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How to Record a Phone Call on Android

There may or may not come a time in your life when you need to record a phone call. While we won’t get into specific reasons as to why you may want to do this, we will say this: it’s super easy. Let’s do this.

While there are a variety of ways you can record a phone call, we’re going to focus on two different methods here: Google Voice and an app called Call Recorder – ACR.

Is Recording Calls Legal?

Before we get into the how, let’s talk about the potential legal issues that could arise here. I know, I know, this is something you don’t want to hear, but it’s important and we have to do our due diligence to make sure you know what’s up too.

First and foremost, recording phone calls isn’t legal in all countries, so you’ll need to have to check regulations in your area. To get a bit more granular, it can also vary according to your specific state in the US—some require both parties to know that they’re being recorded, while others only require that one party knows what’s happening. The latter can get a little gray, but assuming you live in one of those states and you know that the call is being recorded, it’s probably safe. It is always unlawful for public phones to be recorded without consent, however. For more info on that, you can check Wikipedia, as well as the Digital Media Law Project.

How to Record Phone Calls with Google Voice

If you’re a Google Voice user, this is super easy. If not, well, you can always set up a Google Voice account and become a Google Voice user. Then this method will be super easy for you, too! Yay.

Before you can actually record a call, you have to first enable the call recording feature. You can do this on both the web and the Android app, and the steps are essentially the same either way. I’m using the web here, but I’ll specify if something is different on the Android app.

First, fire up Google Voice and open the Settings menu by sliding in the menu from the left side and choosing “Settings.”

On the web, click on “Calls.” In the Android app, just scroll down until you see the Calls section.

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