How To Screen Record Google Pixel 2 / 3 / 3a / 4

Underneath we’ll get into a portion of the arrangements on How To Screen Record Google Pixel 2 / 3 / 3a / 4.

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are Android smartphones designed, developed and marketed by Google. They were announced during a Google event on October 4, 2017, as the successors to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. They were released on October 19, 2017, and serve as the second set of smartphones in the Google Pixel hardware line. The back of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is made from aluminum with a thin “premium coating” of plastic and has a top section made from glass to provide wireless transmissivity. Unlike the original Pixel XL, which was simply an enlarged version of the Pixel design with no other changes, the Pixel 2 XL’s external design differs from its smaller sibling, employing a taller 18:9 P-OLED display instead of the Pixel 2’s 16:9 AMOLED. 

In many ways, this was Google’s best phone yet. Its impressive look and stellar, plus-sized screen go toe-to-toe with the fierce competition.The real kicker here are its cameras, which manage to outperform most, if not all, phones that have come before it.

However, this was also the company’s most expensive phone yet. And for that stack of cash, you can easily find a competent option that trumps the Google Pixel 2 XL in terms of hardware features (like expandable storage and wireless charging).

How To Screen Record Google Pixel 2 / 3 / 3a / 4:

So the long-requested feature (Android’s built-in screen recorder) for Android has finally appeared in Android 10’s beta releases, but unfortunately it did not end up in the final release. Well not entirely, there is a way to get it back. Below we shall discuss on how to enable Android’s built-in screen recorder on Google Pixel devices but even more specifically, how to screen record Google Pixel 2.

To enable the built-in screen recorder on The Google Pixel 2 smartphone or the pixel smartphones in general, you will first need to download the latest Android update. The update specifically was the January 2019 update. Seems that Google brought the feature back subtly in that January update. It should work on Google Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4 as well.

Please note that some users have reported some issues with this functionality including the recording only capturing half of the screen. Please remember that minor issues like this are prone to happen since the feature has not officially been released.

Next, you’ll need to have a computer nearby along with support for ADB commands. If you don’t have that ready then some basic instructions are available in this guide here.

The last step would be to enter a single command to get the built-in screen recorder operating. After entering the command, the feature will be functional on your device.

adb shell settings put global settings_screenrecord_long_press true

How do you get to the built-in screen recorder on Google Pixel devices? The option is located within the power menu. A long-press on the power key should bring up options for power, restart, screenshot, and emergency information too. To initiate a new screen recording, simply long-press on the screenshot key and a new window will appear.

Google’s built-in screen recorder is very simple but has two choices available for recording a voiceover and showing taps on-screen. After press the “Start Recording,” another window will pop up to warn you that anything on screen will be captured which could include sensitive information.

How To Screen Record Google Pixel 2 / 3 / 3a / 4How To Screen Record Google Pixel 2 / 3 / 3a / 4How To Screen Record Google Pixel 2 / 3 / 3a / 4Once you have finished screen recording, simply drag down the notification tray and press on “stop.” After pressing stop the system will process the recording and leave it in the notification tray with “Share” and “Delete” buttons. The recording is also automatically saved to the “Movies” directory on your Google Pixel device.

The second method we will mention will be to utilize a third party application:

There is a lot of apps available for recording your screen on Android, but for this article and purpose we will suggest on utilizing the A-Z Screen Recorder. The best part is that it doesn’t require root, has no limit on recording length, doesn’t add watermarks, and it’s ad-free. Once you’ve downloaded it, just follow these steps below to get started with recording the screen on your Google Pixel device:

Go ahead and open the A-Z Screen Recorder app from your app drawer.

There will be an overlay with four buttons appearing. Press the gear icon to tweak video recording settings including recording resolution, frame rate, and bit rate. After completing this, press Back to return to the home screen.

Open the app you or navigate to the screen you want to record.

Tap the red camera shutter icon in the A-Z overlay. The video will begin recording. Utilize your Google Pixel phone just like normal until you’re ready to stop recording.

When you’ve completed your task, pull down the notification shade. In the A-Z notification you can either pause or stop recording.

Once completed, there should be a video.

Once you’ve completed this you can go ahead and tap the image icon in the overlay to view your recordings. You can also tap the magic wand icon on any one of your videos to make edits, which includes the following:

Replace audio: Option to add your own soundtrack on top of the video, in place of the audio from the Google Pixel device itself.

Crop video: If you want to focus on a smaller portion of the video, you can use an external plugin to crop the frame down.

Convert to GIF: You can convert your video to a GIF format directly within the app.

Trim or cut the video: You can clip off the beginning or end of the video, or cut out sections in the middle. These features require the Pro version which will incur a cost of $3.

There you have it. These are our suggestions on enable screen recording or how you can record the screen of your Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a and 4 devices.

Experiencing difficulties with your Device, check out our “How To” page on how to resolve some of these issues.


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