THERE are plenty of reasons you might want to record a call on your smartphone – but it's far from easy to pull off.
Neither iPhones nor Android handsets have a built-in way to log phone chats, making it a bit of a challenge if you don't know what you're doing.
Fear not! We've put together a guide explaining some of the ways that you can log your calls without the need for external equipment.
There are multiple apps that offer phone recording services as well as some neat hacks for those who don't want to download any software.
How to record a phone call simply
The simplest way to record a phone call is to put the phone call on loudspeaker.
You can then record it using a voice recording gadget or a voice recorder app on another device like the voice memo app on all iOS products.
However, the recording won't be the best quality and you may pick up a bit of background noise.
The next two tips may be better to follow for a clearer recording.
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How to record a phone call using Google Voice
Google Voice is an app that allows you to make phone calls over WiFi. It's available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
You can use the app to record incoming calls but not outgoing calls.
To use the feature go into the settings menu on the app. Select "calls" and then turn on the "incoming call settings".
When this is activated, you can press the number four on the keypad whilst you're on a call and the app will automatically start recording.
Upon activation, the person you're recording will hear a voice telling them they are being recorded.
How to record a phone call using an Android or iPhone recorder app
There are plenty of recorder apps on the market but some cost an arm and a leg and others are free but offer dubious security.
Call Recorder Lite is an app that is compatible with iPhones and lets you record both incoming and outgoing calls.
You'll have to pay to listen back to longer calls but there is no limit to the length of audio that can be recorded.
Call Recorder is an Android app that can record calls and it lets you back them up to the cloud or categorise them.
Remember to check the reviews of any other recording apps you're considering before you purchase.
Is it legal to record a phone conversation?
It is not a criminal offence to record a phone call for personal use in the UK – but we would always recommend asking the recipient for permission.
If you're in another country then check what law states for that region. In places like Australia, it's illegal to record phone conversations.
In the United States, whether or not recording calls is illegal is down to state legislation.
Most states follow the federal statute, meaning that they generally require one-party consent.
That means only one person needs to consent to the recording provided they are a party to the conversation.
You can find out more about the laws surrounding phone recordings in each state on the website Justia, here.
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