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How to capture onscreen video on Windows/Mac/iPhone/iPad/Android

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of native screen capturers for any device as well as excellent video recorder to meet the user's needs for onscreen video capturing.

Aileena Ivy Updated on Feb 15, 2023 2:55 PM

Making on-screen video captures with the default capture tool is easier than you think.

Capturing onscreen video continues to be a crucial aspect in various situations, such as recording presentations, tutorials, or gaming moments.

Fortunately, both Windows 10, Windows 11, Mac, iPhone, and Android have built-in screen recording tools that provide basic functionality for capturing videos on the screen. However, these built-in tools have their limitations and may not meet everyone's needs for high-quality onscreen video recording.

Read more: How to screen record on Windows 10

To overcome these limitations, using a professional screen-capture application, such as Appgeeker Screen Recorder, can greatly enhance your onscreen video capture experience and provide better results. This guide will walk you through how to capture an on-screen video on any device, including Windows PC, Mac, iPhone and Android. Now let's get started.

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Capture onscreen video with built-in tool on your Windows PC

Windows 10 and Windows 11 have a pre-installed native tool for capturing on-screen video clips on computer called the Xbox Game Bar. This tool is not only designed for recording video games, but it also provides the capability to capture other types of onscreen content.

The Xbox Game Bar can be easily accessed by pressing the Windows key + G on your keyboard while using any app or program on your computer. The captured onscreen video is saved in MP4 format, which is widely supported and can be easily shared or edited.

Enable the onscreen recording function of Game Bar

In Windows 10:

  • Go to Settings > Gaming > Xbox Game Bar.
  • Make sure the "Enable Xbox Game Bar for things" option is turned on.

In Windows 11:

  • Go to Settings > Gaming.
  • If you're using a controller, you can check the option to enable the Xbox Game Bar there.


  • You cannot change the shortcut keys in the Settings menu in Windows 11.
  • You can press Windows Key + G to launch Xbox Game Bar app and change the shortcut keys in Settings widget.

It's important to make sure that the Xbox Game Bar is activated before using it to capture video of your onscreen activity from Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs. Keep in mind that the Xbox Game Bar can only record one app at a time, and it cannot take a video capture from the Windows desktop screen or File Explorer.

Capture Windows onscreen video

1. Open the app or program you want to capture.

2. Press the Windows key + Alt + R to capture your onscreen activity. A recording progress bar will be displayed at the top right of the screen, which you can use to control your recording and audio. Or you can hit Windows Key + G on your keyboard and click on the Start Recording option on Capture widget to get your onscreen video captured.

3. To stop the recording, click the Stop Recording button or press Windows Key + Alt + R again.

4. Click on the pop-up "Game clip recorded" alert to preview your video. The onscreen captured video will be saved in the MP4 format and can be found in the Videos/Captures folder in your Windows Users folder by default.

Customize Xbox Game Bar recording

Xbox Game Bar allows you to customize the capture parameters of on-screen video to suit your preferences. Navigate to Settings > Gaming > Captures and here are some of the features you can change:

  • Enable Background recording (Win 10) / Record what happened (Win 11): You can choose to record in the background while using other apps or programs. This can be useful if you want to capture video of an extended period of time without having to keep the Xbox Game Bar open on your screen.
  • Change the recording length: The Xbox Game Bar allows you to set the maximum recording length in minutes, from 30 minutes to 4 hours. This can help ensure you don't run out of storage space or capture more video than necessary.
  • Record Audio: You can choose to include or exclude audio in your screen recordings. If you wish to capture audio, you can select which microphone and speaker devices to use.

By adjusting these settings, you can create customized and high-quality onscreen video captures with the Xbox Game Bar.

Record onscreen videos with screen-capture tool on Mac

Mac also has its own built-in tool for capturing video onscreen. The tool provides an easy and convenient way to grab video on your Mac's screen without the need for additional software.

You can access the screen-capture tool by using the shortcut keys or by triggering the recording app that comes with the Mac operating system.

Capture a macOS onscreen video via Screenshot Tool

To make an onscreen video capture on a macOS using the Screenshot Toolbar, you can follow these steps:

1. Press Shift + Command + 5 to launch the Screenshot Toolbar. The Screenshot Toolbar will appear at the bottom of the screen, giving you several options to capture different types of screenshots or recordings.

