Until Android 11 was released, recording the screen on Android smartphones was a complex and demanding process. You had to use third-party applications that were often malicious. With Android 11, screen recording was integrated into the OS as a native feature. With further iterations, smartphone manufacturers made it easier for users to record their phone’s screen during gameplay. Want to record yourself playing a game on your smartphone? Your phone is capable of handling that without needing any external hardware or third-party apps. Here are the best ways to record the screen on an Android phone.
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Use the native Android screen recorder
Step 1: Swipe down from the status bar to reveal the quick settings menu.
Step 2: Select ‘Screen recorder’. If you cannot find the screen recorder icon, tap on the plus sign and add it to the quick settings menu.
Step 3: Choose whether you want to record the media sound on your phone along with the video or not.
Step 4: If you are interested in recording a voiceover, select media and mic. This way your phone’s microphone will record your voice and integrate it with the screen recording footage.
Step 5: You can also choose to show taps, touches, and other gestures on the screen.
Step 6: Once you’ve customised the settings, select ‘Start recording’.
Step 7: The screen recording will begin after a short countdown.
Step 8: Once the recording is underway, you can draw on the screen by selecting the pencil icon on the recording toolbar. You can also turn on the front camera while the recording is in progress and record yourself along with the screen. This is helpful if you’re creating an instructional video and want to include yourself in the playthrough footage.
Step 9: Tap the stop icon once you’re done. The screen recording will be saved in your phone’s gallery.
Record your Android phone’s screen while playing a game
Most Android smartphones come with a gaming toolbar that gives users quick access to a host of functions. These include DND mode, voice changer, performance meter, Boost mode, and the option to record the screen during gameplay. Here’s how you can record your Android phone’s screen while playing a game.
Step 1: Launch the game you want to record.
Step 2: If you’re using a Samsung smartphone, swipe down from the top of the screen and select the notification icon that says ‘Tap to open Game Booster’. On other smartphones, swipe on the bar at the edge of the screen to reveal the gaming menu.
Step 3: Select the recording icon and select ‘Start recording’ in the popup box.
Use a third-party app
There are several third-party apps that will help you record your Android phone’s screen with ease. If you are using an older Android version, you will have to rely on these apps to record your phone’s screen. AZ Screen Recorder, Mobizen Screen Recorder, and XRec Lite Screen Recorder are some of the best apps for this task. These apps offer some additional features like live streaming your phone’s display, screencasting, controlling the resolution, video quality, & fps, and quick editing tools. Here’s how you can record your phone’s screen using AZ Recorder.
Step 1: Download and install AZ Screen Recorder from Google Play Store.
Step 2: Give AZ Recorder permission to display over other apps.
Step 3: Tap on the video icon at the bottom. You can also minimise the app and go to the window you want to record and tap on the floating icon to initiate the recording.
Step 4: Tap on ‘Start Now’.
Step 5: To stop the recording, swipe down from the status bar and tap on the ‘Stop’ option in the notification panel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the screen recorder on Android?
You can access the screen recorder from the quick settings menu by swiping down from the status bar. If you can’t find the screen recorder, add it to the quick settings menu by tapping on the plus icon.
Where is the screen recording stored?
As soon as you finish recording the screen on your Android smartphone, it gets saved in your device’s gallery.
How do I record my phone’s screen with sound?
Before you start recording the screen, choose the option to record media sounds in the popup box.
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These are the best ways to record the screen on your Android phone. If you are interested in recording your gameplay footage for YouTube content, make sure you plug in your headphones to record your voiceover. The sounds recorded from the mic on a headset have a better quality than the ones recorded using your phone’s microphone. You can also record yourself while recording the gameplay to make the content more fun.
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