Best Screen Recorder for Android

This is an overview of the best screen recorders for Android right now, including the best free and paid options and the different features between them, to help you decide which is the best for you. Plus a tutorial for each showing you exactly how to record your Android screen with just a few taps.

Best Screen Recorder for Android

Best Screen Recorder for Android

So I have two choices for you. We’ll start with the simplest free solution first, and then I’ll introduce you to a more advanced solution that’s also free but has a paid option for unlocking some extra features and removing ads and stuff. So I’d suggest staying here until you’ve checked out both options before you head out to stop messing around or installing apps to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the extra features that might come in handy for you.

How to use the built-in screen recorder on Android

So, the first option is to use the built-in screen recorder on Android. This is something they started within version 11 and it’s pretty good. If you haven’t yet updated to Android 11, or your device doesn’t yet support it, you might find that you already have a decent screen recorder built-in. Lots of Samsung phones and others have had screen recorders built-in for quite a while and they’re pretty good too. To find it, you simply have to swipe down from the top past the notifications until you can see the menu options there, and then you may have to swipe over it to find Screen Recorder. If it doesn’t appear for you now, you can press the Edit button in the bottom left corner and customize which icons appear there. And also the order in which they are displayed. So now I go back out there and just press Screen Record Start and it will come up with some options. Well, that’s pretty powerful and it’s great they included it here because that’s usually what you need. One of the other apps, like the ones I’m going to show you next, will unlock more features. So here you have the option to record not only the screen of your device but also audio. And if we press that little drop-down arrow here, we can choose which audio we want to record. So we can simply record the sound from the phone’s microphone. So when I speak, it would just record that. We can also record only the audio of the device. So if I’m watching a video or playing a game and I want audio to be recorded, I can select device audio, or you can select both device audio and microphone, which is so great that they’ve included that here. If you don’t want any audio at all, you can just disable this option, but the last one here has show touches on the screen. If you enable this, you’ll see the little touch markers on the screen as you go through your recording, so your viewers or other viewers can keep track of what you’re doing. All you have to do to start your recording is press start. Then when you’re ready to stop your recording, you can simply swipe down from the top to bring up your notifications and single tap to stop. The file is then saved to your device, which you can then open in your Photos app and trim or share from there. So this is a really easy way to record your Android device screen.

How to use XRecorder on Android

If you don’t already have access to a built-in screen recorder on your Android device, you’ll need to install an app there to do so. Well, there are a lot of them, but my favorite and the one I recommend is called XRecorder. And it’s actually from the same company that makes InShot the video editing app. So when you download and open the app, all you’ll probably see is this little floating orange widget right here that you can pick up and move around. This is a kind of quick access to all controls and functions within XRecorder. Now if we hit that and just hit the home button to take us to the actual Home app, I’ll walk you through some of the features here and then show you the rest of this shortcut button.

XRecorder settings

Let’s go to the settings at the bottom right. So you can see here how many more settings and how much more control we have over our screen recording than with the built-in Android recording. So we can immediately adjust the resolution, many different options from 240P to 10 ADP. Quality, we can record it at up to 16 megabits per second. So the higher the number, the better the quality, but also the larger the file size. So I can leave it at a maximum of 16 here, you can also choose your frames per second. So if you’re making gaming videos or something similar, you’ll want to record at 50 or 60, the higher frame rates so you get a smoother video for your game screen capture, but you have options down to 15 frames per second here too. You also have the option to leave your screen orientation on Auto, or you can lock it so the video stays in landscape or portrait orientation. Coming here now, you can see what option you have for recording audio here as well. So I just tick that box and then we can choose our audio source. So it’s currently set to record internal audio, or we can set it to record our microphone as well. So the microphone in the phone. What this unsurprisingly has is the ability, like we have with the built-in app, to record both the microphone and internal audio. And there’s a little warning there that internal audio recording is only supported on Android 10+, and there’s even an app support list. Clicking this Check Supported App List will check all the apps installed on your phone and give you a checkbox whether they are supported or not. You also need to specify where you want your video file to be saved on your device. And if we come here, even more, there are things like a countdown timer here too. So it is currently set to three seconds. We can do it five, ten, or we can turn it off completely. Here we have the option to hide the recording window during the recording. This is one you can see. So I don’t want the older footage to be displayed while I’m recording. So I happily ticked that. You can also shake the phone here to stop recording. So you don’t even need to press the stop button, you can just shake your phone to easily stop recording with this one. You can also turn on our camera for our screen recording. So here I am, hey. We can also paint or draw on our screens, if we activate the brush here and press the brush, then we can freely draw on the screen, we can circle things, or there are even some preset shapes and things down here. So we could draw a square, and we could get arrows. Probably better than the ones I drew. All this stuff we can add, which in turn is recorded during recording. So I can hit the little red X down here to cancel this. So I won’t go through all the features here, but these are the main ones. Then you can see how much more advanced this one is than the built-in one and how many more features it has.

XRecorder menu

So here I go back to my Android desktop now and you can see the app is still running here. And when I press that, this is this little quick launch menu again, you can see that we now have direct access to press record, we can then also bring up our tools, which will then bring up some of those menu items that we used to have had too quick access to screenshots to activate our camera, make the brush, activate the microphone. So we don’t need to dive back into these settings. Next is the home button, which takes us to this main page in the app where we can see all of our recordings, and the last, there is the settings button, which would take us straight to the settings.

How to start a screen recording with XRecorder

So now if we want to start a screen recording, here we can press the small button and press record, that will count us down and we are now taking screen recordings with this app. So we can go and do whatever we need to do, if we want to stop we swipe from top to bottom again. Let me show you this extra menu at the bottom of our notification area. When we regain access to these tools, we can pause or stop our recording altogether. So I hit stop and it says our video is saved. We can play it, we can delete it, we can edit it or we can share it right from here.

How to edit a screen recording on XRecorder

And the other cool thing about this app is that once we’ve taken our screen capture, we can also edit it in this app. So if we go down to that little editing button, that little pencil at the bottom, here we have a bunch of additional tools for editing videos, compressing videos, merging videos, editing photos, and all those things in here too. So if we just go edit the video here we can choose our video. Let’s select this one and move on next. And then here we have a bunch of editing tools and functions. Well, this video editor in this app here actually adds a small watermark to your video but you can remove it for free. So you can see the watermark is XRecorder down there. If you press it, you’ll have an opportunity to watch an ad and that watermark will be removed. So it’s not your actual screen capture, it’s when you come here to edit. Or you can remove it permanently,

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