2. Click on the Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion option to choose which part of the screen you want to capture.

3. To add audio on your video recording, click Options to select your microphone.

4. Once you have made your selection, click on the Record button to start the recording.

5. To stop recording, hit the Stop button in the taskbar at the top of the screen. Or you can press Command + Control + Esc on your keyboard.

6. The captured video will be saved to your Mac's Videos folder.

Also read: How to record computer screen from Mac

Record screen video via QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player is a versatile media player that is built into the Mac operating system. In addition to playing various audio and video formats, QuickTime Player can also be used to do a video onscreen capturing.

1. Launch QuickTime Player on the screen.

2. Go to File > New Screen Recording.

3. Select the recording area. You can choose to record the entire screen, a selected portion of the screen, or a specific window from the taskbar.

4. Click the Record button to start the recording.

5. Hit the Stop button in the menu bar to end recording.


  • Neither Screenshot Tool nor QuickTime player can directly capture the audio of the video being played on the screen or the system sound, you need to use additional plug-ins, you can refer to how to record internal sound on Mac here.

The best alternatives to capture screen video (Windows & Mac)

Although the native recorders are simple and convenient, they all have some limitations, such as the Windows Game Bar can't capture multiple on-screen videos at the same time, while the Mac's built-in tools can't capture onscreen video with internal audio. But by utilizing professional recording software to make computer on-screen video captures, things will work out fine.

Capture screen video with audio using Screen Recorder

AppGeeker Screen Recorder is a powerful and advanced on-screen capturer designed for professional use. It offers a comprehensive set of recording and editing features that make it ideal for capturing high-quality videos of onscreen activities, games, seminars, and more.

With the AppGeeker Screen Recorder, you can simultaneously capture video and audio, and it also supports a wide range of recording formats and video quality to ensure that you get the best results possible.

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Step 1. Run Screen Recorder and pick Video Recorder from the menu.

Step 2. Select which recording type you want. In order to capture the whole desktop, you must choose the Full as the capture region. Or you can choose Custom to drag the scissors to select the recording area.

Step 3. Enable or disable the Microphone and System Sound as needed. To add audio to the captured screen video, you can turn on the System Sound to record the sound from computer.

Step 4. Press the REC button to begin capturing your screen activities.

Step 5. When you are finished with your task, use the Stop button to end the recording.

Capture onscreen video using OBS

OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) is a sophisticated yet user-friendly tool for video recording and live streaming. It enables users to effortlessly capture and record onscreen video with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

The versatility and efficiency of the OBS, coupled with its ability to capture on-screen video on a laptop or desktop, make it an indispensable tool for those looking to create engaging and professional-quality video content.

Step 1. Download and install OBS. Go to the OBS website, download and run the software on your computer.

Step 2. Add a display capture source. Click the "+" button under the Sources box, choose Display Capture, and select the screen you want to record.

Step 3. Adjust the audio source. OBS will capture audio from any input device on your computer by default, but you can activate/mute desktop or microphone audio and adjust the volume level in the Audio Mixer panel.

Step 4. Start recording. Click Start Recording in the lower right corner of the Controls panel to begin capturing your onscreen video and audio.

Step 5. Stop recording and save the file. Hit the Stop Recording button when it is finished. And the onscreen video is captured and saved to your designated location.

Bonus: Capture your on-screen video on phone (iPhone & Android)

Like Windows and Mac, iPhones and Android phones have their own default recording tools to perform on-screen video capture without downloading third-party software.

Record the screen on your iPhone/iPad

1. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls

2. Find and tap the "+" icon next to Screen Recording.

3. Swipe down the screen to access the Control Center and tap the screen recording icon.

4. Wait for the countdown and start recording.

5. Tap the red status bar to stop recording.

6. Find and view your recording in the Photos app.

Record onscreen video on Android

  • Swipe down the notification bar from the top of the screen to see the quick settings options.
  • Locate and tap the Screen recorder icon and grant permission to the device.
  • Tap Start recording and your onscreen video will be captured after a three second countdown.
  • Press Stop icon in the toolbar to end the recording.
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