Screen recording makes it easy to record video from your phone's screen to share with others. And you don't need a third-party app or external screen recorder to make it happen. Your Android phone has everything it needs to capture seamless video from your phone's screen.
All you need to do is start recording.
Here's everything you need to know about screen recording on an Android.
How Do You Screen Record on Android?
While there are so many Android devices on the market, like the Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel, Android screen recording works the same way across all of them (as long as the device runs Android 11 or higher). Here's what you'll do:
- Open the device.
- Swipe downwards from the top of your screen to open the "Quick Settings" menu in the notification panel. For some phones, you might need to swipe right to find it.
- Tap the "Screen Record" icon.
- To enable audio and to enable touch visibility functions, or both, slide their respective toggles to the right.
- Click "Start."
- Swipe down from the top of the screen and press "Tap to Stop" when you want to stop recording.
The screen recorder tool can be used for a variety of different reasons. You might record your screen to show someone how to access certain features of their phone, or you can use it to scroll through a long chain of messages to send to a friend.
You can even use it to record videos or gameplay from certain apps — just know that some apps will block you from being able to do so.
What Are Some Screen Recording Apps?
While most Android devices have screen recording capabilities already built-in, there isn't much variety for you to be able to change the settings to your liking. You can only hit the record button, record your screen, and then save it in your photo library.
Additionally, if your device runs any operating system from Android 10 or prior, you may consider getting an app for increased functionality.
If you're looking for something a little more advanced, you can hit up the Google Play store for one of these screen recording apps:
- AZ Screen Recorder
- Google Play Games
AZ Screen Recorder
If you're looking for a screen recording app that also allows you to make edits to your recordings, then AZ Screen Recorder is the way to go. This free app lets you record smooth and clear screen videos.
Additionally, it can capture the screen of specific content that might usually be blocked by the built-in screen recorder, like gaming livestreams or YouTube videos. This makes it great for recording video tutorials, live shows, and events.
XRecorder is another screen capture app aimed at gamers and livestreamers looking to screen record their content. There's no watermark or recording time limit, making it a great software, especially for a free application.
You can edit videos, draw on the screen, and have much creative control as you record your gameplay. You can also record videos that can not be downloaded so you never miss live shows, movies, or other content that you might otherwise need to go without.
Google Play Games
Google Play Games is not a screen recording app in and of itself — it's a gaming app first and foremost. This app has built-in games you can play without needing to install them separately. You can even play them in playlists, save progress where you left, and filter games by category.
But you can also use the screen recording feature in the app to record and share your gameplay at a high frame rate. While you can only record if your device supports Android 5.0 and up, you can also use the feature to record your voiceover and reactions to your game.
It's great for streamers and content creators looking to build a base without access to much equipment.
Where Do Screen Recordings Go?
Screen recordings go into your phone's photos app like any other video recording. You can access them after you hit the stop button by opening your photos app and scrolling to the most recent video. There, you should be able to find your recording.
You can also try going to your photo library and then tapping "Movies" to view all of your videos simultaneously.
If you're screen recording from an app like XRecorder, you'll first need to grant the application access to your photos and videos if you want to be able to save them to your device.
Upon booting the app, you'll likely be asked to allow the app to have access to this data. But if you forget this step, you can adjust your system's settings permissions.
How Are Screenshots and Screen Recordings Different?
Screen recordings are great for capturing a video, but screenshots are perfect if you're just trying to get a still image of your screen.
Screenshots are often used to take a photo of messages, events, or pictures you might be viewing on your phone screen that you're otherwise unable to download.
To take a screenshot on your Android phone:
- Find the screen that you want to capture.
- Press and hold the "Power" and "Volume down" buttons simultaneously. If that doesn't work, have the power button for a few seconds and tap "Screenshot."
- After the screen is captured, you'll see a preview pop-up at the bottom of the screen. You can click this to edit or just leave it be, and it will be saved to your photos.
You can also take a scrolling screenshot on phones that support Android 12 or later. This lets you take a capture of a much larger area.
On the screen you want to capture, hit the "Power" and "Volume down" buttons simultaneously. Tap "Capture More" and select the content you want to capture. Crop, zoom, and scale the screenshot however you see fit.
Screenshots are saved to your photos like a screen recording, and you can access them anytime. You can edit screenshots as you would with a regular photo to add filters, mark-ups, and other features.
Screen recording allows you to capture recordings of your phone's screen to share and save when this type of content can't be downloaded. You can do it on most devices — Apple products (such as iPhones, iPads, and Macs), Windows computers, and Android phones.
The best part is that it's a simple function. On most Android devices, you can screen record content by opening up the quick settings menu in the notifications panel and hitting the screen recorder icon.
But if the video quality isn't up to your standards, or if you want to have more options for your recordings, you can download screen recording apps from the play store to better suit your needs.