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One benefit of digital communication is its permanency. Whenever you communicate with a company over email, you have a hard record of the exchange. Then, in case of fraud or other foul play, you have some proof of the abuse Did You Get Screwed By a Company? Take It to Twitter! Did You Get Screwed By a Company? Take It to Twitter! I used to think that Twitter wasn't very useful, until this year when I learned that Twitter is an amazing way to get what you want from any company you may do business with. Read More . Phone calls normally aren’t like this.

Once a phone conversation is over, there’s no way to prove anything about the conversation between the two parties. However, it’s not hard to start recording your calls on Android. You might want to do so for convenience (so you don’t forget How Your Android Device Can Help You Remember Everything How Your Android Device Can Help You Remember Everything Always forgetting things? No more! These tipss will make sure you remember everything you need to with just the help of your Android smartphone or tablet. Read More what favor your friend asked you) or security (so you have a record of everything you discuss on the phone).

Let’s take a look at some apps that allow you to record calls, and find which one is the best for your needs. Note that most of these have similar names, and we performed testing by calling an automated weather service.

A Note of Warning

Before we begin, it’s important to note that recording calls is a thorny legal issue in many areas. It’s beyond the scope of this article to summarize every law on this matter, but suffice it to say that you should do your research to make sure you aren’t doing anything illegal Is It Legal Or Illegal To Unlock My Smartphone In The US? Is It Legal Or Illegal To Unlock My Smartphone In The US? Unlocking your cellphone is now legal in the United States thanks to a bipartisan bill signed into law by President Obama, but it only lasts until 2015. Care to learn more about the legality of... Read More in your area. Wikipedia’s entry on call recording is a good starting point.

In the USA, most states require that at least one party in a phone call be notified about the recording. Because of this, nearly every company will notify you of a call’s recording when you call in for support. Be sure that any recording you plan to do is legal before proceeding.

Automatic Call Recorder

Automatic Call Recorder is a simple, Material Design-themed app Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, but to get the full effect, you need apps that stay true to the Material Design philosophy. We can help you find the best of them. Read More . It allows you to connect your Dropbox or Google Drive accounts to easily back up your recordings 10 Ways To Use Your Cloud Storage That You May Not Have Thought Of 10 Ways To Use Your Cloud Storage That You May Not Have Thought Of When we talk about cloud storage, it usually revolves around backup and collaboration. So, let’s try to find some more interesting ways to fill up all the space they give us for free. Read More , and it presents you with several options for recording.

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True to its name, Automatic Call Recorder will grab all calls without your intervention. It allows you to add notes about the call so you can easily remember what a recording contains, and even lets you ignore certain contacts if you don’t want to record those calls. A $7 Pro upgrade removes the ads and gives some additional recording options.

In our test recording, this app didn’t sound good at first. Our side of the call was clear, but there was static throughout the recording and you could barely hear the other party. We tried the Voice Call and Voice Communication options in both AMR and WAV formats, and both sounded poor.

When we made a call using speakerphone, the recording sounded much better and was certainly loud enough. Thus, the free version of this app is fine for most people — just make sure you’re using speakerphone to record.

Download: Automatic Call Recorder (Free)

Another Call Recorder

Another Call Recorder is a bit slicker than Automatic Call Recorder. Before you start, it asks you to confirm that call recording is legal in your country and acknowledge that call recording apps can’t record Wi-Fi or internet calls. Once you jump in, you’ll find another plain Material Design app with a bit more to offer than the above.

The app separates recordings by incoming, outgoing, and important status, and you can sort them by contact or date. There’s extended support for cloud services, including OneDrive How To Best Use Your 15GB Of Free OneDrive Storage How To Best Use Your 15GB Of Free OneDrive Storage OneDrive gives you a healthy dose of cloud storage for free. Let's take a look at what you can do with that. Read More , FTP FTP Transfer: 3 Popular File Managers for Android With FTP Software FTP Transfer: 3 Popular File Managers for Android With FTP Software FTP may sound intimidating, but it's not! We can help you learn how to quickly and easily share files between your devices with these handy Android apps. Read More , and even emailing recordings, but these are locked behind the $3 Pro upgrade.

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We tested recording in M4A format and found that the recording had less static but was still way too quiet to hear. Even when we made a second call with speakerphone enabled, the other party was still quiet. Due to its advanced feature set and good looks, and despite its low volume, we recommend Another Call Recorder only if you want to share recordings to cloud storage.

