[4 Best Free Ways] How to Record Gaming Videos for YouTube on Phone/PC/PS4/Xbox

by Lorena Hill

Updated on 2023-12-23

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Do you want to share your gameplay with the world? But not sure how to record gaming videos? Well, fret not! This guide informs you about the tools to record gaming videos on Windows or Mac, iPhone or Android, PS4, and Xbox; not only this, but you will also learn step-by-step instructions on how to record gaming videos for YouTube and social media channels.

Sorting from tons of tools, we have compiled a list of the best tools that offer high-resolution game recording, allow smooth gaming, and do not consume physical resources. Also, learn the best ways to record gaming videos with audio and webcam overlay. Some of these tools also include editing and personalization tools to enrich your gaming videos and make them suitable for the professional environment like YouTube and other social channels.

Part 1: How to Record Gaming Videos for YouTube on PC Efficiently [Best Choice]

First, let’s discover the best tool for recording gaming videos for YouTube on Windows and Mac. Once again, there are numerous tools out there that claim to be the best game recorder, but only some stand out to the claim. But one rare tool that stands up to its promises and delivers everything it claims (and more) is Eassiy Game Recorder. Let’s understand Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate in brief.

Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate

HD gaming recording up to 120fps, smoother transitions, and not heavy on physical resources; not many game recorders for PC can offer all three at once. But that is not the case with Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate. With a modern design and easy-to-use interface, Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate includes a dedicated game recorder.

The advanced audio control system of Eassiy lets you manage the sound levels and include microphone sound in the gameplay while limiting background interference. You can also include the webcam view during the game recording. There are multiple shape options for the webcam overlay. For context, you can use the webcam overlay in rectangles, circles, or other shapes.

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Besides screen recording, webcam overlay, and microphone sound, Eassiy Game Recorder also allows you to annotate during live recording. So, you can use a highlighter and other annotation features to draw on videos and focus on specific elements of the game. Not only this, but Eassiy Game Recorder also lets you edit the gameplay recording before you upload it to YouTube. So, if you want to edit something in the game recording, you can trim or cut them from the entire video.

Above everything, Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate presents a simple user interface that makes it easy for anyone to record their gameplay and share it on YouTube or other social channels seamlessly.

Key Features:

  • Lock game window and only record the gameplays in HD up to 120fps.
  • Include the webcam view in the gameplay recording. Resize webcam recording in any shape (rectangle, circle, elliptical, and more).
  • Include both system and microphone sound in the gameplay recording. There are options to limit background interferences in real time and enhance microphone sound.
  • Save the recording in any format. Or share the gameplay directly on YouTube or other social channels.
  • Capture screenshots during live recording.
  • Annotate during the live recording to focus on some element of the game. You can use annotation during post-production.
  • Schedule recording to start and end the gameplay recording automatically. (You can access the recording via Recording History).
  • Edit the recordings: trim, cut and more.
  • Brand and personalize the video using personalized stamps and watermarks.

How To Use Eassiy To Record Gaming Videos For Youtube On Pc/Mac?

Eassiy’s self-explanatory, modern interface makes it simple to capture gameplay quickly and seamlessly. You can even customize the software and add personalized keyboard shortcuts to manage the gameplay using hotkeys.

Step 1. Download and Install the Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate on the PC or Mac (supports all latest versions).

  • Launch the tool. From the main interface, click on the three-dot in the upper-right corner of the program.
  • From the drop-down menu, choose Preferences.
  • Change the Settings like hotkeys, mouse color, and so on.
  • After changing the desired Settings, click OK to save the settings.
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Step 2. From the main screen, choose Game Recorder.

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Now customize the game recording Settings.

  • For instance, you can change the aspect ratio.
  • If you are recording a game, you can even lock the gaming application.
  • And Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate will only record the chosen application without interruptions.
  • You can also choose to include a webcam and microphone sound.
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Step 3. Click on the Rec button to start recording the gameplay. (You can also press Ctrl+Alt+R hotkey to start the recording). Or, if you changed the hotkey to start the recording, use the custom keyboard shortcut key.

