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How to record phone calls on your iPhone – and is it breaking the law?

EVER wanted to record a phone call?

Both iPhone and Android don’t exactly make it easy.


Recording calls on your iPhone is easier than you thinkCredit: Alamy

There can be all sorts of reasons for wanting to record a call – perhaps to keep memories of loved ones.

Fortunately there are several apps out there that can help.

How to record a phone call simply

The easiest way to record a phone call is not using an app on the same device.

Instead, put your phone on loudspeaker and record using a voice recording gadget or a voice recorder app on another gadget, such as the voice memo app on all iOS products.

The only problem is the recording may not be the best quality and it could pick up anything in the background too.

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 to both iPhone and Android via their respective app stores.

You can use the app to record incoming calls but not outgoing calls.

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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.

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.

Is it legal to record a phone conversation?

It is not a criminal offence to record a phone call for personal use in the UK – but it’s probably best to ask 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.

In the United States, whether or not recording calls is illegal is down to state legislation.

Most states follow the federal statute, meaning that they generally require one-party consent.

That means only one person needs to consent to the recording provided they are a party to the conversation.

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You can find out more about the laws surrounding phone recordings in each state on the website Justia, here.

A number of free apps offer phone recording services


A number of free apps offer phone recording services

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