Recording your smartphone screen, whether Android or iOS, can be very useful. You can use the video to share something with your friends and family on social media, make a tutorial to post on the internet, report a bug on the device or an internet violation that could be erased or changed, or even record a gameplay of your favorite game (why not?).

Both Android devices and iPhones have alternatives to record your cell phone screen.

For Apple cell phone users, the function is already native for newer devices. For those who use other brands, there are several applications that do this function. See below how to shoot the screen with each operating system.

How to record Android phone screen

Some Android devices with version 10 of the operating system may feature the native screen recording function on the control bar. On Samsung phones, for example, the screen recorder is only available for devices Galaxy A50 or higher.

But as with most devices this is not yet a reality, it is easier to look for a third party application. At Play Store, you will find a series of applications that record the screen, many even free. Your choice will depend on your level of knowledge of the applications and what functions you need.

To not have too much error, just choose the best rated and most popular in the store. They are the AZ Screen Recorder and Screen Recorder from InShot Inc. Both applications are similar in both color and design as in functionality.

You need to authorize the application to run on top of other applications. With that, you can use the recording window (a ball with buttons to start recording, take a print screen or access the settings more quickly).

In both applications you can record the screen using your microphone and the device’s internal audio at the same time.

In the settings, you can configure the video quality to be recorded (which directly affects the size of the final file), the screen resolution, the amount of frames per second, rescue place of the files.

There are also extra functions, such as setting the countdown before starting recording, hide the recording window so that it does not appear in the video or activate or not a facecam.

Both applications also have a simple video editor, which serves to make cuts, add text, change the speed of a clip, add music, among other basic functions.

None of the programs have watermark on recordings, but there is a difference when the video is edited in these applications. Videos edited in AZ Screen Recorder do not have a watermark. On the InShot Inc. recorder, the watermark on edited videos can be removed by paying for a premium subscription or watching one or two advertisements before rendering.

How to record screen on iPhone

To record the screen of the iPhone or any Apple device with iOS 11 or later, it is not necessary to download a third-party application, since the function is already native to the operating system.

To make a screen recording, contact Settings, click in Control Center and access Customize Controls.

Then click on green “+” symbol next to the “Screen Recording“Then go to Control Center dragging your finger down on iPhone X or later or dragging up if you have an iPhone 8 or earlier or an iPhone SE 2020.

There, you will find the screen recording button, formed by a circle filled inside another hollow circle.

When you touch the button, a dialog box for you to start recording. There you can activate or deactivate the microphone to record your voice or not. Click in “Start Recording“and wait for the three-second countdown.

In iOS 11 or later, the screen recording is native to the operating system. Just click on the screen recording button (highlighted in green) and start recording. To hang up, click the record button again or the red status bar in the upper left corner of the screen (also highlighted in green).

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To stop recording, simply access the Control Center again and click again on the screen recording symbol, which will now appear red, or click on red status bar at the top of the screen. In the pop-up window that appears, click “Stop“.

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