Download: Another Call Recorder (Free)

Call Recorder

The simply-named Call Recorder is by far the ugliest app on this list. Despite receiving recent updates, its look would be more at home with 2010 Android Evolution of Android: From 1.0 to Jelly Bean [Geek History Lessons] Evolution of Android: From 1.0 to Jelly Bean [Geek History Lessons] Read More than what it’s become today. It’s a slim offering, with just a few basic settings common among all recording apps. It doesn’t allow you to export recordings to cloud storage, which means this takes an additional step in a file browser app The 7 Best Free File Explorers for Android The 7 Best Free File Explorers for Android There are a bunch of file management and file exploring apps out there for Android, but these are the best. Read More .

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On the recording side, it’s average compared to the others. Recording without speakerphone brings the same murky problems, making the other party almost impossible to understand. On speakerphone it’s better, but a hissing sound keeps the recording from being clear.

Aside from this, the app shoves “recommended” downloads in your face when you try to close it. Automatic Call Recorder has more features than this app without the ugly look, so we don’t recommend Call Recorder due to its ugly aesthetics, lack of settings, and poor recording quality.

Download: Call Recorder (Free)

Super Call Recorder

Super Call Recorder sounds promising, but it offers a barebones feature set similar to Call Recorder. You won’t find any options to change the recording file type, and you must export to cloud services manually. The app is also loaded with ads, from “recommended” junk to full-screen ads Which Android App Is Displaying Popup Ads? Which Android App Is Displaying Popup Ads? Do you have ads popping up on your Android device? Figure out how to get rid of them for good. Read More when you open a recording.

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The recording quality is good on this one. There’s only minimal hissing, but again, you have to use the speakerphone to hear the other party. Because it doesn’t offer many customization options and is loaded with ads, we’d advise against using Super Call Recorder.

Download: Super Call Recorder (Free)

Call Recorder Automatic

Call Recorder Automatic only gives you the option to enable or disable recording of incoming and outgoing calls. You can add a white list of contacts to avoid recording them, but that’s all the app offers in terms of settings.

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We had some major problems with this app. It’s the only one of the five that doesn’t let you listen to your recording inside the app, instead requiring you to open it using a music player. However, our test recording failed to play in multiple apps. What’s more, Call Recorder Automatic requires you to upgrade to Pro just to share your recordings from within the app How to Edit and Clean Up Android's Share Menu: No Root Required How to Edit and Clean Up Android's Share Menu: No Root Required If you're like most Android users, your Share menu is cluttered with options you never use. It doesn't have to be that way. Read More . This is ridiculous, and makes Call Recorder – Automatic the worst of the five we tested.

Download: Call Recorder Automatic (Free)

Record Everything

When we started this comparison, we expected the apps to differ mostly in recording quality. What we found is that most apps record about the same, but offer different feature sets. The last three apps are all unattractive, loaded with ads, and make sharing your recordings difficult, which means they aren’t worth using.

Even though its Pro option is the most expensive at $7, most people won’t need it, and so we think Automatic Call Recorder is the best app for recording calls on Android. If you don’t mind paying Get the Most for Your Money: 8 Apps Worth Paying For Get the Most for Your Money: 8 Apps Worth Paying For Not all app subscriptions are worth the money, but these eight could end up saving you time, money, and effort in the long run. Read More the $3 for a Pro upgrade to Automatic Call Recorder, try that instead as it offers the most features and export options.

Your experience with recording quality may vary due to your particular phone, network connection, or the other party’s volume. Give the loudness and recording source options a try if you aren’t happy with how your test recordings sound.

Do you record your Android phone calls? If we missed your favorite recording app, let us know about it by leaving a comment!

Originally written by Erez Zukerman on June 28th, 2013.

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  1. Jerry L.
    June 18, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and am using Automatic Call Recorder.

    When I export recorded calls to the cloud, they do NOT include any meta data such as the name of the caller even it exists in my contact list, or the notes that I added to the call from the app itself. Do you know how to keep the meta data along with the exported recording? It would be nice to know where on the phone that data file is stored. If it's readable in Excel, that would be helpful. Or to be able to export it along with the recording even better!

  2. Umar Isa Tanko
    June 14, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I was using the Quick Call Recorder, and it was serving me well until I just ran out of Space. How do I upgrade it ?

