Not so long ago, it was a headache to figure out how to screen recordings on your computer or phone. Typically, this was third-party software of dubious quality, not to mention hours of trying to understand the quirks and complexities of each application.
Fortunately, screen capture is built into every major computing platform in one way or another. This guide explains how to view the recording on Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android on the screen.
How to view the recording on Windows
Windows 10 has a robust screen recording feature built in, but you may not know where to find it. It is hidden in the Xbox app under the game settings in Windows 10.
Go to the settings of your PC and then to the “Gaming” submenu. At the top of the window, you should see a switch that lets you “capture game clips, screenshots, and shows using the game bar.”
Once this is on, you can press the button Win + G. Buttons that allow you to access the game bar at any time, even if you want to record something other than a game. When the game bar appears in the top right corner of the screen, you can press the record button – the small webcam icon – to start recording.
If the Win + G. The command does not work for you. You can change it at any time in the same settings menu where you activated the game bar. You can also change the location of your clips. By default, they end up in the user’s video folder. However, you can rearrange this if you want.
How to film recordings on Mac
Screen recording on a Mac is even easier than on Windows because you don’t have to switch any settings to set it up. On macOS Mojave, all you have to do is tap Shift + Command + 5 The acquisition control bar appears at the bottom of the display and offers various options for how to proceed.
You can drag a rectangular window around your desktop to record a selected part, or record full screen clips if necessary. Then just press the record button and you’re ready to go.
If you want to pause, look at the macOS menu bar – this strip of key controls that is at the top of your desktop – and you should see a circled stop icon on the right that stops your clip when you press it.
As with Windows, the acquisition link can be changed at will. Just go to the keyboard submenu in macOS Settings and then to the screenshot category on the left side of the window. In addition, you can redirect the location for the capture directly in the capture bar by clicking Options and then selecting a different selection under “Save As”.
How to film recordings on iOS
The latest versions of iOS make screen capture extremely intuitive and easy. To begin with, however, you need to make sure that the screen capture is accessible from your iPhone’s Control Center.
To do this, open the Settings app and then the Control Center submenu and tap Customize controls. Make sure that the screen capture is listed in the Include group. If not, pull it up. The next time you want to record something, you can do it easily in the Control Center.
Swipe down from the top right of the display next to the notch to access the Control Center of an iPhone X or newer model. (For older iPhones – basically those with a physical home button – you can access the Control Center by swiping upward from the bottom.) In the Control Center you will see a button that is decorated with a circle with a ring is. By pressing this button you can start recording after a short countdown of three seconds.
From this point on, you go about your business and capture whatever your heart desires. You will know that you are recording as the clock turns red in the top left of the screen. When you’re done, tap the watch to stop recording. The clip you recorded is easily accessible in the photo app.
How to record on Android
As with everything related to Android phones, the process of capturing the screen varies slightly depending on the device you’re using.
Some models, like the recent one Samsung Galaxy S20as well as other newer Android phones from Samsung, LG and OnePlus offer integrated screen recording.
On these companies’ handsets, you can start recording directly in the quick switch menu at the top of the notification window. If the option does not exist in the list of switches for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc., you can edit the menu to display it. Typically, you tap a pencil icon in the shadow and then drag it to the set.
Oddly enough, Google’s pixel phones do not allow screen capture – or at least not immediately. The simple solution is to download a third-party app from the Google Play Store InShot. And if you’re using an older version of Android like Oreo or Pie, you have no choice but to download such an app to capture screen content.
However, if your phone is one of the few models that have already been received Android 10 – and if you don’t mind tinkering a bit – there is actually a secret screen capture feature that is not visible. You just have to activate it in ADB first.
ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is a command line console tool that allows you to transfer commands and files from a computer to your phone. If you don’t like working in command line editors, you shouldn’t be concerned with ADB. Setting up takes some time and is mainly intended for developers. (You can also seriously damage your device if you don’t know what you’re doing, so be careful.)
We won’t explain how to use ADB here as it is quite complicated, although we can release the ADB command that enables the system level screen recording feature on every Android 10 device:
The settings of the ADB shell set global settings_screenrecord_long_press to true
Once this command has been sent to your phone and you have restarted the device, you can start the screen capture by long pressing the screenshot button that appears after pressing the power button for a second or two have held down.
A small window will then appear, asking if you want to insert visual cues for typing or simultaneously record external audio with the phone’s microphone along with the video. Select these check boxes if you want, and then press Start recording. You can stop recording in your phone’s notification window.