Wednesday, December 4, 2013

[NO ROOT] How to record screen on Android 4.4?

Android 4.4 has brought a lot of features and new stuff including screen recording. This feature, however, is "hidden". There isn't such any system application that will automaticlly record screen for you. But if you want, you can record screen without root access needed by connectiong your Android device to PC and launching one single shell command!
You might not believe, but screen recording is pretty easy on Android 4.4 KitKat. You're going to need some things to do that:

  • Android SDK or working ADB
  • A PC
  • USB Cable
  • A Device running Android 4.4 with USB Debugging enabled! (+Drivers)

Let's do it!

  1. Firstly, ensure your device has USB Debugging enabled and drivers are properly installed.
  2. Next, open Android SDK in SDK > platform-tools folder. (If you have downloaded any custom ADB that is fully working, you can use it).
  3. Hold shift and right click the blank space, select open command prompt here.
Opne Command Prompt Here

     4.  To ensure your device is recognizable by your PC, type "adb devices" to see all the devices                          connected to PC. You should see this:

ADB Devices Command¨

    5.  To start recording the video, type the following text into your command line:

Run Command to Start Recording

Let's analyze the code:

  • adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/example.mp4
Adb shell screenrecord is the command that will launch the screen recording. You also have to edit the path -> that's where the video saves - our path is /sdcard/ - that's the root directory. The saved video can be found in the internal storage:

Saved Android Screen Recording

If you're looking for some more help, type adb shell screenrecord --help for more info.

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