One long-requested Android feature finally popped up in Android 10’s beta releases, but unfortunately it didn’t end up in the final release. There’s one trick to bring it back, though. Here’s how to enable a built-in screen recorder for Android on Google Pixel devices.
To enable the built-in screen recorder on Google Pixel smartphones, you will need to make sure that you are on the latest update first. That is the update from January that was rolled out early in the month. Apparently, in that update, Google quietly brought the feature back as someone spotted on Reddit and it should work on Google Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4, too.
You will then need to have a nearby computer that supports ADB commands.
Finally, to get the built-in screen recorder to work you will need to enter a single command. The feature will be live on your device after you have entered the command.
How is the built-in screen recorder accessible on Google Pixel devices? The option within the Power menu is hidden. A long-press on the power button should also bring up power, restart, screenshot and emergency information options. Simply press long on the screenshot button and a new window will pop-up to start a new screen recording.
Google’s built-in screen recorder is very basic, but there are two options for recording a voiceover and showing on-screen taps. After you hit “Start Recording,” another window will appear to warn you that anything that could include sensitive information will be captured on screen.
Once you have a screen recording done, simply drag the notification tray down and tap “stop.” After that, the system will process the recording and leave it in the notification tray with the buttons “Share” and “Delete.” The recording will also be automatically saved to the device’s “Movies” directory.
It’s still a pain that Google places Pixel owners through the hassle of manually enabling a native screen recorder, but as this feature is more polished now than it was in the past, we hope it will appear in Android 11. Perhaps it will put less of a drain on system resources when it is active at that point, too.