Google bans call recording apps: You can still record calls on your Android smartphones, here’s how

Google bans call recording apps: You can still record calls on your Android smartphones, here's how

Following the implementation of Google’s new Play Store policy, users can no longer record calls through third-party apps like Truecaller.

The new Play Store policy prohibits third-party apps from using the Accessibility API to record calls on Android smartphones.

However, the good news is that you can still record calls using the built-in apps. In addition, Google’s Phone also gets the ability to record calls. Let’s have a look at how you can record calls on Android smartphones.

Recording Calls on Android Devices

The first option is native smartphone apps, which still allow call recording feature unlike third party apps. However, this feature may not be available to all users as OnePlus devices are no longer coming with call recording feature. Hence, in such cases, the Google Phone app can be the best option.

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You can easily download the Google Phone app from the Play Store, while some smartphones have it pre-installed. Once installed, open the Google Phone app and click the three dots representing the “Settings” option, then click Call Recording and enable “Numbers not in your contacts.”

The automatic call recording will then be enabled for numbers that are not in your contact list. To record calls with saved numbers, you need to manually activate them every time.

OnePlus users with newer mobile phones will find the Google Phone app installed on their phones as the automatic call recording feature is no longer available on the devices. Older OnePlus phones allow automatic call recording.

Samsung users will also find similar feature on their devices. Go to the Phone app and tap on the three dots icon, and then you can access the Settings section. Next, just tap the “Record calls” option, and Auto-Record calls will be enabled. As for other smartphones, users can open the dialer app and visit the settings section.

Why is Google killing call recording apps?

Well, this is not the first time that Google has tried to remove call recording. During the Android 10 update roll out, Google had completely dropped the call recording feature on its devices.

Google said the move was taken due to privacy and security reasons. Another reason could be that call recording laws vary from country to country.

Post this move, various third-party apps like TrueCaller and ACR Phone began using the Accessibility API for recording calls. However, Google strongly criticized this and announced that the Accessibility API can no longer be used to record calls.

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“The Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording,” Google said on its support page. “The use of the Accessibility API must be documented in the Google Play listing,” it added.

What it means for you?

Google’s new policy change will affect third-party applications’ ability to use the Accessibility API to record calls. However, it won’t affect the ability of the native call recording feature on Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi and other devices to record calls using the in-built phone app.

Google has clarified that this does not affect default dialer apps. “If the app is the default dialer on the phone and also pre-loaded, accessibility capability is not required to get access to the incoming audio stream, and hence, will not be in violation.”

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