How To Enable Android 11’s Built-in Screen Recorder on Android 10 Device Without Root

Most of the smartphones are still awaiting Android 10 updates. However, if your device is now running on Android 10 then, there is a trick that can enable you to use one of the features introduced by Google with Android 11. You might be aware that Google has already rolled out the Android 11 Developers Preview 1 update for the Pixel devices and after teardown, it came to light that indeed the built-in recorder is going to see the light of the day with Android 11. And with the help of this guide, you will be able to use and enable the built-in screen recording feature available on Android 11 on your Android 10 device.

Moreover, this trick does not require you to have root access on your device. In fact, it does not even require you have an unlocked bootloader. However, there are some bugs and issues related to these features as it is experimental in nature. Go ahead only if you are okay with this. So, without any further ado, let us get straight into the article itself:

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How To Enable Android 11’s Built-in Screen Recorder on Android 10 Device Without Root

One of the Redditors, u/Xenofastiq brought to light that the screen recording function was working again on the Pixel 2 XL with Android 10. The device was on January 2020 security patchset. Another Redditor u/Hung_L shared an ADB command that could easily trigger this feature on Android 10 running devices.

  1. Firstly, you need to download the ADB and Fastboot tool from here.
  2. Extract the contents and install ADB and Fastboot tool on your PC.
  3. Then you need to enable the Developer Options on your Android device.
    • Go to Settings>>About Phone>>tap on the Build Number 7 times till you see a toast message “You are now a developer”.
  4. Under the Developer Options, you need to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking option as well.
    • To do that again head to the Settings>>Developer Options>>enable USB Debugging as well as the OEM Unlock toggle.
  5. Open the CMD or command prompt by pressing the Shift + Right-click combination on the same folder where you have extracted the contents of the ADB and Fastboot Tools.
  6. If you are on Mac, change the directory of the folder where ADB is installed.
  7. Type in the below commands in the CMD and press Enter;
    Windows:.\adb devices
    macOS/Linux:./adb devices
  8. You will get a device ID.
  9. Now enter the below command to enable the built-in screen recording feature:
    Windows:.\adb shell settings put global settings_screenrecord_long_press true
    macOS/Linux:./adb shell settings put global settings_screenrecord_long_press true
  10. That’s it!

Now you can enable and record your screen by long-pressing the Power button. You will be presented with options like Power, Reboot, Screenshot, and Emergency options. Press the Screenshot button and a new window will pop-up asking you options like record using the device’s microphone and show touch when recording is on. Once you tap on Start Recording you will be shown a warning message that you can skip and tap on Start Now to start screen recording on your device.

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