How to record screen video with your Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

How to record screen video with your Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact
Recording what's happening on the screen of your phone to demonstrate a feature, an app, or a way to do things, is usually a bit of a chore. It used to require installing the Android SDK, Eclipse, and the respective USB apps. You can also use a few apps from the Play Store, which are not without limitations and hiccups, plus their best features usually come with a paywall. 

The option was then built into Android 4.4 KitKat, but not many manufacturers took advantage of that. Enter the new Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact from Sony.

The company introduces an extremely easy way to do screen recording on your Android handset now, which is built right into the stock Xperia interface. Here's what you need to do to start grabbing your display action on the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact:

1. Long-press the power/lock key on the right side of the phones, until the reboot/power down menu appears;

2. Alongside the ability to take a screenshot, reboot, or switch off the phone, you will see a new option now - Screen recording;

3. Tap on it, and a small widget will appear. Press the recording button there, and start your screen rec session;

4. You can change the default video resolution from the settings icon in the recording widget - choose from 1080p, HD, and lower resolutions - and you can also do picture-in-picture video, where the frontal camera is used to show you while commenting on the screen video. You can also choose whether the recording will be in portrait or landscape. 

The ready footage gets stored in the Movies apps, under the ScreenRecords folder, and you can immediately edit or share it, including on YouTube, for the world to see.

Related phones

Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)
Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. itsdeepak4u2000

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2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Sony is improving a lot of things.........improvement is good for future

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

More reasons to love the new Xperia flagships

4. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Always wondered how people do that. Pretty cool. Nice work Sony.

5. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

The price for z3 & z3 compact xperia z3 & xperia z3 compact in Saudi Arabia:

6. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

the only phone in the market that has this feature .. sony is getting better and better , waiting for Z4 .. from Z2 user :)

7. mertcan1k2

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

in z1, we don't have this. :(

12. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

It's gonna come soon via update

8. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 597; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I really want to buy this but that 6 month cycle has me a bit skeptical.

9. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Awesome! The Galaxy Note 2 had this feature but it was removed for no reason. This feature should be a must on all phones.

10. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

WOW! nice one sony! am really looking forward for this feature..

11. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Sony has its way of wowing its customers and it looks like they're improving in a different direction.

13. shelbyfelicita

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

Very informative! Thanks for showing clearly how to record Android screen. I have two phones, one Android and one iPhone, for someone who want to record iPhone screen, I'd recommend Acethinker iPhone screen recorder, free and simple to use.

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