The Best Methods and Tools for Screen Recording on Different Operating Systems

Screenshots vs Video: Choosing the Best Method to Capture Your Screen

Screenshots are great, but sometimes, you must create a video recording to get your point across effectively. Whether you want to demonstrate a problem you’re facing, put together a video tutorial, or capture a moment on your device’s screen, recording your screen is a useful tool. This article’ll explore the different methods and tools available to record your screen on various operating systems.

Windows Screen Recording

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If you’re using Windows 10, you don’t need to install any additional software, as the operating system includes a built-in tool called GameDVR. Despite the name, GameDVR can record any application, not just games. It’s a quick and convenient way to create desktop recordings. However, if you’re looking for more advanced features or using Windows 7, OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is recommended. It’s a powerful, free, open-source tool that allows you to insert watermarks, capture multiple windows simultaneously, and more. OBS is widely used for video game streaming on Still, it’s equally effective for creating professional-looking desktop recordings. Camtasia is an excellent paid option for users who require advanced editing capabilities, though it comes at a cost. You can try the free trial before purchasing.

Mac Screen Recording


For macOS users, a built-in screen-recording tool is available in QuickTime, which offers more than just a media player. To record your Mac’s screen, open the QuickTime application and navigate to File > New Screen Recording. From there, you can choose whether to include audio from your microphone. Once you’re ready, click the Record button to begin recording. QuickTime allows you to trim unnecessary parts and provides some basic editing functionalities. For more powerful screen-recording options on Mac, you can use OBS, also available for Windows and Linux. Additionally, Camtasia is an excellent paid option for Mac users who require advanced editing capabilities.

Android Screen Recording


Recording your Android device’s screen is simple. You can download apps like AZ Screen Recorder, which offers various features such as video quality control, voice recording, watermarking, and recording from the camera. Another method is using the adb command and connecting your Android device to your computer. However, apps like AZ Screen Recorder provide a more convenient option for most users. It’s important to note that both methods have advantages, so it’s worth exploring each one to find the best fit for your needs.

iPhone or iPad Screen Recording


Recording the screen of an iPhone or iPad requires a different approach for Mac and Windows users. You can use the QuickTime application to record your iOS device’s screen if you have a Mac. Connect your device to your Mac and select File > New Movie Recording. Instead of using the Mac’s webcam, choose your connected iOS device as the recording source. However, if you’re a Windows user, you can use AirPlay mirroring software like LonelyScreen to view your iOS device’s screen on your computer and record it using any Windows screen capture tool.

Linux Screen Recording


Linux users have access to a range of open-source screen-recording applications. One popular tool is recordMyDesktop, which you can install from the Ubuntu Software Center or your Linux distribution’s package manager. recordMyDesktop offers video and audio quality options and can record the entire desktop or a specific portion. For more powerful features, OBS is also available for Linux users.


Multiple options are available to record your screen, whether you’re using Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS. You can easily capture your desktop, smartphone, or tablet’s display from built-in tools to third-party applications. Consider the features and editing capabilities required to choose the most suitable screen recording method or application.

Brice Foster
With over a decade of experience, Brice Foster is an accomplished journalist and digital media expert. In addition to his Master's in Digital Media from UC Berkeley, he also holds a Bachelor's in Journalism from USC. Brice has spent the past five years writing for WS News Publishers on a variety of topics, including technology, business, and international affairs.

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