How to capture audio from iOS devices in Audio Hijack

With just a few clicks, any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch can be configured as an audio input device for your Mac. Audio played on the device can then be captured and recorded using Audio Hijack.

Step 1: Connect your iOS device and enable audio from it

Start by physically connecting your iOS device to your Mac with a Lightning cable, then launch the “Audio MIDI Setup” application, found in the "Utilities" folder of the main Applications folder.

You should see a window similar to the screenshot above. Click the “Enable” button under the iOS device's name to cause the device to appear as a standard audio input on your Mac.

Note: Though your device's custom name will appear in the Audio MIDI Setup utility, that is not the name which the system will use for the audio input. Instead, that name will only reflect the type of hardware: “iPhone”, “iPad”, or “iPod touch”. That simplified name is what will show in System Preferences and Audio Hijack.

Step 2: Create an Input Device session in Audio Hijack

Next, launch Audio Hijack and create a new session. The “Input Device” template is a good place to start. Click the “Input Device” Block, and select your iOS device as the input source:

Step 3: Capture your audio!

You're now ready to capture audio playback from your iOS device. Start the session, and begin playing audio on the device. Audio will flow from the iOS device and into Audio Hijack, where it will be recorded. If you want to hear this audio as you record, add an Output Device block to the end of the chain: