How to Record your Screen on Android

There are many reasons to record your Android device’s screen. Whether it’s for a project, a YouTube video, or simply trying to show a distant older relative how to change their phone settings, this guide walks you through everything there is to know about recording your Android phone’s screen.

Record Using the Built-in Screen Recording Function

More recent phone models come with an in-built screen recording feature. So before you look for third-party apps you can use to record your screen, check first if your phone comes with this helpful feature! Here’s how to record your screen on Android using your phone’s built-in screen recorder:

  1. Open your device’s quick menu by dragging your finger from the top of your device downward twice. Next, tap the screen recording icon (depending on how many icons you have, you might need to swipe right to other pages to find it).

    Android control center
    Android control center screen recorder
  2. Tap Start to begin recording.

    Android start screen recording
    Android start screen recording on menu
  3. To stop recording, tap the same button.

    Android stop screen record
    Android stop screen recording
  4. You can find your recordings in gallery or media files.

Record your screen using third-party apps

You’ll need to download a third-party app if your phone doesn’t have the built-in screen recording feature. You can also use an app if the feature is not working for you or is buggy. Here are some of your options.

ADV Screen Recorder

Google Play Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blogspot.byterevapps.lollipopscreenrecorder&hl=en&gl=US

ADV Screen Recorder has a simple interface but can record everything on your smartphone’s screen. The app is compatible with Android 5.0 and up.

With ADV Screen Recorder, you don’t have to launch the app each time you need it – it features a handy button overlay that’ll rest on your screen for easy access.

Additionally, our testing showed it’s quite a stable recorder, with no lag on most devices. It is also ad-free.

Here’s how to record your screen using ADV Screen Recorder:

  1. Launch the app. Tap the plus icon on the top-right of the screen.

    ADV screen recorder plus icon
    ADV Screen recorder plus icon
  2. Tap Start now.

    ADV screen recorder start recording
    ADV Screen recorder start recording
  3. Tap the video icon on the screen.

    ADV screen recorder video camera icon
    ADV Screen recorder video camera icon
  4. Tap the record button to start recording.

    ADV screen recorder record button
    ADV Screen recorder record button
  5. If you want to pause the recording, tap the pause icon (with two vertical lines). To stop recording, tap stop record (the square icon).

    ADV screen recorder controls
    ADV Screen recorder controls
  6. You can also stop or pause the recording using your Android device’s quick menu. Drag your finger from the top of your device, and you’ll find the ADV Screen Recorder menu bar. From there, you can tap Stop, Pause, or Draw if you want to draw on your screen while recording.

    ADV screen recorder recording controls
    ADV Screen recorder recording controls
  7. Your video will be automatically saved to your gallery. Alternatively, you can also check all recorded videos on the app.

    ADV screen recorder files
    ADV Screen recorder saved files

AZ Screen Recorder

Play Store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hecorat.screenrecorder.free&hl=en&gl=US

Another screen recorder app, AZ Screen Recorder, is widely used. It has an easy-to-use interface with a helpful button overlay on your screen. It’s compatible with most android smartphones and shouldn’t have any difficulties recording using it.

Here’s how to record your screen using AZ Screen Recorder:

  1. Launch the app. Tap the video camera icon on the bottom-right corner of the screen.

    AZ screen recorder video camera icon
    AZ screen recorder video camera icon
  2. Tap Start now.

    AZ screen recorder Start now button
    AZ screen recorder Start now button.
  3. When you’re done recording, tap the circle icon with a timer to show the controls, then tap the square icon to stop recording. To pause, tap the pause button (icon with two vertical lines).

    AZ screen recording controls
    AZ screen recording controls
  4. You can also use the notification panel to stop or pause your recording. Drag your finger down from the top of the screen, and you’ll see a small AZ Recorder menu bar.

    AZ screen recorder notification panel
    AZ screen recorder notification panel
  5. Once you tap Stop, your video will automatically be saved to your gallery
AZ screen recorder saved video
AZ screen recorder saved video

Google Play Games

Google Play Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.play.games&hl=en&gl=US

If you’re a gamer, then you might already be familiar with the screen recording feature Google Play Games offers. This app lets you use your front-facing camera, which is ideal for those into live streaming. However, it can only record in 420p or 720p.

Google Play Games only allows you to record the games you play on your Android device. So if you’re thinking about creating a video about something else, you should look at other options.

Here’s how to record your screen using Google Play Games:

  1. Launch Google Play Games, and tap the thumbnail of the game you want to play.

    Google Play Games home
    Google Play Games home
  2. Tap the Record icon at the top-right part of the screen.

    Gardenscapes screen record
    Gardenscapes screen record
  3. Select your preferred video quality, then tap Next.

    Choose quality settings for screen recording
    Choose quality settings for screen recording
  4. Tap Launch to start the game.

    Click Launch button
    Click the Launch button in Google Play Games.
  5. To start recording, press on the Record icon. You can also move the bubble around the screen to place it wherever you like. To stop recording, tap the same recording button.

    Record Gardenscapes game
    Record Gardenscapes game
  6. You have the option to mute or unmute your mic and close your front camera. Simply tap the mic and the video camera icons to do so.

    Screen recording icons
    Screen recording icons
  7. To end the recording, drag the floating bubble over the X icon located in the center of the screen.

    Screen recorder bubble icon
    Screen recorder bubble icon

Mobizen Screen Recorder

Play Store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rsupport.mvagent&hl=en&gl=US

Mobizen Screen Recorder is a very straightforward option for anyone who wants to record their screen. It doesn’t have a fancy interface and doesn’t do anything special. Still, its simplicity makes it easy to use and is particularly useful for those who might not need anything advanced.

Here’s how to record your screen using Mobizen Screen Recorder:

  1. Launch the app. Then, tap the Mobizon logo on the right side of the screen.

    Mobizen screen recorder icon
    Mobizen screen recorder icon
  2. Three different icons will pop up. Tap the video camera icon.

    Mobizen screen recorder video icon
    Mobizen screen recorder video icon
  3. Tap Start now to start recording.

    Mobizen screen recorder Start now button
    Mobizen screen recorder Start now button.
  4. Swipe down to open the notification panel, and you’ll find the Mobizen menu bar. Tap Pause or Stop when you’re done recording.

    Mobizen notification panel
    Mobizen screen recorder notification panel
  5. A window will show up asking if you want to delete, close, or watch the video.

    Mobizen screen recorder saved video
    Mobizen screen recorder saved video.

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