5 call recorder apps for Android
Recording your phone conversations might prove to be a rather useful feature in many circumstances, and we are not even talking about ransom demands here, rather the plain old forgetting of a shopping list your wife mentioned on the phone and went into a tunnel just when you were wondering was it skim milk or 2%.
Granted, some Android handsets come with a preinstalled call recorder in the dialer app, which comes in very handy, but for those who don't, there are dedicated apps in the Play Store. Unfortunately, call recording on Android is still hit-or-miss, highly dependent on the device and the software version, and you might need to record on speaker often. Motorola phones, for instance, rarely apply, the Galaxy S III has workaround issues after the Jelly Bean update, and the S II needs the recording sources tinkered with, to name a few.
Yet if they work on your handset, the apps not only let you record your conversations, but can automate the task, convert the resulting audio files, and even shoot them out via email and the like straight away. You can give them a try to check if your specific device is supported, as we've rounded some of the best call recording apps for you in the slideshow below.
Call Recorder warns you that not every phone has the prerequisites for call recording, yet walks you through a few tips how to fix the issues, and offers plenty of settings to try out. You can lock certain conversations to prevent auto-deleting, automate the recording function, and the Pro version lets you share the recordings, as well as score some from private numbers, or have a confirmation dialog pop up after each call.
Auto Call Recorder lets you automatically record all calls, or choose to record only those not from numbers in your contacts list. You can share the recordings and there is a recent Dropbox integration.
Record My Call is a simple and free call recording app without many bells and whistles but the recordings themselves. The devs do warn you that for Galaxy handsets the audio source has to be changed from "mic" to "phone line," and have a list of compatible phones that the call recorder works with.
Digital Call Recorder is found to work with some of the most popular current handsets, and offers a widget to start the recording during a call, notifications, playback, conversion to other formats, and sharing vie email and Dropbox. There is a free 30-day trial version, so you can establish whether or not it will be fully compatible with your particular phone.
Two-way recording on Samsung's Galaxy line is the specialty here, with the supported devices listed front and center, as well as workarounds for common issues. Galaxy Call Recorder sports a nice polished interface, and plenty of functions like disabling records by contact, sharing via Google Drive, SkyDrive and more, as well as settings to disable recording when a headset is plugged or Bluetooth gear connects.