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How to Capture and Record Android Screen

I want a free Android app to be able to record a running app as video such as to have a demo video of an app.

Would like to share your Android screenshot with friends? Have a favorite Android game and want to record a video? Well, it's not difficult to complete it any more. Here, we'd like to show you how to capture and record screen on Android phone.

Part 1. Android screen capture

To make the Android phone screen video capture easy, you can try Wondershare MobileGo (for Windows users) or Wondershare MobileGo for Android Pro (Mac) (for Mac users). The software is mainly designed for manage data on your Android phone or tablet from Windows PC or Mac. Besides, both versions let you capture videos, game screenshot on your Android phone with 1 click.

Free download the display capture software for Android mobile phone and tablet. Have a try!

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Note: Here, we'll complete the task with the Windows version. As a Mac user, you can take the similar steps as well.

Step 1. Connect Android phone/tablet to the computer

To get started, connect your Android phone or tablet with the computer via a USB cable. For Windows users, you can also make the connection via Wi-Fi. Install and launch MobileGo on the computer. Once this program detects your Android phone or tablet, you will get the primary window like the screenshot shows below:

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Step 2. Capture Android screen

Open your Android phone or tablet. Find the screen that you want to make a screenshot. You can play a movie or play game. When the video or game turns on the screen you'd like to capture, click Screenshot to capture Android screen movie, game or other.

To change the screen on your Android phone or tablet, you shoud click the refresh icon next to Screenshot. Then, click Screenshot again.

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That's the tutotrial about how to capture Android screen. It's easy, right?

Download MobileGo to try it!

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Part 2. Record Android screen

Step 1. Download and install Android SDK

Download and install Android SDK, then unzip the file and click SDK setup.exe. Here comes a small window asking you for add-ons installation and upgrade for your first time when opening the SDK. If you just want to take screenshot of Android, choose "USB driver package"and click update. I suggest to update all packages. It won't take long.

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Step 2. Hook up your Android to computer via the USB cable

Step 3. Open DDMS (the Dalvik Debug Monitor) and start to capture screen

You will find more folders under SDK file folder when the update is finished. Go to tools folder and click ddms.dat. There will be a DOS window. Don't close it and wait for seconds, the system will detect your Android and give a list of Android devices connected.

Select your Android phone, choose Menu Device | Screen Capture and you will have you screenshot. It can be rotated, saved or copied.

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Step 4. Recording Android screen video

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Till now there is no third party application that allows you to record Android screen as a screencast video, but here are still some possibilities to make screen video of Android. Follow the method mentioned above, lauch an Android screen recorder like DemoCreator and select the Android screen as the recording area to begin your full motion recording. You can operate your phone while refreshing the screenshot of Android screen frequently. Anyway, this is a really awkward way to record a display video of Android phone. With the rapid development of mobile phone software, application that can be used to record display of Android phone may come out soon!

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Thanks I was looking everywere how to record my android device and I tried all softwares in play store. Well Android sdk is the best way and recording with a camera is a nice way.
If you want to record audio as well, please refer to this software. http://www.wondershare.com/guide/democreator.html
when I record video it looks great but there is no audio. how do i record audio as well?
Chirag Nahar
its very nice i got it.n thanks
:| I though it is not rooted but I think you don't need to if you have a Computer Emulator
(Lol not saying name)
thank you Emma :) this helped a lot now i can record my game....Modern Combat 3
Great article. Thanks Emma.