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Screen grabs with ADB

Written by R.D.M.

If you are an Android dev, chances are you will need to post screenshots or record video of your app. Well if you aren’t using ADB to grab screen shots or record video of your phone, you really should be. I just discovered this recently but it’s the quickest and easiest way to get screenshots to your computer.

Install ADB

Obviously you will need ADB for this. So I’m going to assume you alredy have that installed.

Open up Terminal

Open up a terminal and go to the directory you want to put your screenshots and videos.


adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/screencap.png
adb pull /sdcard/screencap.png


adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/screen.mp4
adb pull /sdcard/screen.mp4

Press Ctrl-C to stop the video recording.

Set the bitrate like so (12MB):

adb shell screenrecord –bit-rate 12000000 /sdcard/screen.mp4

Done At: Oct 9,2015