Frequently Asked Questions

About Screencastify

Screencastify is used by millions of people around the world who need a better way to communicate.

In the classroom, teachers have found dozens of creative, interactive ways to engage their students with Screencastify.

In the business world, Screencastify has improved communication, productivity and efficiency for nearly every department.

Beyond that, individuals have found more amazing ways to use Screencastify than we can even keep track of, from celebrity YouTubers to UFO chasers.

Screencastify is lighter-weight, more powerful, and easier-to-use than any other screen recorder out there.

But of course we’d say that. So don’t take our word for it! Just search for Screencastify on Twitter and start scrolling…and scrolling and scrolling. Or check us out on CommonSense.org, where we were selected as a Top Pick.

Nope. Screencastify is a lightweight extension for Google Chrome. Just click install and Screencastify will always be accessible right in your browser.

All you need is:

  1. A computer running the latest version of Google Chrome (including Chromebooks and Chromeboxes)
  2. A Google / Gmail account
  3. 1GB of free memory, since all recording are temporarily stored locally before being uploaded to Google Drive

Screencastify Lite is completely free, forever. The Lite version let’s you record videos up to 10 minutes in length, and up to 50 videos per month. The free version also has a Screencastify watermark in the corner of your recordings.

So test out Lite, risk free! Then, if you’d like to go beyond 10 minutes and record unlimited videos with no watermark, you can always upgrade to premium.

You control where your data is stored. All of your recordings can be safely stored and encrypted in your Google Drive account or locally on your device. If you choose to store your recordings locally, your video files are stored on a sandboxed local HTML5 file system managed by Chrome. This file system resides in the profile directory of Chrome, but cannot be accessed directly with a file browser of your operating system. To export a file to a regular file system, use the “Save to Disk” button inside Screencastify.

Yes, Screencastify works offline. You can record, edit and save videos locally without an internet connection. Naturally, you won’t be able to save your recordings on Google Drive or upload to YouTube until you go online again.

Yes, free users can save their videos to Google Drive and download them from there. Premium users can export their videos as a .mp4 or GIF right from the Screencastify app.

Screencastify Lite (our 100% free version) has a recording limit of 10 minutes per video, and up to 50 videos per month. Our premium plan allows unlimited recording time and unlimited videos. Click here for a full comparison of our plans.

Yes! As long as you have a YouTube channel, you can upload your videos directly to YouTube from Screencastify. You can also share videos saved in your Google Drive by copying a link and sending it to your audience.

Yes. In fact, Screencastify was originally developed specifically for Chromebooks. Because it doesn’t require a software download nor much local storage, Screencastify is a perfect match for the Chromebook.

Screencastify Premium

Screencastify Premium has no recording limits, no watermark, and provides full access to our editing tools. For a full comparison of our plans, click here.

Simply go to our website, click “My Account”, and then “Licenses”. You will then be able to change the email associated with your Premium subscription.

By default, your Premium subscription will be scheduled to automatically renew one year after you purchase it. You can turn autorenew on or off on our website, in My Account > Billing.

No, you won’t lose any of your recordings. Your app will just revert to the Lite version, leaving your existing recordings untouched.

No. Similarly, the videos create during your Premium subscription will never have a watermark reintroduced if you decide to downgrade.

For Schools

Yes! Our education discount begin at 15 licenses, but the real savings come with our school-wide plans. If you’re interested, please request a quote.

If you are the administrator for your organization, you can add, revoke or reassign your licenses at any time. Click here for a tutorial.

We accept POs for orders of 15 or more licenses.

Privacy

On installation, you’ll be see a dialog with the permissions that Screencastify requests:

Capture content of your screen:
Allows Screencastify to record your full desktop screen only (not your browser tab).

Communicate with cooperating websites:
Used for sign-in, to communicate with the Screencastify.com website.

Know your email address:
Used to sign you in with your Google account.

Display notifications:
Notification are used to show upload or editing progress. (They can be disabled in the options).

And optionally, if you want to use tab recording (desktop recording works without this permission):

Read and change all your data on the websites that you visit:
Allows Screencastify to record browser tabs. Also required to draw the mouse pointer inside the tab while recording.

Please be aware that the warnings are designed to warn you what the extension could do with such permissions, not what it actually does. Screencastify does not do anything malicious, in fact it does not do anything at all while not in use.

No, Screencastify never monitors or records any of your browsing data before, during, or after your recordings.

Absolutely, but Screencastify is not marketed to children. We expect parents, guardians and/or authorized school officials to supervise any child’s use of Screencastify.

If you are a school, district or teacher and want your students who are under the age of 13 to use Screencastify, you are responsible for complying with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and, when applicable, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”).

If you are outside the US, we rely on you to be aware of and comply with similar laws.

Click here to learn more about our student data policies.