Recording a conversation is a function that is rarely used in everyday life, but sometimes can seriously make a person’s life easier. A business conversation, where a lot of information that is difficult to remember, but necessary for a person like telephone numbers, or an openly criminal situation with threats by telephone flashes through, there are a thousand reasons to use such a function. Fortunately, in the era of smartphones, you can record a telephone conversation without using third-party devices; however, there are some difficulties, and detailed instructions for Android will not hurt.
Why problems arise
The first thing you need to take for granted: not all phones can safely and seamlessly record sound. This is due to the fact that in many countries the secret recording of sound is a matter of jurisdiction. The manufacturer, releasing the phone, can not predict whether the buyer will use the ability to record sound for criminal purposes, therefore, just in case, disables or restricts this possibility in advance at the level of the primary components of the operating system. That is why, on some models, no program for recording sound will either work at all, or will work with significant limitations.
A list of such models (incomplete, because not on all phones users tested call recording) can be seen in the table.
Table: list of devices that have problems recording sound
- HTC Amaze
- HTC Desire
- HTC Desire HD
- HTC Evo 4G
- HTC Desire S
- HTC Wildfire
- HTC myTouch 4G
- HTC One S
- HTC One X
- HTC One 7
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC 4 G Sprint
- LG P970
- LG Optimus Black
- LG Optimus One
- LGE LG-P690
- LGE LG-P698f
- LGE LG-P920
- Motorola admiral
- Motorola atrix
- Motorola MB-865 (Atrix 2)
- Motorola Charm mb502
- Motorola defy
- Motorola Droid 2
- Motorola Droid Bionic
- Motorola Droid Pro
- Motorola DROID RAZR
- Motorola Droid X2
- Motorola DROID4
- Motorola Moto G with Android 4.4.2
- Motorola Milestone2
- Motorola Photon 4G
- DROID RAZR HD Maxx
- Samsung Admire
- Samsung Infuse 4G
- Samsung Galaxy Ace
- Samsung Galaxy Fit
- Samsung Galaxy Gio
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Samsung Galaxy S
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- Samsung Galaxy Y
- Samsung Galaxy 3
- Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 10.1 with Android 4.1
- Samsung GT-B7510
- Samsung GT-I8150
- Samsung GT-N7000
- Samsung Nexus S
- Sony Ericsson ST18i
- Sony Ericsson MT11i
- SEMC Xperia X10 Mini (E10i)
- SEMC Xperia X8 (E15i)
- SEMC Xperia Neo (MT15i)
- Sony Xperia Ion LT28H
- Zte blade
- Zte racer
- ZTE Z990
. the device works, but the conversation is recorded in very poor quality.
. the device records only the voice of the owner of the device. The voice of the interlocutor is not recorded.
How to record a phone conversation on Android. instructions
Not always the manufacturer seeks to limit the user the ability to record a telephone conversation. Some, on the contrary, embed such a function in the firmware so that calls can be recorded without installing third-party software. Checking if there is such an opportunity on a particular device is easy: just look at the call menu during a call. If the conversation recording function is present in the firmware, among the “Speakerphone”, “Enter Number” and other buttons there is a button that will be called “Record”, “Voice Recorder”, Record or similar. For example, in the picture below, the Record key will start recording the conversation.
In a number of firmwares, some of the call menu functions are removed under the “” button, it is also “Additional Features”. Sometimes a sound recording is also hidden under it. Here, to check whether it is possible to record sound, you must first click on this button. If there is a recording capability in the firmware, then it is most likely to be among the additional features. In the image, the button responsible for recording the conversation is called “Start Recording”.
What the button looks like and where to look for it, you can see the photo instructions:
After the conversation is over, you can listen to the recorded audio file. At this point, many users have a question: where to find it? The call menu itself does not provide such an opportunity, however, there are several ways to find a lost record.
- The very first and easiest way is to find an audio recording through a voice recorder. On some firmwares, the built-in voice recorder allows you to not only record sound, but also listen to recordings. Sometimes telephone conversations can also be on the list of recorded materials. True, not in every version of the system the recorder provides such an opportunity.
- Some file explorer or audio file players have auto-search for multimedia files. For example, the user ES Explorer or the built-in music player of Sony phones have such functionality. Here, too, everything is simple: just turn on auto search and find audio recordings that, in name and duration, resemble the necessary calls.
- If the previous methods are unavailable for some reason, you can go the difficult way and try to find the audio recording yourself. On a “clean” Android, phone call records are located by default at sdcard / PhoneRecord, but if everything was so simple, the previous paragraphs would not be needed. The problem is that depending on the version of the system and firmware, the folder in which the records are located and the path to it can be called completely differently. For example, on Xiaomi devices, call records are stored in MIUI / sound_recorder / call_rec. However, do not despair: the name of the folder in which the sound recordings lie usually contains the words record, recorder recording, and so on, so that you can focus on them in your searches.
- When all else fails, you can use the cunning method. To see all the audio recordings that are on the phone, just connect this phone to the computer and enable the search on the device for files with the extension mp3 (or another, depending on which extension the sound is stored on the particular phone). But if there are a lot of audio files on the phone, finding the right one can be very difficult.
Telephone Recording Applications
Does the phone not allow you to record calls through the call menu? very sorry. However, this is not a sentence: if the device is not included in the “black list” of phones on which it is impossible to record conversations, then this can easily be done using special applications that are presented in large quantities on the Play Market.
