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.


Reader comments

How to record your screen in Android 4.4 KitKat


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

Posted via Android Central App on Paranoid Android 4.4 Beta

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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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

Posted from my newly Kit Katted Droid Ultra

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.

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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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.