or Use the Search box to find it and click on Open from the bottom right of the screen.
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add-allow-app-to-record-screen-on-mac
  • 4→ Enable toggle to allow screen recording.
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enable-apps-to-allow-screen-recording-on-mac

That’s it. Quit the app & Reopen it to start using it for screen recording.

macOS Monterey And Earlier

  • 1→ Go to the Apple Logo from the top mac menu > System Preferences.

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  • 2→ Click on Security & Privacy > Click on lock [Enter Administrator Name and Password] to make changes. > Select “Screen Recording” from the left side of the window.

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  • 3→ Also Select the App, or Browser to allow Screen recording while open on the screen.

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  • That’s it.

Due to other internal System Errors or App bugs, your app is not showing under the Screen Recording Privacy option on Mac System Preferences. Follow the below steps to add and allow for Screen recording.

  • If your app is not in the list then add Manually from [+] Option,

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  • Select Applications Folder and > App that you want to add.

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  • Browser app from Mac, and Enable Checkbox to allow screen recording for mac.

That’s it.

Fix 5: Check for Software Update On Mac

Outdated macOS versions can cause specific issues with mac, including screen recording stop automatically after some time or interval. To check if this is not the cause, follow the steps below. 

macOS Ventura And Later 

1→ Select Apple Logo from the Menubar. 

2→ Click on System Settings… 

3→ Choose Software. Let the system Check For Updates. If available, click on Update Now and then Restart Now. 

macOS Monterey And Earlier

1→ Go to the Apple Logo on your Mac. 

2→ Next, click on System Preferences. Now, find and choose Software Update. Wait for a few seconds to check and get the Software update. If available, instantly select Update. 

Fix 6: Restart your Mac

Internal software glitches and hardware issues we can re-fix with a simple restart. My Mac mini was affected by the problems of the Keyboard Shortcut (Shift + Command + 5) for taking Screenshots or Start Video Recording not working or not start.

  • Go to the Apple menu > Apple logo > Restart.

Or, Use the Power button to force restart or turn off your Mac, iMac, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air.

Fix 7: Delete Screen Recorder Plist file from Library on Mac

Plist is an application file that allows you to store the settings or preferences you use. However, occasionally it needs to be restored to fix the conflicts within the Application. And that’s what we need to do with the Screen Recording App by following the steps below. 

1→ Open Finder on Mac and select Go from the menu bar. Click on Go to Folder…

2→ Enter the below command line: ~/Library/Preferences/

3→ Tap on the Go button.

Search the “Screen” [com.apple.screen capture.plist] file using the Search box, Select Preferences Folder Directory, and Quickly find your find. Copy this File for Backup and Save it to another folder or place. Delete this File under the Library folder.

2 Delete Plist for Screenshoot on Mac

Check now screen recording works or not. Otherwise, restart your Mac and Check it to get effect 100%. Thanks.

Fix 8: Screen Recording Permission Mac Chromecast

That means you must cast your Chrome to another compatible device from Mac. I assume you want to mirror your Mac to Chromecast from Google Chrome Browser. So here need to give Screen Recording Permission to Google Chrome Browser under the Privacy settings.

macOS Ventura & Later

  • 1→ Go to Apple Logo from the menubar and choose System Settings… 
System Settings on Mac
System Settings on Mac
  • 2→ Swipe down and select Privacy & Security… Select Screen Recording from the right side. Enable toggle next to the application and enter the Administrator Name And Password. 
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  • 3→ If Google Chrome Browser is missing the list, click on the + Plus Icon and enter the Administrator Name And Password.
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add-app-in-to-screen-recording-privacy-list-in-macos
  • 4→ Next, choose Google Chrome App and click on Open from the bottom right of the screen.
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add-allow-app-to-record-screen-on-mac
  • Make sure crome is enabled.
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enable-apps-to-allow-screen-recording-on-mac

if you are running older macOS, then follow the below steps…

macOS Monterey And Earlier

  • 1→ Go to the Apple Logo from the top mac menu > System Preferences.
system-preferences-on-mac
system-preferences-on-mac
  • 2→ Next, Click on Security & Privacy > Unlock the Window by clicking on the Lock icon [Enter your Mac name and Password]. Select Screen Recording from Sidebar > and Select Google Chrome Browser.
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  • 3→ Quit and Reopen your Browser and Start cast to Chromecast. If Google Chrome is not showing in the list, click on the + Icon from the screen, and from the Applications, search for Google Chrome and tap Open. 

Cast mac screen to Chromecast: Open Tab in Google Chrome Mac Browser on your Mac, Click on More button from the top right corner of the screen > Cast > Select Sources and Device that’s in your Network. Also, Record your Mac screen. 

Fix 9: Screen Recording Stop Automatically

However, this could be due to the screen recording limit applied by you. To check it, press Shift+Command+5. Next, click on the Options, and then under the Timer Menu, select None.  

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screen-recording-audio-not-working-on-mac

Fix 10: Can I Record the Mac screen With Internal audio?

Officially this option is disabled for Mac users, But we can do it using the third-party Extension known as Loopback on supported by all macOS. 

macOS Ventura And Later

1→ Download and Install Loopback Extension and allow all security permissions.

2→ Once you do, navigate to the Apple Logo > System Settings… > Sound from the left sidebar. 

3→ Right under Output & Input Menu, click on Output and select Loopback. 

4→ Now press Shift+Command+5, and from the recording tool, select Options. Under the Microphone Menu, select Built-In Microphone and begin recording. 

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record-internal-audio-on-mac

macOS Monterey And Earlier

1→ Download and Install Loopback Extension and allow all permission on Mac.

2→ Enable Loopback as an internal audio reference from Microphone Preferences. Go to the Apple Logo from the top Mac menu > System Preferences > Sound > Under the Output tab, select Loopback.

3→ Now, Start Built-in Screen Recording On Mac screen, “Shift + Command + 5 “, Select Options menu > Select Built-In Microphone. and Start recording.

Fix:11 Screen Record Mac with internal audio QuickTime not recording

Can I Record Mac Screen Using Quick Time? No. Apple doesn’t allow audio recording with Quick Time Screen because of apple’s terms and conditions. But Third-Party Screen Recording software will help you to record a Mac screen with Audio [System Sound, Click, Video with Sound]. Here’s an Example,

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Fix 12: Quick Time Player Has still in use

1→ Open Quicktime Player on Mac using Spotlight Search (Command + Space).

2→ Do Right Click on the QuickTime Play icon on the dock and select “New Screen Recording.” Or open QuickTime, choose File from the menubar, and then select New Screen Recording (Control+Command+N)

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start-a-new-screen-recording-on-mac-using-quick-time

3→ Start to record the screen by clicking on Button on QuickTime player.

4→ Now, Click to record full screen or drag the selected part to be recorded.

Make sure to save your task before closing it.

Bottom Line

I hope the troubleshooting guide has helped you to fix the issue. However, if the error continues, we recommend contacting Apple Support for further assistance or you can carry to the nearer Apple Center as there may be a hardware issue.

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