The operating system on the iPhone (iOS) has a lot of advantages over its Android counterpart, but making it easy to record calls is not one of them. If you are wondering how you can record calls on your iPhone, you are not the only one.
Since there is no native way of recording phone calls on the iPhone, you have to go through a few extra hoops to get it done. Fortunately, if you get a bit creative, there are actually several different ways that will allow you to do this regardless of your iOS version.
Here are your best options:
- Use a secondary device – This is undoubtedly the quickest and easiest way of recording calls on any iPhone. The drawback, of course, is that you will need another device with a microphone that’s capable of recording audio. You can use another iPhone, an iPad, a computer, or a portable recording device (ideally) to get this done.
- Use Google Voice – At the risk of upsetting the iOS gods, you can also use Google Voice (a free VoIP calling service) from Google to record your phone conversations. Unfortunately, this service is only available in the US and Canada, so this method might not be applicable depending on your territory.
- Use a 3rd party App – The App Store has no shortage of third-party apps that can help you record your phone conversations. However, most 3rd party options are either paid or will require you to make an in-app purchase in order to be able to record unlimited conversations. We’ve made a list of your best options.
- Use your Voicemail – This method will depend on whether or not your cellphone carrier has this functionality or not. But if you’re lucky enough, your carrier might allow you to download your conversations and save them as audible voicemails.
Now that we went over every potential way of recording phone conversations on the iPhone, let’s explore each method in order and see which one is applicable to you.
Record iPhone Calls by Using a Secondary Device
If you have a secondary device that you can use to record the phone calls on your iPhone, this should probably be your first choice since it’s most likely the easiest and quickest way of getting it done.
Of course, you will require another device with microphone capabilities. Here’s a shortlist of devices that you might have lying around in your house that might help you do this:
- Another iPhone
- An iPad
- An iPod
- An Android Device
- A portable recording device
- A Mac
- A Windows computer
Note: An important prerequisite of this method is to have a quiet environment so that you can put your iPhone on speakerphone, then use your secondary device to record the conversation.
Here’s a quick guide that will help you pull this off:
- Call the contact with whom you want to record the conversation and tap on the Speaker iPhone.
Note: Recording without consent is illegal in most territories, so make sure you notify the other party that you are recording this conversation before proceeding.
- Once you gain their consent, sure use the secondary device to begin recording.
- Place the secondary device near your iPhone (while it’s on Speaker mode) and make sure you remain physically close to the recording device to ensure that the conversation gets picked up.
- Once the conversation is over, end the call and stop the recording on your secondary device.
- On your secondary device, stop the recording and save it for later listening.
Note: If you’re using an iOS device as the secondary recording device, the easiest way to pull this off is to use Apple’s Voice Memos. If you’re using a Mac, you can use Audacity so you can later edit the conversation and take out the parts that are not needed.
Record iPhone Calls by Using Google Voice
If you don’t mind using a Google service to record your iPhone conversations, another option that you should consider is using Google’s free VoIP software.
Unfortunately, this feature is only available in US and Canada – if you’re not living in one of these territories, disregard this method as it won’t be applicable to your particular situation.
Note: Google Voice is a free VoIP service that will provide you with a free phone number and a voicemail inbox. You’ll have the ability to make domestic and international calls. You can consult this page for Google’s calling rates.
Unlike other similar VoIP services, Google Voice does allow you to record phone calls. However, before you will be able to do this, you’ll first need to do a few extra settings.
To make matters easier for you, we’ve created a step-by-step guide that will walk you through the entire process of making the necessary adjustments before you can start recording with Google Voice.
Important: For legal purposes, Google only allows you to record calls that you receive. You won’t be able to record calls that you make using this method.
Here’s what you need to do:
- First things first, download and install the free Google Voice app on your iPhone device. You can search for it on your App Store or use this direct download link.
- Once the app is successfully downloaded, sign in with a viable Google account and complete the initial setup process.
