When Google introduced a new Recorder app with the Pixel 4, a lot of people were confused. There were hundreds of these apps on the Play Store that do a great job, so why did Google need to make one? Well, when you actually use it, you quickly see it's leaps and bounds better than any other option.
The Pixel's recorder app can now be had on almost any phone. With this app, you get live transcriptions of your recordings — no premium service required. But what makes this feature truly powerful is the ability to take the transcriptions and share them with other apps, which incidentally makes this one hell of a note-taking app.
First, you'll need Google's Recorder app. If you have a Pixel, you can get it here. If you don't own a Pixel, you can sideload the app. Just make sure your phone is set to allow sideloading, then download this APK. Then, just open the APK file and press "Install" when prompted. If you'd like more help, see our full guide below.
Once you have the app, open it and give it permission to use the microphone, then tap the red button to begin a recording. The app will begin recording and alert you when it detects speech so you know if the sound is being properly captured.
After you finish recording, pause it, then select "Save." After you decide whether to rename it or not, you will be directed to a new page with a list of all your recordings. Choose a recording, and on its playback page, tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of your screen and select "Share."
A prompt will appear asking you whether you want to share the audio file, the text file, or both. Select the text file to open the Share Menu. On this list, find your note-taking app of choice and select it to share the text and audio file of your recording with it.
Once shared with a note-taking app, you can then modify the transcription to best suit your review style. The Recorder app transcribes the audio in paragraph form. Using the note-taking app, you can convert the text into bullet points, bold, italics, and more. Here, you can take the information you recorded notes on and rewrite it in the best way that helps you retain the information.
Google provides a free note-taking app, Keep, which is already preinstalled on your smartphone if you need an app to get you started. But my personal preference is Evernote since it's much more feature-rich.