How to record calls on your iPhone

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 interviewing over the phone or otherwise have legal 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 receive high ratings from users. Also, note that the website GetHuman is a potential workaround for specifically recording customer service calls or finding resources to fix consumer-related problems.

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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)

Rev Call Recorder

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, 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. 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 helmed by human translators for superior accuracy. If you want a free call recording app, then look no further — this is the best one available.

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TapeACall Pro ($11)

TapeACall Pro

If you don’t mind paying for a decent app, consider TapeACall Pro. For just $11, you get unlimited call recording for one year, regardless of who or where you’re calling. They list the price for unlimited calls at $20 per year. 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.

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Call Recorder Pro ($10)

Call Recorder ProYou 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 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.

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IntCall Call Recorder (free)

IntCall Call Recorder

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 an excellent 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. They calculate the price of each call 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 — you can reach most countries for 10 to 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 email you the recording automatically.

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Phone Call Recorder — ACR (free)

Phone Call Recorder - ACR

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.

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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 record incoming calls with Google Voice on 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 enabled.

If you’re looking for a way to listen to recorded phone calls on your iPhone, you need to download the Google Voice app. The Google Voice app tracks and records all your calls when you hit the number 4 on your keypad at some point during the call. However, you’ll have to answer the call within the app itself by using your provided Google Voice phone number. Be aware that you won’t be able to successfully record the call using just your iPhone’s phone number. When you do this, you and the person on the other line will hear an automated voice message announcing that the call will be recorded. You can easily stop recording by hitting the number 4 on your keypad again or simply by hanging up. Once the recording has stopped, Google will automatically save the conversation so you can refer to it later. 

If all the settings are correct and you’ve already answered and recorded a call using the app, you will notice that the conversation will pop up under your Calls and Voicemail tab. If you’d like to listen to a recording, just click the arrow, and make sure your volume is turned up. Finally, the app will email you a link to your conversation so you can view it in a browser.

Google Voice on Web

Record using an external voice recorder

DeciVibe Digital Voice Sound Recorder
DeciVibe Digital Voice Sound Recorder

One other way to record phone calls is to use a designated voice recorder that can be inserted into your phone’s 3.5-millimeter jack (if you happen to own a phone that has one). Some phones can also connect using Bluetooth. We’ve found a few cool products that do the job, one of them being the Olympus TP-8 Telephone Pick-up Microphone, a call-recording earpiece that you wear during calls. Those with later versions of the iPhone might have to use a lightning-to-headphone adapter. We’d also recommend considering the RecorderGear PR200 Bluetooth Cell Phone Call Recording Device if you’d prefer a wireless connection. And suppose you’re wanting a product with better quality and performance with the benefits of a headphone port plugin. In that case, we think Techerific’s DeciVibe Digital Voice Recorder is the way to go.

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