Best apps for recording a phone call

You don’t need to be an international master of espionage to want to record and save a phone call.

Every day businesses conduct meetings as well as interviews over the phone.

This makes recording phone calls pretty commonplace for those who want to review the conversation and potentially transcribe it for future use.

While the use of recording these conversations is there, it’s not always so easy to do it in practice.

Especially with most modern calls taking place over mobile devices rather than landlines.

Woman recording a phone call

So how can you record your phone calls, on iOS or Android, and have those calls transcribed for you to review later?

The obstacles facing you

While it may seem relatively simple to record a phone call, the challenges are bigger than you might think.

For starters, you are likely going to lose a bit of audio quality–this can be exacerbated when the recording method is through a separate device.

If you choose to record the phone call through a microphone with the caller on speaker, you are likely going to have terrible audio quality.

This will result in poor transcription quality and low accuracy.

So, you need to find a way to capture the highest quality audio without sacrificing practicality.

So, just short of installing a CIA ‘bug’ into the other person’s phone, what are your options?

Well, let’s take a look at a few apps that can make your life quite a bit easier.

iOS

TapeACall

TapeACall is one of the most recommended phone call recording apps for iOS out there.

It is exceptionally easy to use, can record three-way conversations, and allows you to export the file via virtually any method imaginable on a phone.

The app itself does come at a slight cost, but it is pretty negligible when you consider how easy it is to use and how functional it is.

The recording quality is excellent, and the interface is smooth.

This is a great app for iOS users all around.

Android

Automatic Call Recorder by Appliqato

Automatic Call Recorder is almost always the first app that pops up on any recommendations list for these services.

This is because the app is simple to use, reliable, and very affordable. The free version works very well, and the pro version is only $6.99 (a price anyone can afford).

The major benefit of Automatic Call Recorder is the seamless Dropbox and Google Drive integration.

You can set it up to automatically deposit your call files into either one natively–this saves on device storage.

The in-app call quality is also exceptional overall.

Blackbox Call Recorder

Blackbox might just be the most professional call recorder on the market for Android.

It comes with a long list of features that competitors simply lack, such as: Dual-SIM support, security lock functions, Bluetooth device support, quality control settings, and more.

All for the low price of $0.99/month.

Blackbox is designed for professionals and professional use.

It makes recording interviews as well as business conversations easier, safer, and all at a much higher quality than competing products.

Is recording calls legal?

Without diving into the moral aspect of call recording, we need to discuss the legality of it.

In almost every single situation announcing that the call is being recorded absolves you of any legal issues.

This is easy to do when you are simply recording interviews or meetings–most people won’t mind in these cases.

It’s important that you know how the laws work in your home state/country, as well as the location of the other party on the call.

There is a difference between two-party laws (where both parties involved must agree to the recording), and single-party laws (where only one of you must agree).

In most cases the location with the strictest recording laws takes precedence.

This means if someone calling from a single-party state calls a two-party state residence, they must abide by the two-party state laws.

The laws of recording become more complicated when you delve into publishing or distributing that recorded phone call–even if it’s just to have it transcribed.

That’s why it’s important that you always check the local laws of both you and the other individual before recording anything.

And, just to be safe, always notify them whenever you are recording.