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How to Record the Screen on your Android 4.4 Device

The Android 4.4 KitKat operating system comes with support for screen recording, as this is now built-in. Read this tutorial and you will successfully learn how to record video of your screen using Windows’ Command Prompt.

There is no official application capable of doing the screen recording part, which is why we will need to use some other type of method. Read the entire post and you should be able to learn easily how to do it.

There might not be an official app that supports screen recording, but there is one that needs root access: Rec. (Screen Recorder) from Google Play Store. Note that this app will require root and you cannot use it otherwise. If you don’t want to root the phone, then you can follow the long guide below. Read the guidelines and then use the tutorial to successfully record the screen of your Android 4.4 KitKat tablet or phone.

In order to make sure that you will successfully learn how to record screen video from your Android 4.4 KitKat device you should first take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • you will need to install the Android SDK package.
    – install the Android SDK in your computer’s system partition.
  • download ADB Drivers for your PC.
  • this is a guide for advanced users, do not blame us in case something goes wrong and you brick the phone or lose any data.
  • make sure that your device has enough power left before it switches off completely.
  • enable USB Debugging on your smartphone from Developer Options.
    – if Developer Options is not enabled, then go to About device and press 7 times on the Build Number section.
    – you will be told that you are a developer now and you should enable USB Debugging.
  • use the USB cable and connect your phone to smartphone: open the Notification panel and then tap on USB Storage. Set the USB Storage option to Camera instead of MTP. Android will then request your approval to authorize the PC, tick Always allow from this computer and confirm the process.

Now that you’ve made sure that the Android 4.4.2 device is ready you can continue to the next part of this post.

How to Record your screen on Android 4.4.2 KitKat:

  1. Launch the Command Prompt tool on your computer.
    – do it by opening the Start Menu and typing ‘cmd’ in the search box.
  2. Guide the Command Prompt to “tools-platform” folder, it can be found in the “C:/Android SDK/adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20131030/sdk/platform-tools/”.
  3. Use the USB cable to connect your Android 4.4.2 phone to computer.
  4. Type in ‘adb devices’ for the device to confirm that it has been connected to your PC.
  5. Next. you need to type in the following command line for the record to start: db shell screenrecord /sdcard/INSERT-FILE-NAME.mp4
  6. Press Enter key and the screen recording will start. Stop the recording by pressing CTRL + C.
  7. After the recording process is complete you will need to learn how to download the file to your PC. Use the following command line: adb pull /sdcard/RECORDED-FILE-NAME.mp4
    – the file will be saved to your C drive.
  8. Wait for the file to be saved and then you can close command prompt when done.

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