Record Video While Computer is Locked [Worked!]

To record video while computer is locked, you can do it using two simple ways. One is using a powerful screen recorder like EaseUS RecExerts to bypass the lock screen or use the computer settings to stop the computer from getting locked. Find the detailed steps in this article.

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Melissa Lee

Updated on Apr 23, 2024

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I often want to continue to record live seminars on Zoom or Discord that I start to watch but then need to go away from my desk, but I need to lock my computer when I leave. Can I record a video while the computer is locked?

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You want to record long seminars on Zoom, Discord, or any other platforms. But if you want to go away from the screen for a while, the computer gets locked. This interrupts the recording and stops it, as Windows does not allow recording the locked computer screen. But if you are wondering is there a way to record video while computer is locked?

We can use some simple methods in addition to extraordinary tools to capture the locked computer screen with ease. Follow the post to learn how to record video when screen is locked Windows 10 and 11.

Easiest Steps to Record Video While Computer is Locked

So, if you need to record the computer screen for long hours without any interruptions while being locked, EaseUS RecExperts is a great option. It is a professional video recorder capable of recording the content even with the screen locked. The tool comes with a simple UI and extraordinary features to cater to all your screen recording needs. Download the tool now!

You can capture the microphone audio and system audio at once. You can also record multiple screens with picture-in-picture ( webcam overlay) ability. Apart from recording, it can edit the video and help you finetune the audio to sound better.

Steps to record a video while the computer is locked:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts. Choose a recording mode from "Full Screen" or "Region". To get a better experience, we suggest you choose recording the full screen.

Choose a Recording Mode

Step 2. Mostly, you will need to record the system sound when recording a video. Just click on the speak sign to select it. You can also tick the "Record silently" function, so that the recording process will be muted without muting the recorded video.

Record Silently

Step 3. After these settings, you can press the red "REC" button to start recording. If you want to pause the recording, click on the white "Pause" button; to end the recording, click on the red "Stop" button.

Pause or Stop Recording

Step 4. After recording, the recording list window will open. Here you can view, split, delete, manage your recorded videos.

Recording List Window

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Record Video While Computer is Locked with OBS

OBS is a popular and open-source screen recorder that records the computer screen and does live streams. But, by default, the OBS camera roll does not allow recording the video when the computer screen is locked. We can tweak a few settings to create a power plan to record video when the computer is locked. The power plan never puts the computer to sleep or lock, this way you can record the entire video of any duration with this Power Settings.

Steps to customize the device settings:

Step 1. You need to set the Screen Saver to None to allow the computer to record video.

Step 2. To disable the Screen Saver, navigate to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen > Screen Saver. Now, click the drop-down and select (None).

Step 3. Windows allows you to create power plans to optimize the computer's performance. One such plan allows you to stop the computer screen from getting locked. This will keep your screen on as long as you want until you wish to turn it off.

Step 4. To create a power plan, open the Control Panel > Power Options > Create a Power Plan.

Step 5. Here, you can make a custom power plan, name it "Does not turn off computer", and click Next.

Step 6. Now, click on the dropdown and select "Never" as the option for every column. Click Create to complete the power plan.

Select does not turn off computer

Once the plan gets activated, your computer screen will never turn off, and you can record the screen as long as you want with the OBS.

Steps to start recording the locked screen with OBS:

Step 1. Download and launch the OBS app on your PC.

Step 2. Click the "+" icon in the Source section to add a source on your PC.

Step 3. Select Display Capture as your source and click OK.

Step 4. Now, click on Start Recording from the Controls section to start the recording. Now, you can record your screen as long as you want without any worries.

Select Display Capture in OBS

Record Video While Computer is Locked FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions to record video while computer is locked. If you have similar queries, I hope this will help you.

1. Can you video with your phone locked? 

No, the default features of any phone will not allow you to record video. But, there are a few background video recording apps that can bypass the phone's default settings and record a video.

2. How do I record a video on my lock screen on Windows 10? 

You need to create a power plan to keep the display on for the computer. Later, you need to disable the Screen Saver before starting the recording with the screen recorder of your choice. The easiest way is to use the EaseUS RecExperts to record the locked screen without doing anything.

3. How can I record my computer screen without knowing? 

You can record the computer screen without knowing using the EaseUS RecExperts. Start recording the screen with the tool, and you can do your work as you wish without even knowing about the recording. Once, done you can stop the recording from the software.

4. How do I secretly record video on Windows 10?

While every screen recorder comes with a pop-up or nav bar to control the screen recordings, you can hide the controls, if the app permits you to record video on Windows 10 secretly. There are tools like Xbox Gamebar or EaseUS RecExperts capable of recording Windows 10 secretly.


There are many instances where you want to record the screen and the PC lock interrupts it. If you want to record video while computer is locked Windows 11 or 10, you can use a powerful screen recorder like EaseUS RecExperts to do it without any hassle or tweak in some settings on the PC to stop the computer from getting locked.

Download the tool now, and use the free trial to record the video even while the computer is locked.

EaseUS RecExperts

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No Time Limit, No watermark

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