How to Screen Record on Samsung

Create video recordings of your Samsung Galaxy phone's games and apps

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Most Samsung phones come with a built-in tool for making screen recordings. Keep reading to learn how to screen record on Samsung using the built-in Game Launcher, and if Game Launcher isn't included with your phone, learn how to use an alternative app, called Mobizen, instead.

Recording your screen is different from taking a screenshot of your Samsung phone’s screen.

How to Screen Record on Android With Game Tools

Many Samsung phones include an app called Game Launcher, which features a utility for recording the screen as a standard video file. It’s intended for recording games, but you can use it in almost any app.

You can’t use Game Launcher to record the Home or App screens. You can only record within apps. If you want to record the Home screen, you should try a third-party video recording app like Mobizen, which is discussed later in this article.

  1. Start the Game Launcher app.

  2. Swipe up to drag the Library window (currently at the bottom of the screen) up, then tap the three vertical dots at the top right of the Library.

  3. Tap Add apps.

    Swipe up, three dots, Add apps on Android
  4. You should see a list of all the apps installed on your phone. Tap the app you want to record, then tap Add at the top right of the screen. This adds the app to the list of games in the Game Launcher, which lets you access Game Tools like the screen recorder when the app is running.

  5. In the Library, tap the app you want to record. When the app starts, tap the Game Tools icon in the lower left corner, to the left of the Back button in the navigation bar.

  6. The full Game Tools menu should appear. Tap Record in the lower right corner of the screen, and you begin recording the screen. Perform the steps you want to record.

    Fitbit checkmark, Game Tools icon, Record icon on Android
  7. When you’re ready to stop recording, tap the Stop icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

  8. To watch the complete video, you can tap Watch recorded video that briefly appears, or you can find the screen recording with all the other videos in the Photos app.

    Watch recorded video on Android

How to Record Your Screen With Mobizen for Samsung

If your Samsung phone doesn't include the Game Launcher, or if you prefer not to use it, you can rely on any of a number of screen recording apps instead. In particular, you might want to use a third-party app if you need to record the Home or Apps screen on your phone, since the recorder in the Game Launcher only works within apps.

There are a number of apps which let you record the screen, but a popular and reliable one is called Mobizen. Here’s how to use it.

  1. If you haven't already, install Mobizen from the Google Play store.

  2. After it’s installed, launch the Mobizen app. When it's running, you should see its icon on the side of the screen. Tap it to see your three options: Record video, see your saved content, and take a screenshot.

  3. Tap the Record icon.

    If this is your first time running the app, you might need to give the app permission to record.

  4. You should see a message that says "Mobizen will start capturing video." If you like, tap Don’t show again, then tap Start now.

    Mobizen icon, record screen video button, Start now button
  5. After a three-second countdown, recording will begin. Unlike Game Launcher, Mobizen records everything, including Home and App pages. Perform the steps you want to record.

    The Mobizen icon shows a timer for how long you have been recording.

  6. When you’re done, tap the Mobizen icon, then tap the Stop icon.

  7. After a moment, Mobizen will display a pop-up that lets you either delete the video you just made or watch it. You can also find the completed video in the Mobizen folder in the Gallery app.

    Mobizen icon, Stop button, Delete button