How to Record the Screen on an Android Device

Perhaps there’s a Zoom meeting you want to videotape for future reference or a funny video clip you want to save. If so, recording the screen of your Android device is the way to go.

Fortunately, it’s a relatively straightforward process. In this guide, we’ll look at how to record your screen using the device itself and with the help of a few apps.

How to Record the Screen on an Android Device

The latest Android devices (Android 10 and up) come with a built-in screen recorder. If you have an older device, you will need to use a third-party app, which we’ll discuss later.

Recording the screen on your newer Android device gives you the option to record your screen with or without sound. These steps show you how:

  1. Open your Android device.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  2. The screen recording app is located in the notification panel. Swipe this panel downwards to bring up the “Quick Settings” menu.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  3. If you haven’t used this application before, it may not appear in this menu. To rectify this, tap on the “Customize” icon found in the bottom left corner of the menu. (This is the pencil-shaped icon.) Locate the “Screen Recorder” icon and drag it to the top of the screen. It will now show up in the Quick Settings menu. Tap the small arrow to close this screen.
  4. Swipe the top notifications bar down twice (the first time reveals the menu, the second time opens it up) to access the “Quick Settings.” Next, select the “Screen Record” icon.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  5. Decide if you want to record with the audio on and whether you would like the app to show where you touch the screen while recording. To enable one or both functions, slide their respective toggles to the right.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  6. To begin recording, tap “Start.”
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  7. When you’ve finished recording, swipe down from the top of the screen and press the red Screen Recorder notification labeled “Tap to Stop.”
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device

Your Android device will store these recordings in your media files or the default camera roll or gallery.

Recording Using AZ Screen Recorder

If you have an Android device that does not come with a Screen Recorder, there are various apps that you can download that will help you do this.

AZ Screen Recorder is one such app. Note that it’s free to download but contains in-app adverts. You have the option to upgrade to an ad-free version for a small fee. It offers a range of other functions, including taking screenshots and starting live videos. The app is compatible with Android 5.0 and up. This is how you use it to record your screen:

  1. Download the AZ Screen Recorder app from Google Play Store. Once you have installed it, launch the app. Follow the on-screen instructions that allow the Screen Recorder to display over other apps.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  2. A series of icons will appear on your screen, one red, and five smaller white icons. Tap the white icon with the red camera depicted inside it.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  3. Press “Start Now.” You are now recording your screen.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  4. When you are finished recording, swipe down from the top of the screen. A small AZ Recorder menu bar will become visible. Tap the two vertical lines to pause or the square icon to stop recording.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  5. Your video will save to your gallery once you click “Stop.”
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device

Recording Using XRecorder

XRecorder is another Screen Recording app you can try if AZ Recorder isn’t to your liking. It offers similar functionality, but some people find the interface a little more user-friendly. Download the app free from the Google Play Store, or pay a small fee to remove the in-app ads. Here is how to use XRecorder to record your screen:

  1. Download the app from Google Play Store and install it. Once installed, launch the app.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  2. At the bottom of the screen, click on “Video” and then hit “Record” to start recording your screen.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  3. Pulling down the “Notification Shade” at the top of your screen will enable you to pause or stop recording altogether.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device

The app also allows you to choose a variety of settings, including enabling or disabling audio and changing the orientation of the recording. You can also use XRecorder to take screenshots.

Recording Using Google Play Games

As a gamer, you may want to record your screen while playing a game, which you can later upload to YouTube. Google Play Games is a free app designed specifically for this purpose. While the app can only record in 420p or 720p, it does give the option to add in any video captured from your front-facing camera. Here’s how to use Google Play Games to record your Android screen:

  1. Download Google Play Games from the Google Play Store and install it on your Android device.
  2. Open the app and select the game you want to play. (You can choose a pre-installed game or one you have downloaded yourself.) Next, click the game’s thumbnail to view the details and then press the “Record” button at the top of the screen.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  3. You can then select the video quality before tapping “Launch” to begin your game. A moveable video bubble will pop up. This allows you to choose your settings for the video, including your microphone and recording. Move the bubble around the screen to position it where it suits you best.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device
  4. Tap the red record button. A three-second timer will kick off before Google Play Games starts recording your screen. Tapping this same button will stop the recording. You can also swipe the floating bubble over the “X” in the center of the screen to end the recording.
    How to Record the Screen on an Android Device

Recording Complete

Recording the screen on your Android device is relatively straightforward once you have the correct steps to follow. Whether you use a built-in app on a newer Android device or you download a third-party app, you will soon get the hang of it.

The only thing you’ll need to worry about is what recording you upload to YouTube!

Have you recorded your Android screen using a built-in or third-party app? Did you use a method similar to those shown in this guide? Let us know in the comments section below.