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Step 4. The floating menu includes several options like the Camera icon (to capture live screenshots), the briefcase icon (to annotate during live recording), and so on. You can enable or disable the options and edit the live game recording as needed.

Step 5. Click on the Stop icon to stop recording the gameplay. (You can also press Ctrl+Alt+R hotkey to stop the recording). Trim or edit the recording. Click Done to share it on social channels like YouTube, Vimeo, or any other.

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That’s how to record gameplay for YouTube using Eassiy on a PC or Mac. There are complicated steps. And while the method shows you how to use the mouse to navigate to the Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate, you can also use the customized hotkeys to manage everything via keyboard.

How To Record Gaming Videos For Youtube On iPhone/Android With Computer Using Eassiy?

There is another Eassiy tool that lets you record gaming videos on iPhone or Android. And that is Eassiy Phone Recorder. Eassiy Phone Recorder allows you to mirror your iPhone or Android wirelessly (an unlimited number of devices simultaneously) to record the iPhone or Android screen quickly and efficiently.

Step 1. Install the latest version of Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate on your computer and launch it. Then, click ‘Phone’ from the main menu.

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Click on Android Recorder or iOS Recorder from the new page according to the phone that you want to record gaming videos from.

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Step 2. Connect the iOS or Android device to the PC.

If it's an Android device you're using, connect your Android phone to computer with a USB, a mirror app will be installed on your phone automatically. Allow the mirror app to get the authorization to cast your Android screen to the PC.

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On the iPhone open the control center and tap on ‘Screen Mirror’, then select Eassiy Screen Recorder. By doing so, Eassiy will automatically access your iPhone screen and start displaying it on your PC screen.

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Step 3. Now, on the PC, click the drop-down icon next to ‘Resolution’ and choose resolution that you want to record game videos from your phone at.

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After that, click the drop-down icon to select resolution and recording content. You can also record audio by ticking the check box next to Speaker and selecting Phone Speaker, PC Speaker, or Phone Speaker PC Speaker.

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Step 4: Click Record to begin recording your iPhone or Android phone screen from the PC.  You can take screenshot of your phone screen using the Camera icon at the bottom during the screen recording process.

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Click ‘Stop’ once you're done with recording the game videos on your phone screen.

Step 5: Lastly, a preview of the recorded video will be displayed on your PC screen. Trim your recording before saving it. Then, click the Export button to save the recorded video to your PC.

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And that’s how simple it is to record your iPhone or Android screen with Eassiy ScreenMo. As it can be seen, the recording happens on the computer screen, so the performance of the device will not be affected, and you can play your games conveniently while recording the gaming videos directly from your PC

Part 2: How to Record PS4 Gameplay for YouTube

PS4 retroactively records the last 15 minutes of the recent game played on the console. You can even increase the time to up to an hour. So, there isn’t even a need to start or end the recording. Still, if you want to record gameplay on PS4 manually, all you have to do is hit the Share button twice in quick succession.

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You can also end a gameplay recording by hitting the Share button in the same manner. Find how to record gameplay on PS4 and upload it directly to YouTube without the need for any external tool.

Here’s how to record gameplay for YouTube on PS4:

Step 1. Just click the Share button twice (like two mouse clicks) to start a new recording on PS4.

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Step 2. The console will record the gameplay session as predetermined by you. Still, you can end the gameplay recording on PS4 manually by pressing the Share button twice. You can access the recording via Captured Gallery on the PS4’s home screen.

Step 3. Once you have recorded the gameplay on PS4, press the Share button (once). This will open the Capture Gallery. Find and highlight the recent recording.

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Step 4. Once you highlight the recent gameplay recording, click on the Options button on the controller. From the list of options on the screen, choose Trim.

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Step 5. Using the D-Pad on the controller, navigate through the recording and trim the desired sections. You have to press L2 and X on the controller to mark the start of the trimmed section. And press R2 and X to end the recording. Go back to the Captured Gallery. And press the Share button on the controller to share the recording on YouTube.

