Our smartphones can help us order pizzas, hail cabs, and even detect heartbeats, so you’d think it’d be easy to record a simple phone call. Sadly, that’s not the case. Despite what you may think, recording a call isn’t as easy as merely pressing a button on your iPhone — in order to get it done, you’ll need to install an app. There are tons of these littered across the Apple App Store and the web that claim to show you how to record calls on an iPhone, and while many of them promise crystal-clear quality for free, very few live up to the claims.
To help you find an appropriate application, we’ve scoured the internet in search of the best call recorders and offered up a quick overview of our favorites in the paragraphs below. Just try not to forget about the whole legality thing.
(Editor’s note: There are federal and state laws pertaining to the recording of phone calls. As a general rule of thumb, though, you shouldn’t run into any legal trouble if you capture both parties verbally consenting to the recording. Some states require that only one party consent, however, so check your state or local laws if you need further clarification.)
Record an incoming call using Google Voice
Surprisingly, Google Voice, in addition to helping you filter out unwanted calls, will record incoming calls for the stellar price of zero dollars. The only setbacks are that Google doesn’t allow you to record outgoing calls — only incoming ones — and you have to port your phone number over to Google to get access to the recording feature. This makes it rather inconvenient if you’re hoping to record any conversations that you need to initiate, or if you like your current carrier. Read our guide on how to set up Google Voice if you’re not familiar with the app.
Pro tip: The website GetHuman is a great workaround for recording customer service calls. The site allows you to notify a specific company that you’d like a rep to contact you.
To start recording incoming calls with Google Voice, you first need to set up an account. This is extremely easy — just head to voice.google.com and follow the instructions. Once your account is up and running, the next step is to enable call recording so you can record and automatically save your conversation as an MP3 file.
Step 1: Navigate to the main Google Voice homepage.
Step 2: Click the three-dot icon on the left-hand menu and select Settings from the resulting menu.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Calls section and make sure that Incoming call options is turned on.
Once you do this, you can record incoming calls by pressing the number “4” on your phone’s keypad during the call. Doing so will trigger an automated voice notifying both parties that the call is being recorded. To stop recording, simply press “4” again or end the call as you would normally. After you stop recording, Google will automatically save the conversation to your Inbox, which is where all your recordings can be found, listened to, or downloaded.
If you want to listen to your recorded phone calls on your iPhone, you’ll need to download the Google Voice app.
- Launch the Google Voice app as you would normally.
- Tap Menu in the top-left corner of the app.
- Select Recorded.
- Find the call you want to listen to, and touch the recording to open it.
- Tap the play icon in the bottom-left corner.
Record an outgoing call with an iPhone app
When it comes to recording both incoming and outgoing calls, you’ll need to use something other than Google Voice. There aren’t too many free options out there, but there are quite a few options if you’re willing to shell out a few bucks. We’ve tested out some call recorders, and we believe the four options below are the best.
Rev Call Recorder (free)
This free app enables you to record incoming and outgoing calls on your iPhone, provided that you have a U.S. phone number to register with. There’s no subscription or hidden costs here, no limit on the length or number of conversations you can record, and the quality is usually decent. It works by setting up a three-way call, so you have to merge in the recording line, but it’s fairly easy to do and you can download the audio file afterwards and do whatever you want with it. Rev also offers a transcription service for $1 per minute, which is handled by human translators for superior accuracy……….Read More>>