How to Record Screen on Chromebook in 2022 [Three Methods]

For years, users have been asking Google for a native tool to record screen on Chromebook. There are a handful of Chrome extensions that do the job well enough, but they cost the bulk of the money to distribute access to even basic functionality. So it was encouraging to see Google finally adding a native screen recorder to Chromebook in 2020. The feature has been available on the stable channel for almost two years now. Not to mention, Google has since released a new Screencast app on Chrome OS, which brings advanced screen recording with support for annotation, webcam view, transcription, and more to Chromebooks. So, if you want to record screen on your Chromebook, follow our step-by-step guide below.

To note: These methods only work on Chromebooks and not the Google Chrome browser. To record Chrome on PC or Mac, check out our list of the best screen recording extensions for Google Chrome.

Use Screen Recorder on Chromebook (August 2022)

In this article, we have included three easy methods to record screen on Chromebook. While two of the features are native to Chrome OS and work like a charm, the third method is important if you want to record device audio along with the screen. That said, let’s dive into it.

Record screen on your Chromebook with screenshot

1. To record the screen on your Chromebook, open the Quick Settings menu in the lower right corner. You’ll find a “Screenshot” thumbnail here, and you can click to open it. You can also use the Chromebook keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + Overview key (key greater than 6)” to access the screen capture function.

How to Record Screen on Your Chromebook

2. The screenshot feature will open in a bottom bar menu. Here, click on the video icon to switch to the screen recording function. On the right side, choose the recording mode: full screen, partial or active window.

Enable Screen Recording on a Chromebook

3. Finally, press the “Save” button, and your Chromebook will start recording the screen. In my testing, I didn’t notice any stuttering when recording in any of the three modes. And the video quality of the screen recording was also good.

Enable Screen Recording on a Chromebook

4. You can also click “Settings” icon and enable “Microphoneunder “Audio Input” to also record your audio. And now after the latest update, you can also add your webcam view to screen recordings. It’s great, right?

To note: Chromebook’s native screen recorder does not record audio from the device internally. It records audio from everything you play on your Chromebook through the microphone only. If you want to record the audio device internally, skip to the last section.

How to Record Screen on Your Chromebook

6. To stop screen recording, click the stop icon in the taskbar. The screen recording will then be stored in WEBM format in the “Downloads” folder.

How to Enable Screen Recording on a Chromebook

7. In addition to screen recording, the new tool also offers an intuitive new way to take screenshots on a Chromebook. You can press the “Ctrl + Shift + Overview button (above key 6)” to bring up the new screenshot mode. What I like about this tool is that it remembers the position of the last screenshot in mode partial, which makes the workflow much faster.

How to Enable Screen Recording on a Chromebook

Record screen on your Chromebook with Screencast

Google has launched a new screen recording app on Chromebook called Screencast. If you’ve updated your device to Chrome OS 103, you’ll find this app in the app drawer. Screencast is an advanced screen recording tool, aimed at students and teachers, but anyone can enjoy this awesome new tool. You can make engaging lessons and demos by recording your screen with Screencast on your Chromebook.

For example, in addition to screen and voice recording, you can include your face using the webcam, draw on the screen, generate a transcript, offer translations, and more. That said, keep in mind that Screencast currently only works if your device’s language is set to English (US). Now let’s see how to record screen on your Chromebook using the new Screencast app and create instructional videos.

1. Make sure you’ve updated your Chromebook to ChromeOS 103. After that, open the app drawer and click on the Screencast app.

Record screen on your Chromebook with Screencast

2. Next, click “New screenshot” in the upper left corner to start screen recording on your Chromebook.

Record screen on your Chromebook with Screencast

3. After that, you can choose the full screen area, window or partial area to record the screen. Microphone and webcam are enabled by default, which can be disabled from the “Settings” icon at the bottom.

Record screen on your Chromebook with Screencast

4. Now click on the red icon on the shelf to start recording. You can click on the “pen” icon for annotations, and you can drag the webcam view to any corner you want. Once you’re done, click the red “stop” button on the Chrome OS shelf.

Record screen on your Chromebook with Screencast

5. You will find the recording in Screenshot application. Here you can view the transcript and edit it.

Record screen on your Chromebook with Screencast

6. Finally, click on “To share” to share the screen recording with a shareable link. Note that Screencast does not save video locally, which is a shame.

Record screen on your Chromebook with Screencast

Record Screen on Chromebook with Device Audio

If you want to record device audio on your Chromebook while recording the screen, I will highly recommend the Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder extension. It is one of the best Chrome extensions that lets you record internal audio on Chromebooks. You also get advanced features like webcam view, record audio from mic, and more. Here’s how it works:

1. Go ahead and install Nimbus screen recorder tool from the link here.

2. Next, open the extension from the extension toolbar and click “Record video“.

Record Screen on Chromebook with Device Audio

3. Here choose “Tongue“down and activate”Record tab sound“. You can turn off the mic sound toggle if you want. Note that the internal audio recording option is only available in Chrome tabs and not on the desktop.

Record Screen on Chromebook with Device Audio

4. After that, click “Start recording“, and that’s it. You will now be able to record your Chromebook screen along with the sound of the device using this Chrome extension.

Record Screen on Chromebook with Device Audio

Record Screen on Chromebook with Screenshot and Screenshot

So, these are the three easiest ways to record screen on your Chromebook. Although the basic screen capture feature is great, I would have loved if the tool allowed me to choose the file format, since WEBM is not a friendly video format. And while the Screencast app is fantastic, a local download option would make it even better. Anyway, it all comes from us. If you are looking for third-party apps to record screen on Chromebook, browse our list. And if you face any issues, comment below and let us know.