How To Record Phone Calls On Android to Keep Your Conversations

Are you interviewing candidates for a job? Do you have a big test coming up and you need to study with a friend over the phone?

Learn how to record phone calls on Android and all of these conversations will stay with you even after you hang up.

Also, it is a great way for people to remember numbers and addresses used during the call. Phone recordings are a great form of evidence when battling a lawsuit.

Here are the methods to record phone calls on your Android device.

Method 1: Call Recorder – ACR

Call Recorder – ACR is a brilliant app available on the Google Play store that lets you record phone calls on your Android device. Used by thousands of Android users, this is one of the most reliable apps for recording calls. The great thing about the app is that it features a high quality mp3 call recorder and even though the files are of high quality, the recording file sizes are really small. Due to storage issues, the app deletes old recordings automatically, however, you can mark certain old recordings as Important so they don’t get deleted automatically. Also, you can set a password so that others cannot access your recordings.

Step 1

Download and install Call Recorder – ACR app on your Android device. You can get the app through the Google Play button below.


Step 2

Open the app and click on the Settings icon. Now, tap on General. Here you can configure the settings on how you want to record calls and use those recordings. You can set a password, enable notification while the call is recording and group the recordings.

Call Recorder GeneralCall Recorder General Settings

Step 3

After you have configured general settings, open the Settings menu again and click on Recording. Here, you can choose the recording directory, choose from 7 different recording file formats, enable auto-delete and choose whether you want to record the calls manually or automatically. Also, you can set a timer to start recording by tapping on Recording delay and entering the seconds that you want to delay before the recording starts. Also, you can record Bluetooth headset calls by checking the Record on Bluetooth option.

Call Recorder Recording Settings

Step 4

The app also features Cloud integration for saving your phone recordings on Cloud. This is the perfect way for saving the recordings if you don’t have enough storage space on your device. You can enable Cloud storage by going to the Settings menu and tapping on Cloud Services. You’ll need to login with your account details for whichever Cloud service you want to use.

Call Recorder Cloud

Step 5

You can now make/receive calls and they will be recorded automatically. After installation, the app  automatically enables call recording and runs in the background, recording all your phone calls. In order to play the recordings, open the Call Recorder app and tap on the recording that you want to listen to under the ALL tab. Tap on Play to start playing the recording.  You can also send the  recording, mark it as important and add a note to it.

Call Recorder FilesCall Recorder Play

Method 2: Automatic Call Recorder

Automatic Call Recorder is another fantastic app available on the Google Play store that lets you record phone calls. Receiving over 10 million downloads, the app is definitely one of the most popular call recording apps for Android. The app is extremely easy to use and it only takes a couple of seconds to configure the app after installing it. Automatic Call Recorder also features Google drive and Dropbox integration for Cloud storage.

Like the previous method, this app also lets you mark certain recordings as important so that they don’t get deleted automatically. Aside from that, if you have a lot of recordings, you can search for the file that you are looking for using the contact name, phone number or a note that you assigned to that particular recording.

Step 1

Download and install Automatic Call Recorder on your Android device. You can get it through the Google Play button below.


Step 2

Open the app and press the Menu key on your device. Now, select Settings from the list of options.

Auttomatic Call Recorder Settings

Step 3

While under Settings, make sure that the Record Calls option is checked. You can also configure things like the directory for saving your recordings, the recording file type and your Dropbox account for Cloud integration.

Auttomatic Call Recorder Enable

Step 4

Now, you can make/receive a call and the app will automatically record every call. You will also see a red icon in your status bar while the call is being recorded and you will get a notification once the call ends and the recording is saved. The INBOX tab is where all your recordings will be stored. You can also save some recordings so that they don’t get deleted when enough storage space is not available. These saved calls will be stored in the SAVED tab. 

Auttomatic Call Recorder Icon

Automatic Call Recorder Files

Step 5

Now, go to the Inbox or Saved tab and click on the recording that you want to play and hit the Play button. You can also search for recordings in the recordings list by pressing your Menu key and tapping the Search button.

Auttomatic Call Recorder Play


Recording phone calls is definitely one of the things that a lot of users want on their Android smartphones by default. While Google hasn’t done anything since the Android OS came out, the only option you have is to use third party apps to record calls on your device. Some of these apps are extremely easy to use and you can easily record phone calls using one of the apps above. You can even try taking screenshots or recording the screen if someone sends you a message or text during the call that you want to record.

If an app doesn’t work on your device, you can try out  another one. Make sure that you follow all the instructions properly and feel free to shoot any questions below.


Comments (38)

  1. Jeff on

    I am using ACR, but it doesn’t actually record anything when I’m on my bluetooth headset. Anyone else have luck with this?

