Five ways to record phone calls on any Android smartphone
Having the option to record phone calls can be important for some people. You might want to record your calls because your memory is not so great and you forget important information that is shared with you by your manager, or your spouse. If you record your calls, then you can play them anytime you want and get the information that you need. Here are five methods in which you do this on a smartphone with Android:
NOTE: Before you start recording calls, you should check your local laws. Usually, both parties have to agree to the recording in advance, and in some countries recording calls is illegal.
1. Record phone calls using Automatic Call Recorder
One of the easiest methods of recording phone calls is to use a specialized app. There are many such applications in Android's Play Store, but only a few are worth using. We tested some of the most popular and the one that we liked best is called Automatic Call Recorder.
Once you download and install the app on your Android smartphone, you can use it to record all or some of your phone calls. By default, Automatic Call Recorder records all your phone calls but then lets you choose which ones you want to keep. It saves your phone call recordings locally, in your smartphone's storage. The number of phone conversations that you can store is limited only by the available storage space.
Automatic Call Recorder also allows you to use cloud storage locations to store and sync phone call recordings. If you allow it, Automatic Call Recorder can work with both Google Drive and Dropbox to do that.
By default, Automatic Call Recorder is set to record all the phone calls you receive and make, except for those calls you are having with people whom you explicitly configured not to record. However, you can also set the app to record only the phone calls that you are having with people whom you do not know, as in you do not have their phone number on your contact list.
If you want to use an app to record phone calls on your Android smartphone, Automatic Call Recorder is probably the best you can get. However, you must also know that the app comes in two versions: free and paid. The free version displays ads and does not have all the options you get in the paid variant, but it has everything you need to record phone calls on your Android smartphone.
Download: Automatic Call Recorder
2. Record phone calls using Call Recorder - ACR
Call Recorder - ACR, otherwise known as Another Call Recorder is another Android app designed to record phone calls. Its user interface looks like Google's own interface and that makes it easy to understand and use.
There are a lot of features to use and settings to change, including:
- The option to record phone calls automatically or manually;
- The ability to search for phone call records from the past;
- The option to group phone call records by date;
- Deleting old phone call records automatically;
- The possibility to exclude certain contacts from being automatically recorded;
- Integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, and so on.
For each phone call record, you can play it directly from the app, you can share it, or add text notes to it.
Another Call Recorder even lets you edit your phone call records.
Although most of the basic features of Another Call Recorder are free to use, if you want to use everything the app has to offer, you must buy a license for it. Among the premium features that you get access to are the ability to record by contact, the option to start recording manually, and the Dropbox and Google Drive integrations. Buying the Pro version also removes ads from the app. All in all, if you need these features, the app is worth its money.
Download: Call Recorder - ACR
3. Record phone calls using Automatic Call Recorder for Me
This is also one of our favorite apps for recording phone calls on Android. It has a simple and well organized user interface that is very easy to use. That also means that you don't get as many features, options and settings as the other apps from this list. However, to be honest, we don't really need all the fancy stuff the others offer. Automatic Call Recorder for Me lets you:
- Record phone calls, automatically or manually;
- Choose whether to record phone calls from everybody, record only incoming or outgoing calls, or record calls only from unknown contacts;
- Share phone calls recordings;
- Use a PIN code to protect your phone calls recordings.
Unfortunately, unless you buy it, Automatic Call Recorder for Me displays ads and that would be OK if they would be shown only on the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately, the developers choose to also display full-screen advertisements, and those feel invasive.
Download: Automatic Call Recorder for Me
4. Record phone calls using the built-in features from your Android smartphone
Some smartphone manufacturers, such as ASUS or Xiaomi, include phone call recording features on their smartphones by default. If you own such a smartphone, you do not need to download any third party apps to be able to record phone calls. However, you must check if your smartphone has this built-in function. That is because this function could be present on a smartphone that is sold in the European Union or Asia but might not be present on the same smartphone sold in North America. Phone call recording is not legal in all the states of the world, so manufacturers might or might not include such a function on all the smartphones they build, depending on the market where they sell them.
If your smartphone has a built-in phone call recording feature, you should be able to access it from the Phone app. When you call or receive a call, you should be able to record that call by pressing the Record button on your smartphone's screen. Below you can see this button on an ASUS ZenFone AR smartphone.
If you do not see a Record button on the phone call screen, your smartphone probably does not have such a function built-in, and you need to use a third-party app like the ones recommended earlier.
5. Record phone calls using an external recorder
If you do not fancy using an app to record phone calls, maybe you prefer using an external recorder. These devices cost more money but they have some advantages in comparison to phone calls recording apps. Among the most important differences, we would like to point out that external recorders have built-in storage memory. They usually can connect to your smartphone wirelessly (via Bluetooth) but also by plugging them to the smartphone's USB port, and they can also be used as standalone voice recorders in case you want them to.
Here are a few external recorders for phone calls that we recommend:
- ESONIC Cell Phone Call Recorder Mobile Conversation Recording Device Iphone Android Droid U2 (20hr Battery + 144hr Capacity)
- DeciVibe | 16GB | Cellphone and Landline Call Recording | Digital Voice Recorder | 50 Year Warranty | Smartphone Cellphone Audio Recorders
For whatever reason you might need to record phone calls on your Android smartphone, now you know how it is done. These are the methods we know, but like most things in the technology world, there are probably more. If you know of other ways to record phone calls on Android smartphones, do not hesitate to share them in the comments below.