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.

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.
  5. 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, either:

  • Tap Search Search .
  • On Pixel 4 and later, tell your new Google Assistant to "Search voice recordings for" or "Find my voice recording about" a keyword.

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 or transcript:

  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.

To save a transcript directly:

  1. On your phone, open the Recorder app Recorder app .
  2. Tap the recording. Near the bottom, tap Transcript.
  3. Tap More More .
  4. Pick Save to Google Drive or Save text to Google Docs.

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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