How to Record Android Apps for Placeit Video


To use Placeit Video to record your app, you have to run your app on your computer as opposed to using some sort of mirroring software to show what’s running on your phone on your computer.

Once you have your app running, you just record your screen (using Recordit). Placeit then takes those mouse movements and turns them into gestures.

So below we show you a 2 ways to get your app running on your computer.

This is very important -> Android Simulator tends to be slow so unless you can get it to run very smoothly, we’d suggest using Appetize to simulate your app (outlined below).

Method 1: Run your app on the browser using Appetize (Simple)

Ask your developer to upload the APK to Appteize. Once the app is uploaded, Appetize will email you a link to be able to view your app in the browser. Once your app is in the browser, you’ll be able to record your screen using Recordit. Appetize is free for the usage you’ll need with Placeit.

Below is a video to show you how this is done.


Method 2: Run your app in Android Simulator (More Complex)

I want to be very clear. Android Simulator tends to be very slow to respond so we’d highly recommend either configuring your Android Simulator to use more resources so it runs smoothly or use the Appetize method outlined above.

So please proceed if you can run Android Simulator smoothly.

How much does Android Studio cost?

Android Studio is free. You can download it here. Both Windows and Mac versions are very similar. The Windows version will come with the AVD Manager activated by default on the menus, but for the Mac version you might have to do this the first time you use it:

Click on the red Exit button in the upper left to return to the Welcome screen. Click on Project Defaults > Run Configurations. Click on Defaults to open the folder, then Android Application. Under Target Device, click on the … button next to Prefer Android Virtual Device. That will start the AVD Manager.

Where do I get the apk file?

This is the application itself, which you can get from your developer. Remember that you will need to have it hosted somewhere online (Google Drive, Dropbox, an email, etc.) to download it directly into the emulator, as if you were downloading it into the phone itself.  Then, you’ll be able to install it and launch it normally.

How do I create the proper device in the emulator?

Open the AVD Manager and select “Create Virtual Device”. There, you will see a list of presets. If you need a list of presets. If you need to create a specific custom screen size, you can select “New Hardware Profile”.

An AVD Device consists of:

  • Hardware profile: what physical device you are emulating
  • System image: what OS or Android version it uses
  • Storage/memory: better to leave this one as default

Important: remember you should record only the screen area of the emulator, not the “chrome” or physical device.

My emulator is completely black. What happened?

You need to install the latest version of JDK which you can find here. You will also need to close other programs that you have running (besides your browser and Recordit), because the AVD Manager requires free memory to launch.

How do I use the emulator?

The emulator is controlled just like a real phone, the mouse pointer simulating your finger. You can unlock the screen by clicking and dragging upwards (simulating a swipe). Remember that it will already be connected to the internet if your computer is connected.

You will be able to enter the menus, browser or apps normally, as if on a phone. However, the following features are not supported:

  • No support for placing or receiving actual phone calls. You can simulate phone calls (placed and received) through the emulator console, however.
  • No support for USB connections
  • No support for device-attached headphones
  • No support for determining network connected state
  • No support for determining battery charge level and AC charging state
  • No support for determining SD card insert/eject
  • No support for Bluetooth

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