How to Use the Google Voice Recorder App on Android

Record notes, reminders and get automatic voice transcription

Recorder is the name of Google's voice recording app. It features automatic voice transcriptions during recordings so that you can not only read what's being said in real time but also search through all the recordings later.

It differentiates between music and speech, works in the background so that you can multitask, can record and transcribe audio coming from your phone, lets you crop the recording by editing the transcript, auto-suggests titles for quick saves, records where you made the transcription, works entirely offline, can back up to your Google account, and can be shared with anyone.

Only Google Pixel phones (Pixel 2 and newer) can use Recorder, so these steps are relevant only for Android users with a Pixel.

How to Make a New Recording

Download and install Recorder if you don't already have it, and then follow these steps to make a new voice recording:

  1. Tap the record button.

  2. Monitor the recording from the Audio tab or tap Transcript to see the voice transcription in real time.

    Live voice transcription on Pixel 3 with the Recorder app
  3. Select the pause button and then Save to store the recording. This is also how you temporarily pause the recording or quickly delete it.

    This is the time when you can fill out a title so that it's easy to recognize the recording later, but it's also possible to do this post-recording.

How to Search Voice Transcriptions

Transcriptions are the selling point in this app, and searching through them is super easy. You can search the Google voice recorder for any text, be it lyrics from a song, words in a podcast, your own voice, etc.

Since locations are saved along with recordings, you can also search for all transcriptions that were made at a specific location.

There are two ways to do this. You can use the primary search bar at the top of all your recordings to find text in any of them, or you can use the search bar from within a recording to find text within that recording only.

Searching voice transcriptions in the Google Recorder app

How to Manage Your Voice Recordings

To share or delete more than one recording at once, press and hold on one and then tap the other ones you want to include. Use the trash button to erase them or tap the share button for those options.

There are a few ways to share:

  • Send the audio in the M4A format.
  • Send the transcript as a TXT file or copy it to Google Docs.
  • Make a link to the transcript and audio that anyone can open, or make it private for just you.
  • Create a video clip that displays the transcript with the waveform.
Recorder app share options

There's an automated backup option in the app's settings that lets you store all your recordings in your Google account, accessible through any web browser at recorder.google.com. To set this up, tap your profile image at the top right of the app and go to Recorder settings > Back up & sync.

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