You would have thought that recording phone calls in this time of age would be very easy. It is a known fact that smartphones are pretty much mainstream now. A large portion of the world’s population owns at least one smartphone. Some people own multiple smartphones. With phone calls being made so easily nowadays, there can be a number of reasons why you would want to record them. In this article, we are going to take a look at how you can record phone calls on Android, using third-party apps or a physical audio recorder to do so.
Is it Legal?
Before actually recording any phone calls, you should first think about the legality of the act. In many states in the US, as well as countries around the world, it is illegal to record phone calls, without the other person’s consent. Asking for the other person’s consent does mean that you won’t be able to record the phone call without them knowing about it.
This defeats the whole purpose of recording phone calls, as most people want to do it without the other person knowing about it. In any case, the best thing that you can do is check your local laws, see if it is legal for you to record phone calls. You don’t want to get in any trouble over this.
Using Third-Party Apps
There are a number of third-party apps on Google Play Store that claim you can use them to record phone calls as they happen. Unfortunately, most of those apps are falsely advertised, and are indeed not capable of recording phone calls. The ones that do have that feature are either littered with advertisements, or the quality of the phone call recordings are really bad.
Luckily, there are still several proper apps that you can use to record phone calls on Android. Those apps will be listed beneath, with pros and cons mentioned. Depending on those pros and cons, you can decide for yourself which phone call recording app you want to use. Let’s take a look at the list of some of the best phone call/audio recording apps on Android.
Call Recorder – ACR
ACR, or Automatic Call Recorder, is an app that you can use on your Android device to record phone calls with. As the name already suggests, the difference between ACR and other audio recording apps is that ACR does so automatically. You can tweak the app, tell it to record all calls or only certain contacts. The recording starts automatically, so you don’t even have to worry about it while you are receiving/making phone calls. While most Android phones allow you to record phone calls with third-party apps, some may cause difficulties.
A great thing about ACR is that you can tweak it. The app can also be linked to your Google Drive or Dropbox account, allowing you to easily upload your recordings to the cloud. This also makes it easy to share any recordings with other people. Unfortunately, ACR comes in two versions: a free and a pro version. The free version has limited features. If you want to unlock all features, you will have to purchase an ACR Premium License, which costs $1.99.
TapeACall – Record Calls
We have already mentioned TapeACall in the “How to Record Phone Calls on iOS” article on Appinformers.com. However, it should be stated that TapeACall is also a great app to record phone calls with on Android devices. It offers many useful features, just like ACR.
The great thing about TapeACall is that you can save the audio recordings in mp3 format. Since you’ve access to pretty much the entire Android device, you can simply plug your device to a PC and extract the mp3 files. Of course, you can also choose to upload your recordings to the cloud.
TapeACall also comes in two versions. After downloading the app from Google Play Store, you will gain access to the free features of the app. If you like using the app, you will have to pay a yearly subscription fee of $7.99 to unlock the full app. While this may seem pricey at first, it will be well worth the money if you are planning on making a lot of phone call recordings.
Another thing that should be mentioned about TapeACall is that the app doesn’t start any of the recordings automatically, like ACR does. Once a phone call has been established, a big, red, button appears on your screen. If you tap on that button, the TapeACall app will join the call, as if it were a conference call. That way, the app is capable of recording the phone call.
Call Recorder – IntCall
If you are looking for a simpler app, Call Recorder – IntCall might be the app you have been looking for. Using Call Recorder, you can easily record phone calls as if your contact is simply leaving a message on your answering machine. On top of that, any recording made with Call Recorder is saved locally, and not on the servers of the app developer. This means that you have total privacy of what has been spoken on those recordings, which is quite important.
Unfortunately, Call Recorder – IntCall does lack some features. For starters, the app is only able to record outgoing calls. Incoming calls cannot be recorder. That being said, any audio files that you have saved through the app can be directly played on your device. You can also transfer them to other devices or send to someone else by email.
Another major con about Call Recorder – IntCall is that you need to make the phone calls through the app itself. This requires in-app credit, which you need to buy with real money. Your first call through Call Recorder – IntCall is free, but any additional calls and recordings will cost you money. This is not a big problem if you are only planning to make a few calls. For longer use, using either ACR or TapeACall is definitely more advisable.
Physical Audio Recorder
If you don’t feel like using a third-party app, it is always possible to use a physical audio recorder to record your phone calls. Any electronic shop will have several audio recorders in store. Of course, you can also search for them online, as they are rather easy to find. Doing so also allows you to check out the reviews for them. Allowing you to see if they can record high quality audio. After you have acquired a physical audio recorder, all you have to do is hit the record button once you have established a phone call, and put the call on speaker. This allows the physical audio recorder to catch what is being said, and record the audio for you.
The only downside about using physical audio recorders is that the audio quality might be on the lower side. What can be seen as an annoyance is the fact that you will have to connect the audio recorder to your computer to extract the audio files. This is an extra step that you need to take. If you are not bothered by that, you should definitely look into buying a physical audio recorder.