How to Record a Phone Call on an iPhone

By Rebekah Schilperoort

The iPhone does not come with the built-in capability to record phone calls. Luckily, there are a range of free and paid apps that can perform this task easily.

Things You'll Need

  • App Store account

The latest version of the iPhone offers optical image stabilization and the ability to record videos in full 1080p HD, but it still doesn't have the inherent capability to record a phone call. However, there are several apps you can add to your iPhone to accomplish this task. To get you started, try a few of the highly rated phone call recording apps available for iOS 8.


Google Voice

The Google Voice app has a feature to record phone calls. There's one catch — it's limited to incoming calls only. Other than that, it's simple to use. Google Voice requires a free Google account to download and access the app.

Step 1

After the app is downloaded, go to Settings and click the Calls tab. Enable the recording function by checking the box next to Call Options.

Step 2

Press 4 at any time during a call to turn the function on, and end recording by pressing 4 again. Google Voice stores recorded calls online, where they can be accessed through the Google Voice inbox.

Call Recorder

Call Recorder is a free app that records both incoming and outgoing calls in full, but to listen to recordings past the first 60 seconds, users need to upgrade to the Pro version for $9.99. Users receive 300 minutes worth of credits, and they can purchase additional minutes within the app. One nifty feature allows the user to share recordings by email, Twitter, Facebook and other services. Be aware that the app does not yet support H2O Wireless or Virgin Mobile cellular providers.

Call Recorder app in the App Store

Step 1

To record incoming or outgoing calls, first tap the Record button on the Record screen. The app dials Call Recorder's recording number.

Step 2

For incoming calls, select the Merge option to connect your existing call with the recording line. For outgoing calls, select the Add Call option to dial your recipient and then select Merge to join the call with the recording line.

TapeACall Lite

TapeACall Lite records your entire phone conversation, but just the first 60 seconds of playback are free. Users must upgrade to the Pro version for $9.99 to access the entire recording. There’s no limit on the length of the recordings, which can be shared, uploaded or transferred as soon as the call ends. Before downloading the app, confirm your carrier supports three-way calling.

TapeACall app in the App Store

Step 1

For incoming calls, select the Record option, which places the current call on hold while the app dials the recording line. After it connects, select Merge to connect the call with the recording line.

Step 2

For outgoing calls, select Record to dial the recording line. After it connects, dial the number you want to record by selecting Add Call and then Merge after the call recipient answers the call.