5 up-to-date Android call recorder apps that are free and don't need root

5 up-to-date Android call recorder apps that are free and don't need root
We've all found ourselves in situations where important information is given (or dictated) us over the phone, and know all too well that scrambling for a pen and piece of paper is not always an option. Whether you're behind the wheel or simply in the middle of nowhere and can't take a memo, or you just want to settle whether your girlfriend really said seven o'clock and not eight, smartphone's call recording feature is a useful one to have.

Unfortunately, not all manufacturers have baked support for call recording into the interface, even though the drivers themselves are present. The reason for this typically has to do with the legality of this — some countries forbid it. But if you're just trying to squeeze some extra usefulness out of your smartphone and not ruin the world, there's a way for you to record calls anyway — and completely automatically.

Enter third-party call recording apps. There are plenty of those on the Play Store, but we decided to only pick five that satisfied several requirements. Namely, they'd have to be free, not require root, work on Android Lollipop (tested on Galaxy S6), be up-to-date with their interfaces, and... well, do what they say they do — record calls. The five finalist below scratch all these off the list.

Keep in mind that some devices simply have this feature disabled outright. Due to no fault of the apps below, your smartphone simply doesn't support call recording. If you're really set on getting this feature, your best bet would be to root your device and look for a guide that outlines how to get the feature through Xposed.

Automatic Call Recorder

Price: FREE | Download

Last updated in February, Automatic Call Recorder is among the most popular call recording apps, with downloads running into the millions. This is well-deserved, for the app has a sleek interface, worked perfectly in our experience, and offers a truckload of customization options and fail-safes that ensure that even the initial setup doesn't work for your device, there's still hope that a different set of options will. It is, of course, free, but you can get some extra functionality through the premium version.


Call Recorder - ACR

Price: FREE | Download

Last updated in the beginning of the month, it should come as no surprise that Call Recorder - ACR, or just ACR, has a Google-esque interface design to it. But don't let the minimalist layout fool you — the app's setting menu is chock-full with options and has support for different audio encodings, automatic deletion, and password-protected repositories of recordings. The app is free, but some features require the 'Pro' version.


Call recorder (Free)

Price: FREE | Download

Call recorder (Free) is another favorite among Android users, with anywhere between 1 and 5 million downloads. Like the other two, Call recorder (Free) has a 'Full' version available, which unlocks even more functionality than is already available. Again, you can change audio encodings and quality, switch recording sources in case the default option doesn't work for your device, set rules for when recording start and how long they have to be for the app to keep them, and a ton more.


Call Recorder

Price: FREE | Download

Don't let Call Recorder's icon fool you — while retro-looking, the interface is actually up-to-speed with Google's guidelines (not Material, but KitKat-esque). Don't underestimate the app, either — it's one of the oldest on the Play Store in this category, and has so far amassed anywhere between 10 and 50 million downloads, which is about as much as all the rest combined. Our favorite feature? Automatic synchronization with your cloud storage account!


Smart Auto Call Recorder

Price: FREE | Download

Last on our list is Smart Auto Call Recorder, which is free, is a breath of non-minimalist, fresh breath design wise, and offers goodies such as different audio sources (in case the default option doesn't work with your device), various audio encodings, auto delete rule set, and file synchronization.

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24 Comments

1. ahmedabbas722

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

none of them worked on my note 3

2. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

do any of these work for calls that are made NOT with the phone? i'm talking about stuff like whatsapp, skype, messenger, etc?

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

so your tellign us how to do something that is illegal.......

4. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Maybe in your country but it's not illegal everywhere

5. waddup121 unregistered

Sweeeet

6. Mattingly23

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2015

i have tried everything under the sun and the only thing that works consistently and with quality is Recordiapro - It's not free but I HAVE to record calls for my biz, its worth it.

7. Paratus

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

It is legal in SC.

8. basemm

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

none of them can record calls if the loud speaker was off even after trying all the sound sources like mic and call etc... is there a way i can record calls without putting the loud speaker on, Thanks.

9. rjkapoor14

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Have you guys tried total recall call recorder for record a phone call ? It's pretty nice application. And as far as root concern if device manufacturer doesn't allow api for call recording so only root can allow the recording on that phone. Get it from here : https //play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.killer​mobile.totalrecall

10. jackfox

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

The author of this article is a clown (or just lazy). He didn't pick "up to date" apps, he just picked the first 5 on the list. He didn't pick apps that actually work, quite the contrary, he picked 5 pieces of junk. These apps are ONLY popular because they are free, not because they have better tech. If you want an Android Call Recorder app that really works, check out Skvalex or Total Recall - both actually spend time getting things recording on rooted AND non-rooted devices. I think Chris P. reads that an app can sometimes use root and think that it means it requires root. Sometimes root is the ONLY option to enable call recording.

