Looking for a way to screen record on Android to share your view of the screen with others? Here’s not just one, but a bunch of different ways to record the screen on your phone.
Ever since the battle between Android OS and iOS has heated up since their inception in 2007, there’s a feature-war going on for a decade now. Google has usually beaten Apple to the punch when it comes to introducing new features and capabilities, but Apple’s rebranding technique has always cast even its two-year-old features in a brand new light. The case goes for screen recording as well, which has existed on Android devices for years, but only through third-party apps for the most part.
Apple iOS 11 introduced a screen recording button built into the Control Center screen back in 2017, but the feature has been missing from stock Android, until now. Android OEMs have introduced the screen recording feature through their very own launchers such as Samsung’s One UI and Xiaomi’s MIUI. With the release of Android 11, Google is now shipping out the ability to screen record on Android devices right out of the box.
How to Screen Record on Android 11
Google I/O may have been skipped over on account of the pandemic, but it did not stop Google from sending out the new version of Android OS. Android 11 has been out since September, running on the following Google Pixel devices:
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 3
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- Google Pixel 3a
- Google Pixel 3a XL
- Google Pixel 4
- Google Pixel 4 XL
- Google Pixel 4a
- Google Pixel 5
Apart from the flagship Android OS devices, Android 11 is making its way to several OEMs as we speak. On all of these devices, the screen recording feature will now be baked into the software itself, so you won’t need a third-party app.
- From the top of the screen, swipe down to access your notification panel on Android 11.
- Swipe down once again to view the Quick Settings menu screen.
- Swipe to the right on your Quick Settings to see the screen recorder toggle icon.
- Tap the Screen Record button.
- You can also tap on the toggles if you wish to record audio along with the screen or show your touches on the screen recording.
- Tap on Record audio to specify what audio in the screen recording you want to capture.
- Tap the Start button to begin your screen recording.
- When you’re done recording the content, swipe down to view the notification panel.
- Tap on the red banner that reads Tap to stop.
Now the screen recording with stop, and the clip will be automatically saved to the Gallery app. When you start a screen recording, a small red icon will be visible in the top-right corner of the screen, notifying you that the recording is live.
Additionally, you can go to Settings – Advanced features – Screenshots and screen recorder – Screen recorder settings for additional options. Here, you should be able to re-select which audio you want to record (system or external), and the resolution quality of the screen recording (which goes up to 1080p Full-HD).
Screen Record on Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and OnePlus
Although Google took its sweet time to bring screen recording natively to Android OS, several third-party manufacturers capitalized on the missing feature earlier on. Samsung and LG began offering screen recorder as a default app years ago, and several others have caught up since. Depending on the Android OEM, the method for screen recording may differ a bit, but it generally involves the following steps:
- Access the screen recording option from their Quick Settings bar by swiping down on the screen.
- Swipe down on your notification shade to view the Quick Settings
- Select the Screen Recording or Screen Recorder button from the list.
- Tap on the Start button to begin, and wait for the countdown to finish before screen recording begins.
- Once you’re done recording, press the record floating icon to stop and save the clip.
How to Record Screen with an App
If you own a device that does not run Android 11, nor does your device manufacturer offer the screen recorder feature natively, don’t sweat it. Google Play Store is here to save the day, with several highly-rated screen recording apps available for download right away. For the purpose of this guide, we’ve picked XRecorder by InShot Inc. to show you how it can be used for mobile screen recording.
- Download and Install XRecorder by InShot Inc. from the Google Play Store.
- Launch the app and grant it permission to Display over other apps from the Settings.
- Now grant the app storage permission to save the recorded files on the system.
- A tiny floating icon of the XRecorder will be visible on the right, so tap on it.
- Press on the Settings icon to set the Resolution, Quality, FPS, Orientation, and more.
- Here’s you can also select if you wish to record audio, and change the save location of the files.
- Launch the app or game you want to screen record and press the Record button on the XRecorder floating menu.
- You will receive a casting/recording warning, so press the Start Now button to continue.
- A countdown of three seconds will show up, after which the screen recording begins.
- To finish the screen recording, swipe down on the screen and press the Stop button.
The video recording of the screen will now stop, and the clip will automatically be saved to the designated storage location.
In the past, screen recording involved a lot of hassle with ADB bridge and using third-party recorder devices. However, something as simple as a third-party app brought this feature to Android OS, and it has now become an inseparable part of it. Screen recording is also finding extensive popularity in the mobile gaming community, where high-flying mobile gaming action draws millions of viewers worldwide.
Are you enjoying stock Android 11 with screen recording built-in or depend on the Android OEM to allow to you create a screen recording? Do let us know in the comments section down below.