  3. Naveen
    January 24, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Please help me..I want to restore my call which I got about three days ago...Is there is any way to get that call as it is really important for me...As it is was the only proof against a frauded party..My ACR stored calls overflown that is why that call not show in my recording..Please help me team ACR ..

    • Ben Stegner
      January 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      We have nothing to do with the developers of ACR, so I recommend you contract them through the information on their Google Play page. If the call didn't record when it happened, I'm afraid it's gone.

  4. Rastislav
    January 12, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Any app I have tried stopped working after several days. When I open that app and check the setting I can see that auto is ON or enabled and works agains. But agains only for a few days. Something in my androind wont allow to this app to be constantly on .. I'm not sure. What to do with it ?

  5. Bryan woood
    January 2, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Speaker works fine hearing the other caller but this is my girlfriend phone so she wouldn't use the speaker cause she doesn't want me to hear the other party this sucks

  6. Bryan woood
    December 31, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Remote call recorder is the app i use for android on my girlfriend phone but I can't hear both sides she has a HTC desire 626s...I tryed every call recorder app but I still can't hear who's she's talking to....Does her phone need to be rooted first or what's the problem please help!!!

    • Ben Stegner
      January 2, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      I'm not totally sure as I haven't used that particular phone. You don't need to have a rooted phone to use a recorder app. If you test a call recording on speakerphone, does the other party sound any better?

  7. Klaas Vaak
    December 31, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    My conclusion from your article: they are all mediocre at best. I have been using Record My Call for > 1 year & find the quality is more than adequate. The app records without fail both incoming & outgoing calls.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      I wonder if the phone itself has more to do with the quality than I thought. Some apps certainly offered more features than others, but I was surprised to find that there wasn't one app that produced the best recording.

  8. Himanshu
    October 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Hello,
    Thanks buddy the Call Recorder App finally worked with my Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, as I have tried plenty of apps but none of them could worked so better than this. Thanks a Lot !

  9. Thamy
    October 15, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I tried using automatic call recorder following all your steps and it worked... Problem is, some calls are recorded and anothers aint.. What could be the problem? Please reply

  10. jjjjjjjjjjj
    August 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

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  11. grace
    July 9, 2016 at 1:33 am

    please help. I've been using acr since late 2015. today I received the call I set up acr for and it was not recorded. can I retrieve it? the app has only failed very few times.

  12. REDISHETTI PANDURANGA RAO
    June 13, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I recorded a live audio class on my mobile, but it is not playing. It recorded on Temp fier with VLC Media (.m4a), it is of 156 MB. I remember, I simply switched off my phone, without closing the recording. How to make the audio file play. Can any one help me in this please.

    • Jason Hunter
      June 30, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Normally, you can just load it into any sound file editor, even a cloud editor. If this still doesn't work, you need to go deeper. One way is to dump the stream with mplayer to wav, then snd-resample it and encode it to vorbis or some other format. I know this will work, but by any chance it's not working, we can go deeper. Check out linux-audio-developers mailing list.

  13. Chris Monks
    January 17, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    The recording device works perfectly, but here is my problem. I need some kind of automated legal notice saying that the call will be recorded prior to me speaking to each customer. How do I accomplish that? Without that feature, non of this awesome technology matters because it’s not legal.

  14. Chris Monks
    January 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    The recording device works perfectly, but hers my problem. I need some kid if automated legal notice saying that the call will be recorded prior to me speaking to each customer. How do I accomplish that? Without that feature none of this awesome technology matters because it's not legal.

  15. Vas
    January 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I have a oneplus one and have struggled finding a call recording application. Everything else I've tried either records only my voice, neither or both but whsn playing back, the other party can hardly be heard. Well, not with this app. Everything is spot on. You can save on almost any cloud service and most important for me, it asks you to hide the call recordings from media players. And it does. Neither VLC nor Apollo player can read the recordings. A-mazing! Definitely recommended!
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.globaleffect.callrecord

  16. sudhir
    January 6, 2016 at 11:36 am

    i am sudhir i am useing automatic call recorder my voice is clear recording other voice is not recording

  17. Anonymous
    December 11, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    For Automatic Call Recorder (Appliqato, AppStar), do you happen to know where the metadata is stored? For example, when you view the files from within the app, you can see "Call Notes" and the contact name whom you called (or who called you). But when you upload the files to your hard drive, or Google Drive, all you see is "call_18-23-55_OUT_4088763973.amr", with no metadata.

