One thing that business users expect on a smartphone is the ability to record a phone call.
There is plenty written about the legality of recording phone calls, and if you’re trying to secretly record calls, you could be asking for trouble. However, not everyone wants to record phone calls for nefarious purposes. Here’s a good resource about recording calls.
For example, I was just on a call this morning with a client and he wanted to know how we could record the conversation because he couldn’t keep up with everything I was saying and wanted to be able to go back and review the apparent wisdom I was pontificating.
We were on Skype at the time, so I just turned on Pamela (that’s what the software suite I used is called) and recorded away.
But how do you record a call if you’re on an Android powered phone? There is sadly no built in functionality to do it, but fortunately a few apps have come to the market that get the job done nicely.
But first let’s start with the free option.
Free Call Recording With Google Voice
You can record calls with Google Voice. Unfortunately, that means you can only record incoming calls, not outgoing. However it’s simple to do – just press 4 on your number pad and it will start recording the conversation. You’ll find the conversation in your Voice control panel within a few minutes and you can send the recording to the other party easily from the control panel.
This is the easiest way to record calls on any Android powered phone despite the limitation of being able to only record incoming calls. If you need to record outgoing calls… then read on as things get a little trickier.
Best Call Recording Android Apps
There are a lot of so called call recording apps on the Android Market. The problem is that a lot of them don’t work. I’ve found that none of the free apps on the market are worth downloading and after testing out several different call recording apps have settled on AllCallRecorder Deluxe. It’s a $2.95 app and there’s a free trial version you can test out before you have to buy anything. Keep in mind it doesn’t work with all phones, but it does work with a lot of them and works well with almost all of the popular devices.
One other app you may want to take a look at is Super Call Recorder – I haven’t personally tested it out but it has good reviews and might work for you in case AllCallRecorder Deluxe doesn’t and also has a free trial version so you can verify that it works before you pay for it.
While paying $2.95 for functionality you think should be built into your phone isn’t ideal, I think it’s a lot better than having a Blackberry because then while you can easily record phone calls, you have to suffer with having a Blackberry. :)
If you have an app that you’ve been using that’s working well for you, please post in the comments along with the model of phone you’re using.
- Unlimited Calling Without An Unlimited Plan on Android
- 10 Must Have Android Apps
- Google Maps Navigation Review