      • Collin on

        Neither of those can record over bluetooth. I need desperately to be able to record over bluetooth. I am about to divorce my cheating wife, and she is saying everything I need to support my case during my phone calls with her. The problem is that many of my calls are over bluetooth because I am working, or driving when she calls. She is rubbing my nose in her infidelities and if I can’t prove it I will lose everything. There has to be an app or ROM or combination of the two that can do this. I’m on Galaxy S5 (SM-G900V), android 5.0. Help me Obi-Wan. You’re my only hope.

        • Judy on

          Hi Collin,
          So sad to hear about what you are going through and I hope it is all over soon. Apologies for not finding an app that records over bluetooth. Have you tried using Bluetooth Voice Recorder on Google Play? Or you can try automatic call recorder. Please let me know if that works out for you.

    • Green on

      Automatic Call Recorder does not work well with bluetooth headset either. I have it now and have been actively looking for an app that works with bluetooth headsets.

  2. mik colin on

    hi, thanks for the info, currently using total recall call recorder app.

  3. Malcolm on

    Hi everyone! I just downloaded ACR. Problem I am having is that it does not record the other party, well, it does but super faint. I use a wired headset for all my calls. It is OK on normal mic or speaker. My android is LG G2. Thanks, Malcolm

  4. Margaret on


    I have saved the call I have recorded to my gmail drive. How do I play it from there?

  5. Sharon Tennant on

    I have installed the ACR app on my galaxy S6 phone, I didn’t have DROIDRECORDER which worked great , but then when I went to open it it just keep a saying it’s stopped working.
    I was told this ACR was a good one , so I installed it , I set the audio source to voice_Call and Audio Formats to mp4 as most of my calls from Agency and Centrelink are audio /mp4 and would not record under Droidrecorder, the recorder worked when my son rang , I tested it from him and another friend, but this morning I got calls from some agency and it did not recall, what should I be using for these companies please

  6. Victoria Tidd on

    I can record the calls just fine. But sometimes it doesn’t start at the very beginning. You will already be into the conversation before it starts recording. I really need this to start recording from saying ‘Hello’. I play these back for interviews I am doing for a job I am working on. Why do some recordings start at the very beginning and others in the middle of conversation?

  7. Nick on

    Hi, is someone find the app which records from Bluetooth headset?

  8. Eliza on

    Hi When I use ACR calls all my calls appear within the ACR app. However, they don’t all appear in the acr calls folder under filemanager.
    Now I cut and pasted all files out of the folder when I connected the phone to my computer. Unfortunately the 3 files I wanted did not copy over. I then copied the files back onto the phone thinking they would all magically reappear. No they didn’t. I am really desperate as these files were really important. Could someone please give advice on retrieval or have they been lost forever.

    • Judy on

      Hi Eliza,
      Unless you accidentally clicked on erase, they should still be there. Maybe they were moved to another location? =-)

  9. S K on

    How do I transfer the recorded calls to a jump drive? I have emailed the calls to myself, pulled up recordings on the laptop and no sound. I’ve even stored them on cloud, no sound. I need to get recordings from phone to memory stick is my goal. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks.

    • Judy on

      First, connect your phone to your computer with the USB cable and hopefully your computer will recognize your phone and show you a small window that tells you that you can see the device’s content by clicking on it.

      After that select the files you want to transfer over to your PC and once you are done, connect you USB and just transfer the files over. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. =-)

  10. Hanadi on

    I installed this app to record my interviews through it. I tried to listen to the recording, but I couldn’t hear the other party. I just heard my voice. I didn’t use a headset or anything. What can I do to hear the whole conversation?

  11. Kristina on

    I installed pro call recorder but the person i was talking to knew and I dont know what happened but her phone calls cant be registered anymore. What happened ? has she protected ? the folder is empty anytime I try to register the conversation; moreover it says as a message that another service is using microphone in the background; is it possible to have a software to erase conversations or not to be registered ?

    • Judy on

      If she managed to figure out that she was being recorded, I am certain that she found a way to protect herself and prevent that from happening. I can’t think of a specific app or software off the top of my head, but I am sure that there are software’s or apps that will either erase conversations or prevent their future conversations from being recorded.

  12. Heather on

    Is there any way to maintain the correct date on the files once transferred to a computer?

  13. Richard on

    One of the problems I had with ACR was that the volume levels of the 2 parties differed so much. My voice was clearly audible but the other party was very faint. By trial and error I discovered that changing the recording format to FLAC-HQ solved this completely.

  14. Richard Ricci on

    I don’t want to record all calls so I disable ACR except for the call I want to record.

    It doesn’t seem possible to start recording in the middle of an ongoing conversation. It seems to work only when it is enabled before the outgoing or incoming call. Is there any way to start recording in the middle of the call?

    • Trevor on

      not that I am aware of. but each phone is different in how the app works with it, if at all. have you tried any other recording apps to see if they work more to your liking?

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