How to record videos and screenshots of the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick screen


There are many reasons to need to record a video or take a screenshot of the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s screen. Whether you are having an issue and want to show someone what’s happening or just want to record your gameplay, the process is very easy. This guide will show you how to take screenshots and record videos of your screen.

Screen Image Recording

To save a screenshot image of your Fire TV or Fire Tv Stick screen, you simply need to connect to the device via ADB and run the command:
adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/screen.png
Your screenshot will be saved in the /sdcard directory and be titled screen.png. You can change where the image is saved and what the file will be called by changing the last part of the above command. Once the screenshot has been created, you can transfer it to your PC by running the command:
adb pull /sdcard/screen.png
and delete it from your device by running the command:
adb shell rm /sdcard/screen.png
On macOS, this can all be done in a single step by running the command:
adb shell screencap -p | perl -pe ‘s/\x0D\x0A/\x0A/g’ > screen.png

Screen Video Recording

Hardware Method

For the best recording of the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s screen, it’s best to use an external hardware video capture device. This is superior to apps that record via software. I personally use the Elgato HD60. The main thing to be aware of is the Fire TV’s HDCP copy protection. Most capture devices, including the Elgato HD60, will see only a blank black screen from the Fire TV. To remedy this, you need to connect an HDMI Splitter in between the Fire TV and the capture device. So the connection order is: Fire TV > HDMI Splitter > Capture Device > TV.

Software Method

There are several apps that can be sideloaded onto the Fire TV to record a video of the screen. If your device is running Fire OS 5, it does not need to be rooted for these apps to work. One such app that I’ve been told works well is Rec. (Screen Recorder). You can download the APK here. I have not thoroughly tested many screen recording apps, so there may be others that work better. Chime in below in the comments with suggestions of other screen recording apps you’ve tried.


  1. Humberto says:

    adb shell screenrecord –size 1280×720 /sdcard/video.mp4

    • Vic says:

      Doesn’t seem to work on my FireTV for some reason.

      sh: screenrecord: not found

      Any clues to why?

      • Des says:

        If you haven’t added the android tools to your path then this might work for you;

        ./adb shell screenrecord –size 1920×1080 –bit-rate 13000000 /sdcard/video.mp4

  2. Mark says:

    I get screen record error. I can’t believe there is still no tutorial on how to actually screen record or even cast the fire TV screen to your PC. I have searched everywhere.

  3. Nathaniel says:

    I use SCR Pro 2.


    It also works without root privileges.

    The Settings can not be called. Therefore, no sound can be recorded.

    This app captures video as MP4 in 720p (see result in folder ‘ScreenRecorder’ on your sdcard.

    Attention, the app requires a mouse.

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