Google added native screen recording functionality in Android 4.4, but it only works over ADB and there's no audio output. Third-party developers have been working on ways to expand the usability of the native functionality, but the root only app SCR might be the closest to implementing sound and video perfectly after the most recent update.

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In the new version, SCR gains support for experimental recording of internal audio with the video. Of course, this requires root access, and it's still a bit buggy. I had a few errors testing on the 2013 Nexus 7, but a little fiddling got everything working. There are some other apps that can record audio, but most of them are pulling it from the microphone. Koush's Mirror app can record internal audio, but it takes over the output so you can't actually hear anything while recording. With SCR, the sound still comes out of the speakers, but it's embedded in the video too.

There are a lot of settings in SCR, so make sure you try changing up the resolution and encoding if things aren't working. The free version of SCR lets you record 3 minutes of video with a watermark. The paid version is unlimited and has no watermark.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I'll just quote the review I left for SCR today.

    The only screen recorder that can record internal audio

    SCR is already my favorite screen recorder, but now that it can record internal audio while playing audio through the speakers, I would give it 6 stars if I could.

    No other app is capable of doing this.

    Koushik Dutta's Mirror can record internal audio, but it blocks it from playing out loud during recording, while SCR doesn't.

    I've been waiting for this for a long time, and I couldn't be happier.

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      I second that. I've tried Mirror and Rec too but they aren't as good as SCR.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Maybe lousy and Iwo could join forces to make both apps capable of recording internal audio and out loud playing

    • IvanKolev

      Whats mean of "a little fiddling" that author has said above. My device, xperia z, 4.4.2 always rebooted once awhile i activate the internal sound. Should i change settings or another?

  • andy_o

    I thought Gravitibox's screen recorder actually recorded the audio? Lemme try again...

    Ah, records but doesn't play at the same time.

  • Emilio F. Marbán Trovato

    What settings did you use on the N7 2013?

  • TheSparks

    I dont know what you mean by internal audio, but for me the Gravity Box Screen recorder works perfectly with video and audio!
    I tested it and it records the audio from the microphone and from apps such as Google Play Music.


    I need help guys I try to turn it on but it says error

    • NEED HELP 1

      I USE THE NEXUS 7 2013

  • Shan Tharaka

    SCR screen recorder is not work to my table please help me