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While the above method shows you the way to record manually and share the recording on YouTube, the automatic recording is also accessible via Captured Gallery. This means you can access the Captured Gallery whenever something unexpected happens on PS4 and you missed the chance to capture the recording.

Part 3: How to Record Gameplay on Xbox One for YouTube?

Like PS4, Xbox One also records the last 10 minutes of the gameplay automatically. You can even increase this up to an hour, given you have an external hard drive connected to the console. But note that the Xbox interface only allows you to capture the in-game footage. To include the menu and other elements in the video, you will need a capture card.

Here’s how to record gameplay on Xbox One for YouTube:

Step 1. If you want to share something that has already happened on Xbox One, press the Xbox button on the controller.

  • Go to Capture & Share menu, and choose Screenshots to access the screenshot.
  • To share the gameplay, press Record What Happened. This will record the last 30 seconds of gameplay automatically.
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If you want to access more than 30 seconds of recording, go to Capture Settings and set the duration to 1 minute. You can also record the last 10 minutes or up to an hour but that depends on the storage.

How to Record Xbox One Gameplay for YouTube using Game DVR:

There is also a way to record Xbox One via Game DVR. But first, you have to enable the Game DVR feature. The benefit of Game DVR is it allows you to start the recording anytime and end it manually. Plus, you can start and end the recording on Xbox One via customized keyboard shortcuts like Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate. However, do not expect similar features on Game DVR.

Step 1. You can find the Game DVR feature via the Settings menu on Xbox One.

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Step 2. Under Settings, there will be three separate options in the main menu; choose Game DVR.

  • Under Game DVR, slide the box denoting the Record game clips and take screenshots using the Game DVR option.
  • After sliding the option, either use the default keyboard shortcuts to record or snap during the game. Or, you can use customized hotkeys by replacing the default keyset.
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That’s how to record gameplay on Xbox One for YouTube using the default features on Xbox One. You can also use Capture Card to record on Xbox One. But that’s a story for another time.

Part 4: How to Record Gaming Videos for YouTube on a Phone?

Fortunately, both Android and iPhone have a built-in feature to record gaming videos and other content on the device. So, there is no need to download any tool on both Android and iPhone. What’s more extraordinary is the simplicity of both these features. However, it is better to use Google Play Games to record Gameplay on Android devices.

Google Play Games App to Record GamePlay With Mic

While you can use the Screen Recorder to record gameplay for YouTube, there is also the Play Games app (on Android 5.0 and above) that allows you to record the gameplay with internal sound and mic. Play Games also allow you to control the resolution of the recording. However, you can only record in 480p SD or 720p HD via Play Games app. Moreover, the Play Games app will show you the maximum video length you can capture in advance (based on available storage space).

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There is another way to record on Android devices, i.e., the Android built-in screen recorder. However, the Android built-in screen recorder is available only on Android 10 and later versions. Plus, there isn’t a way to record with a mic. You can turn on the Built-in Screen Recorder via the Settings menu. And access it via the Quick Settings menu. From the Quick Settings menu, click on Screen Recorder to start recording the screen. Be that as it may, let’s discover how to record gaming videos on Android via Google Play games.

Here’s how to record gaming videos for YouTube on Android via the Game Play app:

Step 1. Open the Play Games app.

  • Choose a Game to play (all the games on Android are available in the Google Play Games app).
  • At the top of the game details page, tap Record gameplay.
  • You will have to select a video quality via setting. And click Next.
  • Click Launch to launch the recording gameplay app. A floating video bubble will appear with recording settings.
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(Note: The in-play recording settings allow you to enable or disable the camera. You will also find the option to enable or disable the mic).

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Step 2. Click Start Recording to start recording the gameplay for YouTube. Once you click the Start recording, the Game Play app will start recording after 3 seconds. You can tweak any settings via the floating menu like front camera, mic, and so on.

