Easiest Ways to Fix QuickTime Screen Recording No Audio on Mac

Want to fix QuickTime screen recording no audio on Mac? You have come to the right place. Here, you will learn some easy ways to fix that issue. Besides, you can also learn the easiest way to screen record Mac with audio here.

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Jane Zhou

Updated on Apr 19, 2024

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QuickTime Player is a multi-functional program that lets you play various media files, edit video/audio files, and record screen and audio on Mac. When it comes to recording screens on Mac, most of you might face - QuickTime screen recording no audio error.

It must be much irritating, especially when you use it to capture important conferences. So, it's necessary to solve the problem. Given that, this post will bring up the solutions to help you fix QuickTime screen recording with no sound!

Why Does QuickTime Screen Recording No Sound

Actually, it is hard to pinpoint the reasons why the QuickTime screen recording no sound, because many issues might cause that error. In the following, we list some common reasons people agreed:

  • You didn't select the built-in Microphone as the default audio input device in QuickTime Player settings.
  • The sound input volume is too low, or the speaker volume is too low to be picked up by the Microphone.
  • QuickTime Player's version is ordered or outdated, which may cause compatibility issues with Mac.
  • Mac has restricted QuickTime from using the system's Microphone.
  • .....

Whatever the reason is, you can check out the following solutions to fix it. Now, let's get started!

You can also read: How to Screen Record on Mac without QuickTime

Top 5 Solutions to Fix QuickTime Screen Recording No Audio

After learning some reasons, we are going to show you some solutions in the following. I hope one of them will get the job done for you!

Methods Effectiveness Time Cost Difficulty
Check Microphone Settings High 1 Minute   Easy
Check the Sound Input settings Medium 2 Minutes Medium
Update QuickTime Player Medium   5-10 Minutes Easy
Check and Modify QuickTime Settings  High   30 Seconds  Easy 
Switch to QuickTime Alternative  Super High

1-2 Minutes


Solution 1. Check Microphone Settings

To successfully record screen with audio on Mac, you should ensure that the application has permission to use your Mac's built-in Microphone. So, follow the below steps to confirm that:

Step 1. Click on the Apple logo, then choose System > Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy.

Step 2. Next, select Microphone on the left side toolbar. After that, you will see all the apps that have permission to use the Microphone. If QuickTime Player doesn't get permission, just tick the box.

Tick out QuickTime Player

Step 3. Once done, reopen QuickTime Player and try to record again.

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Solution 2. Check the Sound Input settings

If QuickTime has permission to use the Microphone and there is still no audio, you should check the Sound input settings as follow:

Step 1. Click the Apple logo to select the System Preferences option.

Step 2. Next, click on the sound icon and choose the input pane from the options.

Step 3. Select Mac's native Microphone and then make the necessary changes.

Step 4. At last, move the slider to turn up the input volume, making capturing the audio easily.

Turn up Input volume

Solution 3. Update QuickTime Player

As we talked about above, the older version of QuickTime Player might cause the error. So, another way is to update the Quicktime.

Step 1. Open QuickTime Player, then click QuickTime Player > Update Existing Software.

Step 2. If there are some updates available, just follow the onscreen instructions to install them.

Step 3. Finally, relaunch QuickTime to try screen record on Mac again.

Solution 4. Check and Modify QuickTime Settings

Sometimes, the Microphone may not be selected as the default audio input device of QuickTime. Thus, you have to select Mac's Microphone to record your voice in QuickTime manually.

Step 1. Open QuickTime and start a recording activity by clicking File > New Screen Recording.

new screen recording

Step 2. Then, click the arrow next to the red record button on the QuickTime screen. Next, select the internal Microphone. Or, you can hit Options to change it from None to MacBook Air Microphone.

select the internal microphone

Solution 5. Switch to QuickTime Alternative

If all the above solutions cannot fix the issue, it's a nice choice to try the QuickTime Player alternative - EaseUS RecExperts for Mac.

It is one of the best Mac screen recorder programs, which makes it easy to record screen and audio on Mac. With its help, you can capture videos from streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. Moreover, there will be no watermark on your recordings, just like using QuickTime Player.

But better than QuickTime, it lets you record internal audio on Mac without installing any plugins. Plus, this software also makes it possible to capture a Microphone, system sound, or both at the same time.

Excellent features of RecExperts:

  • Allow you to record as long as you want
  • Support creating schedule recording tasks based on your needs
  • Export recordings in various formats, including but not limited to MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, etc.
  • Provide built-in editing tools to modify your recorded files
  • Trim QuickTime video if you need to

Now, let's take a look at the tutorial about recording screens with audio on Mac:

Step 1. Select the Recording Area

Launch this program on your Mac, then click "Full screen" or "Region" to select the recording area on your desktop.

Main panel

Step 2. Choose Audio Source/Webcam

Click the "Sound" icon at the bottom left of the panel to select the sound you want to capture with screen. If needed, you can add webcam overlay to your recording by hitting the "Webcam" icon next to "Sound".

Select audio source

Step 3. Adjust Output Settings

According to your needs, click the "Settings" button on the panel to choose the output format, quality, location, shortcuts, etc.

Output settings

Step 4. Start Recording

Once all settings are done, move back to the main interface and click "REC" to start your recording. Then there will be a toolbar that lets you pause, resume, stop the recording flexibly.

Recording toolbar

Step 5. View Recordings

When you finish the recording, you can view all the recorded files with the help of the inbuilt player.

View recordings

Wrap Up

This post has provided several solutions to help fix the QuickTime screen recording no audio error. You can refer to the methods mentioned here to solve the problem. In case you are still facing the issue, switch to EaseUS RecExperts. This screen and audio recorder for Mac will satisfy all your needs about recording.

QuickTime Screen Recording No Audio FAQs

1. Why is there no sound when I screen record on Mac?

If you use QuickTime Player to screen record on Mac and find there is no sound, you can check if the built-in Microphone is selected. If not, you need to manually select a microphone to capture your voice and sound before starting your recording.

2. How do I screen record on Mac with sound?

If you only screen record on Mac with microphone sound, you can use QuickTime Player:

Step 1. Open QuickTime Player, then click File > New Screen Recording from the menu bar.

Step 2. Then you will see the Recording interface. Click the arrow right next to the record button to choose a microphone.

Step 3. Click the Record button to start your recording on Mac.

But if you need to record a Mac screen with internal sound, EaseUS RecExperts is an ideal solution:

Step 1. Download and install RecExperts on your Mac, then launch it.

Step 2. Click on Full Screen to select the recording area, and also hit the Sound icon to select the audio source: System sound, Microphone, or both.

Step 3. At last, click the REC button to screen record on Mac with audio.

3. How do I record my Mac screen without QuickTime?

It is extremely easy to record Mac screen without QuickTime, as there are lots of Mac screen recorder software available. Some are free. Some are paid; you can select the one that suits your needs best.

4. Does QuickTime record internal audio?

No, QuickTime Player cannot record internal audio by default. If you insist on recording internal audio with this freeware, you must download and install some plugins like Soundflower to capture the audio. Or, you will fail in capturing internal audio via QuickTime.

EaseUS RecExperts

One-click to capture anything on screen!

No Time Limit, No watermark

Start Recording

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