How to Screen Record Netflix on a PC, Mac, iOS, and Android

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If you’re wondering how to screen record Netflix, you’re in the right place. Whether you want to watch while offline, save a copy of something that will be removed soon, or record your favorite clips, read on to find out how to screen record Netflix without a black screen.


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How to screen record Netflix without a black screen

Screen recording is usually simple. But many people try to record Netflix only to see their screen turn completely black. They wonder, “Why can’t I screen record Netflix?” It’s because Netflix prohibits recording. By attempting it, you accept the risk of having your account banned. If you’re willing to risk that, you’re likely wondering how to record Netflix without the black screen.

So, can you screen record Netflix? The answer is yes! You might have to do one or two extra steps, but you can screen record Netflix without it going black with an app like Movavi Screen Recorder.

Step 1. Download and install the program

The first step is to download the Netflix screen recorder. There’s a version of the app for Macs and PCs. If you’re wondering how to screen record Netflix on a Mac, click the button with the Apple logo. If you’re wondering how to record Netflix on a PC, click the button with a Windows logo. If your PC is still on Windows 10, don’t worry; you can still download the Windows version of the app. Once you’ve downloaded the installer, open it and follow the instructions on your screen.

Step 2. Adjust the settings

There’s now just one more step you need to do before you record TV shows or movies. You need to adjust the recording settings to ensure everything will function as you desire.

First, open the app. Next, click the Screen recording button. You’ll then be able to specify which part of the screen you want to record. Choose a portion or adjust the recording area to include the whole screen. Next, make sure the app will only record audio from the system audio. That’s represented by a little volume button on the toolbar. The other button, a microphone, will activate recording through your device’s microphone. That’s great for recording external audio, but unless you want to add your own commentary to your recorded TV show or movie, make sure it’s turned off! Do the same with the webcam icon – unless, of course, you want to record your live reaction to whatever it is you’re recording.

Step 3. Choose the correct browser

So, you’ve got Movavi Screen Recorder, picked out the TV show or movie you want to record on Netflix, adjusted all the settings, and are ready to go. What now? Well, you need to ensure you’re using the correct internet browser. Unfortunately, some browsers won’t work. For example, you won’t be able to record Netflix without a black screen on Safari or Edge. The two options are Firefox and Chrome. Fortunately, both are free and easy to download. Firefox requires fewer steps to set up and is known for its commitment to privacy. On the other hand, Chrome is the most popular internet browser in the world and integrates well with other Google software.

Screen recording Netflix on Chrome

First, download and install Chrome if you haven’t already. Next, open the browser. Before you go to Netflix, navigate to the browser settings. You can do this by clicking on the icon with three vertical dots in the upper-right corner. That will open a drop-down menu. Click on the Settings option. This will open a new tab with the Chrome settings menu. There, click on the System button. Once you’ve clicked this button, you should see three options. The relevant option for you is Use hardware acceleration when available. You want to turn this off. Do this by clicking the switch next to the label. When turned off, it should look gray, with the little circle on the left. If this setting is left on, you cannot screen record Netflix without it going black.

Once you’ve turned hardware acceleration off, you need to restart Chrome. To do that, click the Relaunch button right next to the switch you just turned off. Clicking that button will cause Chrome to quit and then relaunch, after which hardware acceleration will be disabled.

Step 4. Record Netflix streaming

First, open the Netflix website in your browser and log into your account or sign up. Find the TV show or movie you want to record. To start recording, go to Movavi Screen Recorder and when you’re ready, click the REC button to start recording.

You’ll get the best results if you record while playing your video in full-screen mode. That way, the recorded footage will be of higher quality.

Remember, if you need to take a break at any point, you can pause and later restart the screen recording. To finish recording, hit the Stop button.

Step 5. Export your recording

Your recorded video will probably have some extra footage at the start and the end. If you're not picky, you can leave all this in, but it’s easy to remove. Movavi Screen Recorder has a built-in tool that lets you trim your recorded footage.

Finally, click the Export button, specify the settings, and hit Save.

How to record Netflix without a black screen online

Is it possible to record Netflix without downloading a recording program? Sure! You can record Netflix without the black screen using only online apps. One excellent option is called Screen Capture. Remember, if you decide to use Chrome, you must ensure that hardware acceleration is disabled. Using Screen Capture is easy – just follow the steps below to learn how to screen record Netflix online.

Step 1. Go to Screen Capture

First, navigate to the Screen Capture website. 

Go to Screen Capture

Step 2. Adjust the recording settings

You’ll see the following options:

  • The Microphone option enables the recording of external audio. 
  • The Sound option allows the recording of internal audio. 
  • The Webcam option enables recording footage from your device’s webcam. 

You should enable the Sound option, as disabling it will mean your recording won’t have any audio from the TV show or movie you want to save. Ensure that both the Microphone and Webcam options are disabled. Leaving the Microphone option enabled could mean ruining the audio of your recording with any sounds that occur near your device. Leaving the Webcam option on means you might be recorded as well as the film you’re watching.

Step 3. Start recording

Once you’ve adjusted the options to your liking, all you have to do is click the Start Recording button. Screen Capture will then begin recording your screen. From this point, the instructions are the same as above. Go to Netflix, select the media you want to record, and play it on full screen. When it’s finished, return to Screen Capture and stop the recording.

How to use the Netflix screen recorder in a browser

If you use Google Chrome, there’s a simple screen-recording option that allows you to record Netflix without getting a black screen. Movavi Screen Recorder for Chrome can be downloaded for free from the Google Chrome Web Store. Follow the steps below to learn how to screen record Netflix using the browser extension.

