How to Record a Phone Call on iPhone

Use Apple's Voice Memos app or a 3rd-party app to capture conversations

What To Know

  • Easiest: Record incoming calls with Google Voice; answer and tap 4 on the keypad. Recordings go to VM.
  • Or: Place a call using speakerphone on iPhone. Use Apple's Voice Memos app on a second Apple device to record.

This article explains two ways to record calls on the iPhone and provides tips for pre-installed and third-party software you can use to record calls.

How to Record an Incoming Call With Google Voice

The default Phone app doesn't support recording phone calls. One of the easiest ways to record a live conversation on your iPhone, then, is to use a phone app that supports recording. One widely used and free app that fits this bill is Google Voice; other apps may require a fee.

Google Voice only supports recording incoming calls, not calls you make. To record incoming calls, you'll need to use Voice Memos on your iPhone.

Follow these steps to use Google Voice to record live conversations:

  1. Get the Google Voice app and set it up so you use it to make and receive calls.

  2. Tap the three-line icon in the top left.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Move the Incoming call options slider to on/blue.

    Activating incoming call options from the Google Voice app on iPhone.
  5. When you receive a call that you want to record, answer the call. Then tap 4 on the keypad to start recording. Tap 4 again to stop recording.

    When you tap 4, a voice will announce that a recording has started, so there's no way to record a live call without the other person knowing.

  6. Your call recordings are stored in the voicemail tab in the Google Voice app.

Google Voice isn't the only app that lets you record your calls. We've got other options at the bottom of this article. Many of these apps work by creating a three-way call with the call recording service. Call the service, then the person you want to talk to, and merge the calls for the recording to start.

How to Record a Call on iPhone with Voice Memos

Don't want to go to the trouble of setting up Google Voice to record calls? There's another way to do it, but it requires two devices. Even though the iPhone's Phone app doesn't support recording calls, you can use it and Apple's Voice Memos app to get the job done. Here's what to do:

  1. Using the Phone app, start the call that you want to record.

  2. Tap Audio and then tap Speaker to put the call on speakerphone.

    Speakerphone option from the Phone app audio menu in an active iPhone call.

    Apple blocks you from recording a speakerphone call with Voice Memos on the same device.

  3. Get a second device with Apple's free Voice Memos app installed. It could be another iPhone, an iPad or iPad touch, or even a Mac. Open the Voice Memos app.

  4. Tap the red record button to start a new voice memo and hold the second device close to the iPhone.

    Options for sharing a phone call recorded with the iPhone Voice Memos app.
  5. When the call is done, you can share the recording by tapping it > tapping ... > tapping Share > tapping the app you want to use to share it.

Don't like the Voice Memos app? Any other audio recording software can work. You may get even better results by attaching a mic to your device and holding the mic close to the iPhone.

Other Call Recording Apps for iPhone

For the most options for recording calls on your iPhone, you need to find an app at the App Store. There are a lot of call-recording apps, and we haven't tested them all, so we can't say which is best, but some of the highest-rated call-recording apps include:

Is it Legal to Record a Phone Conversation on iPhone?

If you're a journalist, podcaster, or customer service rep, you may need to record your phone calls. No program comes pre-installed on the iPhone for recording calls, and the built-in Phone app doesn't have a call recording feature. So, yes, it's possible to record. Whether or not it's legal in your state or municipality will depend on the laws applicable to your location.

Know and understand the law governing call recordings where you live before you record anyone else. In some places, recording any phone call is illegal. In others, both parties on the call need to consent to the recording (this is called two-party consent), while in some, only one person needs to be aware of the recording (aka one-party consent). Save yourself the headache—and potential legal bills—by learning the law where you live before recording anything.

  • How do I record a FaceTime call on my iPhone?

    You can use the Screen Record feature with FaceTime to record your screen but no audio during a FaceTime call. Swipe to open the Control Center > tap Screen Record > open the FaceTime app and begin a call > and tap Stop to end the recording. Find the recording in the Photos app.

  • How do I screen record a phone call with audio on an iPhone?

    To record a call with audio on your iPhone, you'll need to use an app that supports call recording. If you use a conferencing app such as Zoom, you can record Zoom calls on your phone. Start a meeting > tap More > Record to the Cloud > and find the recording under Recordings by logging in to your account in a browser.

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