For years, users have been asking for a native tool to record screen on Chromebooks. There are a handful of Chrome extensions that do the job pretty well, but ask for top dollars to access even basic features. So it’s heartening to see Google bringing a native screen recorder on Chromebook. The feature has made it to the beta channel, just short of public release, and will be widely rolled out to all stable users pretty soon. So if you want to enable screen recording on a Chromebook and check how the new tool works, well follow our guide below.

Note: This method only works on the Chromebook and not on the Google Chrome browser. For recording Chrome on PC or Mac, check out our list of best screen recording extensions for Google Chrome.

Enable Screen Recording on a Chromebook

The native screen recording feature is currently available on the beta channel of Chrome OS (88.0.4324.22). If you are on the stable build then you can switch to the beta channel by going to Settings -> About Chrome OS -> Additional Details -> Change Channel -> Beta.

Now, re-open the “About Chrome OS” page again and check for updates. Don’t worry, this process won’t delete any of your files or programs. With that out of the way, let’s now go through the steps.

1. Open chrome://flags on the Chrome browser and search for “screen capture test“. You can also open chrome://flags/#screen-capture directly to access the screen recorder flag. Now, select “Enabled” from the drop-down menu.

Enable Screen Recording on a Chromebook

2. Next, click on “Restart” at the bottom-right corner.

Enable Dark Mode on a Chromebook

3. Finally, click on the Quick Settings menu and here you will find a new “Screen capture” tile. You have successfully enabled screen recording on your Chromebook.

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4. To use it, click on the “Screen capture” tile and it will open a bottom-bar menu. Click on the video icon to switch to screen recording. On the right side, choose how you want to record: full-screen, partial, or an active window.

Enable Screen Recording on a Chromebook

5. Finally, hit the “Record” button and your Chromebook will start recording the screen. In my usage, I didn’t find any stutter while recording the screen in any of the modes. And the quality was also pretty good.

Enable Screen Recording on a Chromebook

6. To stop the recording, click on the stop icon at the taskbar. The screen recording will be stored in WEBM format and is well-optimized. The only missing feature I found was the lack of microphone support while recording the screen. It could be a great addition for people who want to create small tutorials with voiceover in the background.

7. Along with screen recording, the new tool also brings a new and intuitive way to take screenshots on a Chromebook. You can press “Ctrl + Shift + Overview button (above 6)” to bring up the new screen capture mode. What I like about this new tool is that it remembers the position of the last screenshot in partial mode, making the workflow much faster.

List of Popular Chromebooks

Our tutorial will work with all of the following Chromebooks. It is not an exhaustive list and is only here to serve as an example.

Brand NameModel Name
AcerAcer Chromebook 315
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C2C3
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C296
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C4QE
Acer Chromebook CB315-2HT-44MJ
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C3J0
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C5JS
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C6XF
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C36A
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C16B
Acer Chromebook 314
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C34N
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C66Z
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C02A
Acer Chromebook 311
Acer Chromebook CB311-9HT-C4UM
Acer Chromebook CB311-9H-C12A
Acer Chromebook 311 - CP311-3H-K5GD
Acer Chromebook CB311-9H-C7C8
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 - CP713-2W-79H3
Acer Chromebook 512 - C851-C1J7
Acer Chromebook 311 Touch - CB311-9HT-C4UM
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 - CP311-3H-K5GD
Acer Chromebox CXI3 - CXI3-I7V16GNKM4
Acer Chromebox CXI3 - CXI3-4GKM4
Acer Chromebox CXI3 - CXI3-4GNKM4
Acer Chromebook Spin 13 - CP713-1WN-51EA
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 - CP713-2W-79H3
Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 13 - CP713-1WN-76M7
Chromebook Spin 13 - CP713-1WN-813G
CB714-1W-32D4
CB714-1W-525Q
Acer Chromebook Spin 514
Acer Chromebook 311 C733-C0FK
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-P7ZZ
ASUSASUS Chromebook C204EE
ASUS Chromebook C403NA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA
ASUS Chromebook C203XA
ASUS Chromebook C202XA
ASUS Chromebook 14 C425TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C436FA
ASUS Chromebook C202SA
ASUS Chromebook C423NA
ASUS Chromebook C523NA
ASUS Chromebook C223NA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA
GoogleGoogle Pixelbook Go GA00521-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00519-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00526-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00124-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00519-UK
Google Pixelbook Go GA00523-US
Google Pixel Slate C1A
HPHP Chromebook - 14a-na0003tu
HP Chromebook 11A G6 EE
HP Chromebook x360 12b-ca0010TU
HP Chromebook - 14a-na0002tu
HP Chromebook - 11-v010nr
HP Chromebook - 15-de0010nr
HP Chromebook - 14-db0030nr
HP Chromebook - 14-db0020nr
HP Chromebook - 15-de0015nr
HP Chromebook - 14a-na0097nr
HP Chromebook - 14a touch optional
HP Chromebook - 14-db0098nr
HP Chromebook 11a-nb0047nr
HP Chromebook 11a 11a-na0010nr
HP Chromebook 11a 11a-na0060nr
HP Chromebook 14A G5
HP Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5
HP Chromebook 11A G6 Education Edition PC
HP Chromebook 14A G5
HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition
HP Chromebook x360 11 G3 EE
HP Pro c640 Chromebook
HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition
HP Chromebook 14A G5 Notebook PC
HP Pro c640 Chromebook
HP Elite c1030 Chromebook
HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise
HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Notebook PC
HP Pro c645 Chromebook
HP Chromebook x360 12b-ca0010nr
HP Chromebook x360 - 14c-ca0065nr
HP Chromebook x360 - 14b-ca0010nr
HP Chromebook x360 14a-ca0097nr
HP Chromebook x360 14c-ca0085nr
HP Chromebook x360 - 14ct-ca000
HP Chromebook 11 G1 Notebook PC 1NW60UT
HP Chromebook - 14-ca020nr
HP Chromebook 11 G6 Education Edition 3PD94UT
HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE - Customizable
LenovoChromebook Duet (10.1") 2 in 1
Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet
500e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6") Intel
300e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6")
100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6")
14e Chromebook (14")
Chromebook C340 (11")
Chromebook C330 (11.6")
Yoga Chromebook (15.6")
Chromebook 3 (14”)
Lenovo Chromebook S345 (14”)
Chromebook Flex 3i (11”)
Chromebook Flex 5 (13”)
100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6”) AMD
300e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6”) AMD
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Chromebook
Samsung Chromebook Plus (LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
Samsung Chromebook 4+
Samsung Chromebook 4
Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2)
Samsung Chromebook 3
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Record Screen on Chromebook with the New Capture Mode

So that is how you can enable screen recording on a Chromebook and use it to your advantage. Sure, there are some missing features like screenshot annotation and microphone support, but it’s still better than nothing. Anyway, that is all from us. If you are looking for third-party apps to record screen on a Chromebook then go through our list. And if you are facing any issue then comment down below and let us know.

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