How To: Record Phone Calls on Any Android Device

Record Phone Calls on Any Android Device

Many apps claim to record phone calls on Android, but very few actually deliver. There's just too many different devices floating around out there for one app to be able to support them all—or so it would seem.

The development team at Boldbeast Software may have finally solved this issue with a highly customizeable call recording app that can be configured to work on almost any Android phone. That may sound a bit complicated, but for most phones, setup is about as simple as it gets—and what's more, it doesn't even require root in most cases.

Step 1: Install Boldbeast Call Recorder

The app that brings call recording functionality to most Android devices is called Boldbeast Call Recorder, and it's available for free on the Google Play Store. Either search the app by name to get it installed, or head directly to the install page at the following link.

Step 2: See if Your Device Is Supported Without Root

For the majority of phones, Boldbeast Call Recorder simulates a Bluetooth connection to record audio. This means that you don't need to be rooted to use the app in most cases—in fact, all you need to do is open the app and accept the licensing terms.

If your phone is in the following list, that means you're good to go, so skip ahead to Step 4 to see how to record calls. Otherwise, if your device is not listed here, you'll need to be rooted to record calls, so make sure to read the instructions in Step 3.

  • HTC One M9
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One E8
  • HTC One M7 (Sprint variant only)
  • HTC Desire 826, 820, 816t, 816w, 816d, 700, 620, 616, 610, 600
  • Huawei P8 (all variants)
  • Huawei Honor (most generations & variants)
  • Huawei Ascend Mate 7
  • LG G4 (all variants)
  • LG G3 (all variants)
  • LG G2 (all variants)
  • LG D410, D415, D618, D620, D686, D724
  • LG P760, P769, P880
  • LG L41C, LS990, MS769
  • LG VS840 4G
  • Moto G (all generations)
  • Moto E (all generations)
  • Moto X (2nd generation)
  • Moto X Play
  • Droid Turbo XT1254
  • Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge (all variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (all variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (all variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini (most variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (most variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (some variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (some variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (most variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (most variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (all variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (all variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (most variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (some variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha (some variants)
  • Sony Xperia Z4/Z3+
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia ZR
  • Sony Xperia E, E4
  • Sony Xperia M, M2, M4
  • Micromax (most devices)
  • OnePlus (all devices)
  • Xiaomi (most devices)
  • Xolo (most devices)
  • ZTE (most devices)

Step 3: Configure Boldbeast (Rooted Phones Without Native Support)

If you device was not in the above list, you'll likely have to be rooted to use Boldbeast Call Recorder. If that's the case, tap the three-dot menu button from the app's main screen, then head to "Settings." From here, choose "Call Settings," then tap "Fix Recording Issues."

Next, tap the "Enable Rooted Options" entry, then press "Enable" on the message that comes up next. From here, Boldbeast Call Recorder will ask for Superuser access, so tap "Grant" on the popup to enable root options in the app.

At this point, you'll need to back out to the main settings menu to adjust a few options. The exact configuration will vary depending on your device, but I've listed the proper settings for two popular devices below.

Nexus 6P Call Recording Settings

  • Call Settings -> Record Mode: 1 or 5
  • Call Settings -> Record Format: MP4
  • Call Settings -> Fix Recording Issues -> Tune Audio Effect: Disabled
  • Call Settings -> Fix Recording Issues -> Tune Audio Route: Group3
  • Call Settings -> Fix Recording Issues -> Change Audio Controls: Yes
  • Call Settings -> Fix Recording Issues -> Change Audio Driver: No
  • Call Settings -> Fix Recording Issues -> Start Input Stream: Yes

Moto X Pure or Moto X Style Call Recording Settings

  • Call Settings -> Record Mode: 1 or 5
  • Call Settings -> Fix Recording Issues -> Tune Audio Route: Group3
  • Call Settings -> Fix Recording Issues -> Change Audio Controls: Yes
  • Call Settings -> Fix Recording Issues -> Change Audio Driver: No
  • Call Settings -> Fix Recording Issues -> Start Input Stream: Try Yes & No

If you have any other device that requires root to record phone calls, the developer has listed the proper settings on his forum. So head to this link, then find the thread about your device to view further instructions.

Step 4: Record Calls

With everything set up, recording phone calls is incredibly easy. To begin, simply make a phone call using your regular Phone or Dialer app—at which point, you'll notice a small "Record" button near the upper-left corner of your screen. To record the phone call, simply tap this button, and both sides of the phone call will be captured in crystal clear quality.

When you're done recording the call, simply hang up the phone or tap the floating "Record" button again.

Step 5: Access Recordings

In the future, if you'd like to listen to any call recordings, simply open the Boldbeast Call Recorder app. From here, tap the phone icon at the top of the screen, then tap any recording on the subsequent menu to listen to it. If you'd like to get a hard copy of the call recording, you'll find the MP4 sound files stored in the "BBRec" folder on your SD card or internal storage.

Which method worked for your device—the basic Bluetooth workaround or the root settings tweaks? Let us know in the comment section below, or drop us a line on Android Hacks' Facebook or Twitter, or on Gadget Hacks' Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

2 Comments

Thanks for recommending such a great app, I was able at last to record calls using my Bluetooth device (Samsung Level U on a Note4 5.1.1 to be precise) even though I had to pay an IAP of $10.12 US for it to start recording calls more than 30 secs automatically, but it worked great after unchecking "Suppress Bluetooth Noise" in the app settings.

Thanks Again

Tried 3 others that came highly recommended. NONE WORKED! This BoldBeast Recorder worked immediately. Now Sprint Phone Service cant make anymore promises to me without repercussions!

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