HOW TO RECORD INTERNAL AUDIO ON AN ANDROID SMARTPHONE

Depending on their smartphones, Android users have varying shots at recording internal audio. This, on the one hand, is because internal audio recording is supported only on select Android versions and on the other hand, it isn’t all Android smartphones that come with native screen recorders. 

Ranging from pre-installed screen recording features down to third-party internal audio recording apps, there are a decent number of tools that let you record internal audio on your Android smartphone. However, your experience tends to vary depending on the method you’re using for the internal audio recording. While some methods seem to work perfectly, several others appear somewhat awkward. 

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Frankly, two of the best ways you can have a real shot at internal sound recording on Android is by either having Android 10 on your smartphone or using one of the select Huawei/Xiaomi/OnePlus/Samsung smartphones with built-in screen recording apps. 

If you’re really keen to record internal audio but seem not to find yourself in the clique of smartphone users with Android 10 or Android smartphones with built-in screen recorders, you may want to conclude that you’ve fallen out of luck. Favorably however, there are alternative means through which you too can stand the chance to record internal audio on your Android smartphone. 

Finally, this post will walk you through three different methods by which Android smartphone users can record internal audio on their phones. 


1.RecMe and Internal Audio Plugin App

This, practically, is one of the proven workarounds for recording internal audio on an Android smartphone. While this “workaround” method doesn’t cost you any dime, you’ll only have to download and install two apps –RecMe Free Screen Recorder and MOBZAPP’s Internal Audio Plugin (ROOT). 

Depending on your kind of Android smartphone, this method may appear simple (and work out very perfectly) or appear somewhat awkward. On the one hand, your Android smartphone could be compatible with the method and on the other hand, it could be the other way round. One pretty way you can ascertain whether your Android phone is compatible with the method is browsing the Internet for the list of smartphones that support Internal Audio Plugin. 

To make success with this method, you’ve got to root your Android device except if it’s been rooted already. If the device isn’t rooted yet, you should search the Internet for the appropriate guide on how to root it. It’s essential that you find the befitting rooting guide for your phone simply because the specifications/steps for rooting tend to vary from one Android smartphone to another. 

To use RecMe and the internal audio plugin app in setting up your Android phone for internal audio recording, you should follow the steps below:

  • Head to Google Play Store on your Android device
  • Search for RecMe Free Screen Recorder
  • Download and install the app
  • Following the successful installation, return to Play Store 
  • Search for Internal Audio Plugin (ROOT)
  • Once the app icon emerges, tap it to download and install the app
  • With the installation complete, launch the app and grant the user rights required
  • Leave the app and launch the RecMe Free Screen Recorder app you installed earlier
  • Endeavour to grant the app all the listed permission requirements
  • Subsequently, scroll to the top left-hand corner of your screen and click the menu button there
  • Then, click the heading Preferences and under it, select Audio Preferences and then Audio Source
  • Under Audio Source, you’ll have to select any of Mixed (microphone+internal) [ROOT only] and Internal [ROOT only] from the listed options. Notably, the “Internal” option enables you to record only your internal audio but if you wish to record your microphone along with the internal audio, you’ll have to select the “Mixed” option. 
  • To get started with the recording, you only need to return to the startup page of the RecMe app and click the green-colored play icon therein
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The instructions above are all you need to get started with internal audio recording using RecMe and Internal Audio Plugin (ROOT). Provided that you’ve complied with the listed instructions, the recording is certain to start in no time. But if your Android smartphone isn’t compatible with the RecMe app or doesn’t simply support internal audio recording via the app, you’ll likely get a message indicating the incompatibility. 


2.Mobizen’s Pass through Earphones

The “pass through” earphones by Mobizen are a great option for internal audio recording particularly for anyone looking to avoid the associated stress of the “workaround” method discussed earlier. Instead of you having to wrap your head around a given workaround (for internal audio recording), the said Mobizen earphones help you pick any sound and relay it as “external audio” back to your Android phone.

Put simply, the earphones come with an in-built chipset which does the job of capturing any sound once you’ve plugged the earphones to your smartphone. 

Like any other methods you’ll find out there for internal audio recording on Android smartphones, the “pass through” earphones come with downsides. First of all, it’s been said that using the earphones for internal audio recording doesn’t seem to deliver quality output. Precisely, the quality of the ultimate audio doesn’t match what actually obtains in the source. In another case, the earphones may not work as perfectly as expected when used for voice and audio recording simultaneously. 

Favorably, the “pass through” earphones can combine with a recording app’s external audio feature, hence letting you record audio in high quality. However, you definitely have to give up some bucks since the earphones cost between $25 and $40.


3.Built-in Screen Recorders of Select Android Smartphones

This method of internal sound recording is straightforward and glitch-free since you needn’t download any third-party app or struggle with workarounds. Basically however, you must have one of the select Android smartphones with built-in screen recorders. 

Such smartphones come from the stables of few Android smartphone brands including Xiaomi, OnePlus, Huawei and Samsung. In the case of Samsung, for instance, Samsung phones with support for the custom One UI 2 interface come with an in-built screen recorder. To use this recording feature, you only have to drag down the screen top of a supported Samsung phone and navigate to “Screen recorder” on the quick settings panel that emerges. To begin using the feature for recording your phone’s audio, simply press and hold Screen recorder. Subsequently, the feature’s settings will emerge and you’ll have to activate the “Media sounds” option. 

With Xioami; especially majority of the popular Xiaomi phones out there; you’ll have an easy shot at internal audio recording, thanks to the phones’ pre-installed screen recording feature. Notably, the recording feature can be accessed as a pre-installed app in Xiaomi’s launcher. To activate the recording feature, simply locate the said app in the phone’s launcher. Explore the app and activate audio recording (for the Xiaomi phone) by scrolling to the top right-hand corner of the app and clicking the gear-shaped button therein. 

In a very similar way to that of Samsung, OnePlus features pre-installed screen recording in some of its smartphones including the OnePlus 7 Pro. To locate the screen recording feature on your OnePlus smartphone, simply explore the phone’s quick settings panel and long-press the Screen recorder tile. The settings of the Screen recorder feature will subsequently emerge and you’ll have to specify your recording source as internal audio. 


Conclusion

Your kind of Android smartphone is likely the major determinant of the method you’ll find suitable for internal audio recording. Nevertheless, you’ll find at least one of the discussed methods suitable for recording internal audio on your Android smartphone. 

Notably, third-party Android screen recorders could be your best bet but again, some of them might appear somewhat awkward to use while several others barely live up to expectation in terms of audio quality. Therefore, you should endeavor to understand each of the discussed methods. That way, you’d likely see which is best for you.

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