Capture screenshots and video clips

While you play a game on Stadia, you can capture screenshots and record video clips with the Stadia Controller, a computer keyboard, or the mobile touch gamepad to record and keep track of your favorite moments. Find and manage your captures at stadia.com or in the Stadia app Stadia icon.

Use the following table to find the capture button or key to press:

Device Capture button/key
Stadia Controller Capture button Capture button
Mobile touch gamepad Capture icon Capture button
Computer keyboard F12

Capture storage

Captured screenshots and video clips get stored automatically on your Stadia account. With an active Stadia Pro subscription, you can store up to 500 clips and unlimited screenshots. Without a Pro subscription, you can store up to 100 clips and unlimited screenshots.

Note: If you're a Stadia Pro subscriber with more than 100 clips and your subscription lapses, you won't lose access to any of your existing clips.

Capture screenshots and clips

You can capture screenshots or video clips while you play on a TV, on stadia.com, or in the Stadia app Stadia icon.

  • To capture a screenshot:
    • On a Stadia Controller, press the Capture button Capture button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press F12.
    • On your mobile device's touch gamepad, tap Capture Capture button.
  • To capture a video clip of the last 30 seconds of gameplay:
    • On a Stadia Controller, press and hold the Capture button Capture button for 1 second.
    • On a computer keyboard, press and hold F12 for 1 second.
    • On your mobile device's touch gamepad, tap and hold Capture Capture button for 1 second.

Voice chat and video clips

When you capture a video clip and your audio options are set to “Game chat”:

  • The video clips will include game chat voices, including your own voice and the voices of other players, for its duration.
    • Note: Video clips saved before early November 2020 will not include your own voice, but will include the voices of other players from your game chat.
  • Voices from party chat will not be included. Learn more about types of Stadia voice chat.
  • If you don’t want voices included in your video clip, you can mute yourself and others before your gameplay is captured or change your voice channel in your audio options.

Go to your captures

Find the screenshots and clips you've captured:

In the Stadia app

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. On the Home screen, scroll down to "Captures & game states".
  3. Swipe left and right to scroll through recent captures, or tap See all.
  4. Tap the capture you want to view.

On stadia.com

  1. Sign into your account on stadia.com.
  2. On the home page, scroll down to "Captures & game states".
  3. Find your recent captures or select See all.
  4. Click the capture you want to view.
Video clips might not be available to view in full resolution immediately after you record them. If the word "Processing" is on your video clip, wait a while, then try to play it again.

Share your captures

You can share your captures from the Stadia app Stadia icon or stadia.com. Anyone can select the link you share and access your screenshot or video clip, even if they don't have a Stadia account.

Note: Some games support State Share. This feature lets you attach a unique, playable portion of the game with a capture you share.

Download your captures

You can download your Stadia video clips and screenshots on stadia.com:

  1. Sign into your account on stadia.com.
  2. On the Home screen, scroll down to "Captures & game states".
  3. Find a recent capture or select See all.
  4. Click the capture you want to download.
  5. The capture will expand to fill your screen. In the top right, select Download Download icon.

Note: Video clips are saved in the .webm format and screenshots are saved in the .jpg format. You'll get a full resolution version of the file even if you download it while it's still "Processing".

A note about video clip playback

The maximum resolution and dynamic range of your captured video clips are determined on the device where you take the capture. If you play back a video clip on a different device, the clip's visual quality might be affected.

For example, if you capture a video clip during a 4K HDR game session on a TV, then download the clip onto a computer that doesn't support 4K or HDR, visual issues may occur during playback. Below is a list of recommended media players you can use to play back captured video clips.

Platform Recommended media players Known issues
Windows® computer
  • Microsoft® Movies & TV
  • Google Chrome
Not all hardware supports 4K/HDR playback.
MacOS® computer
  • Google Chrome
4K videos may stutter and HDR videos may display visual flaws.
ChromeOS Pixelbook
  • Default video player
HDR videos may display visual flaws.

Delete your captures

You can delete any screenshots or video clips you've captured:

In the Stadia app

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. On the Home screen, scroll down to "Captures & game states".
  3. Swipe left and right to scroll through recent captures, or tap See all.
  4. Tap the capture you want to delete.
  5. Tap Delete Delete icon and then Delete.

Note: If you delete a shared capture, its shared link will automatically be disabled.

On stadia.com

  1. Sign into your account on stadia.com.
  2. On the home page, scroll down to "Captures & game states".
  3. Find a recent capture or click See all.
  4. Click the capture you want to delete.
    • Note: On the "Captures & game states" page, you can select multiple captures. Just click the top left corner of every capture you want to delete.
  5. Click Delete Delete icon and then Delete.

Note: If you delete a shared capture, its shared link will automatically be disabled.

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