We've previously walked through the basics of screen recording in Android 4.4 KitKat. For those of us familiar with command-line tools, it's just a matter of plugging in and issuing a single command, really. You don't need root access.

But if you need a little extra help, the Google's Joe Fernandez and the Android Developers account have put together a great walkthrough video, showing each step and offering up some great tips.

A few of the best practices mentioned include:

  • Don't just ad-lib — write a basic script for your demo.
  • Practice a few times — there are no extra points for doing things in a single take.
  • Remember to slow down. You know your content backward and forward, but the viewer might not.
  • Be sure to turn on the touch display, so that a little white dot shows where your finger would be touching the display.
  • Screen recording doesn't do audio, so you'll need to record that separately.

The basic steps for using screen record in Android 4.4 KitKat are:

  1. Have the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) installed. If you've got the Android SDK installed, you're good to go.
  2. Plug in using microUSB.
  3. In a command line, enter adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/FILENAME.mp4. (Where FILENAME is can be whatever you want.)
  4. When you're done, hit CTRL-C to stop recording.
  5. Copy the video from your device, edit and upload to YouTube. 

For more, see the screen recording documentation.

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Or just root your device and get the Rec. (Screen recorder) app.. The best I've come across so far

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Jlav78 says:

That app is just perfect... I'm using it to record bugs for a private beta I'm testing. Bought the audio and time upgrade in it

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Pirate Arr says:

Yea. The best so far of any recording app. Works good on the nexus 5

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Troothdotcom says:

Can some one direct me to the easiest and fasted way to root my Nexus 5 please

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ayo234 says:

Kingo root. Google it

Pirate Arr says:

Well the CyanogenMod installer is the simplest so far haha. You can easily get the apk etc (just google it) if you want a no hassle install plus the benefits of CM11 which runs smoothly! Or do it manually with the stock os following a guide from Android Rootz. Just google Android Rootz nexus 5 root and their you go. Have tried both and it is really easy.

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ahmedjan87 says:

Does it work on android wear ?

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tdizzel says:

What if i want to record someone else's screen? Or secretly turn on their camera and record that?

Ummm...nevermind...pretend you didn't read that... I'm not a creep, really I'm not

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Jay Holm says:

Get a job at the NSA.

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djeborn says:

Hahaha!!! +1000

thatguy97 says:

+infinity because I can't find the symbol in google keyboard

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I didn't know that this existed. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I might use this for quick videos when posting an application's use on the Google Play Store. Or perhaps update some applications already out there to include a video instead of trying some work around with rooting or using a separate device from a third person perspective instead. An appreciated built-in feature.

Joel Laine says:

I ran the command adb devices but my samsung galaxy s4 didn't show up :( and yes i have android 4.4

I also had trouble getting it to work in my note 3 and nexus 5, i finally figured out i didn't have the latest ADB or Fastboot. after updating it finally started to work on both devices this video helped me a bunch http://youtu.be/2R6NLJSrhak

p mcfarane says:

I have nook 400hd andriod 7inch I have no sound,also my profile picture and personel,keep getting wiped off I have security installed and all have passwords or gesture to get into apps

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EllipsisEDM says:

When I try to do this, it responds, "System/bin/sh: screenrecord/sdcard/[filename].mp4: not found
I don't get it. I have the latest ADB and am running 4.4.2.

EllipsisEDM says:

Wait, I figured it out. It's not screenrecord/sdcard(etc) it's screenrecord /sdcard (there's a space there!)