How to record audio from Android apps



Recording internal audio on an Android smartphone was surprisingly difficult without rooting or buying a phone from a specific manufacturer. But since Android 10, apps have been able to record audio using the so-called Broad Audio Input Sharing API. While this was largely introduced as an accessible feature, like Live Caption, the developers quickly recognized the utility for adding internal audio to screen recording apps.

One thing to keep in mind: apps can disable support for the audio API used by screen recorders. This means that sometimes you just won’t be able to hear any sound in your recordings even if you’ve properly enabled the appropriate settings. This could be the case with phone apps in countries or states that prohibit call recording. And, as you can imagine, so is most streaming services and some games. Make sure your screen recorder saves the sound properly before recording anything important.

Native paperless recorder

Most manufacturers these days have built in screen recorders like Google, Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Huawei. Chances are, you have access to such a tool on your phone, so you may not need an additional app.


Google Pixel phones have natively supported the recording of device audio since Android 11. To access the tool, swipe down twice from the top of the screen to open the quick settings switch. You may have to swipe left to see the screen recorder on the second page, but if it isn’t there you need to hit the pencil button and add the tool to your quick settings from there. After accessing the screen recorder, make sure you have selected “Device Audio” under “Record Audio” and don’t forget to toggle the switch next to the drop-down menu.

The screen recorder from Google.

Samsung offers the feature as part of its custom One UI interface. Unless you’ve changed your Quick Settings, which you can access by swiping down twice from the top of the screen, you should find a tile on the second page labeled Screen Recorder. Long press to enter settings and turn on Media Tones to record your phone’s sound. You can also enable media and microphone sound. Samsung also lets you draw on the screen and integrate a video from your front camera if you want.

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The integrated screen recorder from Samsung.

OnePlus First, native screen recording was added to the OnePlus 7 Pro, and it’s available on both older and newer devices. Find the Screen Recorder entry in your Quick Settings tiles (you may need to add it by tapping the pencil icon at the bottom of the section) and press and hold it to get to Settings. There you can select internal audio as the source for your recording.

The integrated screen recorder from OnePlus.

Xiaomi offers native screen recording on most of its devices thanks to a preinstalled app called “Screen Recorder” that you should find somewhere on your home screen. Once opened, tap the gear icon in the top right corner and look for the entry “Sound Source” to make sure that the device’s audio recording is enabled.

Screen recorder from Xiaomi.

Huawei and to honor You can also record your screen natively. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the quick setting tiles and tap the Screen Recording button. A floating bubble appears with a record and microphone button. If the latter is crossed out, you’re recording internal audio, and if not, you’re getting the sound straight from your phone’s microphone.

Third party apps

If you don’t have Android 10 or higher on your phone or a device from Google, Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei or Xiaomi, you will likely be out of luck if you don’t want to root your handset. Android 7-9 prohibit screen recorders from accessing internal audio, leaving you stuck with silent screencasts or having to go for more hackneyed solutions like an external HDMI screen recorder. To check which version of Android you have on your phone, enter system settings and use the search box to find the “Android version“.

You’ll need to go through a similar workflow to set up the two apps presented here. Both have floating control buttons so you need to allow them to draw on top of other apps. Other required permissions include the microphone (if you want to record external audio) and files and media (to save the recorded files).

ADV screen recorder

ADV was among the first screen recorders to support the API when it was introduced in Android 10. When you start the app, you have to accept its privacy policy (mostly relating to the collection of non-personally identifiable statistics) and grant it access to external storage. Once you’ve set up ADV, you can go to settings by tapping the three-dot overflow menu in the upper right corner. Scroll down to the AAudio settings and choose record Internal audio (Android 10+).

Go to Settings and choose Internal Audio.

ADV comes with a floating button that allows you to stop and start recording without entering your notification shade. It can be turned off if you don’t want it on your screencasts. As for the advanced features, ADV allows you to change the resolution, bit rate and frame rate. It also offers a simple video editor that allows you to crop your footage without any additional software.

AZ screen recorder

Unlike ADV, AZ Screen Recorder includes ads, but you can turn them off completely for a small fee. To record internal audio you need to go to the far right tab (Settings) and after that Audio source Entry and choose Internal audio. Apart from the regular options like resolution, bit rate and frame rate, the app gives you access to a suitable range of editing functions: you can crop or crop a video, cut out the middle, convert to GIF, extract images, add backgrounds, audio, text and Add stickers and you can even merge them with another shot.

Go to Settings (gear icon in the top right) and select Internal Audio.

If you want to get rid of the floating button, you can opt for the “magic button” instead – it’s an invisible element that you can use to pause and stop recording. It also allows you to draw on the screencast. The AZ Screen Recorder is also capable of live streaming and Wi-Fi transmission, making it the more versatile of the two.

Choosing your preferred screen recorder depends on your preferences – they are all quite comparable on a technical level, while some are simpler than others. If you’re not into extra features like video editing, then you can choose the one that you find most intuitive. And if you have one of the devices with a built-in screencast function, you don’t even have to download an additional app.

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