How to record an incoming or outgoing phone call on your iPhone using third party apps. It's easy to record phone calls on an iPhone. You can record calls on iPhone using third-party apps, but there is currently no built-in method.
One of the ways you can record calls for free on your iPhone is with Google Voice, however, you can only record the calls you receive and the other party has to call your Google Voice number.
Third-party iPhone apps like Rev Call Recorder, TapeACall, and Call Recorder can record both incoming and outgoing calls. Surprisingly, one of the things you can't do with your iPhone out of the box is record a phone call.
This could be partly because Apple doesn't want to deal with legal issues related to recording phone calls - there are laws that vary from state to state that place limits on your right to record calls, especially without the express consent of all on call.
But it's really possible to record calls on an iPhone - just install an app to do it. And to stay clear of any legal obstacles, always make sure everyone online is aware of and agrees to be registered.
There are a number of call recording apps available, but one offers the ability to record calls on iPhone for free: Google Voice. Be aware, though, that Google voice only records incoming calls, so you can't record a call initiated on your phone. And if you don't like Google Voice, there are many others with other features.
- If you don't already have a Google Voice number, start by requesting one. Go to the Google Voice web page and, logged in with your Google account, follow the instructions to choose a phone number in the city or area code you want.
- Install the Google Voice app on your iPhone and complete the setup with your new Google Voice number.
- Once you've set up Google Voice on your phone, go to the Google Voice webpage and click the Settings icon at the top of the screen.
- In the Calls section, make sure “Incoming Call Options” is activated. Now, to record a phone call on the iPhone.
- Receive a call using the Google Voice app on your iPhone. Remember that you cannot record outgoing calls, so if you want to record a call you will need to ask the other party to call you using your Google Voice number.
- After answering the call, press “4” on the keypad. You will hear a message informing you that the call is being recorded.
- If you only want to record part of the call, press “4” a second time to stop recording. If not, the call will be recorded until you hang up.
- End the call as usual.
- The recorded call will appear in the Google Voice answering machine. To save the recording to your computer as an MP3 file, go to the Google Voice web page and click the voicemail icon in the navigation bar on the left side of the screen. Click the voicemail box, then click the three dots on the right side of the screen. Choose "Download" and save the file to your computer.
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Google Voice is certainly a bit convoluted and only works with incoming calls. If you prefer, there are other apps you can use to record calls and outgoing calls.
In general, most apps work much the same way - to record a call, you need to set up a 3-way conference call between your iPhone, the recording app's recording center, and the party you're calling.
The best option available right now for free call recording, for both incoming and outgoing calls, is an app called Rev Call Recorder. This service is completely free and has no restrictions on the number of minutes you can record. It is currently only available for iPhone, not Android.
Other apps that let you record both incoming and outgoing calls include TapeACall Pro (€ 10,99) and Call Recorder Pro ($ 10 for 300 minutes, then additional in-app purchases).
Call recording (recording time available through in-app purchases) works differently. It only records outgoing calls and you need to make the call directly from the app itself. But the app records the call on the iPhone itself, rather than storing it on a remote server.