One of the selling points of Snapchat is the guarantee that any and all Snaps you send, Snapchat stories you post, and video Snaps you send will delete themselves. Their lifespan can vary, but it depends entirely on when the content is viewed. As for Snapchat stories, you have a window of 24 hours.
But what is a Snapchat story? Think of like sharing a moment with a group of people, rather than sending a personal Snap or video Snap to a single person. They’re quite popular with celebrities that hold events, creating Snapchat stories that people can view and be a part of. But, you see, a lot can happen in 24 hours. What if you miss it? Or a friend misses it and wants you to capture something for them? Well, you could use AZ Screen Recorder.
What is AZ Screen Recorder?
AZ Screen Recorder is exactly what it advertises in the name: an app that can record your screen, whether that be a screenshot or a video. And the best part? It’s completely free.
AZ Screen Recorder is a rather impressive set of tools for a free app, considering all that comes with it; it’s not unlike a small studio app with many of its features being necessary. Once you’ve recorded, say, a video, you can bring it over for editing with AZ Screen Recorder’s own interface.
Installing AZ Screen Recorder
Before you can use AZ Screen Recorder, obviously, you’ll have to grab yourself a copy of it. You can get the app off the Google Play Store. It’s free and all you need is a Google account to get started.
1. Locate and launch the Google Play Store app. Its icon is a colorful triangle. You can find the Google Play Store on one of your home screens or, if not, inside your App Drawer. All currently installed apps are housed in the App Drawer.
2. In the Google Play Store, tap the search bar at the top of the screen and when your virtual keyboard appears, type in “AZ Screen Recorder,” and select it from the search results below.
3. On the app’s information page, go ahead and tap INSTALL. Doing so will immediately download and install the AZ Screen Recorder app to your Android device, provided you have a working network connection. The file itself is just over 16 MB.
How to Use AZ Screen Recorder
AZ Screen Recorder is super easy to use, considering it provides an overlay with the options available with the tap of your finger. Here’s what you do to get started:
1. Locate and launch the AZ Screen Recorder app. Its icon is that of a white camcorder against a pink backdrop. Since it was recently installed, you’ll find the AZ Screen Recorder app on one of your home screens by default. Check in your App Drawer if you don’t find it.
AZ Screen Recorder won’t fill an entire screen. Instead, it fires up a small overlay that can be easily missed. If nothing happens, don’t panic. Locate the overlay icon, which shares the same icon as the app’s logo.
2. Tap the overlay icon. It will expand into additional options. They’re laid out as such:
- Settings: Self explanatory. You can make changes to the resolution of the playback for videos and screenshots. Its icon is above the overlay icon, represented by several rectangles.
- Screenshot: Take a screenshot of your screen. Represented by the camera icon.
- Video: Selecting this icon will start recording video, including audio. Represented by the video icon.
- Live Stream: Live stream a video straight to Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.tv. Represented by a movie projector icon.
- Watch Live Stream: Watch a live stream on YouTube or Twitch.tv. Represented by several dots in a circle.
3. If you want to take a screenshot of, say, a Snapchat story, select the overlay icon–while using Snapchat–and choose Screenshot. If you prefer to capture a video of a Snapchat story, then you choose Video.
You’ll have to give permission to AZ Screen Recorder to allow access to photos, media and files on your device.
AZ Screen Recorder is great for capturing Snapchat stories that you want to hold onto. However, one should understand that Snapchat can still notify the other person when a capturing app was used. And if it doesn’t now, then it will eventually. Ask for permission first before you screenshot a Snapchat story.