7 best Android apps for screen recording and other ways too!

by: Joe HindyMay 3, 2015

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One of our more frequent requests from readers is to tell them how to record your screen on Android. The functionality has been around for quite some time but usually requires some tinkering and adjustment to get it. In Android Lollipop, they have a screen recording method building into the OS and that’s how most people do it these days. Let’s take a look at a few Android apps and some other methods to get you screen recording.

Android apps that work on Lollipop and later

az best Android apps for screen recordingAZ Screen Recorder (no root required)

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
First up is AZ Screen Recorder and this is one of the many screen recording apps that were designed to work specifically on Lollipop. Some of the features include the Magic Button feature to control recordings without showing anything on the screen, the ability to capture your front camera as well as screen recording, and some cursory stuff like countdown timers and video trimming. It’s free to use with some in-app purchases if you’re interested.
Get it on Google Play

ilos best Android apps for screen recordingilos screen recorder (no root required)

[Price: Free]
ilos screen recorder is a totally free option when it comes to screen recording on Lollipop. It’s a very simple app that doesn’t have a lot of bells or whistles but it does record audio and it should work on all devices running Android 5.0 and higher. They also tout no advertising, no watermarks, and no time limits. The company also has an interesting web recorder on their official website that will record stuff from your computer if you need that functionality.
Get it on Google Play

one shot best Android apps for screen recordingOne Shot Screen Recorder (no root required)

[Price: Free / $0.99]
One Shot Screen Recorder tries to keep the process of screen recording simple. It puts the whole process into four easy steps for your convenience and that’s really all you need. The process aims to keep it easy to use over other options and it does fairly well at it. The free version is a trial that puts a watermark on your videos with the premium version removing the watermark, adds the ability to impose your own logo, hide the notification icon, remove ads, and more.
Get it on Google Play
one shot best Android apps for screen recording

telecine best Android apps for screen recordingTelecine (no root required)

[Price: Free]
Telecine is the highest rated app on the list with a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Google Play. It puts an overlay on your device so you know you’re recording and boasts that it doesn’t clog up your notification with various things you’d typically see with screen recording apps. It’s also totally free and has no watermarks. It’s also open source so developers can submit fixes and patches all on their own or build their own app based on this one.
Get it on Google Play

unlimited best Android apps for screen recordingUnlimited Screen Recorder Free (no root required)

[Price: Free]
Unlimited Screen Recorder is our last Lollipop-centric screen recording app. It’s another totally free option that has no watermarks, unlimited video recording, and more features. It features a simple, one-touch interface and records both video and audio. There are also some advanced settings for experienced users.
Get it on Google Play
unlimited best Android apps for screen recording

Android apps that work before Lollipop

mobizen best Android apps for screen recordingMobizen (no root required)

[Price: Free]
Mobizen is an option that lets you do all kinds of stuff including sending SMS from your desktop, transfer files to PC, and stream video directly to your computer screen. You can also record the screen and this is one of the very few ways you can record using an Android app before Lollipop without root. Unfortunately, the screen recording isn’t great and there will likely be jumps, skips, and frame rate drops. It’s not perfect but it is there and it’s free.
Get it on Google Play

scr best Android apps for screen recordingSCR Screen Recorder (root required)

[Price: Free / $4.99]
SCR Screen Recorder is pretty much the best way to record footage of your Android device before Android Lollipop. Unfortunately, root is required for this one since this functionality isn’t available to non-root devices. It records audio, allows you to put your front facing camera footage on the screen recording, and much more. The app is still in active development so new features are being tested all the time and it’s about the best way to do this before Android 5.0.
Get it on Google Play

Other methods

Nexus 9 HP Chromebook USB ADB logcat
There are other ways to record your screen on Android and that is by using hardware. There are two main ways to do so using hardware:

  • If you’re on a device with Android Lollipop (or higher), you can use ADB to record your screen. We have a great tutorial you can read to learn how and you can find it by clicking here.
  • Professionals use a capture card to hook their Android device right into their computer and record it from there. Capture cards can get rather expensive but you’ll get probably the best frame rates and quality. Plus it records directly to your computer hard drive which allows for much larger recordings. Do note that you’ll have work around some potential HDCP problems so get the ole search engine up and running.

Wrap up

If we missed any great screen recording apps or methods, let us know in the comments!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

  • Sam Nicko

    Thank you for the TIPS. this is the best article :)

    • JosephHindy

      You are most welcome!

  • Iron Man

    Why do all these videos show a Nexus when the Galaxy S6 is so much better? I know because I own one and it’s blazing fast. Its UFS 2.0 storage is much faster than any other phone on the market.

    • JosephHindy

      1. Because the demo videos were recorded long before the S6 came out.

      2. Nexus devices are “reference devices” and developers use them to debug, test, and develop Android apps on a fairly frequent basis. They are especially useful for getting the latest updates which allows developers to get their apps ready for when phones like the S6 come along so it feels like a seamless transition on the app side of things.

  • Rec. is good, its the one I’ve been using on my channel

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  • lj0000

    which one can record the system sounds directly instead of the microphone?

    • anon

      No app will record system sounds because no android has an internal mic that can record it. They have to use the android mic because that’s the only audio recording hardware that’s on the android.

      If you want better clarity on your audio then you have to use a male to male audio cable and record the audio transmitted to the pc.

      • SpasilliumNexus

        SCR Screen Recorder can, with root.

        • David John Heathcote

          Been taken down otherwise i would of used that.

          • Ryan Kroon

            Its not taken down.
            Look it up on XDA developers.
            He just seemed so stopped the support and updates.
            It works on anything lower then Android 6.0 (atm)

  • feng

    i bought one zenfone 2 http://flosmall.com/phones/asus-zenfone-2-ze551ml-gray-4gb-32gb-detail, these APPS applicable?

  • jangaleon

    i think the xperia z3/compact has this feature built in.

    • Louie Andrew Capulso

      Xperia have that though I won’t recommend it since it often fails.

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  • Ciprian Tomoiaga

    Devices with CyanogenMod (like the OnePlus One) can do this without any extra software. Just press vol up + power at the same time to start/stop recording.

    • JosephHindy

      Yes a few devices have this functionality built in although I’m relatively certain they use the Lollipop trick and just make it easier to use. Even so, I’m not going to recommend people buy a brand new smartphone or go through the process of rooting/romming their devices because there are easier, more user-friendly ways…and cheaper ways :)

  • Alex Ohannes

    SCR has been pulled from the Play Store… AGAIN. Grrrr. I wonder what the reason was this time.

    • It doesn’t really matter, it’s still the best.

  • Eric Zhang

    it’s a useful article for screen record, i am an coc game lover, and love to recording my coc excelente moment.recently i use a free android recorder software – smartpixel, it’s easy to run and power edit tools.if you also love recording videos,you can try this.

  • DrDhanwantari G Pancholi

    Not working with Note 3 kitkat.please help me and reply. My e-mail pancholidg @gmail.com

  • Why is SCR last? It’s the best one on the list by a long shot and the only one that actually works properly.

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      10 month……….no one replies :P

  • DubSun

    Are there any ways to record on Samsung galaxy s4 mini on 720p quality cuz i only can record on 480p please help me, none of those apps work for me

  • Is there any app which can help me to record screen on MI note 2?

  • Guest0092310

    Also check out ACE Screen Recorder – Free, no ads, no limits and all the bells and whistles.

  • Jimmie Soileau

    Which one has pause button?