Recording calls isn’t something most people need to do, and it isn’t even legal everywhere or under all circumstances. So it makes sense Apple hasn’t installed it as a core component of iOS. However, there are situations where it’s perfectly fine to record a call, such as if you’re conducting an interview over the phone or otherwise have obtained permission to record.
If you want to record both incoming and outgoing calls, your best bet is a call recording app. There aren’t very many good free call recording apps out there, but there are quite a few options if you’re willing to pay a fairly modest amount. We’ve tried out some call recorders, while others are highly rated by users. Also note that the website GetHuman is a possible workaround for specifically recording customer service calls or finding resources to fix consumer-related problems.
If you have consent and it’s legal, there are several useful apps that let you record a call on your iPhone. Here are a few good ones.
Rev Call Recorder (free)
You can record incoming and outgoing calls on your iPhone with this free app, as long as you have a U.S. phone number to register with. There’s no subscription and no hidden costs, no limit on the length or number of conversations you can record, and the quality is usually good. The app features a new outgoing call flow that makes recording easier. Simply enter the phone number you want to call and that’s it — you can download the audio file afterward and do whatever you like with it. It also added a call recording notification for outgoing calls. For more specificity, Rev offers a transcription service, which is handled by human translators for superior accuracy. If you want a free call recording app, then look no further — this is the best one available.
TapeACall Pro ($11)
If you don’t mind paying for a decent app, consider TapeACall Pro. For just $11, you get unlimited call recording, regardless of who or where you’re calling, for one year. The price is listed at $20 per year for unlimited calls. TapeACall creates a three-way call between you, the caller you want to record, and the company’s service. When you’re on a call you want to record, just launch TapeACall and tap record. The app dial the TapeACall access number and begins recording. Then, merge the calls into a three-way conference call, and the conversation gets recorded. When you’re done speaking, the recordings are available in the app. You then get a link to access your recordings privately on the web, or to share via email, text, or social media. Or you can simply download your recording to your computer or upload it to Dropbox, Google Drive, or other cloud storage.
Call Recorder Pro ($10)
You can record incoming or outgoing calls with this app, but you must first set up a three-way call by putting your call on hold, dialing in the recorder through the app, and then merging the calls. But that means you can start recording calls that are already in progress, which is an advantage. Call Recorder Pro is a reliable service that makes it simple to manage your recordings, and you can download them and share them via SMS, email, Dropbox, and other apps. The $10 fee will get you 300 minutes, but you can also buy 150 minutes for $5 or 30 minutes for $1.
IntCall Call Recorder (free)
IntCall Call Recorder helps you dial and record national or international calls and save those recordings on your phone. You must use a GSM carrier and support both hold and conference calling. With pay-per-minute rates, IntCall may be a good choice depending on the country you’re calling. The app operates by pre-paid credit or pay as you go and makes the calls over the VoIP. The price of each call is calculated per destination and minute. You can also get a weekly subscription calling via normal channels but in that case, you must make a conference for the recording. You can purchase additional minutes for $5, $10, or $20, but the calling cost per minute varies, so check out the price list first — most countries can be reached for 10 cents or 20 cents per minute. Updated features include support for iOS 14, the ability to show the phone number and name of outgoing calls in the recordings and history screens if derived from your address book, and the ability to automatically send an email containing the recording.
Phone Call Recorder — ACR (free)
This highly rated app is a full-featured, high-quality auto phone call recorder that helps you record an unlimited number of outgoing or incoming calls. Once completed, the recording is available to listen to, delete, save to Dropbox, iCloud, and Google Drive; or share via email, iMessage, or social media. ACR Call Recorder uses your carrier’s conference call feature to record conversations. The app features unlimited incoming, outgoing, and photo call recording, access to recordings directly after the conversation, the ability to share recordings in multiple ways, or export recordings to third-party apps.
How to record an incoming call using Google Voice
If you’re looking for a good, free option, and you only need to record incoming calls, Google Voice might be the ideal choice, and it can help you filter out unwanted calls as well. You must port your phone number over to Google to get access to the recording feature and it can’t record outgoing calls. 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.
To start recording incoming calls with Google Voice in iOS 13 and 14, you first need to set up an account. Just go 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 on Settings (gear icon) on the upper left-hand corner of the window.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Calls section and make sure that Incoming call options is turned on.
If you want to listen to recorded phone calls on your iPhone, you’ll need to download the Google Voice app. With this app, you can record incoming calls within Google Voice by tapping the number 4 on your phone’s keypad during the call. Make sure you answer the phone within the Google Voice app using your Google Voice phone number — not the native iPhone phone app your phone number may be linked to. This triggers an automated voice notifying both parties that the call is being recorded. To stop recording, tap 4 again or end the call as you would normally. After you stop recording, Google will automatically save the conversation for you to listen to later.
If everything is set up properly, and you have answered and recorded your call on your phone, you will see your recorded conversation listed under the Calls and Voicemail tabs. To listen to the conversation, tap the arrow, and turn up the volume. You will also get an email directing you to your conversation in the browser.
Record using an external voice recorder
Another option is to use a dedicated voice recorder designed to plug directly into your smartphone’s 3.5-millimeter jack (should you have a phone that still has one) or connect via Bluetooth. Products such as the Olympus TP-8 Telephone Pick-up Microphone, a wearable earpiece that records both you and the caller, will do the job. If you have a newer iPhone, you may need to use a lightning-to-headphone adapter. You may also consider the RecorderGear PR200 Bluetooth Cell Phone Call Recording Device if you want to connect wirelessly. Or, if you want something higher quality that plugs in via the headphone port, check out Techerific’s DeciVibe Digital Voice Recorder.
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