5 best Android apps for screen recording and other ways too
One of our most frequent requests from readers is to tell them how to record your screen on Android. The feature has been around for a while, but usually requires some tinkering and tweaking to get it. In Android Lollipop, they have a screen recording method built into the operating system and that’s how most people do it these days. Let’s take a look at some Android apps and other methods to record your screen. Please note that changes to Android Pie prevent apps from recording internal audio so your videos probably won’t sound like whatever you do. It’s unfortunate, but it’s Google’s fault.
AZ Screen Recorder
Price: Free / $ 2.99
AZ Screen Recorder is the gold standard for screen recording applications. It’s light, easy, accessible and inexpensive. It features an overlay button that does not interfere with the recorded content. Plus, you can add the front camera for things like game feeds or comments. It even has a small built-in video editor. This way you can shave off the parts that don’t matter. Of course, it doesn’t require a root, has no watermark, no time limit, and more. The pro version costs $ 2.99. It is probably the best and most popular screen recorder available.
Google play games
Google Play Games is not just a hub for your mobile games. It also has a screen recording function. It works pretty well. However, this is mostly only for gamers. You launch the game with the screen recorder directly from the app. It records your stuff then stops as it should. You can bypass the game limitation only by exiting the game being recorded and then going to the app of your choice. However, at this point, we would probably just recommend AZ instead. It’s probably a better option for gamers rather than normal stuff.
Screen Recorder by Kimcy929
Price: Free / up to $ 20.99
Kimcy929 Screen Recorder is a good and simple screen recorder. It does the basics pretty well and supports multiple languages. Some of the features include screen recording, taking screenshots, supporting phone cameras, and super basic video editing at the end of your recording. It’s good for simple things like showing off something on your phone or something like that. We always recommend AZ Screen Recorder first, but it’s not a bad (and easier) option. The free version also worked very well.
Twitch and similar screen recording apps
Many streaming services now include mobile support. Twitch and YouTube Gaming are two of the most important. You just stream your game as usual. Both services allow you to upload your images once you are done. It is a good solution for gamers in particular. In fact, it’s probably better than Google Play Games for this stuff. Unlike Google Play Games, it is quite difficult to use this one for apps or anything other than games. At least these services are free.
Vysor and similar apps
Price: Free with ads / $ 2 / month / $ 10 / year / $ 40 / lifetime
Vysor is a fun little app that lets you stream your device to your computer screen via USB. From there, you can use it on your computer or record it on screen on your PC if you want. It tends to work well, although you will have to fork out a bit of money to get HD quality. This app doesn’t record anything on its own, so don’t expect any options to do so. You will need to save it on your computer yourself. If this app isn’t for you, TeamViewer is another decent option in this space. However, you need a screen recording application on your computer to capture images.
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Other screen recording methods
There are other ways to record your screen on Android and that is by using hardware. There are two main ways to do this using hardware:
- If you are using a device with Android Lollipop (or later), you can use ADB to record your screen. We have a great tutorial you can read to learn how and you can find it by clicking here. Additionally, Android 11 has a native screen recorder. If the feature reaches the full version, this will be the new, easiest way to record your screen.
- Professionals often use a capture card to connect their Android device directly to their computer and register it from there. Capture cards can get quite expensive, but you’ll likely get the best frame rates and quality. Plus, it records directly to your computer’s hard drive, resulting in much larger recordings. Note that you will have bypass some potential HDCP issues then turn on the search engine. Most capture cards come with screen recording software. This fixes this problem for you.
- There are other apps like Vysor on the Google Chrome App Store. The basic idea is to connect your phone to your computer. It mirrors the screen to them directly on your computer. From there, you just need to know how to save it yourself. This is by no means the easiest method. Each application also has a different configuration. However, it is an option.
- Some Chromebooks now include the ability to mirror your Android device directly to it. This, of course, requires the purchase of a Chromebook. It is an unreasonable expense for what should be a relatively simple task. However, we try to cover all the bases here and that is definitely an option. However, you still need an app to record your Chromecast screen.
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