A simple and unpretentious application, which is called “Call Recorder” (depending on the firmware and localization of Google Play, it may also be called Call Recorder).
The functional is appropriate: recording a conversation in automatic mode, the ability to listen to and delete made audio recordings. In addition, depending on the version of the application, you can share the entries made and it is possible to choose which call to save and which not (if this function is disabled, all records are saved automatically; if enabled, after each conversation the application asks if the user wants to save the call ) In the settings, you can also set a password for the application so that an outsider cannot get access to the recordings, choose a place where the made audio will be saved, their format (MP4 and 3GP are supported) and the recording source (telephone line, microphone, etc.). It is possible to listen to audio recordings using another application and synchronize data with the cloud.
The application interface is concise enough: to enable call recording, just switch one toggle switch in the main application window. The rest of the options are configured in the corresponding menu items: “Memory” is responsible for the location where audio recordings are saved, “Synchronization”. for synchronization with cloud storage (Dropbox and Google Drive are supported), “Settings”. for settings of the entire application, from the recording format to recording notifications sound.
Like most such programs, it provides only a limited number of functions, but their list is wider: for example, there is a filter that allows you to choose which contacts the calls will be recorded for, as well as additional amenities like the ability to enable recording of calls by shaking the phone (sensitivity to shaking) adjustable in the application settings). You can change the recording quality and add text notes. Supports MP3 and WAV formats.
The rest of the functionality is very similar to the previous application: the same password protection, the same choice of recording source, the same synchronization with cloud storage (Dropbox and Google Drive are supported in the same way).
Automatic call recorder
The functionality is impressive: a relatively large selection of audio formats for saving, several standard recording configurations to choose from, the ability to increase the volume of the conversation at the time of recording to record sound in better quality, and the mysterious "experimental functions" for playing audio. True, there is really not enough opportunity to choose the sound quality and protect the information with a password.
A distinctive feature of this application is a large number of signal sources. It is worth noting that some of them are not supported on very many phones (for example, Voice UpLink and Voice DownLink). The most popular source is Voice Communications: it allows you to record both the voice of the owner of the phone and the voice of the interlocutor. Most of the additional sources are designed to optimize performance on devices where recording via standard sources does not work or work poorly.
In addition, users complain about annoying ads, which are disabled only when buying the full version. I must say, this problem also occurs in other free applications, as well as the limitation of some functions in the free version of the program. Fortunately, sound recording apps are inexpensive.
Records made are stored in the application for some time, but after reaching a certain “limit” they are deleted, overwritten by other, newer records. To prevent this and not to lose an important record, you can save it separately: in this case, it will appear in the “Saved calls” section.
There is a semblance of a filter. Simply put, there are three main recording modes: recording all calls, recording calls only from previously marked contacts, recording all calls from contacts that are not in the address book.
You can synchronize data with cloud storage, connect an external playback source, change the storage location of files and attach a text note to the record. In addition, there is an unusual function: you can enable or disable the recording of sound when connected via Bluetooth.
Supported formats: AMR, 3GP, AAC, AAC2, WAV.
Total call recorder
Another application, similar to the previous one with its unobtrusiveness and conciseness. There are fewer supported formats, there are no interesting chips like shaking records or standard configurations, but there is a call filter implemented more fully than in the previous application, and you can also change the sound sampling frequency here. The list of signal sources is almost the same as in the previous application, from there the possibilities of increasing the volume, connecting a third-party music player and recording settings with Bluetooth migrated from there.
Recording works according to an already familiar principle: it is enough to switch one single toggle switch, which is located in the “Settings”, and all calls that have passed the filter will be automatically recorded and shown in the application.
It is possible to change the maximum number of stored conversations. For owners of the free version, the upper level of this number is limited to 500 calls, in the Pro version it can be increased indefinitely.
You can set a password for the application, however, this function is available only in the paid version of the application. Advertising is also present here.
Supported Extensions: WAV, AMR, 3GPP.
Call Recorder by skvalex
This little-known compared to the rest of the application is included here for a reason. It has one feature that distinguishes this program from the mass of analogues. This is an opportunity (in some cases) to bypass the manufacturer’s restriction on recording calls. In all other respects, Call Recorder is simply a very high-quality paid application that will allow you to record a telephone conversation. True, with a wide, not everyone understands the functionality, which before use would not hurt to understand.
As for the basic functions, everything is clear at first glance: recording, listening, saving, deleting, protecting recordings and synchronizing with the cloud. Since the application is paid, the service is at its best: you can independently set a template for the names of the saved audio, there are wide settings for the audio player (up to built-in decoders!) And advanced password settings. Instead of shaking, there is an additional button “Start recording”, which appears in the call menu during a conversation (the user can set the position of the button on the screen independently). In addition, the filter here is really powerful: separate filter settings for incoming and outgoing calls and the ability to add “exceptions” that will not be affected by the standard filter rules.
In addition, the application implements wide settings for notifications, “before” and “after” calls, as well as several design options and recording sources to choose from.
Supported recording formats: WAV, MP3, AAC, AMR, FLAC. There are additional settings for each format.
Well, the basic functions seem to be highlighted. What about extra?
It is necessary to make a reservation right away: Before using complex additional methods that require a lot of time, it is recommended to check all sources first! They are in this application along the path "Settings.> Record.> Standard APIs. " In some cases, a change in the recording source also works without using special settings, and in this case, all subsequent actions become unnecessary.