Background Screen Recorder: Record Screen in Background Without Notice

Bianca Willis Bianca Willis Updated on Feb 6 , 2024 Tag:

No need to employ pricey and professional PC monitoring software. You can record screen or webcam video in the background on your computer easily with a background screen recorder…

background screen recorder for computer

People usually make screencasts out of certain desktop activities for documentation, local storage, or post-production purposes. But there are still some who want to initiate auto-recording in the background. At system startup, at any account login, or at a specific time for the sake of monitoring and surveillance.

When do you need a background screen recorder

The cases may be:

– You are out at work and want to keep a recording of your child’s PC. To see what he/she has done with it, whether he/she utilizes the machine for learning or so;
– You get away from your laptop with secret files maybe. And you want to ensure no one has opened the computer up or found your hidden stuff;
– Your notebook is taken as a public tool. And you simply would like to shoot what’s been done here;
– Similarly, with the permission of your student, college, or employee, you plan to capture their on-screen behaviors or even webcam faces in the background to analyze or so…

Background Screen Recorders

There are piles of pro-level employee monitoring software for PCs. They help you keep an eye on their movements. Thus preventing any crucial data from being misused or revealed, and also ensuring high productivity at the same time. However, if you use a high-end program sporadically for personal use, it’s a waste of talent and money. Here several common and proficient screen recorders are shared here to help you carry out background video capture with ease.

RecMaster – a super easy desktop screen recorder for both Windows and Mac. It’s capable of doing auto background (screen w/wo webcam) video recording once you preset for it.
Game Bar – an in-app Windows 10 system that is able to record monitors in the background with only “Win + G + R” shortcuts.
● OBS Studio – an open-source screen recorder that’s designed with diversified capture options so that you can record either desktop or any other app in the background. But like Game Bar, it still needs you to manually start the recording.

How to User Background Screen Recorder to Record Without Anyone Noticing It?

RecMaster, thanks to its auto-start functionality, is our recommendation for background screencasts.

  • First, it has multiple screen recording modes – Full Screen, Webcam, Custom Area, Game Mode, and Audio Only – each available for background recording.
  • Then specifically you are empowered to automatically record the whole desktop (with front camera alongside or not), capture a particular region, the front camera only, or just the audio coming from the system and mic at a set time or when the computer starts.
  • Lastly, unlike online screen recorders that usually save the captured file in the cloud space, the RecMaster screen recording app only outputs files to a local hard disk. That’s 100% secure without any data leakage possibilities.

NOW you can free download this piece of software and then walk through how it works.

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Step 1 – Launch RecMaster

After completing the installation in clicks, open up RecMaster and click either appropriate button to enter into the secondary window.

main UI of RecMaster - Background Screen Recorder: Record Screen in Background Without Notice

Step 2 – Set for background recording

On the main window, you can see several capture options which are all available to adjust as you like. Here you can choose the monitor you hope to record, whether to record the system sound, your own voice, or your face on the webcam.

RecMaster Full Screen Recording - Background Screen Recorder: Record Screen in Background Without Notice


If you hope to start a full-screen recording manually, you can start the recording now and press Alt+d to hide the recording. To show the RecMaster window again, you can press Alt+d again.

In this case, if you forget to stop the recording by pressing the stop button and reboot or shutdown Windows or Windows slept, you may lose the recording files. To avoid this, you can set it to save files in segments during the recording. It saves files according to the set duration or file size automatically without disturbing the recording. As a result, if you forget to stop the recording manually, you will only lose the last recording file.

Here’s how you can set the segment recording.

Just go to Menu>> Auto Recording>> Segment, tick “Enable segment recording“, and set whether to save a file by recording time or file size. And you can set it to effect once or always. After the recording, you can choose the segments and merge them into one file.

Setment Recording


Then comes the key part of automatic settings. Go to Menu>> Settings > General, and make sure the “Automatically start the software at boot” option is ticked. In this way, whenever you start Windows, RecMaster will start automatically.

Auto start background recording at Windows start

Then, go to Menu>> Auto Recording>> Auto-Record and tick “Auto-record in full screen upon RecMaster launch” and “Start recording in the background“. Next, you can tick “End recording automatically” and set the background recording to stop at a duration or file size.

In this way, the background full-screen recording will start at RecMaster launch hiddenly and end at a specific duration or size automatically.

Auto Recording When RecMaster Starts

How to show RecMaster Window again?

If you hope to show RecMaster again, you can press Alt+d.

Still, it’s highly recommended to set the segment recording to avoid data loss due to computer reboot or sleep issues.

And besides, here’s a guide to help you solve the issue that your RecMaster does not start at computer boot after the above settings.


For those who require an automatic recording at a fixed time rather than the system startup, RecMaster gives the solution, too.

Before all, please go to Menu>> Settings>> General to make sure that you uncheck the “Automatically start the software at boot”. This step is optional according to your desire.

Then comes the key part. Go to Menu>> Auto Recording>> Auto-Record and make sure that “Auto-record in full screen upon RecMaster launch” and “Start recording in the background” are unchecked. Or you will have conflicts while setting segments.

Next, you can set the Scheduler. Please go to Menu>> Auto Recording>> Schedule and press Create. You can set the start time, end time, recording mode, audio, and whether to repeat.

Scheduled a recording in background

Important Notes:

For either type of background recording mentioned above, to ensure the PC user won’t notice the background recording, please disable the countdown. Go to Settings -> Advanced -> Countdown>> and tick Hide. It’s recommended to auto-record or schedule-record in full screen without the webcam.

Step 3 – Start and stop the recording

After the settings above, you can start the recording accordingly. After the recordings, you can find the recorded files in the recording folder of RecMaster. You can locate it from Menu>> Settings>> Save to.


This is where screen recorder that’s designed with the ability to recognize and record any certain thing like an app, a browser URL/tab, and a video capture device. Among the best screen recorders for Windows and Mac, RecMaster is the one that delivers the most source types. With it, you can do whatever you like while capturing the YouTube content, twitch stream, or any other things in the background.

FAQs on Background Screen Recorder

  1. Is it legal to produce such a recording in the background?

It depends. If you have earned the permission of the PC user in advance or you have the legal right to do so, it’s legit. That’s similar to recording online streaming from YouTube, Skype calls, Zoom meetings, and so forth. Without authorization of the content owner, video call attendee, or meeting host, you’d better not do so.

  1. Is the recording process visible to PC users?

Once you set RecMaster to record in the background with Alt+d or auto-recording settings, there are no obvious clues to find it, especially for those newbies. People won’t notice the capture.

  1. How do I enable a background (app) capture even when I minimize it to the taskbar?

You can use Alt + 1 to start a recording, and Alt + 2 to stop the recording. To show the RecMaster interface, you can use Alt + d.

RecMaster – Record Every Moment on Your Computer Screen

RecMaster – Record Every Moment on Your Computer Screen

Multiple recording modes make it easy to capture anything on screen.

Record 1080p or even 4K clips at 60fps to maintain the high quality still.

Flexible settings for mouse cursor effects, watermark and annotations.

Preloaded with recording scheduler, video editor. Allow one-click sharing.

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Bianca Willis

Bianca Willis

Bianca Willis started her copywriting career since 2014. As a tech editor with over 6 years writing experience, she has worked out hundreds of posts on multi-media solutions (video recording included), hot gadgets and troubleshooting tips.

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