How to Record a Phone Call on iPhone: 4 Methods with Step-by-Step Guides

Do you have a critical phone interview coming up and want to listen back to it later? Or perhaps you just need an easy way to remember everything you said on a phone call with your partner.

In either case, if you’re rocking the latest Apple phone, you’ll need to learn how to record a phone call on an iPhone.

A Word of Caution

Have you ever had a call from a telemarketer or to a customer service center, and an automated voice tells you, “This call may be recorded for quality control and training purposes.” That’s because it is illegal in many countries and states to record calls without the permission of both parties.

That is the reason there is no record function built into iPhones in the first place. Apple has industry-leading privacy policies worldwide, so there’s no way they would risk having a native call recorder app.

If you secretly record a phone conversation, you could find yourself neck-deep in fines or even jail time. You shouldn’t gamble on it as the risk is far greater than the reward in most circumstances.

So make sure you notify the other party that you plan to record the conversation before doing it.

How to Record Phone Calls on iPhone

There are four main methods to record voice calls on your iPhone, and none of them are particularly simple. Take a look at our guides below to find out which suits you best.

Use Google Voice to Record Incoming Calls on Your iPhone

Google Voice is one of the safest options for recording phone calls as it automatically lets the caller know that the call is about to be recorded.

Unfortunately, there isn’t currently a way to use Google Voice to record outgoing calls.

Google Voice is a free voiceover IP (VoIP) service that Canadian and United States residents can access. It provides a free phone number, voicemail service, and national calls.

International calls are also available, but they cost money.

You’ll need to take the following steps to get the Google Voice service working on your iPhone:

  • Sign up for a Google account if you don’t already have one
  • Download Google Voice from the app store and sign in using your Google account
  • Tap search to pick a new phone number or click on learn how to use your current phone number

    choose a google voice number
  • Confirm the number you chose, then click next until you have to enter your regular phone number
  • Enter the number associated with the sim into your iPhone
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  • Verify with the code that gets sent to your phone
  • Allow access to contacts and to send notifications

Once your app is ready to go, you still need to complete a few more steps before you can record incoming phone calls.

  1. Head to the Google Voice website and sign in
  2. Open the settings by clicking the Gear icon in the top right of the page
  3. Select the Calls tab
  4. Scroll down until you see Incoming call options
    incoming call options
  5. Slide the widget to the right
  6. When you receive calls, press the 4 key instead of the regular answer button. When you do this, Google will inform the caller that the call is going to be recorded.

Every time you have an incoming call to your Google Voice number, you should now have the option to record the call by pressing 4.

Download Third-Party Call Recording App Like TapeACall

There are quite a few different apps out there designed to record calls on an iPhone.

You could use another VoIP-supported app like Rev call recorder or TapeACall. The main differences between most of these apps and Google Voice are that these apps will cost you money but can also record outgoing calls.

There’s no right one to use here; apps like this are often taken off the app store by Apple as they end up breaching privacy laws in some way, so you may have to try out a few apps over the course of a year. You could also switch between a few different free trails to save your wallet.

Since we chose TapeACall as our example, let’s walk through the steps of getting set up:

  1. Download the app from the app store and open it
  2. Enter your phone number
  3. Enter the verification code from the text you receive
  4. Choose a plan or use the free trial option
  5. Select a phone number
  6. Follow the interactive guide to learn how to use the app for incoming and outgoing calls
    tape a call

The beauty of this app is the interactive lesson upon installation. Most others won’t have this, but once you have used one of these apps, others will seem easy to navigate.

Again, we should stress that it’s likely illegal in your area to secretly record a phone conversation with an app such as this.

Make sure the app you choose has an option to automatically inform the other party that you’re recording the call. Or, be highly vigilant about telling them yourself.

Using Speakerphone and a Second Device

It may seem silly to consider this a viable option, but it truly is the most straightforward way to record a phone conversation with your iPhone.

The built-in record function in iPhones automatically disables during phone calls. But, if the device itself is not making the call, it can still use this simple feature to record calls.

You can use your PC, Mac, Android, iPad, iPod touch, or second iPhone to record phone calls. They all have apps embedded in their operating systems for recording. These apps may be called sound recorder, voice memos, voice clips, voice recorder, etc.

The steps to recording a phone conversation with this method go as follows:

  1. Start a call on your iPhone and press the speaker button when the call connects
  2. Inform the person or business that you’re on the phone with that you are going to record the conversation
  3. Open up the voice recording app on the second device and press record

Start a 3-Way Call With Your Voicemail

You’ll need a compatible service provider because to use this method you’ll need to be able to download your voicemail messages. To check if you can do this, go to your phone app, click voicemail, and if a list of messages appears — you’re in luck.

If it only says “call voicemail”, unfortunately, you’re unable to download your voicemails, so you won’t be able to use this method easily.

You could always call your voicemail provider back and record using speakerphone and a second device — but it makes more sense just to do that for the original call instead.

If you can download your voicemails, you can use the following method to record a phone call with your iPhone.

  1. Start a call with your contact
  2. Get consent from them to record the call
  3. Tap Add call on your iPhone screen
    add call
  4. Type in your own phone number and press call. The call should route to your voicemail
  5. After your voicemail greeting ends, tap merge calls to start the conference call
    merge calls
  6. After you end the call, you should have the option to download the voicemail by pressing Phone, then Voicemail, and selecting the file — it may take a while to come through before you can do this final step.


Can I Record A Phone Call On My iPhone Natively?

No, unfortunately, Apple doesn’t have a built-in app that will allow you to record calls. You could use a second iPhone or another device to record the call with the voice memo app or similar.

How Much Are the Fines for Secretly Recording a Phone Call?

These vary depending on where you live. In some states, you can receive a prison sentence of up to five years.

Which Is the Best Way to Record iPhone Calls?

When asking how to record a phone call on your iPhone, the answer depends on your needs. So let’s summarize the options so you can make an informed decision:

  • Google Voice is great for inbound calls, but doesn’t work for outbound calls.
  • Third-party apps can be great but can also be costly and have a risk of being removed from the app store.
  • Using a second device is the easiest way to create a recording but requires you to be on speakerphone and needs a second device to record the call.
  • Using your own voicemail is an easy-to-use option for those that have a compatible service provider.

Whichever option you choose, you have to make sure you stick to the laws in your state or country.

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