Recording calls in iPhone is equally important as on Android devices, with a stock or a custom version. We covered many so far, so it’s time we blessed our readers who use Apple devices with a guide. However, the same rules still apply. Adhere to the law in your country and that of all participants. While you may go through it unscathed if you record the conversation anonymously, we urge you to notify all call members they’re being recorded. That is crucial if you’re a journalist or plan to use the recording for anything but private use. With that said, we’ll show you how to record a call in iPhone.
1. Use an iPhone voicemail to capture call recordings
This method hinges on the fact that your mobile network provider supports downloading voicemails. An easy way to check is to open the default app for calling (Phone), then tap on the Voicemail option at the bottom. You will now see one of two things:
- If Call Voicemail is the only option, you can’t download and save recordings. To listen to a call recording, you must call your mobile carrier’s voicemail service.
- If you see a list of recordings, downloading them is enabled, and you can take full advantage.
Here’s how to begin recording using a voicemail:
- Dial the number and tell them you’ll record. Tell them to wait.
- Select the Add Call option to add a “third participant”.
- Dial your phone number. Voicemail will activate and you’ll hear a greeting. Once that finishes, select the Merge Calls options.
- Once you end the call, it will be recorded as a voicemail message.
2. Record a call on iPhone via two devices
Even with the announcement of iOS 16 with Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, we didn’t see a mention of the inbuilt call recording feature. However, there’s a workaround that fans of the device have used for quite a while—Voice Memos. Unsurprisingly, you can use another voice app that permits you to take vocal notes. You may even avoid the need for two devices (read step 3 for an explanation).
Using Voice Memo on iPhone to record calls
The application comes preinstalled and in case you removed it, you can download Voice Memos on the Apple App Store. Then, follow these steps to record a call via iPhone Voice Memos:
- Open Voice Memos on the iPhone. Do a quick recording to check that the volume is right and that you have enough storage.
- Start a call via iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Android smartphone or tablet, Mac, Windows, or any device you can call or receive calls on. We will assume you’re using another iPhone.
- Note. If you were to try to start Voice Memos recording, then enter a call on the same device, you’ll discover that Apple doesn’t allow call recording, despite the technical ability to access the microphone or speakerphone.
- Since you can’t even capture your side of the call, you must make or receive a call via the Phone app.
- Then, Tap the Audio option and select Speaker. That puts the call on speakerphone.
- Get the iPhone with the Voice Memo app, and tap the big red button to begin recording. That will capture both sides of the call.
- Verbally inform every participant that you’re recording since they won’t receive any audio or visual notifications. Check the laws on necessary consent—it may be one party, two parties, or everyone.
- Pause or stop the call recording when ready. The call will now be saved under a default name followed by a fitting number. For example, it may be named New Recording 4.
- Optionally, share the recording by tapping the three-dot icon, then select iMessage, AirDrop, email, Google Drive, and so forth.
3. Install third-party call recording software for iOS
The method above is nifty, as the Voice Memo gives you a visual audio graph that tells you whether the sound is too quiet or too loud and much more. However, the need to have two devices and that you must activate the process manually is a huge drawback. Android users enjoy automatic call recording through the built-in Phone dial app. Luckily, if you’re willing to install third-party applications for iOS, you can get similar benefits. Here are two examples we are unaffiliated with:
1. Use Google Voice on iPhone to record a call
The first choice for many users is the Google Voice iOS application. It provides anonymity by letting you select a virtual phone number. If you strictly need automatic call recording, to capture outgoing calls, and want extra features, we’d choose another free one. However, if you’re a user or need its other functionality, you can:
- Open Google Voice and log in with your Google account. Tap Search and pick a phone number you want to use if you haven’t.
- Follow on-screen instructions until you can enter your iPhone phone number. Get a verification code and enter it.
- Now, see if there is a Settings (cogwheel icon) in your app. If not, visit the Google Voice website on your mobile and sign in. Tap the same icon in the top right corner.
- Go to the Calls menu on the left-hand side.
- Find Incoming call options on the list, then toggle the switch to enable.
- Now, every time you receive a call on your iPhone, you can press the 4 button on the virtual keyboard to begin recording. Google Voice automatically notifies all participants that the recording began.
- You’ll get a notification when the recording ends. Check your Gmail inbox for download links.
2. Call recording via Rev Call Recorder for iOS
Rev Call Recorder is one of many free applications that permits you to capture an incoming or outgoing call. We’ll use it for demonstration, but you can freely pick another. Recording calls via the Rev Call Recorder iOS application works this way:
- After opening the app, enter your mobile phone number for the physical or embedded SIM card.
- Authenticate the device by entering the verification code.
- Once you finish that, you’ll see an empty screen where all recordings will appear in the future. Tap Start Recorded Call below the green call button.
- Select Incoming Call or Outgoing Call from the list of options.
- Dial the person you want to call or wait for them to call you.
- Select Merge Calls and check the recording after the call is over. For incoming calls, you have to wait a bit for the servers to save and make the recording ready for downloading.