How to record your screen on any Samsung phone

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Any Samsung phone running Android 11 or newer has easy access to a screen recorder.

  • You can record the screen on your Samsung phone by adding the Screen Record option to your Quick Settings.
  • Once you’ve enabled Screen Record, you can take videos of nearly any app on your Samsung phone.
  • If you’re not running Android 11 or newer, you might have to use a third-party screen recorder app.
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The iPhone famously has a built-in screen recording feature, making it easy to capture all the action happening on your iPhone’s display.

If you have a Samsung phone, there’s no need to be jealous; every Android phone has a screen recorder, too. You can use it to make video recordings of nearly any app – though some apps like Netflix will just give you a black screen – and then share or edit the videos later.

Here’s how to enable the screen recorder and use it on your Samsung phone, whether it’s a Galaxy, Note, or otherwise.

How to screen record on any Samsung phone

To take a screen recording, you’ll need to enable your Samsung’s recording feature.

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification panel, and then swipe down again to open the “Quick Settings” screen. If the screen recorder has already been enabled, you’ll find it on this page.

2. If it’s not there, tap the pencil icon in the bottom-left corner. This will let you customize which icons are on the page. (Note that on some Samsung phones, you may instead have to tap a three-dot icon, and then “Button Order.”)

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You’ll probably need to add the Screen Record option to your Quick Settings.

3. In the menu that appears, tap and drag the “Screen Record” option to the top of the screen. This way, it’ll appear in your Quick Settings.

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Start the screen recorder by tapping “Screen Record.”

4. Once the Screen Record option is there, just tap it. You’ll be asked if you want to include audio and if you want your taps to be highlighted – once you make your choice and tap “Start,” the recording will start.

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If you want to, enable sound and a visual touches before you start recording.

When you’re done recording, pull down the notification panel again and tap the “Tap to stop” option.

Where to find your screen recordings on a Samsung phone

Your videos will be saved in whatever the default location for photos and videos is on your phone. Depending on your settings and Samsung model, this can be Google Photos, the Gallery app, or the My Files app.

Through these apps, you can then edit or share the screen recordings like you would any other video. For example, you can trim off the start and end of the clip so viewers don’t see you fiddling around in the notifications panel.

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You can drag the start and end points of the video to trim it.

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How to record your screen on a Mac computer with the Screenshot Toolbar or QuickTime Player

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It’s easy to screen record on any Mac.

  • To screen record on Mac, use the Screenshot Toolbar or QuickTime Player.
  • If you have a new Mac, you can screen record on the Screenshot Toolbar with a keyboard shortcut.
  • QuickTime Player is great for older macOS versions, and screen records just as easily.
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Say you want to capture something on your Mac screen – but a screenshot just won’t do it.

That’s when screen recordings come in handy. You can record a video of your Mac’s screen using either the Screenshot Toolbar tool, or the QuickTime Player app, both of which come pre-installed on your Mac.

How to screen record on a Mac using the Screenshot Toolbar

Again, remember that this method is only available if you’re running macOS Mojave or newer. If you’re not sure what version of macOS you have, read our article on how to check your macOS version and install any needed updates.

Once you’re ready to record:

1. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to open the Screenshot Toolbar.

A toolbar with a number of icons and options will appear at the bottom of the screen. You’re looking for the icons that have the record symbol (a solid circle) over them. One will record a video of your entire screen, and the other will let you select a specific section of the screen to record.

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The two options in the middle of this toolbar will let you screen record.

2. Pick which recording type you want – and if you picked “Record Selected Portion,” highlight the part of your screen that you want to film – and then click “Record.” If you want to cancel a screen recording before it begins, press the Esc key.

3. Your screen recording will start immediately, and capture everything on your screen (or in the selected section) and any audio playing. When you’re done, click the stop button in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

By default, your screen recordings will be saved to the desktop as .mov files. You can change this by opening the Screenshot Toolbar and clicking “Options” – see below for more details.

How to screen record on a Mac using QuickTime Player

This is the method you’ll want to use if you’re running an older version of macOS. If you go through these steps while running macOS Mojave or newer, it’ll just lead you back to the Screenshot Toolbar.

1. Open the QuickTime Player app on your Mac. You can find it in your Applications folder, or by searching for it.

2. Click “File” in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

3. Click “New Screen Recording” and wait for a dark gray recording window to appear.

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Select the “New Screen Recording” option.

4. Click the red record button, then click anywhere on the screen to start a fullscreen recording, or drag your mouse to record only a specific section.

You can also click the arrow next to the record button to choose whether or not to enable the microphone, and if you’d like your mouse clicks to be highlighted.

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QuickTime will give you less options, but still lets you narrate the recording.

5. When you’re finished recording, click the stop button in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Once you stop recording, your new video will open in QuickTime automatically. From here, you can watch, edit, and share it.

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How to take a screenshot on a Google Pixel and find or view it later

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There’s a number of different ways to take a screenshot on your Google Pixel, even without using any buttons.

  • The simplest way to take a Google Pixel screenshot is to push the power and down volume buttons simultaneously.
  • There are also a few lesser known ways to take a Google Pixel screenshot, such as using the overview button or Google Assistant.
  • You can access your screenshots in the toolbar immediately after they’re taken, or view them later in the Photos app.
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Though screenshots have become a common feature on most electronic devices, the methods to capture a screenshot vary widely. Like with most Android devices, Google Pixel screenshots can be taken a few different ways, even if the tactile buttons on your device are dysfunctional.

Here’s everything you need to know about taking and viewing your screenshots on the Google Pixel.

