How to Record the Screen on Android TV (Working Method)

Screen recording on Android TV is not as seamless as you have on your Android device. Google has removed the user-facing “draw over other apps” settings page to stop apps from floating over other UI elements and capturing the screen. While that’s understandable on Google’s part to prevent piracy, some users want to record the screen for some tutorials or illustration. So if you want to record the screen on Android TV then you have come to the right place. Here, we show you how to circumvent Android TV’s restriction and record the screen anyway. So without further ado, let’s begin.

Record the Screen on Android TV (2021)

There are multiple Android TV screen recording methods such as mirroring the screen or using apps like AirDroid, but the latency is really bad, and the output has dismal quality and resolution. So I have included a way to capture screen on Android TV that runs natively on the system and captures the screen without any stuttering. So with that out of the way, let’s jump to the steps.

1. First off, you need to go through our guide on how to run incompatible Android apps on Android TV (especially from step #3 to #7) to connect to the TV wirelessly and to learn about the wireless ADB installation process.

Record the Screen on Android TV

2. Once the connection is established, download AZ Screen Recorder APK (Free) on your computer. It’s one of the best screen recorder apps for Android. Now, rename the file to something shorter and move it to the ADB folder. For instance, I have renamed it to recorder.apk.

Record the Screen on Android TV

3. Next, on the Terminal, run adb install recorder.apk to install AZ Screen Recorder APK on your Android TV. You will get a “Success” output after the installation.

Record the Screen on Android TV

4. Now, download the Set Orientation app (Free) and again rename it to something shorter and easier to type. I have renamed the APK to set.apk. After that, move it to the ADB folder and execute adb install set.apk to install the app.

Record the Screen on Android TV

5. Finally, install Sideload Launcher (Free) on your Android TV. In case, you have already installed Sideload Launcher from step #1 then you don’t need to do this again. Nevertheless, open the app.

Record the Screen on Android TV

6. Here, open the Set Orientation app and change the orientation to “Landscape”. You are done for now. If you get a prompt saying the app is built for an older platform then simply dismiss it and proceed ahead.

Record the Screen on Android TV

7. Now, you need to connect a mouse to your Android TV. You can connect either a wireless or a wired mouse. This is required to navigate AZ Screen Recorder as its UI elements are not developed for Android TV, hence the app does not support remote navigation. Remember, on the mouse, left-click opens the app and right-click takes you back.

8. Once you have connected the mouse, open the Terminal again and execute the below command. It will allow the AZ Screen Recorder to draw over other apps on Android TV. You won’t get any output on the Terminal window.

adb shell appops set SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW allow

How to Record the Screen on Android TV (Working Method)

9. Finally, move to Sideload Launcher and then open AZ Screen Recorder. Here, grant all the permissions and after that, use your mouse to click on the “recording” icon at the bottom-right corner.

How to Record the Screen on Android TV (Working Method)

10. Now, click on “Start Now” and it will start recording the screen on your Android TV.

How to Record the Screen on Android TV (Working Method)

11. To stop the video recording, you can click on the overlay icon using your mouse. Keep in mind, it does not support internal audio recording unless your Android TV is updated to the Android 10 build. Also, you can’t record the screen on Netflix and other DRM-protected apps.

How to Record the Screen on Android TV (Working Method)

12. Keep in mind, the screen recorder overlay will remain on the homepage until you force stop the app. So to do that, open Settings -> Apps -> AZ Screen Recorder -> Force stop -> OK.

How to Record the Screen on Android TV (Working Method)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Resolution and Frame Rate of Screen Recording on Android TV?

I settled for AZ Screen Recorder after trying DU Screen Recorder and Screen Record by Kimcy929 as it was more intuitive to use and there were fewer instances of stuttering. The app automatically picked 720p as the default resolution 30FPS as the default frame rate. However, you can take it up to 1080p and 60FPS, but bear in mind, it might increase the latency.

Q. Does Screen Recording on Android TV Have Audio Recording?

Yes, you can record internal audio while screen recording on Android TV, but only if your TV is updated to the Android 10 build. Apart from that, you can record mic audio on any Android platform.

Q. How Does the Orientation Work While Screen Recording on Android TV?

Since the screen recorders are not optimized for the TV platform, orientation is an issue. That’s why I have mentioned using the Set Orientation app so that apps stay on landscape mode.

Q. Does the Screen Recorder for Android TV Have a Watermark?

As I am using AZ Screen Recorder, it does not place a watermark on recorded videos, for all users — free and paid.

List of Android TVs (Continually Updated)

You can use the above steps to record the screen on any of the following popular Android TVs. Note that this is not an exhaustive list. I have added the list only to show you that the steps work with any modern Android TV.

