How-To: Take Screen Recordings on Your Android Devices

Recording your device’s screen can add great content to your YouTube channel, blog or just for sharing on social – here’s how

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Your Android smartphone and tablet are capable of snapping photos, shooting video, recording audio and much more, but there are ways to record whatever you do on your device’s screen, too. This could be really useful for helping out a friend or family member with some tech support, or even for a social media and YouTube star looking to add helpful or interesting content. The premise is simple: using various basic apps or software, you press record on a computer and then capture whatever you’re doing in real time on your Android mobile device.

On Android, this feature works best with devices running version 5.0 Lollipop and above, though there may be cases where it will work with 4.4 KitKat, too. Results may vary, however.

Given that not all Android smartphones and tablets are the same, there may be slight variations in the steps below. For the most part, though, this process will work just fine on a Mac.

  1. To prepare your Android device, go to Settings > About phone > Build number and tap it seven times.
  2. A pop-up will indicate that “Developer Options” are now on. Go back and tap Developer Options and slide USB Debugging to on.
  3. Download and install AndroidTool on your Mac.
  4. Once installed, double-click to launch AndroidTool.
  5. Plug in your Android device to your Mac. It should recognize the phone or tablet instantly, noting the model number.
  6. Two buttons will appear: a large screenshot capture and recording button. Click the latter to start recording video. At any time, you can click the larger camera button to capture a screenshot.
  7. When finished, click the stop button. The video (and screenshots) will automatically save to the AndroidTool folder created on your Mac desktop.
  8. If you want to adjust image quality to look better, then go to AndroidTool > Preferences > Quality to move the sliders.

Example: Using a mixture of Android Tool and ScreenFlow, with editing done in iMovie, Connected created this simple step-by-step video. Or click below to view the video:


There are Android apps available on Google Play that offer screen recording, including AZ Screen Recorder and Vysor. Not all of their features may be free, but in-app purchases aren’t too expensive and they both work flawlessly with Windows PCs.

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