Recording Phone Call Easily
While you are looking to record their consensual conversations with co-workers, you should be fine, but for others, it is a good idea to update when it is legal to record calls first. That said, you have some options.
Our choice: Google Voice
Google Voice gets its own section because it requires a bit more than just a download to set up. If you already have a GV number, then you’re good to go, but not everyone does. If you only need to record a call once in a while, it might be worth your time to set a new number, dedicated and instruct your coworkers to call that line when you need to record. Since Google Voice is linked to calls from Gmail, which is not only limited to calls made via phone. Desktop users can also record incoming calls.
There is a caveat, however: Google Voice can only record incoming calls. This is likely to help prevent abuse and avoid legal gray areas since users can not make an outgoing call and start recording before the other party has the opportunity to give permission or hear the alert that is being monitored the conversation.
To start recording during a call, simply press 4. This works on all platforms and does not require a dedicated application. Once finished, you can press 4 again to stop recording or simply hang up. The audio file will appear on your Google Voice account, which can be accessed through applications on iOS, Android, or the web.
Other methods Free
We like Google Voice because it solves many of the problems associated with call recording in advance: Calls are routed through Google’s servers so that they are easy to register and do not need to write an application that supports a hundred phones. However, when it comes to phone calls that are not via VoIP, it runs dangerously wiretapping laws, which can be complicated. Most developers solve this problem in one of two ways.
The first form is raw, but (sometimes) effective: recording all audio through your microphone. In order to do this, you have to turn your volume up or use the loudspeaker. Unfortunately, this will usually result in very poor audio quality, but does the job. Save my call for Android use this method, although the iPhone appears to block the ability to record via the microphone during a call in full.
Incoming Call recorder for Android deviates from this method to be able to record any phone call without using the microphone. However, some users on the Play Store have found it incompatible with their device, but your mileage may vary. In addition, this obviously does not help iOS users.
The most reliable payment methods
The other method of circumventing wiretapping laws is to reroute phone calls through a VoIP service. Many services offer the option to record a call while running through their own servers. This allows the user to record both incoming and outgoing calls on any device (which is technically how Google Voice works well). Here are some of the services you can prove that it will cost money:
IntCall (pay per minute, iOS and Android)
Handsfree.ly (pay per call, iOS)
Record phone calls ($ 10 for application + “annual maintenance” iOS and Android)
Pricing models are different for each service and can be expensive if you need them for more than a few minutes occasionally. However, you can avoid many of the technical problems that some of the free applications found.
You have plenty of options for call recording, but if you’re not a Google Voice user, you may need to do some trial and error to find out what works and what does not work on your phone. Also, be sure to check your local laws to ensure that call recording is legal and obtain the consent of everyone in the call when possible, just to be sure ….