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A saved recording of a telephone conversation can be useful in different situations: for example, when you need to provide confirmation of what was said by the interlocutor or when there is no way to record the information you hear, but you won’t be able to remember it. In both cases, you need an application for recording telephone conversations. On most smartphones, such an application is not preinstalled, but some manufacturers have developed their own solutions and added them to their firmware (for example, Xiaomi in MIUI). In this manual, we will tell you on which devices call recording is available by default, how it is carried out and what to do for users on whose phones there is no such function.
Which smartphones can I record calls
On stock Android (below version 6), an API is implemented (ready-made code that makes it easier for programmers to develop software), with which special applications can access telephone recordings. Google did not integrate the function for recording calls into Android, but it provided device manufacturers and third-party developers with a tool with which they could do it themselves.
In Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the company removed the official API, but some manufacturers introduced their own solutions. At least Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and OnePlus did this. On Xiaomi smartphones, call recording is available “out of the box”, on Huawei. after installing a special application, on OnePlus. after executing one ADB command, and on Samsung (not all). after changing the user’s region.
Why is everything so difficult? The fact is that recording telephone conversations is prohibited by the legislation of many countries. Therefore, most manufacturers either do not implement this function at all, or make it unavailable by default, which is why users have to perform not the simplest steps to activate it (especially on Samsung and OnePlus smartphones).
Fortunately, you can do without the official Google API, so not only mobile device manufacturers, but also independent developers presented their solutions. Thanks to the latest Google Play has replenished with dozens of programs for recording calls, including the notorious Cube ACR, Call Recorder from Appliqato and BoldBeast Call Recorder. Using these applications, you can record a telephone conversation on most modern devices without gaining root privileges and without performing complex actions. Instructions for using the first two applications can be found later in the material.
With the release of Android 9.0 Pie, the situation has changed for the worse: in this version of the operating system, Google blocked the work of third-party applications for recording conversations. The company’s policy in this matter is clear: Google cares about the privacy of its users, honors the laws of all states and does not want to have problems with their authorities. As for the operation of applications: many of them can be used on Android 9, but for this you will need root rights.
Summarizing all of the above, we can conclude that recording telephone conversations is easiest on Xiaomi smartphones. For owners of devices that run on Android below the ninth version, it will also not be difficult to do this. just install one of the applications we offer. But users whose phones are running Android 9.0 and above are less fortunate. They will have to get root rights or do difficult enough manipulations to activate the built-in function (applies to owners of Samsung, OnePlus mobile devices and, to a lesser extent, Huawei and Honor).
Call Recording Applications
One of the most famous applications of its kind is designed to record not only telephone conversations, but calls on Skype, Viber and WhatsApp. After installing Cube ACR from Google Play, launch it and accept the license agreement. Then grant access to the device’s memory and contacts, and also allow the program to record audio and make calls.
Also, Cube ACR needs permission to display on top of other applications. Click on the “Allow” button and activate the toggle switch in the window that opens.
After that, you need to activate the Cube ACR App Connector in the “Special. features ”so that the application can access the call log. To do this, click on the “Enable App Connector” button, select “Cube ACR App Connector”, activate the switch and click “OK”.
Also for Cube ACR will have to turn off battery optimization. Click on the “OK, clear” button, open the full list of applications, click on “Cube ACR” and select “Do Not Save”.
The geotagging function is still available, but it is not needed for the application to work correctly. Whether or not to enable it is up to you.
After performing the above steps, call recording will become available. By default, all calls will be recorded automatically.
During a conversation, a panel with two buttons will appear on the screen. When it lights up pink, the call is recorded. To stop recording, click on the microphone icon. At this point, the panel will turn gray. If you want to resume recording, click on the microphone icon again.
In order not to record calls from a specific subscriber, during a conversation with him, press the second button. The number will be added to the exclusion list.
Also during a call, you can change the location of the panel on the screen. To do this, hold your finger on it and move it to the desired location.
To listen to the recorded conversation, open the Cube ACR application, click on the desired record and press the “Play” button. Records can be rewound, added to favorites, comment (this function is available in the premium version of the program), as well as individually listen to yourself and the interlocutor.
The settings available in the free version of the application are collected on one page. To get there, open the side menu and select the “Record” section.
You can disable the automatic start of recording, delete and add the numbers of subscribers whose conversations should or should not be recorded, select the audio source and improve the clarity of calls, as well as set the time after which automatic recording starts (by default, the delay is 4 seconds).
Cube ACR can also be used as a voice recorder. To do this, launch the application and click on the microphone icon in the lower right corner. Sound will begin to be recorded, and a “floating” button will appear on the screen. Click on it when you need to stop recording.
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Telephone calls will be saved in AMR format in the “CubeCallRecorder / All” folder. You can listen to them through any music player.
If you enter “call recording” in a Google Play search, Appliqato’s Call Recorder will come first. This is the most popular application of its kind. the number of its installations has already exceeded 100 million.
After performing the above steps, all telephone conversations will begin to be automatically recorded. To listen to any of them, open Call Recorder on the Inbox tab, select the call you want and click on the Play button.
If you want to add a note to the entry, click on the pencil icon and enter text in the “Subject” field.
You can also add notes to your favorites. To do this, select “Save” in the list of options, after which the entry disappears from the “Inbox” tab and appears in the “Saved” section.
If you want to independently choose which conversations to record and which not, switch the recording mode from manual to automatic. To do this, go to the Call Recorder settings, open the “Record mode” item and deactivate the first toggle switch. You will also have to grant permission to display program interface elements on top of other windows.