How to take a Google Pixel screenshot

1. Push the power button and the “down” volume key at the same time. Both are located along the right side of the device.

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The power and volume down buttons on a Google Pixel 3.

2. The phone will make a sort of clicking noise, if your sound is turned on.

3. A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear for one or two seconds (this is your verification that the image has been captured and stored) before it reverts back to the screen you were viewing.

4. A small picture icon will then appear at the top of the screen.

If your phone’s buttons aren’t fully functional anymore, you can also take a screenshot in a few alternate ways.

Screenshot from a gesture:

1. Swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen and hold down.

2. Select which open app you want to screenshot and tap the “Screenshot” icon, which looks like a small phone.

Screenshot from Overview:

1. Tap the “Overview” button in the bottom-right corner of your screen.

2. Select which open app you want to screenshot and tap the “Screenshot” icon, which looks like a small phone.

Screenshot from the Power button (on Pixel 3a and earlier):

1. Press and hold the Power button on your Pixel 3a or earlier.

2. In the drop-down menu that appears in the upper-right, tap the “Screenshot” icon, which looks like a small phone.

Screenshot from Google Assistant:

1. Press and hold the home button (that’s the circle at the bottom of the screen), or squeeze the bottom half of the phone’s edges, to turn on the Google Assistant function.

2. If you’re just setting it up, be sure to enable the “use screen context” function (otherwise this method will not work).

3. Click on the microphone icon.

4. Say the phrase “take a screenshot.”

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With voice commands, Google Assistant can take a screenshot for you.

5. You’ll then be prompted to edit or share your screenshot – and if you don’t select a sharing option (like “upload to photos”), it will be deleted, rather than stored on your device.

How to find and view a Google Pixel screenshot

Now that you’ve got a screenshot, you’ll probably want to take a look at it.

You can access it by pulling down from the top of the screen and clicking anywhere on the alert which reads “screenshot captured.” It will also show you a faded-out view into part of the screenshot.

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You can view the screenshot notification by pulling down from the top of your screen.

If you’ve already cleared the notification by swiping it to the right or left side of the screen, you can also find your screenshots in the Google Photos app. To get there, simply swipe up from the main screen to view your apps and select “Photos,” which has a colorful pinwheel icon on it.

From there, you’ll be shown a chronological view of your photos, including screenshots. If you’re trying to find an older one, toggle over to the “Albums” view and select “Screenshots.” It should appear under the “photos on device” heading and will also be sorted and grouped by date.

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Locate screenshots in the “photos on device” section of the “Photos” app.

Since the Pixel is a Google phone, all your content is automatically synced to your Google account. That means you can access your screenshots on any device as long as you’re logged in.

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On a laptop, for example, go to photos.google.com and you’ll see those screenshots as well as all the rest of your photos. From there you can delete, archive, and download your screenshots.

If at any point you need to go back but the main navigation bar isn’t showing up, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen and click on the “back” carrot.

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10 ways to take a screenshot on any Windows 10 device

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It’s easy to take screenshots on Windows 10 computers or tablets.

  • To take a screenshot on Windows 10, you can use the PrtScn button on your keyboard or a variety of free apps, like Snip & Sketch.
  • If you want to take a screen recording, you can use the Game Bar by pressing Windows Key + G.
  • Several other third-party apps exist with even more features, like automatically uploading your screenshots to the internet.
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If you need to capture a screenshot of something on your computer screen, Windows 10 offers a variety of methods for doing just that.

Whether you want to save the entire screen, or just a piece of it, we’ve rounded up all the most common techniques for taking a Windows 10 screenshot.

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How to take screenshots or videos on the PS5 and then view or share them online

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The Create button on the PS5’s controller lets you take screenshots, videos, and more.

  • You can take a screenshot on your PS5 using the DualSense controller’s “Create” button.
  • The PS5 Create button also lets you record video, and stream your gameplay live on Twitch or YouTube.
  • Once you’ve taken your screenshot or video, you can use the PS5’s Media Gallery app to edit or share your work.
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What do you get when you mix 4K graphics, faster frame rates, and bigger game universes? Even better photos and videos you can save and share with friends from your PlayStation 5.

The PS5 DualSense controller has a function that can do all of this. It’s called the Create button, and it’s the successor to the PS4’s Share button.

How the PS5’s Create button works

Located on the top-left of your controller and designated by a three-lined icon, the Create button can capture your gameplay in several ways.

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The PS4’s Share button was replaced by the PS5’s Create button.

Hitting the Create button pauses gameplay, and from there, you can take screenshots, start recording videos, save a video of things you’ve already done, edit photos, or launch a livestream that can be seen online.

If you’re looking to take screenshots or record video of your gameplay on the PS5, here’s how to do it.

How to record and save Recent Gameplay

Whenever you open a game and begin playing, the console automatically starts recording your gameplay, even if you didn’t open the Create menu and hit the record button. You can later use an option in the Create menu to save this gameplay as a video, and upload it to Twitter or YouTube. Here’s how to do it.

How to view your PS5 screenshots and videos

Every photo and video you take will be saved in the Media Gallery, where they can be edited with colors, font changes, and more.

More importantly, though, the Media Gallery lets you share photos or videos on Twitter, YouTube, or with your PS5 friends.

How to share photos and videos from your PS5

Using any of the ways mentioned above to access your photos or videos via the Media Gallery, you can send them online to a linked Twitter or YouTube account, or with your PS5 friends. Just remember that you’ll need to link your PS5 account to Twitter or YouTube to share there – go to the Users and Accounts menu, as demonstrated above.

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