There may be times when you have the need to record a phone call such as when you are discussing a project with a client and need to rerun it once again to make sure you’ve captured all the necessary details, or in some unpleasant cases where you feel the need to trap someone into a conversation. The Android, iOS and Windows Phone Stores have an ample collection of call recorder apps for the purpose and this is post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the more popular ones.
NOTE: Before we get started, just remember that it is an unethical practice to record a conversation without the consent of the other party and the recorded conversations may not even be accepted as proof in a court of law.
Call Recorder Apps for Android
Call Recorder from Clever Mobile is a pretty straightforward app that lets you record all your phone calls as soon as you download the app and launch it. The Settings menu lets you enable notifications, and select an audio source, audio channel, recording quality and file format.
All recordings are stored on the SD card by default and you can delete recordings in bulk by choosing from a drop down list of older than 2 days to older than a month. The Pro version of the app allows for sharing recordings via Dropbox and Google Drive as well as brings some advanced sharing options.
You can protect your recordings with a passcode every time you open the app. The app does not work on all devices so be sure to check up the list of supported devices before you install the app. Price: Free and Pro.
Automatic Call Recorder
Automatic Call Recorder from Appliqato throws up a wizard that lets you select from a light or dark theme, login with your Dropbox or Google Drive account so you can save your calls to the cloud, and set the option to increase the call volume for better recording.
The main screen interface is tabbed with all your recordings showing up on the Inbox tab while the ones you save show up on the other. This means that you can choose which of the recorded calls you want to save and you can ignore the rest.
You can listen to the recordings and add notes to it, if you like. There are also options to share the calls with others. You can search all your recordings by contact, phone number, or notes. Again, the app does not work on all handsets so check out the free version of the app and then decide on going Pro.
RMC: Android Call Recorder
Record My Call from Nathaniel Kh lets you record all incoming and outgoing calls from the microphone. You are asked to turn on the loudspeaker when having a phone conversation to get a clear voice from the other side. All conversations are stored on the memory card.
The app also offers sync with Dropbox and Google Drive. The Settings section offers a variety of options that you can tweak if you are having trouble with the recordings but you can check your phone compatibility before you make any changes.
You can search all your recordings by filtering them according to call type or folder-wise. You can also filter based on known or unknown numbers or by contacts.
Call Recorder Apps for iOS
TapeACall Lite lets you record both incoming and outgoing calls but the catch with the lite version is that you can only listen to the first 60 seconds of the recording. The Pro version is expensive at $9.99, but it unlocks a ton of great features such as no limits on the recordings or recording times, ability to transfer recordings to other devices, download them to your PC, sync them to the cloud (Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive), email recordings to yourself in MP3 format, and so on.
Call Recorder from Component Studios is a free app that lets you record incoming and outgoing calls and download and share recordings via email iMessage Dropbox, Facebook and Twitter. 3-way calling may or may not work depending on the phone version and carrier support. Again with the free version you only get to hear the first 60 seconds of the conversation and credits must be purchased to listen to the entire recording. The IAP packs range from $0.99 to $49.99 but you can just go Pro for $9.99.
Call Recorder – IntCall
This app made it to the top 10 on the App store in over 120 countries. It lets you record both national and international calls. Recordings are stored on the phone and not on any 3rd party servers.
The recordings can be played back on the phone, sent via email, or synced with iTunes. Calls are made via the app’s VoIP server so no additional call charges will be billed on your carrier.
Telestar LTD offers free installation, free one time credit and a free test call to their answering machine to ensure you are satisfied with the audio quality and the recording process. IAPs vary from $0.99 to $49.99.
Call Recorder Apps for Windows Phone
The Windows Phone Store sadly lacks good call recorder apps and the ones listed here have a long way to go to in terms of usability. If you’ve found a great call recorder for Windows Phone, be sure to let us know so we can include it in this post.
Call Recorder from Asleroid is an app for WP7 users. It lets you record phone calls, play it back and transfer the recordings via Skydrive. Unfortunately it does not work on Windows Phone 8 due to the microphone mute limitation for 3rd party apps during a call.
Other things you can do with your recordings is give it a name, mark it as important, pin it to the Start and password protect recordings. You can pick up the Pro version ($1.99) if you want to lose the ads.
Callcorder from Perception System is a $9.99 app that lets Windows Phone 8 users record incoming and outgoing calls. It also allows for SkyDrive sync and unlimited phone recordings. The recordings can be transferred via email in MP3 format.
Since Windows Phone 8 mutes the microphone for 3rd party apps during calls, Callcorder uses a PBX-type server to record both sides of the conversation. The app deletes recording from the server as soon as you download it.
Sadly, Callcorder does not have a free trial for you to try before you buy and going by many of the comments in the Windows Store, you may be hesitant about picking this one.
If you are using a call recorder app that’s just awesome please do share it with us and our readers.