UPDATE: If you’d like to recover your deleted call recordings then you should check out THIS VIDEO – However keep in mind that there’s NO GUARANTEE that you will be able to restore your deleted recordings, as Android OS keeps on overwriting new data on the free space of recently deleted data.
If you are using an Android powered smartphone or tablet device and want to record all incoming as well as outgoing calls on it, then let’s check out in this post how to do so using a free application?
Automatic Call Recorder for Android allows you to record any phone call, listen to the recorded conversation and share the audio file instantly. Download and install the application from Play Store on your mobile device and run the application.
When the application first starts, check the box in front of Increase call volume. This will help the application in recording your calls in better quality:
The immediate next thing that you should do is to go to application’s settings and check the box in front of Always show the application in the notification bar. When you enable this option, a small phone icon will always be visible in the top left corner of your device’s screen and you can directly access the application from the notification bar. But if you don’t want to see this icon, then you can always skip this step!
Now whenever you make a call OR receive a call to/from someone, you will see a small red circular icon in the top left corner of your device’s screen. This icon indicates that your call is currently being recorded by the application:
When you disconnect a call and check your device’s notification area, the application will tell you that you currently have X number of recordings:
Tap on the new recording(s) and you will be able to see a list of all recorded numbers/lots of options for a particular recording:
- Play: Your recorded call will start playing within the application’s inbuilt audio player.
- Delete: Tapping on this will instantly delete a recording permanently from your device. Keep in mind that once a recording has been deleted, there’s no way to recover that file.
- Share: Allows you to share the recorded file via Bluetooth, Email, Gmail, MMS, Dropbox, Google Drive etc.
- Save: If you tap on save option for a particular recording, then the application will move that file from inbox to saved.
- Edit Call notes: If you want to enter or edit notes for a particular recording, then you can do so using this option.
- Contact history: Will show you a list of all incoming and outgoing calls that you have made to/received from a particular number.
- Call: The application will directly place a call to a particular number/contact.
- Contact details: Will open the phone book of your device, so that you can see the stored contact details of particular number.
- Don’t record this contact: The application won’t record any further calls from a particular contact/number.
You can also see/set following things under application’s settings:
- Record calls: The application will keep on running in the background and will keep on recording all/specific calls on your mobile device.
- Cloud: You can associate your Dropbox and Google Drive account with the application, so that your recordings can be synced to the cloud automatically. Keep in mind that certain cloud syncing features are only available in the pro version of the application.
- Audio source: The default audio source for the application is voice call, but you can always select from Mic, Voice uplink and Voice downlink as per your requirements. Uplinking means transmission path for commands from mobile station (cell phone) to the base station (cell site), while downlinking means transmission path for commands from base station to the mobile station.
- File type: The default extension for all your recorded audio calls will be AMR (Adaptive Multi-Rate audio codec), but you can always select 3GP OR WAV (Waveform Audio File Format) using this option.
- Recording path: The default recording path for all your recordings is /sdcard/CallRecordings, but you can always change the path as per your own requirements. Either it can be in your phone’s memory OR on an external memory card.
- Reset recording path: If you want to reset the recording folder to default, then tap on this option.
- External player: The application has an inbuilt player which can be used to play your recorded files. But in case you want to use some third party audio player installed on your device, then check the box in front of this option.
- Notification bar: The application icon will always be visible in the notification area on your device.
- New call: Enabling this option will always show you a notification about a new call.
- Show caller image: Will show the caller image in the new call notification.
- Automatic speaker: Your phone speakers will be switched ON instantly for all incoming and outgoing calls.
- Inbox size: You can select from 5, 10, 20, 40, 100 and 200 (only available in the pro version of the application) as your inbox size. Once your inbox is full, the application will automatically start deleting the very last audio file from the recording list.
- Bluetooth: When your device is connected to or using Bluetooth, the application won’t record your calls.
- Recording volume: Increasing the recording volume allows the application to record your calls in better quality.
- Default mode: Select from Record all, ignore all and ignore contacts as the default operating mode for the application. Record all is the option which is enabled by default.
- Contacts to record: Using this option you can select a list of all the contacts from your phone book whose incoming as well as outgoing calls you want to record. Keep in mind that the application will keep on recording calls from all other numbers which are not present in your phone book.
- Contacts to ignore: Select a list of all those contacts whom you don’t want to record at all.
- Show subject: The application will always display the call subject in the recording list.
- After call: If you enable this option, then a recording summary and various actions that can be performed will be shown immediately after a call is ended.
- Language: The default language for the application is System language, but you can always select from English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Swedish, Polish, Turkish, Hindi, Vietnamese, Thai, Slovak, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Indonesian, Hungarian, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Danish, Czech, Italian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Hebrew, Filipino, Serbian and Ukrainian as the default language.
- Shake to record: The pro version of the application allows you to record a call by shaking your mobile device. When you enable shake to record option, the application will start recording a call that wouldn’t be automatically recorded. You can also set the shake sensitivity for your device as per your requirements.
- Overall quality of the recorded audio file also depends on the quality of your mobile network. Poor network will always result in low audio quality.
- If there is lots of noise in the background, then your whole recording may get ruined.
- Since the application automatically starts deleting/overwriting recorded files once the inbox is full, so make sure that you have saved any important recorded call either on your computer (share via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi) OR on a cloud server. Once a file is deleted/overwritten, there is no way to recover it. Only advanced Android users may help you to recover that file.
- Try to speak louder when you are recording calls.
- You can always make use of multi-select option present within the application to batch delete multiple audio files from your device.
- Make sure that your phone’s internal memory or SD card have sufficient storage space for saving recorded calls. The application won’t be able to record any calls if there’s insufficient space.