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Record a phone call on Android

There may or may not come a time in your life when you need to record a call. While we're not going to go into specific reasons why you'd want to do this, we're going to say this: it's super easy. Let us do this.

There are several ways to record a call. However, we are going to focus on two different methods here: Google Voice and an app called Call Recorder - ACR.

Is it legal to record calls?

Before we dive into the how, let's talk about the potential legal issues that could arise here. I know I know this is something you don't want to hear, but it is important and we must do our due diligence to make sure you know what is going on.

First and foremost, call recording is not legal in all countries, so you need to check the regulations in your area. Depending on the state in the USA, this can also be a little more differentiated. Some need both parties to know they are being recorded; others only need one party to know what is happening. The latter can get a little gray, but if you live in one of these states and you know the call is being recorded, probably for sure. However, it is always illegal to record public telephones without consent. For more information, see Wikipedia and the Digital Media Law Project.

Record phone calls with Google Voice

If you're a Google Voice user, it's easy to do. If not, you can always sign up for a Google Voice account and become a Google Voice user. Then this method is very easy for you too! Yay.

Before you can actually record a call, you must first enable the call recording feature. You can do this on both the web and the Android app, and the steps are essentially the same in either case. I am using the web here but will indicate if there is anything different in the Android app.

First start Google Voice and open the "Settings" menu by sliding into the menu from the left and selecting "Settings".

On the web, click Calls. On the Android app, scroll down until you see the Calls section.

The final option on the web is Incoming Call Options. Here you can activate the function to record calls or start a conference call. Use the slider to enable this.

In the Android app you need to tap on “Advanced Call Settings” and then activate the options for incoming calls.

It's also worth noting that this is a feature synced across devices, so you only need to do it one place or another. Once activated, this feature will work everywhere. However, this only works when the person calls you. You can't record a call unless you are the one who initiated it, which frankly is just weird.

Either way, the next time you need to record one when you're on a call, just tap "4" on the keypad while you're talking. An audible prompt informs both users that the call is being recorded. To stop recording, simply tap “4” again.

The audio file will then be saved to your Google Voice account. Booya.

Record phone calls with ACR

While using Google Voice is easy and it also lacks some features that many users want, such as: B. the automatic recording of calls as soon as they are started. This is where ACR comes in: not only does it have more features, it also doesn't notify both users who are being recorded. So, if you want to secretly record a call, this is the tool you want.

There are two versions of this app: free and premium. The latter removes all ads from the app and adds a number of useful features such as: B. the possibility to establish contact, start a recording in the middle of a conversation, save recordings in Dropbox or Google Drive and much more. However, as always, I recommend trying the free version first to make sure it suits your needs.

With that said, let's get started.

Right after starting ACR, you have to Accept the Terms - quite a long list compared to most apps, but rightly so. After you've accepted the app's terms of use, you'll need to give it the necessary access so that it can perform its tasks: contacts, microphone, phone, and storage. There's nothing out of the ordinary for an app like this. So allow them all along the line.

From there, the app pushes a notification to the shadow indicating that it is activated. As soon as you make or receive a call, the recording starts. You literally don't have to do anything. By default, all calls are recorded.

However, if this is not your style then you can change this if you have the premium app. Open the app and slide the menu to the left. Select "Settings" then "Recording".

There are many options in the menu, but scroll down until you see "Start Recording" and change it to "Manual". Done.

There are much For more features under the hood of ACR, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with them if you want to do more than just record conversations. Again, keep in mind that you'll have to pay for the more advanced features, but I think the $ 3 price tag is easily worth it if you use it frequently. Plus, it's really well designed, which can be hard to find in a store with dozens of apps doing similar versions of the same thing.