- When you’re finally inside the Google Voice app and you are signed up with a viable Google account, tap on Search and enter a phone number that you want to tie up with your Google Voice account.
- At the confirmation prompt, go through the verification steps. You’ll need to confirm your phone number, then wait for the verification code.
- Once the verification code arrives, use it to verify the connection and tie up your phone number with Google Voice.
Note: At this point, you have successfully paired Google Voice with your phone number.
Next, you will need to sign up with your account on Google’s Voice website and enable Incoming call options.
Here’s how to do this:
- Use any browser to visit the Google Voice website (you can do it directly from your iPhone or from another device).
- Sign in with the same Google account that you used above to complete the initial setup.
- Once you are successfully signed in, click on the gear icon (top-right corner of the page) to open the Settings menu.
- From the Settings menu that just appeared, access the Calls tab from the list of available options and scroll down until you see the Incoming call options.
- Once you find the correct option, enable the toggle associated with Incoming call options (this is the feature that will allow you to record calls via Google Voice).
- That’s it.
Now that you got the initial setup out of your way, you are ready to record your iPhone phone call conversations via Google Voice.
To do this, simply press the 4 key on your iPhone dial menu and Google Voice will automatically start recording your conversation.
Note: As soon as you press the 4 key on your dial menu, Google will notify the other party that you’re having the conversation with that this call is being recorded. After the call is over, you will find a recording of the conversation inside your Google Voice inbox (accessible via the Google Voice app) – you can either download it or play it directly from there.
Record iPhone Calls by Using a 3rd Party App
Unlike Android where you have a slew of apps that will allow you to record calls directly (unless your phone manufacturer blocks it), iOS doesn’t have that many options.
As a matter of fact, recording phone calls is hard blocked. However, there are some apps that will allow you to do this, but you’ll have to go through some workarounds and it will typically cost you (as most things on Apple’s ecosystem).
Every iPhone recorder app works by utilizing a 3-way conference call (either incoming or outgoing).
The way it works is there’s a third ‘caller’ (the service provided by the app developer) that serves as the recording line. The drawback of this method is that 3-way calling needs to be enabled on your iPhone and you need to make sure that your phone carrier supports it.
Note: In the United States, every big carrier supports this feature, but most European carriers do not support the feature.
Unfortunately, even if 3-way calling is supported by your carrier, recording calls will not be as simple as pressing a single keypad (like it is with Google Voice) – you’ll have two do a few adjustments in order to ensure that the ‘third’ caller is recording the conversation.
Here’s a list of iOS apps that will allow you to do this:
- Rev Call Recorder – This is by far the most popular app out of the bunch. It supports the recording of the outgoing and incoming calls via the 3-way call method. You have unlimited storage and the ability to share your recording. The app is free but you’ll be forced to make some app purchases in order to remove the hard-coded restrictions.
- TapeACall Pro – This is a paid app. At the time of writing this article, they charge $10.99 annually. You ger charged each year but you get unlimited call recordings.
- Call Recorder Pro -This is a paid app. At the time of writing this article, they charge a one-time fee of $9.99 for 300 minutes worth of calling credits. If you burn through the credits offered via the initial plan, you have the option to do an in-app purchase to expand your account with more credits. They also have a lite version but the record times are limited to 60 seconds (some features are also unavailable).
- Phone Call Recorder ACR – This app is free. It can do call recordings (both incoming and outgoing), FaceTime calls (photo calls) with unlimited length. However, if you don’t want to be severely limited, you will likely have to purchase the PRO version (which costs $59.99 at the time of writing this article.
We did some testing and we believe that Rev Call Recorder is the best option in this case (if you live in the United States or you have a working US phone number).
In case you need a step-by-step guide on how to set up and use this app, follow the instructions below:
- First things first, download the Rev Call Recorder app from the App Store.
- After you download and open it for the first time, you will first need to confirm your phone number by adding it when prompted to do so.
- You will then receive a code that you will be required to use in the validation process.
Note: The process is a little less than straightforward, but you should be able to pull it off by following the in-app tutorial.