    I would like to know what is the location, on the device sdcard, or external sdcard, for the data file that the app is using to view the metadata of each file.

    Thank you.

  18. Anonymous
    August 13, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    i wants to store the call recordings on my external sd card in the time of auto call recordings when a call is happen. is it possible by any apk. i have android set with samsung galaxy core ii

    what is cloud recording i have no knowledge about this i need some help what is the cloud recording

  19. ms.
    May 25, 2015 at 6:56 am

    hi all
    plz help me .. I have call recording from my old phone on PC. there you can see it is recorded it has data also and using amr player I can run also but I cant hear conversation.
    plz help me if you have any idea how to hear it or it is possible to hear as I have only that proof left. I can see there is data so is there any way to listen to it. it is very important plz help me

  20. vishal
    May 18, 2015 at 3:02 am

    I use automatic call recorder and I can hear clear voic of other persons but cannot hear my voice

  21. Maduna
    May 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Nice! Good explanation.

  22. Robyn
    April 3, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you for the article and I am glad that you went into detail about how to turn the volume up, however my issue is that I had a very important phone call yesterday and can't hear the other person. Of course I turned the volume up on the recorder after knowing this. Is their a way to be able to hear them?

  23. m f
    April 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Automatic call recorder is fantastic! I recommend

  24. Tom Smith
    April 2, 2015 at 10:14 am

    As far as my concern now a days cloud storage are everywhere and it's important for us and Total recall android call recorder is providing many cloud storage facility in one place.

    So according to my experience, Best app for android phones although have some minor bugs but every apps have bugs so it's normal and will be resolve in next update. Hope So !!

  25. Magesh
    March 22, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Hi this Magesh.. still I'm using voip apps for international call to my home.. but I need to record some important conversation. How to record voip call in my android phone. Huawei Mat 7..please send any free apps to me..

  26. Jonas
    March 22, 2015 at 3:55 am

    pRECaution Auto Call Recorder works well for me. Limited settings, but does record every single call for me.

  27. Memo
    March 9, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    My old recorded calls are not working although their duration are shown, but they were working before, What can I do?

  28. Mord_Mckee
    February 26, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Hey... Before all else thank you for a well written detailed and extremely usefull article.

    I tried both apps you mentioned. Both failed first time around with "Voice_Calls" setting. Then I had a conflict of interest both wouldnt work at the same time. I had to turn on off for the other to work. Second time around it worked (kind of) but it wasthe same as not working at all.

    With the settings on "Mic" instead of "Voice_Calls" my voice was recorded just fine (as it had done thefirst time. The person on the other end though was recorded with such a low sound that it was practicly inaudible. I would say 85% of the content was inaudible andthe other 15 you kind of had to strain your hearing to werewolf mode to make out what was being said.

    Getting this fixed would be kind of like finding the hole grail at this point. SO Mr. Zuckerman (or anyone else btm) have you a fix for me?

    BTW Im running 4.4.2 on a LG L90 phone. Cheers in advance for any reply to my query.

  29. rajarya
    January 13, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for sharing this article, currently i am using total recall call recorder on my micromax nitro .

    • Aarav Sinha
      January 22, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Hey rajarya, can you provide me direct link of Total recall android call recorder.

      Thanks in advance

  30. Karthick A
    December 23, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I have automatic call recorder(trail and pro version) on my galaxy S4. After installing the pro version, i dont see any recordings in the pro version, but i can see those files in trail version. Is there anyway to overcome this?

    I am afraid of uninstall the trail version, because i need my old recorded file.

    Please help!!! thanks in advance.

