I want to know how to do screen recording on Android without apps? I've been trying many apps from Google Play store, but nothing works for me, it's just adds popping up on my phone...

Can anyone show me how can I do it myself, I want to record screen with longer duration (my phone is Samsung Galaxy S4).

  • It's not possible without either a special app or a rooted device (and even then a special app as well). Many custom ROMs come bundled with a screenrecord binary (may be named differently), too.
    – GiantTree
    Feb 1 '15 at 13:13
  • @GiantTree A screen-recording feature was built into Android with Kitkat. So under the condition the device runs Kitkat or higher, your commend no longer holds true. See Narayanan's answer (and my comment on it) for details.
    – Izzy
    Feb 6 '15 at 17:35
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    screenrecord is sometimes not bundled with a stock ROM, keep that in mind.
    – GiantTree
    Feb 6 '15 at 19:34

You haven't mentioned the version of Android running in your phone and I assume it is KitKat.

If so, you can use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) tool to record the video. The are many blog sites that explain how to do this and one such that came out first on my Google search is this one. Even Android SDK page on ADB tool commands explain this well.

In gist, you should use these commands:

adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/demo.mp4
adb pull /sdcard/demo.mp4

The first one starts capturing the screen to the specified file and the second one pulls (copies) the recorded file to your computer.

Update: By the way if you are finding it difficult to download the entire SDK just this small ADB tool, you can use the one from this XDA page.


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