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There are plenty of reasons why you may want to record a phone call. Google’s mobile OS now 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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How to record calls on your Android phone

Editor’s note: All instructions in this tutorial were put together using a Pixel 4a running stock Android 11. Steps might be a little different depending on your device, software version, or manufacturer skin.

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 make sure 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.

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

How to record calls with select contacts:

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Hit the 3-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 all the benefits of a Bluetooth headset.

Google Voice

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If you’re using Google Voice, the service has its own 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.

Use a third-party app to record calls

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Plenty of third-party applications can record your conversations. Just keep in mind recent Android versions, and certain manufacturers may not support them.