How to Screen Record on Any Device
by Elle Werle
1. What is screen recording?
Screen recording is a digital recording of computer or phone screen output, often containing audio narration. It is possible to record your screen on most devices, but you may have trouble with older models or on Windows PCs. Don’t you worry though, because we created a comprehensive guide on how to do screen recording for all devices!
To avoid the hassle of native screen recording options, we recommend a free, collaborative, feature-rich application like Weet. With Weet you can instantly record your screen, face, or voice and share it with your colleagues, friends, or family.
In addition to ease of use, Weet offers options for editing, recording, and collaborating that native screen recording options simply do not.
2. How to Screen Record on your Cell Phone
iPhone and iPad
- Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls, then tap the green plus button next to Screen Recording.
- Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen. On iPhone X or later or iPad with iOS 12 or later, or iPadOS, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Press deeply on the gray circle button and tap Microphone.
- Tap Start Recording, then wait for the three-second countdown.
- Open Control Center and tap the red circle button. Or tap the red status bar at the top of your screen and tap Stop.
- Go to the Photos app and select your screen recording.
Screen Record on Newer Androids
On the newer phone models (Android 11 and higher) users can enjoy native screen recording capabilities. You can find this option by searching for “Screen Recorder.”
- Search for “Screen recorder” and open it
- Select your sound and video quality settings
- Before you can record for the first time, the app will ask for permission to access your device. Allow access.
- Press Start to record.
- Press Stop when you’re finished recording.
- Your recording will be located in your photo gallery.
Screen Recording on Older Android Devices
Back in the day screen recording wasn’t a built-in feature on phones. There is a way around this on older Android models, but it will require you to change some settings you’re likely not familiar with.
- Go to Settings → About Phone, and tap the Build Number button seven times until your screen says “You’re now a developer!”
- Go back to Settings. Select Advanced → Developer Options → Feature Flags
- Turn on settings_screenrecord_long_press
- You now have the ability to record your screen
- Hold down the screenshot button and a popup menu will appear
- Tap Start Recording and look for a new popup to display
- Tap Start Now
- When you are ready to end, tap Stop
- The video will show up in your phone’s photo gallery
You can take a simple screenshot on Android by holding the volume down button and the power button at the same time.
3. How to Record Your Screen on the Computer
Shout out to apple for making screen recording a breeze. In case you didn’t know, to take a screenshot on a Mac simply press Command + Shift + 4. The screenshot will automatically be saved right to your desktop.
Similarly, you can use a keyboard shortcut to screen record on your Mac with Command + Shift + 5.
- Hit Command + Shift + 5.
- You will see a small menu on the bottom of the selector area where you have the option (in order) to:
- Capture Entire Screen
- Capture Selected Window
- Capture Selected Portion of the Current Window
- Record Entire Screen
- Record Selected Portion
- And an Additional Options Menu
- Select Record Entire Screen to record your entire screen, or Record Selected Portion to only record what is in the selector box.
- Click the mouse to begin recording, and again to stop.
- All items will be automatically saved to your Desktop.
Our friends at Windows did not make screen recording an easy task for users. It’s easy enough to screenshot, just tap Ctrl + PrntScrn. But if you want to record your screen you will have to work for it because it’s simply not a built-in feature.
As crazy as it sounds you can leverage Powerpoint to screen record on a Windows PC.
- Open PowerPoint
- Click Insert tab → Screen Recording
- Select the area you want to record, or select the entire screen by pressing Windows Key + Shift + F.
- To begin recording, click “Record.”
- To stop recording, click “Stop.”
- Save the recording as a Video File. Note that this file is different from the PowerPoint presentation itself.
4. The Best Way to Record Your Screen
You don’t have to fuss over native screen recording options (or lack thereof) anymore, because Weet is here to help!
With Weet you can instantly screen record and add video, audio, and text.
Get your points across concisely and in less time than it takes to draft up an email.
Collaborate with time-stamped reactions to your screen record, and never miss an opportunity to share an emotive response.
Send your Weet to anyone you’d like for them to view or edit!