Step 3. To Stop recording the gameplay, drag the floating menu to the center. And keep holding it till you see a Close (X) at the bottom of the screen. Simply, drag the floating menu in the Close section to Stop the recording.

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That’s how to record video games for YouTube on Android via Google Play Games app. Once you stop the recording, a “Video saved to gallery" notification will appear. Click on the notification to access the recording. And via options (three-dot menu), click on Edit and Upload to YouTube option. This will open the YouTube editor. You can trim, cut, and make other changes before uploading the gameplay to YouTube.

Once again, the process to record via Android Built-in Screen Recorder is similar. However, you will not find an option to include the front camera and mic. Still, if you want to record the games via Screen Recorder:

  • Trigger the Screen Recorder via Quick Settings.
  • And click on the Red icon to Start recording the gameplay.
  • Click on the Stop button to end the recording.
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That’s how to record video games for YouTube on Android via the built-in screen recorder. The recording will be saved to Gallery. You can access, edit, and share the video on YouTube via Gallery.

Built-in Screen Recorder on iPhone or iPad

iOS 14 and above versions come with a built-in screen recorder. To enable the Screen Recorder, you will have to navigate to Control Center. Enabling the Screen Recorder will embed the Recorder in the Control Center panel. All the screen recordings get saved to the Photos app, from where you can edit and share them on YouTube or other channels.

Here’s how to record switch gameplay for YouTube via iPhone’s Built-in Screen Recorder:

Step 1. Go to the Settings menu on iPhone.

  • Choose Control Panel.
  • And choose Customize Controls.
  • Find the Screen Recorder option and click on the + button to include the Screen Recorder. This will bring the Screen Recorder in Control Center options.
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Step 2. To start recording the gameplay via iPhone’s Screen Recorder, access the Control Center. You will see a Record icon; click on it to open the Screen Recorder.

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Step 3. iPhone’s Screen Recorder will start recording everything you do on the screen. You can see this via a red floating window at the top-left corner timer.

  • Click on the Timer to stop the recording.
  • By default, the Screen Recorder on iPhone only records the internal sound. But you can click on the red icon to open quick settings of Screen Recorder and include Microphone sound.
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The gameplay recording will be available in the Photos app. You can edit the recordings via the built-in editor on the iPhone and share them on YouTube using the Share option. So, there you go! That’s how to record gaming videos for YouTube using the iPhone’s built-in screen recorder.

FAQs

1. What do most YouTubers use to record Gameplay?

It depends on the device. But when it comes to PC or Mac, most YouTubers use Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate. And for good reasons: Eassiy meets all the recording needs. It includes all the editing tools. Plus, it gives them the option to brand and personalize the content; and they can share the gameplay directly on YouTube.

2. How do you record PS4 gameplay on PS4 without Capture Card?

You can use the Share button to record PS4 gameplay. Retroactively PS4 records the last 15 minutes of gameplay automatically. You can also increase the duration of recording up to one hour to record your gameplays automatically. Another method to record on PS4 without a capture card is to press the Share button twice to start the recording. You can end the PS4 recording by pressing the Share button twice.

3. Can You Screen Record YouTube on PS4?

Again, you can press the Share button twice to start recording anything on the PS4. You can press the Share button to end the recording. You can access the recordings via Captured Gallery. From there, you can edit and share the recording as needed.

Conclusion

As mentioned, this guide includes step-by-step instructions on how to record gaming videos for YouTube on PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android. Along with that, the second section covers how to record PS4 gameplay for YouTube. And the third section covers how to record Xbox One gameplay for YouTube.

Almost all devices today come with a built-in screen recording feature. But the most convenient way to record gameplay for YouTube is via Eassiy. A third-party application for sure, but Eassiy Screen Recorder Ultimate comes with more advanced features to lock and record your gameplay window seamlessly without lagging, thus making your gameplay recording look professional. Plus, the simple interface makes it convenient for anyone to record gameplay and share it on YouTube.

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