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 2 and later Pixel phones.

On Pixel 4 and later Pixel phones, you can use the Recorder app with the new Google Assistant.

Transcriptions, searches within recordings, and use of the new Google Assistant are available in English only.

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Create or delete a recording

  1. On your phone, open the Recorder app  .
  2. Tap 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  .
  4. Tap Save or Delete.
  5. To name a recording, tap Add title.

Edit recording

You can edit your recording through its audio or the transcript. 

Save a section 

  1. Select the audio or transcript you want to keep.  
  2. Tap Crop.
  3. Name the file. 
  4. Tap Save copy.

Remove a section

  1. Select the audio or transcript you want to remove.
  2. Tap Remove.
  3. Name the file. 
  4. Tap Save copy.

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, either:

  • Tap Search  .
  • On Pixel 4 and later, tell your new Google Assistant to "Search voice recordings for" or "Find my voice recording about" a keyword.
  • On Pixel 2 and later, when your transcript has 150 words or more, you use the scrollbar to find keywords. On the right side, touch and drag the scrollbar to see keywords in your transcript. To go a specific section with a highlighted keyword, tap the word that shows on the side. 

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, copy to another app, or save them elsewhere, like in Google Drive.

Share or save an audio file with a person or an app

  1. On your phone, open the Recorder app  .
  2. Touch and hold a recording.
  3. At the top right, tap Share  .
  4. Choose to share the recording as an audio file.
  5. Choose the app you want to share the audio app through.

Share or save a transcript to Google Docs or as a text file

  1. On your phone, open the Recorder app  .
  2. Tap the recording. 
  3. Tap More   and then  Share   and then  Transcript.
  4. Choose Copy transcription to Google Docs or Text file.

Share or save audio as a video file

From the recording, you can also create a video clip up to 60 seconds.

  1. On your phone, open the Recorder app  .
  2. Tap the recording. 
  3. Tap Share   and then Video clip
  4. Choose Transcript & waveform or Waveform.
  5. Then, customize the video's content, layout, or theme.
  6. Tap Create.
  7. Tap Save or Share . If you choose to share the clip, you can choose the app you want to share to. 
    • If you don't want to save or share, you can also tap Done.

Correct text in a transcript

You can change or remove one word at a time in a transcript.
  1. Touch and hold the word that you want to change.
  2. Tap Edit word.
  3. Change the word to the one you want to use.
  4. Tap Save.

Use Recorder with the new Google Assistant (Pixel 4 & later, English only)

On Pixel 4 and later phones, you can start, stop, save, and search voice recordings with the new Google Assistant. You can say:

  • “Start a voice recording.”
  • "Stop voice recording."
  • “Save voice recording with title” and then your title.
  • "Search voice recording for" and then your keyword.

To use the new Google Assistant with Recorder, set your Assistant language to any listed English region, except "English (India)." Learn how to change your Assistant language.

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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