Call recording on a smartphone is an important feature for some users while some users have no use for it. There is bad news for users who frequently use third party call recording apps on their Android phones. Google will remove all third party call recording apps from the Play Store from May 11. But guess what, it doesn’t apply to native phone apps.
The Google Phone app also comes with call recording features in many regions. And if your phone has Google dialer by default, then you don’t have to worry about Google removing third party apps as the default phone app will still work with the call recording feature. Now that it is available in limited regions, here is a list of all the countries where Google Phone’s App call recording feature is available.
Google will take down third party call recording apps because they use Accessibility API to provide call recording features and it is not built for that. Here’s a statement from Google:
“The Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording.”
This means Phone apps that come preloaded on the phone and have call recording features are not violating any policies. Some of the native apps that support call recording are Google Phone, OnePlus Dialer, Mi Dialer, etc.
Many OEMs use the Google Phone app as the default phone app on their devices. The call recording feature also depends on the laws and so it is available in limited countries. And this can also be different for devices locked to carriers.
If you don’t know if the call recording function is allowed in your region or not. We have prepared the list of countries where call recording is allowed on the Google Phone App. So let’s now jump into the list.
List of Countries where Call Recording is available:
- Burkina Faso
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Central African Republic
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Falkland Islands
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- Ivory Coast
- New Zealand
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Uganda Islands
As many countries from the list have mandated the consent of both parties before the call recording, Google Phone App notifies both parties that the call is being recorded at the beginning of the call.
Note: The call recording will not work if you have manually installed the Google Phone App. It should be pre-installed on your phone.
To check if your Google Phone App is the downloaded one or pre-installed, you can check the Google’s Phone app info. To do that tap and hold the phone app and tap App Info. Now on the App Info page scroll down and check the version. If the version says .downloadable then it’s the downloaded one.
If you want to record a call, you just need to tap on Record Call on the ongoing call. Tap stop recording to do as it says. Also, you can enable call recording from the Google Phone App Settings.
Is the call recording feature allowed in your country? Are there limitations? And which native phone application you are using for the call recording function? Do let us know in the comment section.