What is the fastest information sharing on Android? Often you do not have to convert or export files, but you can do with a quick screenshot, ie by removing the current display from the screen, which you can quickly send, for example, through various social networks or just save to phone memory for future use. There are various gestures on Android for taking screenshots, but the most secure is the trapping of several buttons. However, these may vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Most often you take a screenshot with Android press the lock key and the volume down key. For Pixels, you can take a screenshot via a separate button on the lock screen, which you can access by holding down the lock key. A specific case is the so-called “long screenshots”, which capture most of the environment or application. A specific case is taking a screenshot of the system settings or a chat history with a selected contact. However, this function also varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
For Samsung, for example, when taking a screenshot, you must press the button in the lower left corner, which scrolls part of the screen; if you want an even longer screenshot, you must press the button again. For Xiaomi, you need to open the screenshot immediately (the preview is shown in the upper right corner) and press “Scroll”. Subsequently, the display scrolls gradually. If you are satisfied with the long screenshot, just press the “Done” button.
For Pixels, the so-called “scrolling screenshot” appeared with the successor to Android 12. You will need the Capture Mode function, the button of which appears when you press the lock key and the volume down button. Saved screenshots are stored in the phone memory, typically a folder DCIM / Screenshots, Pictures / Screenshots or just until Pictures.
Where a screenshot is not enough, a screen capture comes into play. Many manufacturers already offer screen recording as part of their own superstructure. In the vast majority of cases, all you have to do is slide the shortcut in the top bar twice and search for an item between the icons with the camera icon and the description “Screen recording” or “Screen recording”. For some phones, you can still “draw” while recording, if you want to record touches on the screen, you must first activate this function in the Developer menu.
The record can then be found in the folder DCIM / Screen recordings, often with a lower resolution than your smartphone’s display. Of course, with some models you can even choose whether you want to record phone sounds (you can also add a voice memo recorded by the phone’s microphone to the recording), other times the phone won’t ask you anything and it will start recording immediately.
However, if you want to “play” with the recording a bit and set the resolution or quality of the picture and sound, you will have to reach for third-party applications. There are a lot of recorders on Google Play, but the vast majority of them contain annoying full-screen ads, embed a watermark in videos in the free version, purposefully reduce their quality or limit you to the maximum length of the screencast.
If we sort the chaff grain, we probably get to the best screencast application, which has the all-encompassing name AZ Screen Recorder. The application has a 4.5 / 5 rating on Google Play and also has a rich setting in which you can select the resolution, bit rate, frame rate, orientation, recording or audio source. You can have your touches displayed on the screen directly in the settings, you can draw on the screen while recording it, or you can see yourself in the shot via a selfie camera.