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How to record phone calls on a Samsung Galaxy phone

Keeping records of your calls can't hurt, as long as it's legal.

Published onMay 7, 2023

Are you trying to record calls on a Samsung Galaxy phone? There are plenty of reasons to do this, which is why Samsung (among other manufacturers) has native ways to record calls. We’ll look at both the official and unofficial methods. Let’s see which one best fits your needs.


To record phone calls on a Samsung Galaxy phone, just make or answer a call. During the call, tap on the three-dot menu icon, and select Record call.

You can also set Samsung phones to automatically record calls. Go to Settings > three-dot menu button > Settings > Record calls > Auto record calls. Toggle the feature on. Hit Confirm, then select which calls you want Samsung to record.


Is it legal to record calls?

We can’t exactly tell you whether recording calls is legal or not. This is because the laws vary from city to city, state to state, and country to country. Depending on where you are, you may need one person’s approval, while other authorities may require permission from all parties involved. Some legislations may even give you complete freedom!

You’ll have to research your local laws before moving forward. Just make sure to stay within the law. You may face legal issues, otherwise.

How to record a call on a Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy phones have a native way to record calls. This feature will only be active where allowed, though. You won’t even see it if Samsung has deactivated the feature in your region.

Manually record calls on a Samsung phone:

  1. Answer or make a call.
  2. While on the call, tap on the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap on Record call.

How to record calls automatically on a Samsung Galaxy

You can also make it so that all calls, or specific types of calls, are recorded automatically.

Automatically record calls on a Samsung phone:

  1. Launch the Phone app.
  2. Tap on the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Hit Record calls.
  5. Tap on Auto record calls.
  6. Toggle the feature on.
  7. Tap Confirm to accept the terms.
  8. Select which calls you want to record. You can pick between All calls, Calls with unsaved numbers, or Calls with specific numbers.

Find and view recorded calls on a Samsung Galaxy

Are you having a hard time finding your recordings? Let’s help you find them.

Where are my recorded calls saved?

  1. Launch the Phone app.
  2. Tap on the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Hit Record calls.
  5. Go into Recorded calls.
  6. You’ll see a list of all your recorded calls.

Try a voice recorder

A picture of the Zoom H5 voice recorder on a magazine - record phone call on Samsung

If Samsung isn’t letting you use its native call recording feature, you can also opt for hardware. The most straightforward tool to find is a voice recorder. With a voice recorder, you can turn the speakerphone on and record any sound, including calls.

We have a couple of guides with our favorite lists of the best voice recorders and the best affordable voice recorders. Check them out.

Are there apps for recording calls?

There used to be plenty of apps for recording apps, but Google got rid of them as of May 2022. You can try sideloading them, though. Just be aware that manually installing apps you got from anywhere other than the Google Play Store can be dangerous. These apk files may come with malware, viruses, etc.


Call-recording apps used the Accessibility API, which was originally meant for developers to create apps for disabled people. Additionally, it was meant as a move to improve people’s privacy.

Samsung offers call-recording features, but not everyone may see them. This is because the manufacturer deactivates this capability where it believes it may be prohibited to record calls.

In order to record a call in the USA, one of the parties needs to give consent. At least, this is the federal law requirement. Some states have made modifications, though. Be sure to research your local laws.

Do you still need help recording calls? We have a complete guide on how to record calls on any Android phone.

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