This is something most of us probably thought they’d never have a use for, but it turns out to be fairly useful, and so I have decided to share it with you guys. Basically, we are going to give Android the ability to record any call you make, and store it away so that you can play it back later. It’s very simple to do, and the app is very simple to use and to configure. I find recording my calls useful because I can go back and confirm an address or number right away, and play back any interesting conversations I have in the future. It has also helped me out on a couple of occasions, like when a company has given me some information and then changed it around, I now have the recording to prove what was said. It also keeps out of my way and just does its thing, I don’t even remember it’s there until I truly need it. So, if you’re interested in having the same feature, all you have to do is follow these simple instructions!
WARNING: Recording calls without permission may not be legal based on the current laws in your area. We recommend you research the law in your specific area to find out before proceeding.
First of all, you have to download the app we’ll be using today from the Play Store. The app’s name is Automatic Call Recorder, and you can click in the link to download it right away. It’s free, and has a Pro version with a few goodies, but nothing really necessary for the app to work, just some handy features like disabling notifications after every call and sharing/exporting the file. Anyway, download and install the app as usual. After installing, open the app, and you’ll be faced with a screen telling you the latest app changes. Advance this screen and you’ll see the following:
Pretty boring, huh? Next, we’ll take the time to configure the app. This is where it can get a bit tricky, depending on your device. Press the menu key and tap “Settings”:
Let’s make sure all the right settings are enabled. First of all, let’s check that the “Record calls” option is enabled. Next, in the “Media Settings” section, select an appropriate format (it defaults to AMR, but .wav is nice if you’re planning on playing the file somewhere else). Next, in the “Audio Source” option, this is where you’ll have to experiment a bit. In my phone it defaults to “Mic”, but it seems like some phones do not support this capability very well, so set it to Mic and exit the app. Next, make a call, it doesn’t even have to be a person, it can be a service number if you don’t want to bother anyone. Just make a call and speak a bit, while also allowing the other end of the line to have their moment. While the call is going on, you should notice a red recording icon in your notifications. If so, this means the app is recording the call as it should. At the end of the call, you should also have a notification letting you know you have a new recording.
However, we also need to make sure the sound quality is good enough. So, after the call ends, open the app. You should see the call you just made appear on the list, along with the duration and the time it was made. Simply tap the call and press “Play”. You will now be able to play back the recording, so make sure everything is alright with the sound and that both you and the other side can be heard. If that’s the case then, congratulations, your work is done and all calls will be automatically recorded from now on. If you can’t hear yourself or the other person, then you need to fiddle with the “Audio Source” option until you find a setting that works for you.
There are also some other settings you can mess around with: for example, you can set where you want to save your recordings, microphone boost, options to exclude contacts and so on. It’s all very simple to set up, so don’t be afraid to change things around if you see something you like. All and all, it’s a nice thing to have around, and doesn’t bother me that much while having the potential to help me out in the future. And that’s about it for this tutorial, as always, let us know if you have any questions or doubts in the section below!