Want to start your own YouTube Android tutorial channel or just take screencasts of your Android device? Instead of using an external camera or computer, you can easily record the screen of your device directly with a host of apps on the Play Store promising to take care of this.
We’ve compiled a list of the best screen recorders for Android. These have all kinds of fancy features – from magic buttons that auto-adjust your videos to video-game recording and capturing higher framerates. Read on, take your pick, then record away.
1. Mobizen Screen Recorder
Mobizen is deservedly one of the most popular screen recording apps on the Play Store, offering a wealth of features including full HD recording at 60fps. It has a number of tools for pizazzing up your videos after you’ve recorded them, too, such as background music and the option to record yourself doing intro and outro videos.
It’s particularly good for gaming, letting you record your sessions at the same time as recording your face reacting to the on-screen action. (Who knows? You may just be the next PewDiePie … God help us all.)
2. SCR Screen Recorder
This application is currently unavailable on the Google Play Store, but it has a lot of unique features, so I couldn’t leave it out. You can get the APK file from the Developer’s website. SCR supports Android 4.0 and above, although you need root access to be able to use it on Kitkat and Jellybean. In addition to recording your screen, it can record audio or even add a front-facing camera overlay, which is cool if you want to use it for YouTube videos and the like.
3. AZ Screen Recorder
Price: Free / $2.99
AZ Screen recorder does not require root access (great start) and has an option to pause and resume recording, which is particularly useful for making tutorial videos. It also has a front-facing camera overlay feature, but it requires a paid upgrade to unlock this. You can change settings like resolution, frame rate, bit rate or even feature a text message or logo along with the recorded screen cast. Audio recording is also well-supported.
4. Unlimited Screen Recorder
Unlimited Screen Recorder allows you to take an unlimited length of screencasts on your Android device. Like most others on this list, it requires Android Lollipop at least. It can record audio as well, and it saves your screen recordings in a dedicated folder on your SD Card, but you can change it to a different directory if you prefer. You can tweak different settings to your taste such as video codec, resolution, and audio sampling rate. It is completely free, but you are encouraged to donate to the developers.
5. ilos Screen Recorder
ilos Screen Recorder doesn’t require root, and there are no ads or time limits for screen recording. Once you open the app, it will prompt you to register or sign in, but you can ignore that and tap the big button in the middle to start capturing. It will pop out a notification, and you can hit “Start” to begin recording. You have to go back to the app to stop the recording. Once you are done, you can view your screencasts from within the app or share them using Android’s share feature. It’s not as feature-rich as some of the options here, but it’s much simpler to use.
Telecine has a very simple interface with only a few settings, but it is very powerful and works well. Once you’ve opened the app, tap the “Launch Overlay” button. It will pop out a small overlay at the top-right corner of your screen. Navigate away from the app, and tap the record button once you’re ready to begin. To stop recording, tap the top-right corner again. (The overlay is still there; it’s just transparent.) The only downside is the lack of sound, but the video quality is top-notch.
7. Lollipop Screen Recorder
As the name implies, this app is only available on Android Lollipop and later. It is one of the simplest apps on this list and only gives you basic options such as resolution and screen orientation. To start recording you need to open the app and click the icon highlighted above. To stop recording, just hit the app notification. It can also record audio, though there aren’t any other frilly bits and features to talk of. It’s another great option for people who don’t want to tinker.
Over and Out …
With this bunch of apps (or just one of them), your Android screen is ready to be recorded and beamed onto whatever website is the hottest place to upload your videos to. (If you’re reading this at any point between 2017 and 2100, I’m guessing that’s YouTube.)
Looking to do some recording on your PC instead? Then check out our list charting our favorite screen recording software for Windows.
This article was first published in Sept 2015 and was updated in Sept 2017.