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Android 14 will make screen recording more privacy-friendly

Android 14 beta is already available for some smartphones, Google recently rolled out a second beta update so people have time to try Google’s upcoming actions system and explore some new features. And the search giant appears to be planning to make screen recording a more privacy-focused feature.

Currently, the screen recording feature on Android allows you to turn off recording and hide touches. New screen recording will allow you to limit recording to a single app or hide sensitive information like notifications while recording.

Mishaal Rahman showed how these two things work in his Twitter thread. When you tap Screen Recording for a single app, a carousel appears with your most recently opened apps. A full list of applications is also provided. Exiting the app while recording will black out the screen until you return to the app, so nothing you do outside of the app will be recorded.

Alternatively, you can choose to log everything but only hide sensitive information like notifications. In fact, the entire status bar is hidden in the recording.

Some Android overlays already offer some privacy-related screen recording features, such as Samsung’s OneUI, but this is the first time we’ve seen this work natively on Android.




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