The easiest way to record phone calls on your Android device
Here’s a comprehensive guide that will help you record your phone calls using your Android device.
There are many reasons why you may want to record a phone call. Unfortunately, the process of recording a call isn’t as simple as one may think. If you are using an Android phone, you will be disappointed to find that there is no built-in recording tool. Additionally, you will also learn that there aren’t a lot of apps in the Google Play Store that can produce high-quality phone recordings. But all is not lost. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will help you record your phone calls using your Android device.
Note: Keep in mind that there are both federal and state laws pertaining to recording phone calls. It is advisable to get verbal consent from all parties involved in the phone call that you are planning to record. This will help you protect your legal rights and the rights of everyone on the recorded call. Also, make sure to check your own state laws before making any recordings as each state may be different.
Using Google Voice to Record Phone calls
If you have an Android device, you may have already downloaded Google Voice. But if you haven’t, you can easily find it in the Play Store. Once you have Google Voice on your device, you can record incoming phone calls free of charge. But keep in mind, this app will not allow you to record outbound calls, so you will be slightly limited.
Before you can start recording incoming phone calls with the app, you will need to signup for a Google Voice account. Signing up is a simple process and so is the process of recording a call. You will learn more about the process below.
Step 1: Go to the Google Voice homepage.
Step 2: Locate the three-vertical dot menu and select the settings option.
Step 3: Move down to the calls section and activate the incoming call option.
Now that you have everything correctly set up, you can start recording incoming calls simply by pressing the number 4 button on your device. Once you press the number 4 button, everyone that is involved in the call will hear a recording letting them know a recording has begun. When you are ready to stop the recording, press “4” again and the recording will be stored in your inbox. If you would like to access the recording via the voice app, go to the main menu and hit the recorded option.
Also, if you would like to start the recording process via the Google Voice app, you can do so by clicking the hamburger menu that is located at the top. Then navigate to settings where you can turn on the incoming call option.
Using Third-Party Apps to Record Phone Calls
Many different apps will allow you to record phone calls. But you will need to keep in mind that not all of them will work well. Most third-party apps rely on your microphone for recording incoming and outbound calls. So if you are trying to record using the speakerphone option to record calls, you might find them to be quiet and hard to hear. Below, we have picked out one of the best third-party apps for you to try out.
Automatic Call Recorder Pro
Automatic Call Recorder Pro is hands down one of the best third-party apps around. This app has a well put together interface that makes it easy to use. The app also allows you to customize some of the settings for your personal use. These setting will let you start recording both inbound and outbound calls automatically which is a real time saver. Another feature that you might want to check out is the shake to record feature. As the name implies, you can simply shake your phone anytime you want the recording process to begin. You will be able to save your phone recordings in many different cloud locations including Dropbox and Google Drive.
There are several different versions of the ACR Pro app, and one of them is entirely free. But if you would like more features, you can download the advanced version of the app for just $4. Paying for the app will also get rid of those annoying ads that come with the free version. But you will need to keep in mind that this app does not record calls made using Wi-Fi or VoIP calls. But regular cellphone calls can all be recorded with ease.
Using External Devices to Record Phone Calls
Finally, you can record your phone calls using an external recording device which can be plugged into the 3.5-millimeter jack. Several good external recording devices include RecorderGear PR200 and the Esonic Cell Phone Call Recorder. These devices are more costly but they may be easier for some people to use.