Record and capture your Galaxy phone screen

Note20 displaying Screen Recorder on screen

With the new Screen recorder and screenshot feature on phones with One UI 2 or later, sharing your experiences will be easier than ever. Capture funny memes, your epic gameplay, reaction videos, or show a loved one how to do something on their phone.

Note: Not all screens or apps allow recordings or screenshots. Screen recorder is only available on the S10, Note10, S20, Note20, and later models.

Record your screen

Note: Screen recorder will not record phone, VOIP calls, or video calls. Additionally, some apps may block the screen recorder feature due to copyright restrictions.

Instead of using a third-party app, record your screen on Galaxy phones with Screen recorder. Record anything that’s displayed on your screen! You can even use the front camera to record yourself during the video. Screen recordings can be accessed in Gallery, or in the My Files app by tapping Internal storage, and then tapping the DCIM folder.

  1. Open the Quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen with two fingers. Then, tap Screen recorder.

    Note: If the Screen recorder icon is not there, you can add it to the Quick settings panel.

    Screen recorder icon highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  2. Choose your desired option, such as No sound, Media sounds, or Media sounds and mic, and then tap Start recording.

  3. Once the countdown finishes, your phone will start recording whatever’s on the screen.

  4. To add yourself to the video using the front-facing camera, just tap the Front camera icon – it looks like a person icon. A small window will appear in the upper left corner and will record everything you do.

    Screen recorder panel with front camera and pencil icon highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  5. For extra fun, you can also write on the screen while it’s recording. Tap the Pencil icon, select your desired color, and then use your finger or S Pen to write on the screen. However, you cannot interact with games, videos, or navigational options while you’re writing on the screen.

  6. Tap the Pencil icon again to stop drawing. Once you turn off the Pencil feature, the screen will go back to normal and you can continue recording regularly.

  7. When you’re done recording, tap the Stop icon. The video will be automatically saved in Gallery.

Access Screen recorder settings

Do you want the video quality to be a higher resolution? No worries, you can easily adjust this and other settings to make your video perfect.

Open the Quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen with two fingers. Then, touch and hold Screen recorder to opens its settings page.

If the icon isn't there, you can add it to the Quick settings panel.

A list of Screen recorder settings on a Galaxy phone

On the settings page, you will see the available options:

  • Sound: Select what sounds the video will record. You can choose between No sound, Media sounds, or Media sounds and mic.

  • Video quality: Choose your desired quality for videos. The available options are 1080p, 720p, and 480p.

  • Selfie video size: Adjust the size of the popup window when you’re recording yourself using the front camera.

Take a screenshot

If you don't need a full video and just want a single image of what's on your screen, you can take an old-fashioned screenshot.

Press the Volume down key and the Power key (or the Side key) at the same time. The screen will flash, and a menu will appear on the bottom of the screen.

You'll see the available options:

Screenshot options highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  • Scroll capture: Take a long screenshot to capture the whole thing. This setting is only available when scrolling is possible.

  • Draw: Edit the screenshot before sharing or saving it.

  • Add tag: Add and save tags to your screenshot.

  • Share: Share the screenshot with another app or a contact.

  • You can also take screenshots using gestures, button combinations, and the S Pen. Or, you can use the Smart Select function.

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