11. scbiba

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

I suggest Boldbeast Recorder, because it's the only solution in the world for Moto G / Moto G 2nd / Moto G 3rd, Moto E / Moto E 2nd, Moto X 2nd / Moto X Play, Droid Turbo, LG G4, Huawei P8, P8 Max, P8 Lite, Honor 7, Honor 6 plus, Honor 6, Honor 4x, Ascend Mate7, Ascend G7/P7 and many more phones WITHOUT ROOT. All other recorders ask you root your phone otherwise they can only record your voice (the caller's voice is very weak). Boldbeast doesn't need root, it records calls perfectly in two directions. Have a look at what other users said in Google Play about Boldbeast Recorder.

12. jackjones55

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Total Recall will also record calls from both sides with absolutely no root required as well on the Moto G2, Moto X Pure and others (I can confirm, as I have both the Moto G2 & Moto X Pure, so certainly this other app you're talking about isn't the only Android Call Recorder that offers this. Plus, I've been using Total Recall since 2005, back on my old Nokia N95, which to me, means that these guys will stick around. Also not sure I could trust installing an app developed in China, a lot of hacking & data theft comes from over that way!

13. scbiba

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

You are a liar. You said your Moto X Pure records calls well without root, actually it's impossible - Boldbeast checked the ROM and said all recorders need root to fix the recording problem, and this has been confirmed by Moto X Pure users. For many years when Boldbeast invented a good solution your company always "invented it also" after several months, you know "how" but you always don't know "why". It's a shame!

14. jackjones55

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

You can go right ahead and check out Total Recall on a Moto X Pure, records both sides perfectly for me! By your emotional response to my comment, I have to think your'e the developer of that crap app called "Boldbeast" (what idiot came up with that name anyways!)

15. scbiba

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

Boldbeast, the name is good or not isn't important. I am a developer or not isn't important either. I believe you are not a idiot so you must understand what really important are, why is your company a copycat? why are you lying? At this moment Moto X Pure has only one official ROM - Android 5.1.1 LPH23.116-18/18, all recorders in the market don't work well without root, why are you lying again and again?

16. jackjones55

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

I don't work for Total Recall, I've just been a user for a long, long time. As for copycat, I'm pretty sure the crappy app you're shilling hasn't been around since 2003 (that's when I personally ran into Total Recall when using my Nokia 3600 on Symbian). Hell, I've been using it on Android since 2010 (just checked my purchase records), and I'm certain I never saw BoldCrap around back then either. As most things chinese, BoldCrap is certainly nothing more than a cheap knock off of Total Recall, no questions about that, and there's a long history to prove it. Anyways, I've wasted enough time on this matter, so don't expect further replies from me, however what I can with 100% assurance say is that Total Recall records both sides of the call on my Moto X Pure (purchased right here in the good ole US of A) and I am NOT rooted. So go on and keep telling yourself it doesn't developer of BoldCrap....

17. scbiba

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

For many years there was no good solution for Nokia Symbian^3 phones, Boldbeast for the first time invented the unique solution to suppress recording beeps, after several months your copycat USA company "invented it also". For many years there was no good solution for Moto G/E/X, Huawei and many other Android phones, Boldbeast for the first time invented the unique solution to record calls perfectly without root, after several months your copycat USA company "invented it also". Many USA companies are respectable, but not include your company - you are a copycat and liar.

18. sekkhar

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

I am still using Boldbeast recorder in my Nokia N8 Symbian mobile.Yes Scbiba u r right, Boldbeast has invented a solution to suppress recording beeps & to record calls without root. The best Call recorder I ever seen. Recording is crystal clear. But, in my galaxy noteII , Boldbeast recorder is not at all working. But I say that in some phones it works. Tried many Call recorders, but still on search for a perfect one ( both sides recording ).

19. sekkhar

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

I tried all 5 above said call recorders but none is working on my Galaxy note 2. Once again tried Boldbeast recorder, Hey its working. Its my fault because ithink I have not made proper settings in my device as Suggested by Boldbeast recorder developers. Mr scbiba 100% right. One has to accept correctness rather than using provoking comments.

20. scbiba

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

After upgrading to Android 6.0, you must have found all recorders in the market don't work well for most popular phones such as Galaxy S7, S6, S5, Note5, Note4, Sony Xperia Z5, Z4, Z3, LG G5, G4, G3, Motorola Moto G 3rd, Moto X Play, Huawei Mate8, P9, P8, Honer 7 etc. However Boldbeast Call Recorder still works perfectly for all these phones WITHOUT ROOT, it records calls crystal clear in two directions.

21. manu_s

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

Try this new call recorder app available on play store Sure Link: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sajjan.c​allRecorder.automatic

22. JohnM77

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 08, 2016

There are some apps that still work well with Android 6 on many phones (eg. S5, S6 or Sony Z3): FonTel - Call Recorder (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.metasoft​.fontel) or ACR (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nll.acr​)

23. mrAndDroid

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

Why hack when you have regular app MSYNCH (search google). You can check their online demo.. Many options . for example you can hear actual call audio for every call (2 minutes ago)

24. vondes

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 13, 2017

Need help, Cant install (mobilerecorder24.com) MobileRecorder24? Is is like that app or not?

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