Have you ever come across a funny video that you couldn’t download? Perhaps, you want to show your grandma how to add a contact to her brand-new LG smartphone. We have some good news. Google’s developers implemented a built-in screen record option with the release of Android 10, and we’ll show you how to use it below.
Before Android 10, most people used third-party apps to record their device’s screen. Keep reading to learn some of our favorite screen recording apps too.
What Does Screen Recording Do?
Before we dive into our tutorial, let’s explain what screen recording on Android is and how it works. While you can download videos from various websites and social media platforms, screen recording lets you capture nearly everything on your screen, including content you can’t download.
The feature is similar to a screenshot, except it captures audio and video instead of still images. While some applications disable the screen record and screenshot features, most allow the function so you can save videos to your device storage.
You can use Android’s built-in screen record feature to create tutorials or capture content. If you need more functionality, you can download third-party apps. When you learn to use screen record on Android, you can make tutorials, record videos, and more. So, let’s get to it!
How to Screen Record on Android Using Native Features
We’ll start with the easiest option; your Android’s built-in screen record function. It’s easy to access, and you don’t have to download any apps. Follow these steps to capture video of your Android screen:
Note: These instructions may vary slightly depending on your device’s manufacturer. Android is available on devices from LG to Samsung and more.
Step 1: Swipe Down from the Top of Your Screen
Unlock your device’s screen and swipe down from the top to access the control panel.
Step 2: Tap Screen Recorder
You’ll see several icons in the Android control panel. Search for and tap the Screen Recorder button.
Note: Some Android models only show a shortened version of the full menu when you pull down from the top. Pull down a second time to reveal more options. If you don’t see the Screen recorder on the first page of the drop-down menu, scroll to the right.
Step 3: Select Your Microphone
A small pop-up window will appear, asking you to choose your audio options. If you’re unfamiliar with what each option does, here’s the list:
- None: Your completed recording will have no audio.
- Media: The recording will capture the device’s audio but not external sounds.
- Media and mic: This option lets you record the audio on your device and external sounds from the microphone.
Step 4: Tap Start Recording
After selecting your audio settings, you can tap Start Recording.
Step 5: Tap the Stop Button to Stop Recording
After recording everything you wanted to capture, press the Stop button. This button is typically located in the upper right corner, but you can also move it around.
Check out the video below to see exactly how these steps work.
How to Create Tutorials Using the Screen Record Feature on Android
Naturally, your dear author uses the screen record feature to create tutorials. We love using Android’s Taps, and Touches features to highlight points of interest on the screen. Even if you aren’t making tech tutorials for thousands of viewers, you can follow the steps below to enable and record taps and touches.
Of course, we’ll capture the recording as we did above, but there are extra steps to show where you’re tapping the screen. Here’s what to do:
Note: This feature may not be available on all devices. If you don’t see the Show taps and touches option, try one of the third-party apps we listed in the next section.
Step 1: Tap the Screen Recording Option
Access the screen recording option in the Android control panel.
Step 2: Select Show Taps and Touches
As long as your device’s manufacturer provides the capability, you’ll see an option to Show Taps and Touches.
Step 3: Start Recording
Now, tap Start Recording.
Step 4: Tap the Screen
When you tap the screen, a small bubble will appear. This feature lets you highlight important topics on the screen or show someone else how to follow instructions on an Android.
When you’re done, tap the Stop button, and your recording will save to your Android internal storage.
How to Screen Record on Android Using Third-Party Apps
You can download third-party apps if your Android doesn’t have the screen recording feature or functionality. These applications aren’t native to your operating system, but you can get them in the Google Play Store.
Note: Some third-party apps need to access your device’s camera, storage, and microphone. You can read through the reviews to better understand if the app is going to be harmful to your device.
Screen Recorder – AZ Screen Record
One of the highest-rated, free, and functional third-party screen recording apps on the Google Play Store is the AZ Screen Record app. You can create, edit, and live stream your Android screen using this application.
Click the link or go to the Google Play Store and search for it. Then, click Install and start recording.
InShot Screen Recorder
If you’ve edited any videos lately, you’ve undoubtedly come across the InShot app. But did you know the developers made a companion app for screen recording? The InShot Screen Recorder lets you record your screen and edit the videos.
Find the app in the Google Play Store and tap Install. The app is free, but you can pay $3.99/mo if you want more features. to upgrade your plan.
How to Access Your Screen Record Videos
Now that you’re done recording, let’s show you where to find those videos. Android devices have a lot of folders. Sometimes, it is difficult to find locate a specific recording.
Your screen recordings will typically be saved in the Gallery or Photos app. Open the Gallery app and tap Albums at the bottom. Then, scroll to Screen recordings. You may need to tap View All to review all the albums.
If you don’t see your screen recording in the Gallery app, go to My Files (found in the app drawer) and tap Internal Storage. Next, tap the DCIM folder. Now, you’ll see Screen recordings. Tap the folder to access the videos.
Android, Say Cheese!
Screen recording on Android is super simple. All you need to do is know where to tap and start recording. Of course, if the built-in feature isn’t working how you want, you can always download one of the helpful apps we listed above. No matter what your screen capture goals are, there’s a way to achieve them.
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