10 Best Screen Recording Apps for Android You Can Try

Last Updated: July 26, 2017

While many new features have been introduced in Android over the years, one feature that is still missing is a native screen recorder. Though you may argue that a few Android skins like Xperia UI and MIUI already come with a screen recorder, it’s primarily stock Android that lacks this feature. With a native screen recorder being included in iOS 11 as well, it’s about time Android takes the same route. However, till the time we see a native screen recorder in stock Android, you can download a third-party app to serve the very same purpose. To help you out, here is a list of the 10 best screen recording apps for Android that you can try:

1. DU Recorder

DU Recorder is one of the best screen recording apps that you can try. It gives you a lot of different settings for recording your phone’s screen. For starters, you can choose the resolution anywhere from 240p to 1080p, bit rate from 1 Mbps to 12 Mbps, and frame rate from 15 FPS to 60 FPS. The recording can be started either straight away or with a countdown of 3, 5, or 10 seconds. You can further configure the app’s settings to record the external audio as well. Once you finally start the screen recording, you can shake your phone to stop it.

DU Recorder

In addition to the aforementioned features, there are few more useful ones that you get with DU Recorder. You can edit images and videos, enable touch recording, merge different videos, draw on the screen while recording, and convert videos to GIFs. You can even choose to record a GIF by default. Though the saved recording may contain a watermark of the app, it can easily be toggled off in the app’s settings.

Install: (free)

2. AZ Screen Recorder

AZ Screen Recorder is a well-known screen recorder for Android. You probably would have already heard of it. Like DU Recorder, AZ Screen Recorder provides a lot of settings for recording your phone’s screen. The similarities include selection of resolution from 240p to 1080p, bit rate from 1 Mbps to 12 Mbps, frame rate from 24 FPS to 60 FPS, recording external audio and touches, and setting a countdown of up to 60 seconds. Apart from this, you can create a time-lapse video of your screen – ranging from 1/3rd speed to 3x speed. Finally, in the app’s settings, you can configure multiple ways like shake and screen off to stop the recording.

AZ Screen Recorder

AZ Screen Recorder can be coupled with AZ Plugin 2 for features like compressing and merging videos, replacing the audio in the recording with a custom audio, adding text to videos, etc. There is a premium version available as well that can be bought as an in-app purchase to unlock all the features in an app. The added features that you get with the premium version include a magic button that can be used to pause/resume a screen recording, video trimming, removal of ads, input from the front-cam while screen recording, and exporting recordings as GIFs.

Install: (free with in-app purchases)

3. Screen Recorder

Screen Recorder is an ad-free screen recording app that offers many great features for free. To start off with the basic ones, it offers to record with a resolution from 240p to 1080p, bit rate from 2 Mbps to 15 Mbps, and frame rate from 24 FPS to 60 FPS. Like most other apps, it allows you to record touches and any external audio, along with an additional ability to let you choose its bit rate that can be set anything from 64 kbps to 320 kbps. Having said that, you can also choose from H264 and MPEG_4_SP video encoders for your recording.

Screen Recorder

The app comes with a useful feature called “Game Launcher“. Here, you can add the games that you have installed on your phone and then launch them directly to record their gameplay. To let you edit your recordings, you get a video trimmer within the app. In addition to this, you can add a text or a logo to your recordings and even schedule the built-in night mode that changes the background to black, making it easier on the eyes.

Install: (free)

4. Mobizen Screen Recorder

Like most screen recording apps, Mobizen Screen Recorder offers many great features that make it worthy of being the primary screen recording app on your smartphone. With this app, you can choose any resolution from 240p – 1080p, bit rate from 0.5 Mbps to 12 Mbps, and frame rate from 5 FPS to 60 FPS. It may not come as a surprise to see options such as a video editor, touch recording, countdown and face cam as well.

Mobizen Screen Recorder

The app has a “Clean Recording” mode that, as you may have guessed, produces a recording without the watermark, air circle, and timer. When this mode is off, you can replace the Mobizen watermark with a custom one. Also, you can view the recording duration to keep a track of time. Though all the features of the app are free, you may often see ads within the app. These ads can be removed with an in-app purchase.

Note: This app works on devices produced by all manufacturers but Samsung. If you own a Samsung device, you can download this version of the app.

