6 of the Best Android Screen Recording Applications

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.

I have compiled a list of six of the best screen recorders for Android. You need to be running Android Lollipop to use most of the apps, but there’s one that supports anything from Android Ice-cream Sandwich and later, although you still need root access to be able to use it.

android-scr-pro

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.

Price: Free

Availability: Android 4.0 and later

android-az-screen-recorder

Az Screen recorder supports only devices running Android Lollipop and later. It does not require root and has an option to pause and resume recording, which is very useful for making tutorial videos and such. 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.

Price: Free / $2.99

Availability: Requires Android 5.0 and later

android-unlimited-screen-recorder

This app allows you to take an unlimited length of screencasts on your Android device. Like most others on this list, it requires Android Lollipop. 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.

Price: Free

Availability: Requires Android 5.0 and later

android-ilos-screen-recorder

ilos screen recorder is another app that’s only available on Android Lollipop and later. It does not 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.

Price: Free

Availability: Android Lollipop

android-telecine

Telecine is a highly-rated application for recording your screen. It 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-hand 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.

Price: Free

Availability: Requires Android 5.0 and later

android-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 record audio as well, but that’s about it.

Price: Free

Availability: Requires Android 5.0 and later

We’d like you to try out all the apps and tell us which ones worked best for you. If you have any other recommendations, we’d love to see them in the comments section below.