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How to record calls on your Android phone

It's not easy, but it's possible!
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August 22, 2022

There are plenty of reasons you may want to record a phone call. Google’s mobile OS has an official way to do this, but not everyone can enjoy the feature. Regardless, Android users know where there is a will, there is a way. Today we will show you various ways of keeping your mobile conversations on record.

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Record calls on your Android phone by starting or receiving a call, tapping on the Record button. You can stop recording by hitting the Stop button. This method works on Google's official. Phone app, given your country, phone, and carrier support it.


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Editor’s note: All instructions in this tutorial were put together using a Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 12. Depending on your device, software version, or manufacturer skin, steps might differ.

Is it legal to record calls?

Keep in mind legal consequences may come from recording calls. It’s your responsibility to research laws regarding the matter, whether local, state, federal, or international. You need one person’s approval to record a call in some places, while other areas require permission from both parties. Some legislations may not care! Bottom line, you’ll want to ensure you find out what you can and can’t do before moving forward.

Keep in mind legal consequences may come from recording calls.Edgar Cervantes

Record calls on Android using the stock phone app

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Google has come up with its own way to record calls on Android. This is done straight from Google’s official Phone app. Not everyone has access to it, though. There are some requirements, which we will go over right below. The option to use call recording might not show up at all, if you can’t use the service for any reason.

Requirements for recording calls using the Phone app:

  • Make sure you’re using the official Phone app by Google. Download it from the Play Store.
  • The device and carrier need to support the feature.
  • You must be in a region where the feature is supported.
  • Your device must be running Android 9 or higher.
  • Make sure the Phone app is updated to the latest version.

How to record calls using the Phone app:

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Hit the three-dot menu button.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Tap on Call Recording.
  5. You’ll get a series of options asking which calls you want to be recorded. Follow instructions and hit Always record.

Record calls with select contacts:

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Hit the three-dot menu button.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Tap on Call Recording.
  5. Under Always record, tap Selected numbers.
  6. Turn Always record selected numbers on.
  7. Select the Add button on the top-right corner.
  8. Choose a contact.
  9. Hit Always record.

How to start recording within a call:

  1. Make or receive a call.
  2. Look at your screen during a call. You should see a Record button on your screen. Select it.
  3. Tap Stop recording to… stop recording.

How to listen to your recorded calls:

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Hit Recents.
  3. Tap on the call you recorded. It might also be under History if it’s an older call.
  4. You’ll see the recording. Hit the Play button.

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Just use a voice recorder

A picture of the Zoom H5 voice recorder on a magazine.

Those who don’t want to deal with confusing apps, rooting, or any other complications can do things the old-fashioned way. Just get yourself a voice recorder to store conversations using the speakerphone. Quality may not be ideal, and it requires physical steps, but the simplicity may save you some headaches.

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Record calls using another device

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If you have a secondary smartphone, tablet, or computer lying around, you can also use it as an improvised voice recorder. Most smartphones come with voice recorder apps pre-installed. If yours doesn’t, or you want something more advanced, click the button below for our recommendations.

There are dedicated call recorders too!

RecorderGear PR200 - How to record calls

Voice recorders and smartphone microphones work, but those who want dedicated hardware to record calls on Android have some options. The RecorderGear PR200 uses Bluetooth, and the manufacturer claims it works with any smartphone that uses said wireless technology. It can also be used as a regular voice recorder.

Some also like the Waytronic Mobile Phone Call Recording Headset. This Bluetooth headset can be used for recording, as well as listening to your music and other media. The dedicated recording button makes it easy to create clips while enjoying a Bluetooth headset’s benefits.

Google Voice

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If you’re using Google Voice, the service has its solution. The only real downside is that it only works with incoming calls. You also have to enable the feature first.

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  1. Access your Google Voice account using the web or official app.
  2. Go into Settings.
    1. If using the web, this will be a cog button in the top-right corner.
    2. If using the app, this will be an option under the hamburger menu icon.
  3. Go to Calls.
  4. Look for Incoming call options and turn the toggle on.
  5. Answer any calls to your Google Voice number.
  6. Tap the number four to start recording.
  7. An announcement informing both parties the call is being recorded will play.
  8. Press four or end the call to stop.

Third-party apps are no longer an option

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There were plenty of apps for recording calls in the Google Play Store, but Google is no longer allowing these in the Google Play Store as of May 11, 2022. This means recording call apps are no longer an option unless you’re sideloading them.

Google hasn’t announced anything about removing this feature from native and manufacturer phone apps. You should still be able to use every other method on this list.


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