Recording calls on POCO, a renowned smart device brand is a handy function. Having proof an audio conversation happened, as well as data such as the caller’s number and date and time, can make a huge difference. Perhaps you want to preserve the voice of a loved one, protect yourself from shady business deals, or merely have a log of your calls you can listen to at a later date. Regardless of the motivation, capturing conversations and saving them as audio is relatively straightforward. The primary obstacle is the law and the consent or awareness of being recorded. With that in mind, let’s show you how to record a call on POCO.
1. Use the built-in POCO functionality to record a call
As most users know, POCO uses Android as a base operating system, but many models also boast a distinct user interface, called MIUI. Though the version differs and many users decide to disable it in favor of other launchers or the default Android user interface, the option is there. We’ll go over that possibility, then show you potential alternatives in method 2.
MIUI comes with a custom dialer app, i.e., the screen that opens when you want to dial a number. Though the appearance and position vary based on the MIUI version, one thing is constant. Once you call a number, get the person to pick up, or receive a call on POCO, you’ll see a Record option on the screen next to options such as Mute, Hold, Note, Contacts, or Add call. You merely have to tap the option and accept the on-screen prompt by tapping on Start recording.
Unsurprisingly, depending on the law in your country, you may have to notify the other person the call is recorded. There’s also a brief sound notification for the unaware, but we can’t guarantee it exists on all versions. However, the functionality may be disabled by default. Additionally, you may want to avoid the hassle and configure all calls to be automatically recorded. Finally, you can exclude certain contacts in your phone book from the recording capabilities. Let’s show you how.
Configuring the MIUI dialer app on POCO devices
Follow these instructions on your POCO to set up the MIUI call recording application:
- Open the Phone app on your POCO smart device.
- Tap the three-line menu in the bottom left corner. It could also be in the top right corner.
- Select the option titled Call recording.
- Turn the Call recording notification option on. This will make the option appear, show a notification at the end, and likely let participants you’re recording.
- Enable the Record calls automatically option if you wish.
- To filter contacts whose calls should be captured on audio, go to Selected Numbers. Now:
- Tap on Custom list.
- Choose Add numbers.
- Select the contacts whose calls you want to save. You can also configure the Automatically record selected numbers option.
When the call ends, you’ll see a notification in the notification bar at the top, letting you play the latest audio. If you swipe it away or don’t get the message, you have three options:
- Open the dialer app and check the list of outgoing/receiving calls. The recorded ones will have an option to Listen to recording. This opens a mini audio player.
- Open your Files/File Explorer app and check the Recent files list. Recordings should be there and in chronological order.
- Explore storage in the file explorer app. Find the CallRecordings folder at the root of the internal/external storage. You’ll find recordings in MP3 and WMV file formats inside.
Why can’t I see the call recording option on my POCO device?
The inability to see the call recording option on POCO devices, despite the fact they have MIUI enabled, is a frequent issue. The most common one is that the feature is disabled. If so, users should check the settings we outlined above. The second is far more complex and involves the version of the phone or MIUI. Device manufacturers such as POCO must modify their device or service depending on the laws of the country, region, or continent they release their products.
Thus, a Global (or only Indian or EU, for instance) version of MIUI may have this feature, but one for countries with law restrictions may not. Additionally, the system may have a configuration that blocks the API (Application Programming Interface) for call recording. Thus, even if you found ways to erase MIUI and install an .apk from a different iteration, it may still fail to work. If that’s the case, we suggest techniques below.
2. Recording calls via common Android methods
As mentioned, POCO devices use Android as the operating system. Therefore, all methods in our guide on recording calls on Android should work. One thing to note is that Google began cracking down on call recording apps on April 24, 2022, as part of its Google Play Policy Updates webinar. This could make method 2 difficult or impossible to facilitate. However, the policy also states this applies to “if anyone on the call might be unaware their conversation is being recorded”. This is something apps can likely get around.