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How to record your Android phone screen

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Whether you’re recording a presentation on Zoom, documenting weird pop-ups on your screen, or creating an how-to video, you can easily record what you’re doing or watching on your Android phone. Starting with Android 11, you’ll find a simple screen recording tool in your quick settings menu to record your phone’s video and audio, as well as sound from your phone’s microphone. And some manufacturers offer advanced features, including the ability to annotate your video with the front camera and draw on your screen while recording.

Three screenshots of the Android screen recording feature for Android 12. From the left, the first screenshot shows the screen recording options for the Samsung Galaxy A52, the middle screenshot shows options for the LG V60 ThinQ, and the right screenshot shows the screen recording options for the Google Pixel 3a.

You can find the built-in screen recorder in your Android phone’s quick settings.

  1. Swipe down the notification panel to access the quick settings panel.
  2. Tap the Screen Recording icon (may also be referred to as Screen Recording or Screen Recorder). On some phones, pressing the screen recording icon will automatically start recording with a 3 second countdown. Otherwise, you need to press Start or Start Recording. If the screen recording icon is missing from the quick settings panel, you can add it by scrolling to the last page, tapping the plus sign or pencil icon, and selecting the screen recording tile.

You can find the screen recorder settings by pressing and holding the screen record button in quick settings. Here you may find the options to change the video quality, the front camera video size, the ability to show touches and touches, and more. You can tweak these settings to get the output you want.

Once you start recording, you’ll see icons to toggle the microphone on and off so you can add voiceover and, in some cases, your front camera. Some screen recorders also have a pencil icon so you can draw on the screen while recording.

When you’re done recording, swipe down to see notifications and select the option to stop recording. Some phones may also have a menu that overlays a stop button (a circle with a square) on your screen.

You can’t record everything with the screen recorder

For legal and copyright reasons, not all applications will allow you to use the screen recorder and there will be times when you will not be able to record sound. For example, in the United States, some state and local laws prohibit you from secretly recording phone conversations, and the built-in screen recorder does not record calls. However, there are ways to record a call on your Android phone. Just make sure you check your local wiretapping laws – private phone calls are protected by wiretapping laws. Usually it is sufficient if the other person agrees to the recording.

The other time you encounter problems while using the screen recording feature is when the app developer disallows the recording to prevent you from creating unauthorized versions of your copyrighted material. Often only the audio of the app is protected.

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Sagar Naresh Bhavsar has been writing about technology for more than two years. He was previously a staff writer at Guiding Tech and TechWiser. He loves working out, drinking a cup of coffee and playing the guitar.

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