Recording phone calls is a sensitive topic for a variety of reasons, and there are often questions about why someone would want to record a call in the first place. But there are definitely legit reasons for wanting to do so. Perhaps you don’t want to miss a conversational nuance that you don’t pay attention to in the moment. Or perhaps you’re conducting a business call and want to record what was said for reference later on. So, how can you record and keep a clear record of any phone call you want?
Mobile call-recording apps let you record incoming or outgoing calls from your smartphone. They are often automated, record all calls dialed and received, and may even save a record of all calls. Some also let you share recordings via email, social media, or SMS, as well as download files to your computer and allow storage in the cloud. Most have a short free trial period before charging a subscription fee. Here are some of the best call recorders for the iPhone.
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, check your state or local laws if you need further clarification.
Call Recorder iCall covers the first order of business: Recording both outgoing and incoming calls in a few taps and facilitating access to your saved conversations from anywhere. Using your carrier’s conference call feature to record conversations, the one-tap interface lets you save and access call records to play back and share. Just launch the app, tap the Record button, and converse as usual. After the call ends, you can access the recording, replay it, send the file to another app, and more. A variety of subscription plans range from $10 per week to $50 per year for differing levels of service after a free trial period.
If you need both a call recorder and a transcription service, consider Call Recording By NoNotes. The app lets you record calls of any length and save them to the cloud with the option to transcribe. First, enter your phone number, PIN number, and email where your recordings will be sent, then sign in. Once on board, you can record inbound or outbound calls and have the option to send out files for transcription. It’s great for occasional users, as it offers 20 minutes of free calls per month. Monthly subscriptions for recordings and transcriptions are $10, and annual subscriptions are $100.
TapeACall targets businesses as well as international families by providing high-quality call recording in over 50 countries. Features include recording incoming and outgoing calls, transcribing recordings to text, automatically recording Zoom meetings, transferring recordings to new devices, downloading recordings to your computer, uploading recordings to Dropbox, Evernote, or Google Drive, and sharing recordings via email, SMS, or social media. You can record as many calls as you want of conversations of any length. You can even set up push notifications to direct you to a specific recording. Your carrier must support three-way calling. The app offers a variety of subscription levels from $5 to $60.
Call Recorder lets you record and instantly play back both incoming and outgoing calls of any duration. It works internationally in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and major European countries. Lite and Premium plans allow up to 10 recordings per week without commitment. Recordings are downloaded to your iPhone automatically within four seconds, depending on internet speed and conversation length for playback or sharing with other apps and devices. Service numbers are selected automatically, but you can always select them manually from the list of available countries. Subscriptions include a $2 weekly plan all the way up to $41 for unlimited call recording.
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. There’s no subscription, no hidden costs, no limit on the length or number of conversations you can record, and the quality is good. Enter the phone number you want to call, and that’s it — you can download the audio file later. It also added a call recording notification for outgoing calls. The app offers a transcription service with human translators for superior accuracy. Automatic privacy disclosure at the start of each call helps you stay compliant in two-party states.
With Call Recorder, you get a full-featured app with deep iOS 14 integration that lets you record unlimited, high-quality incoming and outgoing calls and transform the recording to text with a tap. Companion Apple Watch and iMessage apps let you access your recordings from anywhere and start recording from anywhere. The app automatically detects when you’re on a call, records instantly when you launch the app, and automatically names your recordings. The app integrates with iOS features like App Clip, Calendar, Today View Widget, Contacts, and Siri. A search feature lets you find conversations by typing a keyword that you used on a call. The app is available via annual or monthly subscription packages ranging from $8 per week to $70 per year.
The Auto Call Recorder is a high-quality, advanced, business-oriented utility that’s specifically designed to be easy to use. You can edit, trim, label, and organize recorded files, upload recordings to Dropbox and Google Drive, share files via email, iMessage, and Twitter, and pair it with the Apple Watch. Your carrier must support three-way calling, and you will be charged by your carrier for calling the app’s access number. Weekly subscriptions cost up to $6 after a three-day free trial and range up to $55 per year for unlimited recording.
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