How to Record a Phone Call – 3 Solutions

How to record a phone call for any reason-1

There are many reasons why you might want to record a phone call. For business, for evidence or for dealing with Comcast. We’re not here to judge, we are here to enable. Whatever the reason you want to record a phone call, we are going to show you how to do it.

The simplest way to record a phone call is to play it on speaker and record using a standard Dictaphone or recording device. If your device’s speaker isn’t that good or ambient noise would interfere with call quality, there are some other options you might like to explore.

How to record a phone call for any reason-2

Record a call on Android

Google Voice makes recording a call on an Android device about as simple as it can get. The only downside is that you can only record incoming calls. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Answer the call as you usually would.
  2. Inform the calling party that you will be recording the call.
  3. Press 4 on your phone’s keypad.
  4. Press 4 once more to stop recording.

Google Voice will record the call in MP3 format stored ready for download.

If that isn’t enough, or you would like to record outgoing calls too, there are a number of apps that can do the job. We won’t name names here as apps move and change too fast. Suffice to say there are quite a few free and premium voice recording apps for Android.

How to record a phone call for any reason-3

Record a call on iPhone

Apple doesn’t offer voice recording that works during a call. Voice Memo will automatically stop recording once you dial or answer a call so your only option is a third party app. Or is it? I record calls using voicemail and import to the phone after the call. It works well enough for my purposes. As long as your carrier supports Visual Voicemail you’re golden.

  1. Navigate to Settings, Phone and Call Waiting on your iPhone.
  2. Disable Call waiting.
  3. Call someone.
  4. Tap Add Call on your phone and dial your own number.
  5. Once the voicemail greeting finishes, tap Merge Calls.
  6. Tap Voicemail once your call is finished and find the message.
  7. Download the message and listen.

Like Android, there are quite a few call recording apps in iTunes, some free, some premium. All offer call recording that should make it easier to record your calls. We won’t name names but you’ll see a few listed when you search.

Legal stuff

I’m no lawyer, I’m a techie, so this post purposely doesn’t cover the legal aspects of call recording. You’re going to have to check the laws in your state as well as federal laws that cover wiretapping. The Digital Media Law Project is a good place to begin your research.

If you’re not sure on your legal position in terms of recording your calls, I would suggest not doing it until you get the correct legal advice. End of legal stuff.

Posted by Jamie on August 25, 2016

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