Use the Phone app to record calls

You can use your Phone app to:

  • Always record calls from unknown numbers.
  • Always record calls from selected contacts.
  • Record an individual call.

You can playback saved recordings. You can also customize how long to keep recorded calls.

Important: Only certain devices and carriers support recording calls. Some laws require all people on the call to consent to being recorded. Before the call begins, call participants are notified that the call is recorded.

To record your phone calls:

  • Your device must run Android 9 and up.
  • You must have the latest version of the Phone app.
  • You must be in a country or region where call recording is supported. Call recording isn't available everywhere. Features vary based on your country or region.

Turn on “Always record” for unknown numbers (India only)

Important: It’s up to you to follow all laws on recording phone conversations. Use call recording responsibly and turn it on only when needed.
  1. On your Android device, open the Phone app .
  2. At the top right, tap More options More and then Settings and then Call recording.
  3. Under “Always record,” turn on Numbers not in your contacts.
  4. Tap Always record.

Turn on “Always record” for select contacts (India only)

Important: It’s up to you to follow all laws on recording phone conversations. Use call recording responsibly and turn it on only when needed.
  1. On your Android device, open the Phone app .
  2. At the top right, tap More options More and then Settings and then Call recording.
  3. Under “Always record,” tap Selected numbers.
  4. Turn on Always record selected numbers.
  5. At the top right, tap Add .
  6. Choose a contact.
  7. Tap Always record.
  8. (Optional): Repeat these steps for every contact you want to record.
Tip: You can also open a contact to turn on call recording. At the bottom right of the contact card, tap Edit contact and then Always record calls.

Start a recording from a call

Important: The first time you record a call, you’ll be advised you must comply with local laws related to recording calls. Many jurisdictions require consent by all parties to record the call.

To protect the privacy of all users, when you start recording, both parties are notified with a disclosure that the call is being recorded. When you stop recording, both parties are notified with a disclosure that the call is no longer being recorded.

  1. Open the Phone app .
  2. Make or receive a call.
  3. To record your call, on the ongoing call screen, tap Record Record
  4. To stop recording, tap Stop recording Stop recording.

Keep in mind

You can’t record a call in progress:

  • Until the call is answered
  • If the call’s on hold
  • When you create a conference call

Find a recorded call

To keep your recordings private, they’re stored on your device. Calls aren’t saved or backed up off-device.

To find your recording:

  1. Open the Phone app .
  2. Tap Recents Recents.
  3. Tap on the caller you recorded.
    • If you recorded the most recent call: Go to the player in the "Recents" screen.
    • If you recorded a previous call: Tap History. Then select the recording from the list of calls.
  4. Tap Play .
  5. Optional: To share a recorded call, tap Share .

Tip: You can share recorded calls to supported apps, such as email or messaging apps.

Set how long to keep recorded calls

Important: It’s up to you to follow all laws on recording phone conversations. Use call recording responsibly and turn it on only when needed.
  1. On your Android device, open the Phone app .
  2. At the top right, tap More options More and then Settings and then Call recording.
  3. Under “Recordings,” tap Delete recordings.
  4. Set how long you want to keep a recorded call before it’s automatically deleted.
  5. Tap Confirm.
Optional: To delete all recordings, tap Delete all recordings now and then Delete.

Delete a recorded call

Important: It’s up to you to follow all laws on recording phone conversations. Use call recording responsibly and turn it on only when needed.
  1. Open the Phone app .
  2. Tap Recents Recents.
  3. Find the number or contact of the recorded call you want to delete.
  4. Tap History.
  5. In the list of calls, find the recording and swipe left.
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