Record audio on your Pixel phone

You can record and save audio, turn your speech into searchable words on your screen, and search through recorded audio files. The Recorder app works on Pixel 4, 3a, 3, and 2 phones.

Transcriptions, and searches within recordings, are available in English only.

Create or delete a recording

  1. On your phone, open the Recorder app Recorder app.
  2. Tap Record Record.
    • Your phone will record, even if the screen goes to sleep.
    • While recording, you'll see a "Currently recording" message in your notifications.
  3. When you're done, tap Pause Pause.
  4. Tap Save or Delete.

Tip: To name a recording, tap Add title.

Search within recordings or read transcripts

You can search for words, phrases, or sounds, like music or applause. You can also find the exact time the word was spoken, or sound occurred.

  • To search within a recording, tap Search Search.
  • To read the transcript of a recording, tap the recording. Near the bottom, tap Transcript.

Share, save, or back up your recordings

All your recordings stay in your Pixel phone, unless you share the files with someone, or save them elsewhere, like in Google Drive.

To share or save a recording:

  1. On your phone, open the Recorder app Recorder app.
  2. Touch and hold a recording.
  3. At the top right, tap Share Share.
  4. Choose whether to share or save the recording as an audio file, text file, or both.
  5. Choose an app.
    • To save the recording, tap a file storage app, like Google Drive.

Follow local rules when recording

Many places have rules or laws that prohibit or limit the recording of audio. These places could also decide whether you must get consent from others or the property owner before recording. Make sure to follow all applicable rules and laws, and get permission from others before recording them. Do not record copyrighted materials without permission.

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