- Once you get the initial setup out of our way, go to the home screen of the Rev Call Recorder app and tap on Start Recorder Call.
- From the next screen, choose between Outgoing Call or Incoming Call, depending on your particular use case.
Note: If you’re planning to do an outgoing call, you will need to call the Rev Call Recorder service first, then call the person you want to talk with.
- Once both calls are connected, tap on the Merge Calls button to start recording.
Note: If you are planning to do an incoming call, Rev will contact you when your recorder call is ready to be downloaded.
Important: The biggest disadvantage (or advantage, depending on your use case) we see in regards to Rev Call Recording is the fact that the person you’ll talk to will see your phone number rather than an unknown number. Another caveat that you should probably be aware of is the fact that all your calls will be stored on Rev’s servers, so you might want to avoid using this service for super-sensitive matters.
Using multi-platform 3-Way Call Recorder Services
If you don’t like the solution offered above, there’s also the option to record your calls with a slightly different 3-way calling option.
A different way to do it is to use several paid services that allow you to call them directly to get the recording going (before you pull in the other party). This should be your preferred choice if you don’t want this option to be restricted on Iphones – you can utilize these services on iOS, Android, and even on landline phones.
Here’s are the best services that you can to get this done:
- Recordinator – This service provides you with the option to go for a free 10-minute recording trial. This is ideal if you only need to record this one phone call. If you need more than that, the current price (at the time of writing this article) is $10 for 67 minutes. You then have the option to buy more credits to expand your capabilities. It works by setting up a 3-way conference that does all the recording for you. If you go for a paid plan, you also have the option to get the full call transcription which is a very nice addition.
- RecordiaPro – This service has options for recording in both the US and worldwide. However, the paid plans will differ depending on your territory. Expect to pay $29.99 for 120 minutes worth of recording time in the US and $40 for 190 minutes in the rest of the world. However, before you can start using this service, you’ll need to create an initial account and put RecordiaPro into your existing contacts. You can also opt for an extra service (which currently costs $36) which will get you a number that you can hand out in the future in order to take calls that will be auto-recorded.
Record iPhone Calls by using your Voicemail Carrier Functionality
If you are lucky enough to be able to use this option, this is probably the easiest (and cheapest method of them all).
You might actually be able to use the Voicemail feature on your iPhone to record your calls. However, this is largely dependent on your service carrier (whether it allows this functionality or not).
So before following the instructions below, do some investigation on your own and see if your Phone carrier allows you to download your voicemail messages.
Important: Not every carrier offers this functionality, but all the 3 US-based carriers do. European carriers are a lot less likely to offer this functionality. Additionally, most carriers will impose a limit on how long they let you record a voice mail. Before you can try this method out, you can test it with your phone.
If you’re looking for step by step instructions on how to record calls on your iPhone using your Voicemail functionality, follow the instructions below:
- First things first, launch the Phone app on your iPhone.
- Next, tap on the Voicemail tab in the bottom-right corner.
Note: If you only see the Call Voicemail option, this method will not work for you. In this case, you won’t be able to download voicemails, but you might still be able to save them in your carrier’s audible voicemail (depending on your carrier). In this case, you will need to continue calling your voice mail each time you want to playback the message (this is slightly inconvenient).
If downloading the audio recordings is not an option for you, you can also consider using the first method in this article. Aditionally, you can try a hybrid recording method that involves using call merging and your voicemail.
Here are the step by step instructions on doing this:
- Start by calling your contact and obtain consent that you will be recording this call.
- After your obtain the consent, ask them to hold and tap on Add Call on your iPhone.
- From the dial box that just appeared, call your own phone number in order to get your own voicemail inbox.
- Wait for the voicemail greeting to get your confirmation.
- Tap on Merge Calls to start the 3-way calling.
- Resume your conversation with the person you are trying to record the call to.
- At the end of the conversation, hang up to end your call.
Note: Your conversation should record as a message.
- Retrieve the audio message you just recorded via your voicemail inbox.