How to Record Your Android Device’s Screen With Android 4.4 KitKat

With Android KitKat 4.4, Google has added a new feature to the operating system that enables one to create a video recording of Android device’s screen in MP4 format. This feature is very helpful in creating tutorials to explain the functioning of a newly launched app. Apart from that you can make other usages also, it’s just like taking screenshot on Windows but a step ahead, because you just don’t get the picture snap but also the complete video.

Google recommends to use this feature by saying that one must use the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) and a USB connection. But those with root access to your phone can get it done entirely on their device just with the help of an app. They don’t require having the Android SDK and the USB connection. However, in both the cases having the Android 4.4 KitKat is mandatory.
Go through the entire article to learn about how to record your Android device screen if you don’t have root access to your Android phone:


If you don’t have root access to your phone then you have to get the Android SDK. You can get it downloaded from the Google’s Android Developers website. You don’t need to get Java installed.
After downloading the Android SDK in your computer, do the following:

• Click the Start menu and launch the SDK Manager application
• Enable the Android SDK Platform-tools checkbox
• Click the ‘Install’ button
• This will download and install the platform-tools package that contains the ADB and other utilities
But the Android SDK’s command-line ADB utility will initiate the screen recording only over a USB connection. Hence, you have to get USB debugging enabled on your Android device before you can start any kind of interface with it. To enable the USB debugging in your device, do the following:

• Go to Setting screen of your device
• Locate ‘Developer’ option
• Tick the check box against ‘USB Debugging’
How to record Android Device’s Screen?
After enabling the USB debugging, get your device connected to your computer with a USB cable. Then perform the following steps to record a video of the screen of your device. The video will get encoded at a bitrate of 4Mbps, and will set the maximum screen recording time standard to your device.
• In your computer download Android SDK from the Google’s Android Developers website
• Extract the Android SDK package
• Navigate to the sdkplatform-tools folder
• Hold Shift and right-click inside the folder
• Here select ‘Open’ command window
• Run the “adb devices” command just to ensure that the ADB is communicating with your connected Android device

• Accept the security prompt on your device
• A list of devices connected to your computer will appear on the computer’s window
• If you can’t see it means adb is not been able to detect your device
• Disable the USB debugging of your system and enable it once again
• If you can see select your device of which screen you want to get recorded
• Now you can start recording your device’s screen by running the “adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/example.mp4” command

After this command, your device’s screen will start getting recorded but this will happen under default settings and hence the resulting video will get saved to a file at /sdcard/example.mp4 file of your device. You can continue changing the screen of your device. If you want it to get saved at a different location, you can specify it. After getting the recording done, you have press ‘Ctrl+C’ in the Command Prompt window. This will stop the screen recording.

You can find the resultant screen recording video at the location specified by you earlier. Remember that although you are working on your computer but the recording will get saved to the internal storage of your device and not to your PC. By default, the video will take up your device’s standard screen resolution.

Even if you don’t have remote access to your Android phone yet you can create a recording of its screen to be used in making presentation or for other purposes. All you need is an Android SDK and the USB debugging of your device must be enabled. After getting your device’s screen recorder you’ll receive an MP4 file that gets stored on your device and not on the computer. Remember, these screen recordings won’t capture your finger. So follow the above mentioned tips and enjoy recording your device screen video with the Android KitKat 4.4.

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