How to change Windows 10 Game DVR background recording time

On Windows 10, the Game DVR feature comes with "background recording," which allows you to quickly capture clips of your favorite games without needing to configure extra software. However, when enabled, recordings end automatically after 30 minutes.

Although that default recording time should be enough for most users, if you want to capture longer clips, Windows 10 allows you to easily increase the time up to two hours in at least two different ways.

In this Windows 10 guide, we show you the easy steps to adjust the maximum background recording time using the Settings and the Xbox app.

How to change Game DVR recording time using Settings

Using the Windows Settings app, you can change the maximum recording length with these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Gaming.
  3. Click on Game DVR.
  4. Under "Record this," use the Maximum recording time drop-down menu to select the time length:
    • 30 minutes.
    • 1 hour.
    • 2 hours.

How to change Game DVR recording time using Xbox

Using the Xbox app, you can adjust the maximum recording time for games with these steps:

  1. Open Xbox.
  2. Click Settings (gear) button.
  3. Click the Game DVR tab.
  4. Under "Game Clips," you can use the Maximum recording time drop-down menu to select the time length:
    • 30 minutes.
    • 1 hour.
    • 2 hours.

Once you adjust your settings, the next time you're playing a game and you use the Windows key + G keyboard shortcut to open the Game bar and click the Record button, the screen recording will stop and save the clip automatically at the new time specified.

While background recording is a great feature to have in Windows 10, you should also consider that it requires additional system resources to record, which can affect gaming performance. It's recommended to use background recording only if you have a capable machine.

If you also want to capture videos with the highest quality, in this guide we explain how to record at 60 frames per second with 192kbps audio quality.

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Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.