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SOMETIMES you may want to record a phone call for personal, business or sentimental reasons.
The only problem? Neither iPhones nor Android devices have a built-in way to do this, making it a fiddly task if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Recording calls on your iPhone is easier than you thinkCredit: Alamy
Fear not! We’ve put together a guide explaining some of the ways that you can log your calls without the need for external equipment.
There are multiple apps that offer phone recording services as well as some neat hacks for those who don’t want to download any software.
It is not a criminal offence to record a phone call for personal use in the UK – but we would always recommend asking the recipient for permission.
If you’re in another country then check what law states for that region. In places like Australia, it’s illegal to record phone conversations.
A number of free apps offer phone recording services
How to record a phone call using Google Voice
Google Voice is an app that allows you to make phone calls over WiFi. It’s available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
You can use the app to record incoming calls but not outgoing calls.
To use the feature go into the settings menu on the app. Select “calls” and then turn on the “incoming call settings”.
When this is activated, you can press the number four on the keypad whilst you’re on a call and the app will automatically start recording.
Upon activation, the person you’re recording will hear a voice telling them they are being recorded.
Voice memo is an iOS feature
How to record a phone call using an Android or iPhone recorder app
There are plenty of recorder apps on the market but some cost an arm and a leg and others are free but offer dubious security.
Call Recorder Lite is an app that is compatible with iPhones and lets you record both incoming and outgoing calls.
You’ll have to pay to listen back to longer calls but there is no limit to the length of audio that can be recorded.
Call Recorder is an Android app that can record calls and it lets you back them up to the cloud or categorise them.
Remember to check the reviews of any other recording apps you’re considering before you purchase.
iPhone tricks to try today
Here are some of the best…
- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
- Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X or later model), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
- Check if you’re due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you’re down to 80% capacity. If you’re below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
How to record a phone call simply
The simplest way to record a phone call is to put the phone call on loudspeaker.
You can then record it using a voice recording gadget or a voice recorder app on another device like the voice memo app on all iOS products.
However, the recording won’t be the best quality and you may pick up a bit of background noise.
This is why the two previous tips may be better to follow for a crystal clear recording.
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