Step 1. Download the extension

Use the link below to add the extension to your Chrome.

Download Movavi Screen Recorder for Chrome

Step 2. Specify the settings

Once you’ve added the extension to your Chrome browser, you’ll want to pin it. To do that, click on the little puzzle piece icon on the right side of your Chrome toolbar. That will bring up a list of your extensions. One of them should be Movavi Screen Recorder for Chrome. Next to the extension name is a pushpin icon, which, when hovered over, will read Pin extension. Click that, and an icon for the screen recorder will appear on your Chrome toolbar. You’ll now be able to record your screen at any time simply by clicking that icon.

Once you’ve logged into Netflix and selected what you want to record, click the Movavi Screen Recorder for Chrome icon in the Chrome toolbar. That will bring up a few options. You can choose to record the current tab or your entire computer screen. Either will work for recording Netflix. You can also select whether you want to record browser audio and webcam footage. You’ll want to enable browser audio and turn off webcam footage.

Step 3. Start recording

You can now hit Start Recording and start your Netflix video. When finished, end the recording and download it to your computer. It will automatically save as an MP4. There will be a watermark on your recording, which you can remove by paying for a subscription.

How to screen record Netflix on an iPhone

Can you screen record Netflix on your iPhone? The answer is yes! If your iPhone has iOS 11 or later, you’ll have a built-in tool that records your phone’s screen. With this inbuilt screen recorder, you can easily capture videos on your iPhone. Read on if you’re wondering how to screen record Netflix on an iPhone.

Step 1. Open the screen recorder

Access the screen-recording tool by swiping up from the bottom of the screen or down from the top-right corner, depending on your specific model. The screen-recording icon is a small circle with a ring surrounding it.

Step 2. Capture a TV show

Once you click the icon, you’ll have three seconds until your phone begins recording the screen. Go to Netflix and record your video. When done, swipe and click the same button again to stop the recording. If you have a newer model of iPhone, you can also click the red icon in the top-left corner of your screen to stop the recording. Now you know how to record Netflix on your iPhone!

How to screen record Netflix on an Android device

Those lucky enough to have a phone running Android 10 or later can use the built-in screen recorder. You’ll need to install a screen recorder app if you have an older phone. Fortunately, there are plenty. One good option is called AZ Screen Recorder. The app has over one million reviews, with an average rating of 4.5 stars. It’s free to download and can record high-quality videos and audio. The app even comes with a built-in editor, allowing you to edit video and audio. Here’s how to screen record Netflix on your Android phone:

Step 1. Download the app

First, you need to install the screen-recording app on your Android device, To download the app, follow the link below.

Download AZ Screen Recorder

Step 2. Screen record Netflix

After the app is downloaded, open it. Recording is easy. All you have to do is tap the Recording option, then hit START NOW. The app will begin recording your screen. Hit Stop to finish recording and make edits if needed.

How to download videos from Netflix

Is there a way to record Netflix? Yes, but remember, Netflix prohibits recording content. If you’re worried about getting your account banned, you can save Netflix streams instead.

Netflix allows you to download content. Once you’ve downloaded it, you can watch it without an internet connection, including on a TV or smart TV. The process is simple and can be done on almost any device with a Netflix app, be it an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, or PC.

  1. First, open the Netflix app and find something to download. Unfortunately, not everything is available for download. TV shows and movies that can be downloaded will have the Download icon present. That icon looks like an arrow pointing down at a line.
  2. You can browse downloadable content to avoid wasting your time. On an iPhone, iPad, Android, or Fire device, you first need to tap the My Netflix button. Next, tap Downloads, and then See What You Can Download.
  3. If you’re on a PC, click the More option. It’s an icon with three lines on top of one another. Next, click My Downloads, and finally, Find Something to Download.
  4. The process is most simple on Chromebooks. Just click Downloads and then Find More to Download.
  5. Once you’ve found the content you want to download, simply click the Download icon. You can download specific episodes of a TV show or an entire season if you are using an Android device or Fire tablet.

The number of downloads you can have at a single time and on a specific device is restricted based on your Netflix subscription plan. You should be allowed 100 downloads per device, though that could change if more devices are attached to a single subscription.

Is it possible to screen record Netflix without getting a black screen?

Yes, recording TV shows and movies on Netflix is possible without the screen going black. There are several methods, each with its pros and cons. You can download screen-recording software like Movavi Screen Recorder to record Netflix programs in Firefox or Google Chrome. Alternatively, you can use a browser-based screen-recording solution. If you use Chrome, you can even add an extension like Movavi Screen Recorder for Chrome to record Netflix without it going black. Newer iPhones and Androids have built-in screen-recording features, and there are apps on Google Play Store for those using older Android phones.

Tips on screen recording Netflix

  • Use Firefox or Google Chrome. Remember, you won’t be able to record Netflix on some browsers without it going black. Use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Both are free.
  • Disable hardware acceleration. Chrome users, remember to disable hardware acceleration in Chrome settings. If you don’t do this, or forget to relaunch Chrome after, you won’t be able to screen record Netflix.
  • Start recording before you hit the Play button. Keep this order of operations in mind. Always start your screen recording before you start playing the media you want to record, and stop the recording after the media is totally finished. That way your final recording won’t be missing anything.
  • Know the risks. Netflix is serious about preventing screen recording. They didn’t go through all the effort to make a black screen appear for nothing. Always remember that by screen recording Netflix, you are going against the app’s terms of service and could have your account banned.


If you made it this far, congratulations! You now know multiple ways on how to screen record Netflix. Remember, there’s no single best option, so choose whichever method works best for you.

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