How to prevent Screen Capture in Android


Is it possible to prevent the screen recording in Android Application?

I would like to develop an Android Secure Application. In that I need to detect screen recording software which are running background and kill them. I have used SECURE FLAG for prevent screenshots. But I dont know is it possible to prevent Video capturing of Android Screen also. Let me know how to prevent screen capturing (video / screenshots).

This question is tagged with android security screenshot snapshot screen-capture

~ Asked on 2015-02-19 12:40:24

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I'm going to say that it is not possible to completely prevent screen/video capture of any android app through supported means. But if you only want to block it for normal android devices, the SECURE FLAG is substantial.

1) The secure flag does block both normal screenshot and video capture.

Also documentation at this link says that

Window flag: treat the content of the window as secure, preventing it from appearing in screenshots or from being viewed on non-secure displays.

Above solution will surely prevent applications from capturing Video of your app

See the answer here.

2) There are alternative means of capturing screen content.

It may be possible to capture the screen of another app on a rooted device or through using the SDK,

which both offer little to no chance of you either blocking it or receiving notification of it.

For example: there exists software to mirror your phone screen to your computer via the SDK and so screen capture software could be used there, undiscoverable by your app.

See the answer here.

getWindow().setFlags(LayoutParams.FLAG_SECURE, LayoutParams.FLAG_SECURE);

~ Answered on 2015-07-14 12:15:21


Just add this line:

getWindow().setFlags(LayoutParams.FLAG_SECURE, LayoutParams.FLAG_SECURE);

Before your setContentView() method.

~ Answered on 2015-07-16 13:17:14

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