BRANDModel NameSize
Marq (flipkart)Marq 43AAUHDM43
Marq 43AAFHDM43
Marq 32AAHDM32
Marq 65SAUHD65
Marq 49SAUHD48.5
Marq 32VNSSHDM32
Marq 49SAUHD/49SAHD-Black49
AconaticAconatic 32HS521AN32
Aconatic 43HS521AN43
Aconatic 55RS543AN55
Aconatic 55US300AN55
Aconati c65RS543AN65
iFFALCON 65K7165
iFFALCON 55H7155
iFFALCON 65H7165
iFFALCON 43K3143
iFFALCON 50K3150
iFFALCON 55K3155
LLoydLLoyd 32HS301B32
LLoyd 43FS301B43
LLoyd 43US900B43
LLoyd 55US900B55
LLoyd GL32H0B0ZS32
LLoyd L32HS670A32
MicromaxMicromax L32CANVAS432
Micromax L32TA6445HD32
Micromax L40TA6445FHD40
Micromax L43TA7000UHD43
Micromax L55TA7001UHD55
MI L32M5-AL32
MI L43M5-AN43
MI L43M4-4AIN43
MI L50M5-5AIN50
MI L55M6-EQG55
MI L32M6-EI32
MI L55M4-4XINA55
MI L65M5-5SIN65
MI L49M5-AN49
MI L32M5-AN32
MI L43M5-AI43
MI L32M5-AI32
MI L40M6-EI40
MI L75M6-ESG75
PanasonicPanasonic TH-65HX700DX65
Panasonic TH-55HX700DX55
Panasonic TH-43HX700DX43
Panasonic TH-55HX635DX55
Panasonic TH-43HX635DX43
Panasonic TH-43HX625DX43
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Panasonic TH-50HX45050
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Panasonic TH-55GX655DX55
Panasonic TH-49GX655DX49
Panasonic TH-43GX655DX43
SanyoSanyo XT-43A081U43
Sanyo XT-49A081U49
Sanyo XT-55A081U55
Sanyo XT-65A081U65
Sanyo XT-43UHD4S43
Sanyo XT-50UHD4S50
Sanyo XT-55UHD4S55
Sanyo XT-65UHD4S65
Sanyo XT-43FHD4S43
Sanyo XT-32RHD4S32
SonySony KD-55X7400H55
Sony KDL-49W800G49
Sony KDL-43W800G43
Sony KD-55X9500G55
Sony KD-49X8000H49
Sony KD-55X8000H55
Sony KD-43X8000G43
Sony KD-49X7500H49
Sony KD-65A8F65
Sony KD-55A8G55
Sony KD-55X8000G55
Sony KD-65X9300E65
Sony KD-65A8G65
Sony KD-55X9300E55
Sony KD-65X8000H65
Sony KD-65A9F65
Sony KD-65X9500E65
Sony KD-55A8F55
Sony KD-75X8500F75
Sony KD-65A9G65
Sony KDL-43W800F43
Sony KD-49X8000G49
Sony KD-55X8500G55
Sony KD-43X7500F43
Sony KD-65X8000G65
Sony KD-49X8500F49
Sony KD-43X8500F43
Sony KDL-49W800F49
Sony KD-43X8200E43
Sony KDL-43W800D43
Sony KD-65X9500G65
Sony KD-75X8000H75
Sony KD-55X9000E55
Sony KD-49X9000E49
Sony KD-55X9500E55
Sony KD-65X9000E65
Sony KD-55X9000F55
Sony KD-65X7500F65
Sony KD-49X8200E49
Sony KD-65X9000F65
Sony KD-55X8500F55
Sony KD-55A9F55
Sony KD-55A155
Sony KD-65A165
Sony KD-49X7500F49
Sony KD-55A9G55
Sony KD-85X8000H85
Sony 43X7400H43
Sony 55X7500H55
Sony 43X7500H43
Sony 65X7400H65
TCLTCL 50C71550
TCL 32S65A32
TCL 55C71555
TCL 55P71555
TCL 65P865
TCL 43P843
TCL 43S6500FS43
TCL 85P8M85
TCL 32S6500S32
TCL 65P71565
TCL 43P8B43
TCL 43P71543
TCL 55C81555
TCL 50P71550
TCL 55P8E55
TCL 55P855
TCL 49S6500S49
TCL 65P8E65
TCL 65C665
TCL 75P71575
TCL 55P8S55
TCL 65X4US65
TCL 50P8E50
TCL 65C71565
TCL 50P850
TCL 75C81575
TCL 55C855
TCL 40S650040
TCL 43P8E43
iFFALCON 50K6150
iFFALCON 55K6155
iFFALCON 43K3143
iFFALCON 55K3155
iFFALCON 55H7155
iFFALCON 55K7155
iFFALCON 43K7143
iFFALCON 65K3165
iFFALCON 65K7165
iFFALCON 50K3150
iFFALCON 65H7165
VU 32US32
VU 55PM55
VU 50PM50
VU 43GA43
VU 55UT55
VU 85QPX85
VU 65PM65
VU 50UT50
