You might assume that if you wanted to record a phone conversation on your iPhone, you would just click a button called Record and be done with it. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as that. If you want to record a phone conversation on your iPhone, you will have to download an app created specifically for this purpose.
There are many such apps out there, but not all of them are as good as they would suggest they are. Listed below are a few of our favorites along with why we have picked these particular apps. If you do choose to download any of these apps, keep in mind that without the consent of both parties, it may be a federal offense to record phone calls.
Google Voice is an app that will record incoming calls for free. The catch, well actually, the two catches, are; firstly Google Voice doesn’t record outgoing calls, and secondly, you must port your phone number to Google to get recording access.
If these aren’t problems for you, you can start recording your incoming phone calls by doing the following: first, set up an account. Go to voice.google.com and follow their simple instructions. Once signed up, the next thing you have to do is enable call recording. To do this, first, go the Google Voice homepage. From there you will see an icon with three dots on the left-hand menu. Click on it and then click Settings.
You will find a section on the left marked Calls. Click on it and then make sure the section called Incoming call options is turned on.
Once you have enabled this, all you have to do to record an incoming call is to press the number 4 on the keypad of your iPhone at any point during your call. When you want to complete the recording, you either hang up to end the call or if you want to stop the recording but stay on the line, simply press 4 again.
To listen to your recorded calls, you must first download the Google Voice app. Once you have done so, you will open up the app, select the menu button on the top left corner and then click recorded. From here you will have access to any call you have ever recorded with Google Voice. To play the recording simply click on the call you want to listen to and then click the play button found on the bottom left.
If you need to record a single outgoing call, NoNotes is an excellent choice for you. With this app, you receive 20 free recording minutes each month, and any additional time costs $.25 per minute. There are also bulk buying options available. For example, if you want to buy 100 minutes you will only pay $10.00. Other perks of NoNotes are: having a transcription service available for a slight fee, and it stores your last 10 calls for future reference.
IntCall works through a VOIP line, which means that it only works when you are connected to WiFi. If this isn’t an issue for you, IntCall might be a great choice. The pay-per-minute rate is only $.10 per minute for domestic calls, and even most international calls are only $.10-$.20 per minute. This is a lower cost than most other pay-per-minute plans available. Depending on where you are looking to call, IntCall may be the best option for you.
Here is an option for those of you who don’t like the pay-per-minute options. For $10 a month, TapeACall Pro allows you unlimited recording of incoming and outcoming calls. It doesn’t let the other person know they are being recorded and you can access all recorded phone conversations right from your iPhone.
If none of these options work for you, one last thing you could try would be an external voice recorder that hooks up to your headphone jack. There are many of these options available, but some of the best are the Esonic Cell Phone Call Recorder and the RecorderGear PR200. They are easy to use and work well but are expensive options if you aren’t planning on using them frequently. Ranging from around $80-$110 a piece, they are a bit more of an investment than any of the apps listed above.