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There are a variety of reasons and techniques for recording a phone call on your iPhone.

There are numerous reasons and a dearth of methods for iPhone call recording. Although it is comforting to know that Apple values consumer privacy, their commitment to it makes it challenging to record a call.

There are a few considerations to make before recording an iPhone call:

  • Different states have different rules governing call recording. To find out the laws in your state, go here.
  • The built-in microphone on an iPhone cannot be recorded using its own software while the phone is actively engaged in a call. 
  • A third-party app with a separate call program, like Google Voice, or an additional iOS device with audio recording and microphone capabilities are both required. Furthermore, keep in mind that these third-party apps can have a monthly price.
  • For the majority of iPhone users who want to record a conversation, the method below is seen to be the easiest, especially if you want to be covert about it.
You'll use the following procedures:
  • 1 iPhone making a call on the speaker phone
  • Voice Memos on another iPhone or iOS device is being used to record the call.
Recording a phone call on your iPhone

Step 1: Run a Voice Memos app test.

First, make sure you have an iPhone and another iOS device with the Voice Memos app, such as an iPad or another iPhone. Most devices already have the Voice Memos app installed, but you may also download it for free from the App Store.

To record a discussion that can be clearly understood afterward, open the Voice Memos app, hit the red record button, and then speak for a sufficient amount of time. After you finish recording, hit the red button once more, and an audio file titled "Voice Recording (number corresponding to the voice recordings you have)" should display.

Step 2: Play back the audio file and make adjustments
Now, play the file back and see if the audio is discernable and make the adjustments you need before you record a phone call. For example, if the sound is too low quality, you may need to speak louder, increase the microphone sensitivity, or put the speaker closer to your mouth. 

Step 3: Start recording
Get the second device set up so that Voice Memos is ready to record. Put the device in close proximity to the phone making the call and hit the red button again to record. Starting the recording before you start the call may add a few seconds of silence to the file but will ensure you don't miss any of the conversation. On your iPhone, initiate the phone call in Speakerphone mode. 

A tip: The red lines on the Voice Memo app indicate how well the app is picking up sound. When the red bars are larger, the more volume detected. If the lines stay flat, then you may need to turn up the phone call volume or move the devices closer together.

Step 3a: You may need to inform the other party that you're recording

For legal reasons, check if the state you're recording and residing in is a one-party or two-party state when it comes to recording consent. One-party states only require one person on the call -- would count as you -- to consent to be recorded. A two-party state requires both the person recording and the person being recorded to consent. 

Step 4: End the recording and transfer the file

When the conversation is over or you got the information you needed about your grandmother's top secret Apple Pie recipe, end the recording by once again tapping the red button. 

From within the Voice Memos app, select the file of the recording, tap the ellipses button (three dots) to bring up share options, and send it directly to your iPhone via text message, mail, AirDrop, or even Google Drive. 

Other methods

As I said earlier, the above steps are the easiest, most efficient, and least obvious way to record a phone call. If you (or a trusted second party) don't have another iOS device to spare, here are a few alternatives.  

Google Voice

The Google Voice app for iOS lets you make free and recorded calls using Wifi via Google Voice. You can select the device you want to make a call from via the app. For incoming calls, you can go to Settings > Calls  > Incoming Calls and then toggle the incoming calls record option. Once everyone is on the call, press the number four (4) on the keypad to start and end the recording. The call will end up in the record menu option after it ends. 

Rev Voice Recorder

The Rev Voice Recorder app is also free, able to record while you're using your phone, and can transcribe your files after a conversation is over. Note that the transcription option, however, does cost $1.50 per minute. Once you download your file, it will appear as an MP3 file straight on your device. This is also another great and easy option for recording phone calls and for narrating screen recordings. 

TapeACall Pro

If you're wanting to record important business phone calls, conference calls, or interviews, this $11 app may be worth the investment. For this app to record, you make a "conference call" where the TapeACall app is one of the parties. Then, go into the app and hit the record button to simultaneously record and for the app to "dial in." You do have to merge all "three" calls together, so note that this process is a bit more tedious and a lot less subtle. 


Is it illegal to record phone calls? 

Federal law requires at least one party's consent, which means that you need to be part of the conversation you're recording or have the consent of at least one person in that conversation. Otherwise, it can be construed as wiretapping or illegal eavesdropping. Some states have even stricter laws that require the consent of all people involved in the conversation.

Before recording a conversation it's always best to check your state laws. 

Is there an app to record calls on iPhone? 

There are several that perform this function in one manner or another. However, Apple is restrictive about letting third-party apps use the microphone during a phone call. For that reason, most apps that help you record a call on your phone must use clever mechanisms to get around this barrier. Beyond the method outlined above using the Voice Memos app, people also use Google Voice, TapeACall, and Rev Voice Recorder.

Alternatively, you can use most computers and a microphone to record phone conversations so long as the phone is on speaker or the microphone is held close to the speaker next to your ear. Both iOS and Windows computers have numerous audio recording software options available.

Does Apple have an app to record iPhone calls? 

Unfortunately, no-- at least not yet. Apple itself doesn't have an app, but there are third-party apps available on the App Store. Also, Voice Memos is most likely automatically installed on your iOS device. 

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