I am looking for an Android screencast video recorder that doesn't need root (e.g. unlike the Screencast Video Recorder app). If possible, free and HD. I use a Samsung Galaxy S3 if the application is device-dependent.

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Generally speaking, what you want is not possible for security reasons -- that's why everything needs root.

On an Android 4.4+ device, you can use screenrecord via adb. This is time-limited to a maximum of three minutes and will not record audio.

For devices with HDMI capability, you can use try hardware HDMI recorders.

  • Thanks a lot for this detailed answer! I indeed thought that wouldn't be possible for security reason, but then I saw softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/a/2484/903 which claims Teamviewer has a way to do remote control using an additional package that is specific to their manufacturer, so I was wondering whether there are way around it. Apr 18, 2014 at 16:41
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    @FranckDernoncourt: Certain devices may have additional screen recording capabilities, whether using Teamviewer or their own "secret sauce". Likewise, certain ROM mods might have their own stuff for this. Apr 18, 2014 at 16:44

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