Sometimes you need to record a phone call to listen back to it, whether it's for work, business or sentimental reasons – however neither Android nor iPhone handsets have a built-in way to do this.
So, if you're determined to save your phone conversation as an audio file, there are a few different options available to you to do so.
The laws on recording calls varies country-to-country, so make sure you're not breaking the law before trying any of these call recorder methods by doing a little bit of research – it doesn't hurt to check with the other party before you start recording, though.
The easiest way to record a phone call would be to use another phone or tablet – if you have one, that is.
iOS products have an app called voice memo, and Android has voice recorder, so if you take the phone call in loudspeaker mode, and set up the second device to record, you can pick up both sides of the conversation.
The main problem with this is that you can accidentally record other sounds, like people walking past or ambient noises, and depending on the microphone on your second device, the audio quality might make it a little hard to pick up the sound of the call.
Most people's go-to app for call recording is Google Voice, which is a Google app (as the name suggests) that facilitates Wi-Fi calling. You can set the app up so that it records incoming calls, although this won't work for outgoing ones.
When in the app, find the settings menu, then select 'calls' then toggle 'incoming call settings'. When this is activated, when you press the number 4 on the number pad while on a call, the app will begin recording the call. Both parties will hear a voice notifying you this is happening, so both parties know the conversation is being recorded.
Google Voice isn't currently available in all countries, so this technique of recording a call won't work depending on where you live – it's best you check the app works well ahead of the call you intend to record.
If you can't use Google Voice, or don't want to, there are a few other call recorder apps that you can use – but they have drawbacks. Some of the apps cost, others require you to pay depending on how much of a call you record and the free ones have dubious security.
Here are some that you should check out if you're looking for an app to record your calls:
There are many similar apps on the Play Store and App Store, but if you want a free one it's best to check the store ratings and reviews just to make sure it works well.Tom Bedford
Tom's role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness trackers and more. He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and outside of TechRadar works in film.See more how-to articles