How to capture a screen video on the phone

Updated: April 04, 2023
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How to capture a screen video on the phone
by Jahed Torres
Tech Expert & Writer
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The feature of taking screen videos on phones is something we may all need. But, taking advantage of the feature may not be possible for some users. The process of taking a screen video on the phone is actually very simple. The reason for user confusion is the differences between devices and operating systems.

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How to take screenshots on a phone

There are two different ways to take screen videos on mobile devices. One is to use the built-in screen video recording feature, and the other is to take screen videos with third-party apps. Not every user can use the built-in feature that comes with Android or iOS because it is usually available only on relatively new phones. In this case, users are obliged to use third-party apps.


How to take screenshots on an Android phone

  1. Swipe down the notification panel.
  2. Look for the screen video feature in the section with functions such as "Wi-Fi", "Mobile data", "Flight mode", etc.
  3. Otherwise, click on the Edit icon in the top right corner.
  4. Drag "Screen Recording" from the hidden features list to visible features.
  5. Tap the "Screen Recording" feature you just dragged.
  6. You can start recording with the round red button on the screen video capture panel that appears on the screen and complete the screen video capture process on the phone with the square red button.

How to take iOS phone screenshots


The steps for taking screen videos on the iOS-powered phone are similar to Android. If the screen video feature is not in the notification panel, you should add it to the notification panel with a slightly different method.

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  1. Enter the Settings section.
  2. Enter Control Center from Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the "More Controls" heading at the bottom of the section.
  4. From the controls listed here, tap the "+" button to the left of the "Screen Recording" feature.
  5. Scroll down the notification panel and tap the Screen recording feature.

What if you couldn’t take the screen video with the above method

If you don't have the ability to take phone screen videos on your Android or iOS device, you need to download an app that’ll help you with this aim. For this, enter the Play Store or App Store. Then do a simple search such as "screen video capture" or "screen video recording" in the search field. You can easily see a suitable application among the results. It is very easy to use such applications, they work similarly with built-in features. You just have to be careful as there may be differences between apps. For instance, some apps can add their logo to the screen video.

We’ve listed a few simple steps to take advantage of screen video capture on your phone. Those who use older devices can easily take screen videos in the same way if they do enough research on third-party applications. Don't forget to ask Howly experts if you have any questions.

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