Getting started: Recording your screen on Android 4.4

Yes, this ONLY works on a device with 4.4. Have tried it with my Nexus 7, but I get some odd decoder error/warning that I haven’t dug deeper into yet. It does however work.

So, how do you do it?

FIrst off: you can’t unless you’ve got root start it on the device itself, but you have to do it from a computer.

You need a working Android SDK with tools, or a minimal adb/fastboot installation.

This page gives you all the commands needed for it. It’s not a pretty solution but it kinda works.

Simple start with (in a command line)

adb shell

which opens the adb shell on your device, continue with

screenrecord --time-limit 20 /sdcard/demo.mp4

Which gives you a 20 second recording to demo.mp4, or leave out the time limiter and simply let it record the 180 seconds that are maximum what it can do or press CTRL-C to stop it. That’s pretty much it. 

Exit the adb shell


Or you can combine both the ADB SHELL and SCREENRECORD command

adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/demo.mp4

And pull the video you recorded off your device with

adb pull /sdcard/demo.mp4