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Being able to record a phone call for future reference can be useful for both work and personal reasons. Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t made it easy, as the iPhone doesn’t actually let you record phone calls natively. Instead, you’ll need to rely on recording the call using a second phone, or software designed to get around Apple’s limitations. Here are two suggestions for how to do it.
First, make sure call recording is legal where you are
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Before you jump in and start recording calls left and right, I’d recommend slowing doing some research first. Depending on what state or country you live in, recording phone calls may require you to get the other party’s permission, or it may be completely illegal. Always make sure you’re following the laws of your state or territory before recording phone calls to avoid any kind of legal issues. (Not sure of your area’s call recording laws? You can find them online.)
How to record phone calls on iPhone using Google Voice
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to record phone calls on iPhone is to use Google Voice. The service is completely free, with the major caveat that you can only record inbound calls. Any calls you make yourself cannot be recorded.
To use it, you’ll need a Google Account, which you will use to both sign up for Google Voice and get a phone number from the service. The app walks you through how to do this. Once done, you can head into Settings > Calls > Incoming Call Options and then enable a toggle switch that lets you turn recording on.
From there, it’s as simple as answering the phone call on Google Voice, and then pressing 4 on the keypad to start the recording. You’ll automatically be sent a recording of the call to your email after it’s finished.
How to record phone calls on iPhone using a dedicated app
The other useful way to record phone calls on an iPhone is to make use of an app dedicated to the purpose. Unfortunately, most of these third-party apps require some kind of subscription, as they rely on additional services to make recording your phone calls possible. However, you can often try them for free, and many of the subscription options help make managing those recordings much easier, including transcriptions.
There are several options out there, including Recordator, which charges a flat rate per minutes recorded, but I’m personally a fan of TapeACall. It’s the app I use myself any time I need to record a phone call, and it’s really easy to set up. It does come with a cost, however—$9.99 a month, or $59.99 a year. If you don’t record calls often, that price could be prohibitive (though if you only want to record a single call, there is a 7-day free trial). If you don’t want to pay for a service, Rev Call Recorder is a handy free option, though you’ll have to pay for extra services (like transcription).
Whatever option you choose, the process works similarly. For example, let’s say you try TapeACall. After making an account and choosing your subscription options, all you need to do is open the app, hit the record button, then dial the call that you want to record. When you’re ready to start recording, tap the Merge Call button, and it will connect to TapeACall’s servers and start recording.