Now, during a conversation, a button will be displayed in the upper left corner of the screen. Click on it to start recording, and when you need to complete it, open the “shutter”, click on the Call Recorder notification and select “Stop Recording”.
There are other options in the application. Can:
- Select a storage location for recordings on the device;
- Configure display of notifications and import files into the cloud storage;
- Customize the interface;
- Allow the application to run in the background;
- Set recording delay;
- Increase volume, select source and audio format;
- Add users whose calls should and should not be automatically recorded;
- And much more.
By default, conversations are recorded in AMR format and stored in the internal memory in the CallRecordings folder. You can listen to them in the application and through the audio player.
How to record calls on Xiaomi smartphones
Xiaomi users are most fortunate: the Chinese have developed their own application for recording calls and built it into MIUI. Thanks to him, during a conversation, a special button is displayed on the screen, with the help of which recording starts and stops. The option is available by default, you do not have to configure anything.
To start recording a call, click on the button of the same name. You will immediately realize that the conversation is being recorded thanks to a running countdown. To stop recording, click the button again or end the conversation.
The record will be saved in the internal memory in the “call_rec” folder along the path “MIUI / sound_recorder” and will contain in its name the number of the caller, as well as the date and time of the call. To listen to a recording, click on it and select an audio player.
You can also listen to the recording using the Voice Recorder application. To do this, launch it, click on the “My Records” button, select “Call Records” and press the “Play” button.
And you can enable automatic recording of all calls. To do this, go to Settings, open the “System Applications” section and select “Phone”. Open the settings for the “Record calls” function and activate the toggle switch opposite the item “Record calls automatically”. If you want a notification to appear at the end of the recording, additionally activate the toggle switch opposite the first item.
You can also choose which calls to record: all or only from certain subscribers. In the second case, calls from all unknown numbers or from subscribers whom you add to the list will be recorded.
How to record a phone conversation on a smartphone Huawei (Honor)
Unlike MIUI, the official application for recording calls is not preinstalled in the official EMUI firmware. Nevertheless, users can install it themselves, after which the function will become available (including on Android 9). A button will appear in the dialer with which you can start and stop recording.
First, enable the installation of applications from unknown sources, then download the.apk file from the link and install it. After that, restart your smartphone.
Now go to the Phone application, click on the three dots in the upper right corner and open the “Settings”. You will see that in the “General” section a new item has appeared. “Automatic call recording”. Click on it.
By default, the function will be inactive. To enable it, activate the upper toggle switch. After that, all telephone conversations will begin to be automatically recorded. If you want to record calls only from certain subscribers, in the line “Record Settings” select the second option. “Numbers in the list”. Now click on the appeared item of the same name and mark the desired numbers, contacts or groups. To confirm your selection, click on the checkmark in the upper right corner.
If you want to decide on your own which calls to record and which not, do not activate the “Automatic call recording” function. Just during a conversation with the desired subscriber, click on the first button. To stop recording, press the same button again or end the conversation.
A notification will appear in the “curtain” that the call has been saved. To go to the archive of records, click on this notification or open the Voice Recorder application and go to the “Calls” section. Click on the “Play” button located to the right of the recording to listen to it.
Recorded calls are stored along the Sounds / CallRecord path in the internal memory of the smartphone. The name of each file contains the number of the subscriber, as well as the date and time of the call.
Recording calls on Samsung smartphones
On most Samsung phones, the standard call recording feature is not available. It works on devices that are sold in countries where telephone conversations are legally permitted (for example, Thailand, India and Vietnam).
Accordingly, users need to install Thai, Indian, Vietnamese or other regional firmware in which the call recording function is available. To do this, you will need the Odin and RealTerm utilities, as well as USB drivers, a Combination file, and an archive with firmware. Where to download files and how to use the above programs. shown in the next video.
After performing the actions shown in the video, a button will appear in the Phone application responsible for starting recording. You can also enable automatic recording of all calls.
Please note that this method is not suitable for all Samsung smartphones. The following models are definitely not supported: Galaxy A10, A20, A40, A60, A6 and A7 (2018).
How to record phone calls on OnePlus phones
OnePlus smartphones have a feature for recording calls, but to enable it, you will first have to execute a special ADB command, and then activate the function using the jOnePlus Tools application.
First of all, install the ADB utility, USB-driver and Java on the computer. After that, activate USB debugging and connect the phone to the PC. Then, on the computer, go to the folder where the ADB utility is stored, and holding the Shift key, right-click on an empty area. In the drop-down list of options, select “Open Command Window” (or “Open PowerShell Window Here”), and then the command line (or Windows PowerShell) will start.
Run the following ADB command: copy it, paste it into the command line and press the Enter key. In Windows PowerShell, add./ or. \ Before the command.
adb shell pm grant net.jroot3d.joneplustools android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
After that, install jOnePlus Tools and run it. Give the program the necessary permissions and activate the toggle switch opposite the “Enable call recording” item.
Then open the Phone application, go to “Settings” and activate the new item “Call Record”. After that, a button will appear in the “dialer”, with which you can start and stop recording. The auto recording function will also be available.
You can find more information in the video below.
The first option is suitable for users of rooted devices. It consists in using the Boldbeast Call Recorder application, which works without root access, but only on Android 8.1 and below. The following video shows how to use it.
For most readers, the second method will seem fairly obvious, but do not neglect it. It is suitable for everyone, without exception, and it is easiest to use. When you need to record a conversation, turn on the speakerphone on your phone and bring another mobile device with the recorder on. If there is no second device, use a computer. Install a voice recorder program, such as Free MP3 Sound Recorder, and place your smartphone so that the speaker of the smartphone is close to the microphone built into the computer. During the conversation, turn on the speakerphone and record.
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