Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop above are compatible with screen recording apps. While there are many apps to record Android screen, OEMs are now pre-installing their smartphones with screen recording apps right of the box. Oppo and Xiaomi are the latest examples of the same.
Being able to record Android screen allows you to share gameplay videos or create instructional videos and share them on YouTube. I have compiled the list of best screen recording apps for Android and also how to use the built-in screen recording feature (if available).
Method 1. Record Android Screen with a Built-In Tool
If you own a smartphone from Xiaomi or Oppo, the chances are that your smartphone has the screen recording feature pre-installed. It is just a matter of finding the feature hidden in settings or apps drawer.
If you are using Xiaomi Redmi 4 and above, you can find the screen recording app in the Tool folder. Here is how to use the app.
- On your home screen, open the Tools folder.
- Tap and open Screen Recorder app.
- At the bottom right-side, tap the “Red button with a video recorder icon.”
- To start the recording, tap the Start button.
- The recording will start, and the record button will become transparent.
- To stop the recording, tap the transparent button and then tap the Red button.
The recorded videos will be saved to the Gallery. The built-in screen recorder apps also offer a basic video editor using which you can trim the video, add music, add filters and text, etc. The built-in screen recording apps are a great choice because it usually does not have any limitation and are completely ad-free.
Method 2. Use Android Screen Recording Apps
If you don’t have a built-in screen recording app on your Android phone, here are the best screen recording apps to do the same.
1. AZ Screen Recorder
AZ Screen Recorder is a popular screen recording app for Android. The app has over 10 million installs on the Play Store. It is light and offers an easy to use user interface. All the options easy to understand and you can start recording your Android screen in no time.
Once you have recorded the screen, you can edit the video using the built-in video editor which offer basic editing features in the free version. Other features in the app include the ability to record and share live screen on social media, make doodles on screen, record from the front-camera while recording the screen and a countdown timer.
What’s more? There is no watermark even in the free version. The pro version of the AZ Screen Recorder costs $2.99.
Get the app >> AZ Screen Recorder
2. DU Recorder
DU is yet another popular Android screen recorder that you can download on your Android smartphone for free. It allows you to record screen in 1080p/60 fps resolution. The app has only the free version but shows in app-ads. You can also record using your front camera as well as record audio from the mic. If you are creating an instructional video, the display click feature can be helpful.
There is a built-in video editor with features like Trim, merge videos, add music, add subtitles and change the speed of the video, etc. Other features in the app include, GIF maker, Brush to draw and live stream functionality. The user can save the recorded videos in external as well as internal storage.
Get the app >> DU Recorder
3. Google Play Games
If you don’t want to install any third-party app, and if only wants to record the gameplay then the Google Play Games can help you record the gameplay without using any third-party app. Make sure that you have downloaded Google Play Games on your Android device. If not, open Google Play Store and search for the app.
- Once the app is installed, open Google Play Games and log in with your Google ID. You may need to create a gamer profile as well to proceed.
- The app will list all the installed games on your phone. Only games that are installed from the Play Store are listed in the Play Games app.
- Open the game info page that you want to record. Tap the Video icon on top of the screen.
- Select 720p or 480p as video recording resolution.
- On the recording screen, you have three options. Tap the mic icon to Mute / Unmute your phone’s mic. Tap the Video icon to on/off front-facing camera. Tap the Red button to start recording the gameplay.
- Tap the Google Play Games icon to stop the recording.
The recorded gameplay will be saved to Gallery. There is no editing feature as such. But, if you don’t edit your videos and directly share to YouTube, Google Play Games is an excellent alternative to record gameplay on Android.
Method 3. Cast and Record Android Screen on PC
If you like to play Android games on a bigger screen like your PC, you can make use of the Connect app on Windows PCs to cast Android screen to PC.
You can turn on Screen Recording app on your PC and start casting Android screen to PC using the connect app. We have a detailed tutorial showing how to screencast Android to PC. Make sure you start recording the screen using any screen recording app like Snagit or Camtasia or other free screen recording apps for Windows PC. This method may seem unnecessary but is quite useful for the user who may have a problem recording from their Android phone.
If you have a built-in screen recording app on your Android phone, you don’t need to install third-party apps to do the same. If not, DU recorder and AZ Screen are two of the best screen recorder apps for Android. If you want something more simple, try Google Play Games recording feature. Even the YouTube gaming app allows you torecord gameplay.
So, do you use the app or built-in settings? Let us know your favorite method of screen recording in the comments. Don’t forget to check out our other interesting Android related articles and tutorials below.