How to Record Screen on Android Without App

Kyle Wood

Android, Tutorials

Are you looking for a way to record your Android screen without downloading any additional apps? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of recording your Android screen using built-in features. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Enable Developer Options

To begin, you need to enable Developer Options on your Android device. Follow these simple steps:

  • Open Settings: Swipe down from the top of your screen and tap on the gear icon to access the Settings menu.
  • About Phone/Tablet: Scroll down and find the “About Phone” or “About Tablet” option. Tap on it.
  • Build Number: Look for the “Build Number” entry.

    Tap on it seven times in quick succession. You will see a message saying “You are now a developer! “

Step 2: Access Developer Options

Now that you have enabled Developer Options, here’s how you can access it:

  • Go back to Settings: Press the back button or swipe up from the bottom of your screen to go back to the main Settings menu.
  • System/Additional Settings: Scroll down and find either “System” or “Additional Settings”.
  • Developer Options: Look for the “Developer Options” entry and tap on it.

Step 3: Enable USB Debugging

To record your Android screen, USB debugging needs to be enabled. Follow these steps:

  • Scroll down to Debugging: In the Developer Options menu, scroll down until you find the “Debugging” section.
  • USB Debugging: Tap on “USB Debugging” to enable it.

    You might see a warning message, but don’t worry, it’s safe to proceed.

  • Allow USB Debugging: A pop-up window will appear asking for your confirmation. Tap on “OK” to allow USB debugging.

Step 4: Connect Your Android Device to PC

To record your Android screen without an app, you will need to connect your device to a computer. Follow these instructions:

  • USB Cable: Use a USB cable to connect your Android device to your computer.

    Ensure that the cable is properly connected at both ends.

  • Allow USB Debugging (Again): Once connected, you may see another pop-up window on your Android device asking for permission to allow USB debugging. Tap on “OK” or “Allow”.

Step 5: Record Your Screen with ADB Commands

Now that everything is set up, it’s time to start recording! Follow these final steps:

  • Open Command Prompt/Terminal: On your computer, open Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac/Linux).
  • Navigate to ADB Folder: In the Command Prompt or Terminal, navigate to the folder where you have installed ADB (Android Debug Bridge).
  • Type ADB Command: Enter the following command and press Enter: adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/yourfilename.mp4
  • Start Recording: On your Android device, navigate to the screen you want to record. Once ready, execute the ADB command.
  • Stop Recording: To stop the recording, go back to the Command Prompt or Terminal and press Ctrl + C.


Recording your Android screen without downloading any additional apps is a convenient way to capture and share what’s happening on your device. By following these steps, you can easily record your screen using built-in features. Now go ahead and create amazing screen recordings!

Note: Depending on your device and version of Android, some options may be named differently or located in slightly different places. However, the general process should remain the same.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful. Feel free to explore other tutorials on our website for more useful tips and tricks!

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