  31. Farnswargle
    December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks, Erez! Great suggestion. I may just do that. We're a bunch of professionals who bill hourly, and while it isn't often that we are misquoted, or given strained, perhaps overly biased evaluations of fact sets, or in general finding our professional advice later questioned, it would be great to have this armor plated proof legally available. Email, MP3 attachment: issue settled. I might even add a "Press 2 for my statement regarding possible use of recordings" and with that, a reference to a webpage agreement that could be printed out to assuage those worried that I might make frivolous use of the recordings: no YouTube or mocking mashups, for example. Regards, Farnswargle

  32. Arnold Farnswargle
    December 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Erez: I need a similar call recording app but it must answer all incoming calls with a message and notification -- "Hello, you have reached Bob Smith. All calls are recorded. Press 1 to immediately connect to Bob, or if you do not consent to having this call recorded, press 2 to exit now and hang up." If the caller presses 1, then my phone rings through to me and I answer with confidence the call is being recorded; no calls come through unless the caller consents to the call being recorded. I have dozens of friends who have all expressed interest in such an app, and I wouldn't mind if it required me to buy a certain handset or spend an hour or two configuring and setting it up. Ideas? Can you think of relevant search terms to locate such an app, if one already exists? Regards, Farnswargle

    • Erez Z
      December 19, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Hey Farnswargle -- that's an interesting request! Here's what I would actually propose: Since you have dozens for friends interested in it, you could actually put a list of them together and pledge to all pay for it -- and then email a developer of an app to ask him to make the feature for you, collectively.

      Actually that could be an interesting adventure to write about - feel free to email me (you can find my email on my author page) and maybe we can do something cool with your idea right here on MakeUseOf.

  33. Acol
    December 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Hi, thanks for the article. Well written.

    I use Bluetooth on most of my calls. Is there any app that supports recording that ?

    Acol.

    • Erez Z
      December 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Well, what's cool about the method I propose above is that it lets you find that out for yourself. :) I show exactly how to figure out whether a call app works for your phone/bluetooth combo - it's easy and takes just moments. Good luck!

  34. Russ
    October 31, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Att Galaxy s4 - new software is not allowing phones to record calls on any app. My old s2 worked fine but on newer phones, you can only record the microphone.

    The fix is to root the phone, then download Boldbeast recorder. This app has a feature that will actually change the software to be able to record the caller as well.

  35. F
    September 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Hey there! Thanks for the informative article!
    I need to buy a new smartphone and I was thinking I want one which has a strong support for call recording right out of the box. Can you suggest one? I was thinking a quad-core like Nexus 4 or Galaxy S4 or a quad-core Huawei ... is there a recent smartphone that is sure to have call recording capabilities?
    Thank you!
    F.

    • Erez Z
      September 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Hey F.

      The Galaxy S4 is capable of recording calls, but it does require a slight software tweak to switch that ability on (not a new ROM). I personally use the app shown here with the Sony Xperia Z, and it is working well. Good luck!

  36. Jeremy Garnett
    June 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I have been using Automatic Call Recorder for some time, and have been satisfied with it thus far. I'm not too concerned about the legal repurcussions as I only use it to record the conversations between myself and my parents. That being said, what I am concerned about is their eventual deaths, and being able to hear their voices, afterwards.

  37. Kannon Yamada
    June 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    This is easily one of my favorite articles published this month. In particular, I like how it covers the synergy between two apps, resulting in an entirely new, and highly useful, feature. Thanks for publishing this.

    Unfortunately, within California at least, it would require asking for permission to record on every call. I wonder if it's possible to use it in combination with a doormat service that rolls a prerecorded disclaimer at the beginning of each call (these calls may be recorded)? Those disclaimers legally allow recording, without asking for consent (since consent is implied).

    • Erez Zukerman
      June 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you, Kannon! :) So nice to hear you liked the article. Integrating with a doormat service could work from a legal perspective I think, but it would be very odd for day-to-day conversations. I mean, starting a call with a friend with a pre-recorded "This call may be recorded" message might get pretty awkward. :)

      • Kannon Yamada
        June 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm

        If a friend of mine calls me he had better be prepared for an awkward conversation.

        • Erez Z
          July 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

          LOL! :D

    • Nadia
      March 6, 2015 at 7:30 am

      I need ur help please it's important. I was recording a call but in the middle of the conversation I muted the mic. When I listen to the recorded call I can't hear anything after the time I muted it. Please help me

  38. DmitryIV
    June 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I have been using "Call Recorder" for one year. This app is very simple, stable and useful. If you ever forget all that they say to you on the phone then this app is useful to you.

    • Suresh Rajpura
      April 3, 2015 at 4:03 am

      Hi I installed paid for version of Call Record on my Samsung which automatically syncs on Google drive. But i don't know how to find my back up on Google drive. can u pls help? Tnx

  39. Taha Baba
    June 29, 2013 at 5:49 am

    thanks for this article