Call recorder apps have a bunch of legitimate uses. Some people like to keep phone calls recorded for legal and security reasons. However, the practice borders on illegal in a lot of areas. We recommend looking up your country’s laws before using one of these apps.
Google Play Store policy changes affected the call recorder apps market in a big way by denying them the use of call logs. Additionally, Android Pie killed the feature entirely. Thus, if you have a device with Android Pie or higher, you must use root methods to do this for now. Finally, some OEMs prevent call recordings due to local laws. Thus, there are some hurdles to pass through for some people. Still, these apps do what they say they do. We tested a bunch and here are the best call recorder apps for Android!
ACR Call Recorder
Price: Free / Up to $4.49
ACR Call Recorder is one of the most popular call recording apps on Android. It has a good set of features, including the usual stuff like call recording quality settings and cloud backup. We like how delightfully simple the app is. It doesn’t have a massive list of features like Blackbox, but it does what it does very well. It has a few bugs here and there, but most of the complaints are in regards to the call log issue we talked about in the intro paragraph.
Automatic Call Recorder
Price: Free / $6.99
Automatic Call Recorder by Appliqato is one of the most popular call recorder apps for Android. It was hit hard by the call log change in Google Play’s policies, but it’s still a functional call recorder. The app features Google Drive and Dropbox integration along with some other neat little functions to help things out. The pro version is expensive but adds a few additional features as well. It works well aside from the call log thing.
Automatic Call Recorder by recorder & smart apps
Price: Free / $5.49
This app is a lot like the other Automatic Call Recorder app on this list, just less popular. It comes with a lot of good features, including automatic call recording, some organization features, the ability to record in several different audio codecs, and more. It also supports backup over cloud storage and a few other little features as well. It’s about as good as the other one with the same name so you can go with either one.
Blackbox Call Recorder
Price: Free trial / $0.99 per month
Blackbox bills itself as a professional call recorder app. It has the usual array of features, including call recording, cloud backup support, and recording quality settings. However, this one takes it a step further with a lock function for security, Bluetooth accessory support, and dual SIM support. It has one of the longer feature lists and cleaner interfaces of any call recording app on the list. The monthly subscription may chase some away, but at least it’s not very expensive.
Call Recorder Automatic
Price: Free / $4.99
Call Recorder Automatic is a decent app for recording phone calls. It works well, but you have to keep your phone on speaker to record both sides of the conversation. The app is simple and it’s easy to use. It records the calls and then you can organize them, share them, or save them as you want to. Most of the negative reviews are from people angry about the call log problem and some additional restrictions starting with Android Pie. It worked fine in our testing.
Cube Call Recorder
Price: Free / Up to $1.99
Cube Call Recorder is one of the few call recording apps on this list with an actual name. We appreciate that. This app not only works with regular phone calls, but with VoIP services like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Slack, Telegram, and others. It has most of the useful features, including organizational features, playback features, and recording quality features. You can even exclude contacts from automatic call recording.
Otter Voice Notes
Price: Free / $4.99 per month
Otter Voice Notes is a transcription service and voice note organizer. You can listen and organize your notes, transcribe existing voice notes, and more. It doesn’t actually record calls like these other call recording apps. However, you can import recordings from some of those apps into this one for additional organization. You get 600 minutes of transcription service per month for free. After that there is a subscription. Students do get a discount, though.
Smart Recorder by SmartMob
Price: Free / $1.49
Smart Recorder is a voice recorder app. It wasn’t designed for call recording, but it can do it in a pinch. Most of its features are for call recording, including an interesting feature that skips silences so you don’t have to listen to it. It’s a good all around voice recorder and the call recording feature is perfunctory. You may need to exempt this app from battery saving in order to make it work for longer recordings.
Smart Voice Recorder
Smart Voice Recorder is another voice recording app with some call recording features. It’s a free app with ads so there are no paywalls for features. It can switch between normal recording and call recording if you need it to. You can also record in a variety of audio codecs and share it with your cloud storage if needed. It works well for a free app and it’s not bad as long as you can handle the advertisements.
Voice Recorder by Splend Apps
Price: Free / $1.99
Voice Recorder by Splend Apps is yet another voice recorder with call recording functionality. Most of its features are for voice recording so the call recording stuff is a bit light. Some of the features include variable bitrate settings, background recording, and, of course, call recording. It’s a cheap and effective voice recorder and not a bad way to go if you want to kill two birds with one stone.
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