VU 32GA32
VU 43PM43
VU 43CA43
VU 43UA43
VU 43UT43
VU 55-OA55
VU 43-OA43
VU 65UT65
VU 50-OA50
VU 43 OA43
VU 43 OA -V143
VU 55-OA55
VU 55-OA V155
VU 50CA50
VU 55CA55
HisenseHisense 43A71F43
Hisense 55A71F55
Hisense 55A73F55
Hisense 40A56E40
Hisense 32A56E32
Hisense 50A71F50
Hisense 65U7QF65
HaierHaier LE43K6600UGA43
Haier LE40K6600GA40
Haier LE43K6600GA43
Haier LE50K6600HQGA50
Haier LE32K6600GA32
Haier LE55U6900HQGA55
Haier LE65S8000EGA65
Haier LE50U6900HQGA50
Haier LE32W200032
Haier LE55U6500UAG55
Haier LE50F9000UAP50
Haier LE55K6600HQGA55
Haier LE65U6500UAG65
Haier LE65U6900HQGA65
InfinixInfinix 43X143
Infinix 32X132
KodakKodak 50CA707750
Kodak 65CA010165
Kodak 32HDX7XPRO32
Kodak 43CA202243
Kodak 55CA090955
Kodak 43UHDX7XPRO43
Kodak 55UHDX7XPRO55
Kodak 40FHDX7XPRO40
Kodak 43FHDX7XPRO43
Kodak 32HDXSMART32
Kodak 32HDXSMART V132
Kodak 32HDXSMART32
Kodak 40FHDXSMART V140
MotorolaMotorola 55SAUHDMQ55
Motorola 55SAUHDMG55
Motorola 43SAUHDMQ43
Motorola 43SAFHDM43
Motorola 43SAUHDMG43
Motorola 65SAUHDM65
Motorola 40SAFHDME40
Motorola 55SAUHDM55
Motorola 32SAHDME32
Motorola 32SAFHDM32
Motorola 50SAUHDM50
Motorola 43SAUHDM43
Motorola 50SAUHDMQ50
Motorola 75SAUHDM75
NokiaNokia 43TAFHDN43
Nokia 32TAHDN32
Nokia 43TAUHDN43
Nokia 50TAUHDN50
Nokia 55TAUHDN55
Nokia 65TAUHDN65
Nokia 43CAUHDN43
Nokia 55CAUHDN55
Nokia 65CAUHDN65
OnePlusOnePlus 43FA0A0043
OnePlus 32HA0A0032
OnePlus 55Q1IN-155
OnePlus 55Q1IN55
OnePlus 55UA0A0055
PhilipsPhilips 58PUT660458
Philips 50PUT660450
Philips 43PUT779143
RealmeRealme RMV200443
Realme RMV200550
RedmiRedmi L50M6-RA50
Redmi L55M6-RA55
Redmi L65M6-RA65
ThomsonThomson 43TH600043
Thomson 50TH100050
Thomson 40M409940
Thomson 40M4099 PRO40
Thomson 32M3277 PRO32
Thomson 43TH009943
Thomson 43TH6000_UD943
Thomson 32PATH001132
Thomson 50OATHPRO121250
Thomson 55 OATHPRO 010155
Thomson 43 OATHPRO 200043
Thomson 43PATH454543
Thomson 55PATH505055
Thomson 65 OATHPRO 202065
Thomson 40PATH777740
Thomson 32PATH0011BL32
Thomson 50PATH101050
Thomson 43PATH000943
Thomson 75 OATHPRO212175
Thomson 43 OATH 100043
Thomson 49 OATH 900049
Thomson 32M327732
Thomson 55TH100055
ToshibaToshiba 32L505032
Toshiba 55U505055
Toshiba 43L505043

Screen Recording on Android TV with AZ Screen Recorder

So that is how you can capture the screen on Android TV with AZ Screen Recorder. There are ample screen recording apps for Android TV, but as I mentioned above, Google has removed the floating settings page from the Android TV. As a result, you need to manually enable the option through an ADB command.

I know the steps are quite long, but certainly doable if you have tinkered with ADB commands earlier. Anyway, that is all from us. If you are facing any problem then comment down below and let us know. We will surely try to help you out.

comment Comments 1
  • Ryan Madison says:

    what does a cell phone have to do with an Android TV I don’t understand any of this

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