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:
Your screenshot will be saved in the
and delete it from your device by running the command:
On macOS, this can all be done in a single step by running the command:
Screen Video Recording
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.
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.