How-to enable background game recording in Windows 10

Windows 10 by default comes with a gaming mode. This mode allows you to record, take screenshots, toggle your microphone on or off and much more while you’re in-game playing your favorite games. You can enable that Windows 10 to automatically start recording your gaming sessions once you start a recognized game.

However, be aware that recording your screen could negatively impact your gaming performance depending on your computer it’s processing power. So make sure to check out the impact before you start that tournament or ranked match 🙂

Enable automatic background game recording in Windows 10

1. We start by going to the Windows 10 settings screen. You can do this easily by right-clicking the start menu and then click on settings. (Alternatively, you can click on the start icon and then choose the cogwheel)

2. Once the Settings screen has opened click on Gaming.

3. Then choose Game DVR in the left menu pane.

4. Then under “Background recording” toggle the setting “Record in the background while I’m playing a game” to on to enable background game recording in Windows 10.

You can also choose how long the recordings should be, for example, you can set 2 hours and after that, a new recording will be started. Make sure you set this how you like.

We also recommend changing the path of the file if you have a small boot disk to ensure that it doesn’t use all your storage. We do however recommend that you record to a decently fast hard disk to ensure that it doesn’t impact your gaming experience.

You can also disable automatic background game recording in Windows 10 by following this article. Instead of toggling the feature on in step 4 you then toggle it off.

We hope this article helped you on how to enable background game recording in Windows 10. If you need more help than feel free to comment.

Yuri Pustjens
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Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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