How do I record video with sound on Android?

Recording video with high quality audio is crucial for creating compelling videos on Android phones. The audio can bring videos to life and evoke deeper engagement and emotion from viewers. This guide will provide a brief overview of how to record video with sound using the native camera app on Android phones.

Enable Camera App Permissions

Before you can record video with sound on your Android device, you need to enable permissions for the camera app to access your phone’s microphone, storage, and other features. Here are the steps:

1. Open your phone’s Settings app.

2. Tap Apps or Application Manager.

3. Select the Camera app.

4. Tap Permissions.

5. Enable permissions for Microphone, Storage, Location (optional) and any other relevant permissions.

Granting these permissions allows the camera app to record audio through your phone’s microphone and save videos to your storage. Location permission can geotag your videos (optional).

Once permissions are enabled, you can proceed to record video with sound through the camera app.

Open Your Camera App

First, you’ll need to launch the camera app on your Android device. Most Android phones come with a default camera app pre-installed, usually simply called “Camera”. You can open this app by tapping the camera icon on your home screen or app drawer.

Alternatively, you may want to use a third-party camera app that offers more advanced features. Some top options include Open Camera, ProCam X, and Filmic Pro. To open a third-party app, locate it on your home screen or app drawer and tap to launch.

Once launched, your camera app will open up and you’ll be ready to start recording videos. Make sure to grant the camera app permissions to access your phone’s camera and microphone when prompted.

Switch to Video Mode

To switch your Android camera to video mode:

  • Open your device’s default Camera app or a third-party camera app like Google Camera.
  • Look for the video camera icon, usually located in the top or bottom toolbar. It looks like a video camera symbol or a red dot icon.
  • Tap the video icon to switch the camera into video mode. The icon will turn white or change appearance to indicate you are now in video mode.
  • You may see additional video mode options appear, like resolution and frame rate. Select your desired video settings.

Once in video mode, you are ready to start recording videos with sound on your Android device.

Check Audio Source

Before you start recording, confirm that your phone is using the microphone as the audio source for the video. Here’s how to check:

Open your camera app’s settings and look for an option to select the audio source or microphone input. This may be called something like “Audio source”, “Microphone”, or “External mic”. The option is usually in the settings but can be located in different places depending on your device and camera app.

Tap the audio source option and make sure your phone’s microphone is selected. If you want to use an external microphone plugged into your phone, select that microphone as the audio source instead.

According to this source, some Android camera apps allow you to tap a microphone icon on the main camera screen to switch between different audio sources as well.

Confirm your selection is saved before exiting the settings. Now when you record video, audio should be captured from the selected source.

Start Recording

Once you have opened your camera app and switched it into video mode, you are ready to start capturing footage. To begin recording, simply press the red record button, which is usually a circle icon located somewhere on your camera app’s interface. You may have to tap on the main screen once to bring the record button into view. When you’re ready, tap the red button and your phone will start recording video. The interface will display a red timer counting how long your video has been recording.

According to Droplr, most Android phones have the record button built right into the camera app interface ( While the exact location may vary between devices, it’s generally found prominently displayed when you switch into video mode. Just look for the red record circle and tap it to start capturing footage. The camera preview will switch into a live video feed once recording begins.

Stop Recording

Once you are ready to stop recording your video, press the red stop button, generally either a square or circle, to end the recording. This button is usually located in a similar area to the record button that started the recording. Pressing stop will complete the recording and save it to your camera roll or gallery app.

If your phone’s camera app does not seem to be saving your complete videos and is stopping recordings prematurely, try rebooting your phone a couple of times to see if that fixes the issue as suggested in this Google Pixel phone user forum. You can also check if you’ve installed any new apps around the time the issue started occurring. Some camera apps may interfere with the default camera functionality.

Review the Video

After you finish recording your video, it’s important to play it back to review the quality. You want to make sure the video clearly captured what you intended and that the audio is clear.

Open the Gallery app on your Android device and find the video you just recorded. Tap to play it. Watch through the entire video and make sure both the video footage and audio track are satisfactory.

Pay attention to the video quality – is it clear, in focus, and steady? Check the audio as well. Make sure you can hear the audio clearly and that it is not muffled or distorted. If speaking, check that your voice is audible and understandable.

If you need to re-record the video due to quality issues, you can simply delete this draft and shoot a new video. It’s better to re-do it if needed rather than trying to edit and fix a poor quality original recording.

Once you review the video and are satisfied with the quality, you can proceed to the next steps of saving and sharing the file. It’s a quick but important step to play back and validate your video turned out as intended before moving on.

Save and Share

After you finish recording your video, you’ll want to save it to your device’s gallery and share it with others. Here are the steps:

To save the video, simply tap the checkmark icon in the bottom right corner of your camera app. This will automatically save the video to your device’s Photos/Gallery app. You can then access it there and manage the video file like any other.

To share the video, open the Photos/Gallery app and find the video you just recorded. Tap on the Share icon, usually represented by an arrow pointing outward from a box. This will open up a menu where you can select how you want to share the video.

The most common options are messaging apps like Text Messaging, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc. Simply tap on the app you want to use, and it will open up a new message with your video attached and ready to send. You can then enter the recipient(s) and send it off.

Some key tips for sharing videos:

  • For large video files, it’s best to use WhatsApp or Messenger, as these apps compress videos before sending.
  • You can resize videos before sharing using the Google Photos app.
  • When sharing to email, it’s best to upload the video to a cloud storage service like Google Drive first, then share the link.

By saving your videos to the Gallery and then using the Share menu, it’s quick and easy to distribute your videos to friends, family, social media, and more on Android.


If you are having issues with no audio being recorded in your videos, here are some tips for fixing common problems:

Check that your phone is not muted or in silent mode – go to your phone’s Settings > Sounds and vibration and make sure your media volume is turned up.[]

Try restarting your device – this can often resolve temporary glitches that are preventing sound from being recorded properly.

Inspect the phone’s hardware – make sure nothing is obstructing the microphone and that there is no damage to the mic.

Update your camera and video recording apps – an outdated app version could be the culprit.

Try recording with a different camera app – see if the issue persists or if it’s isolated to your main camera app.

Check app permissions – make sure the camera app has access to the microphone.

Clear app cache and data – sometimes corrupted data causes issues.

Factory reset your phone – if nothing else works, a full reset often fixes stubborn audio problems.

If the steps above don’t restore audio recording, it’s possible there is a hardware issue with your phone’s microphone that may require repair.

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