Install: (free with in-app purchases)

5. ADV Screen Recorder

ADV Screen Recorder bears a lot of similarity to AZ Screen Recorder, especially in its settings. It offers you to record your phone’s screen with a resolution that can range from 240p to 720p, bit rate from 2 Mbps to 15 Mbps, and frame rate from 24 FPS to 60 FPS. The app also allows you to include touch gestures and add a countdown of 3 seconds before starting the screen recording, and record the external audio.

ADV Screen Recorder

You can include an input from either of your phone’s cameras along with the option to adjust the input’s window size and opacity. The screen recordings captured using ADV Screen Recorder do not contain a watermark that you might be concerned about. Rather, if you wish to include a logo in your recording, this app allows you to do just that by selecting an image from your device. Finally, you can stop the recording either from the notification drawer or by turning the screen off.

Install: (free with in-app purchases)

6. Rec.

With Rec., you get a lot of customization options. Though the free version of the app offers only the basic features like custom resolution, custom bit rate, a predefined countdown timer of 10 seconds, and the option to include audio, most of the app’s features can be made accessible by buying the pro version with an in-app purchase. Once you have the pro version, you can get access to advanced features like shaking your device to stop the recording, hiding the ongoing notification for the app, showing touches, customized timer, defining presets, and even an ad-free experience.

Rec.

Install: (free with in-app purchases)

7. ScreenCam Screen Recorder

ScreenCam Screen Recorder is one of the very few screen recorders that lets you record a 1440p screen recording. In fact, the lowest resolution that it offers is 360p as compared to 240p that most other apps offer. With ScreenCam Screen Recorder, you choose a bit rate from 1 Mbps to 12 Mbps and a frame rate from 25 FPS to 60 FPS. The recordings that will be saved can be given a prefix name in the app’s settings. To minimize the clutter in your recorded video, you can also change the size of the floating icon. Though the app does not support showing touch gestures, you can get that by buying this plugin that costs $0.99.

ScreenCam Screen Recorder

Install: (free)

8. Lollipop Screen Recorder

Though Lollipop Screen Recorder doesn’t have many features to offer, it is a pretty sleek screen recording app. The resolution in which you can save your screen recordings range only from 360p to 720p while the bit rate ranges from 2 Mbps to 10 Mbps. You can set a countdown of up to 60 seconds before starting the recording.

Lollipop Screen Recorder

While recording, you’ll see a recording notification that can be turned off in the app’s settings. Lollipop Screen Recorder also offers some premium features like including the input from either of your phone’s cameras. In the app’s settings, you’ll find an option that lets you adjust the camera input even while recording the screen. You can unlock these features by watching a small video clip. Note that this still does not remove the ads.

Install: (free)

9. Screen Recorder

Screen Recorder offers features no different from the other apps in this list. Having said that, what distinguishes it from the others is the frame rate and bit rate that it offers. Unlike most other apps, Screen Recorder allows you to record the screen with a frame rate from 15 FPS to 80 FPS and a bit rate from as low low as 512 Kbps to as high as 20 Mbps. In addition to this, you can record video and an external audio with a quality that can be set to anything from 32 kbps to 128 kbps.

Screen Recorder 5+

The app also has a premium version that costs $1.49. To get this you’ll have to buy a license for the app. This premium version removes the ads and restrictions and offers additional features like minimizing the app when the recording starts and adding a text banner in the recording.

Install: (free)

10. Google Play Games

Most of the Android devices already come with Google Play Games pre-installed. In case your device didn’t, I’d highly recommend you to download it. Though it may not allow you to record just about anything, it has a built-in feature that allows you to record the gameplay of any game available on the Play Store along with your face-cam. To record a game, search for the game in Google Play Games, tap on the recording icon, and then, select the video quality. You can choose from either 480p or 720p. Next, you’ll be asked to launch the app after which you can start the recording.

Google Play Games

Install: (free)

SEE ALSO: How to Record Screen in iOS 11 Natively

Go Ahead and Use the Best Screen Recording Apps

While we haven’t yet seen a native screen recorder in any of Android O’s developer previews, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one included in the public release. In the more probable case of it not being included, you can still record the screen of your Android device using any of the apps mentioned in the list above. So which screen recording app did you like the most? Do let me know in the comments section below.

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