How to Listen to Phone Calls on iPhone

How to Listen to Phone Calls on iPhone

We’ve all had those conversations—whether they were the kind that had us laughing uncontrollably, the kind where you hit a eureka moment, or anything else in between. The kind of conversation that makes you wish you could play your phone calls back and review every word spoken.

The good news is, you can absolutely do that! Whether you’re looking into this for work or personal use, being able to playback a phone call is an extremely useful tool, and in this article, we’ll go over some methods that will allow you to do just that on your iPhone.

Can You Replay Phone Calls on iPhone?

The short answer to this question is that you normally cannot reply phone calls, no. iPhones aren’t set up to automatically record your phone calls, and there’s no setting on them to record calls either.

The reason why Apple hasn’t built in a feature that allows you to record calls basically boils down to privacy and laws. Some states in the U.S. have made recording phone calls illegal, and rather than attempt to manage iPhone settings depending on a user’s state, Apple has opted for the safe route: not allowing any users to record calls. We can hardly blame them for wanting to protect themselves.

That said, if you recorded the call yourself using some other app or method, then yes, at that point, you’d be able to replay any phone call you recorded on your iPhone.

How to Listen to Phone Calls on iPhone

1. Screen Record the Call Before Answering

This might be one of the first solutions you think of when considering how to record a call. People screen-record things all the time. There are thousands of hours of content on the web that involve people screen-recording.

However, it seems Apple guessed people might try this method of recording calls, and they’ve made iPhone settings too tight for most screen-recording apps to be able to record sound.

Of course, there’s a way around everything for the determined individual, and with the right amount of research and determination, you might find a way to get this to work.

But for the average person, with an average amount of patience, it probably isn’t worth the headache. But don’t worry; screen-recording isn’t the only option available to you. If you keep reading, we’ll discuss other things you could do to record your calls.

2. Use Another Device to Record It

You might be thinking this sounds like too much trouble or too “old school” for me to be serious, but for some people, it might actually be a better option than using an app on a phone.

Rather than having to fight with settings and whatever limitations an app presents, a second device, whether it’s a recorder or another phone, could potentially offer a little more freedom in your recording needs.

That said, you’ll likely have to use speaker phone for this method to work. Since the recorder will have to pick up both what you’re saying and what the person on the other end of the phone is saying, you’ll need to make sure their voice comes over your speakers loud enough for your second device to pick up.

If you’re looking to record private or sensitive calls, this might not be the best option for you, unless you’ve got a sound-proofed room set up or you’re totally confident that no one will be around to overhear something they shouldn’t.

3. Use Voice Memo App

The Voice Memo app comes installed on every Apple device you purchase. If you can’t find it on your phone, chances are, like me, you decided you’d never use it and deleted it off your phone.

The good news is, it’s fairly easy to get back. Open up the App Store, click the search icon (a magnifying glass) at the bottom right of your screen, and type Voice Memo.

When I did this, the app was the second option to appear. How you’ll know you have the right app is that it’s called Voice Memos, the app’s maker is listed as Utilities, and the download button should look like a cloud, meaning it was installed on your phone previously.

Voice Memos basically turns your phone into a microphone and records external audio. This basically means it might not pick up audio coming from the person you’re on the phone with because it’ll sound too soft.

If you use this to record calls, you’d probably be better off putting your phone on speaker so that it can pick up all audio. You can name each recording as you see fit, and they’ll stay saved in your app for you to listen to later.

4. You Can Also Record Calls Using Other Apps

While the Voice Memo app is a great option for Apple users because it comes pre-installed on your iPhone as an Apple app, we understand it isn’t really for everyone or every situation.

I tried using it for something on my Mac not too long ago and quickly realized that my recordings were tied to the app—I couldn’t move them elsewhere or upload them to anything. Since I wanted to be able to use them for a creative project, the app simply wasn’t the right fit for me.

If you find yourself in a similar position where you need to have access to the recording file or if you find Voice Memo isn’t the app for you for any other reason, don’t worry. There’s third party apps you can still download and use to record your calls.

1. Google Voice is one such app, allowing you to easily create a free account. You’ll get the option to answer the phone call through the app or on your phone, and the recording is done on Google’s server.

You should know that both parties will hear a warning that recording has begun though, so you’ll want to warn the person on the other end of the line beforehand, if you didn’t think to do so already. All in all, it’s a pretty simple option, and Google stores everything for you.

2. Rev Call Recorder is another app you can use to record phone calls. It’s free to download and record calls, allowing you to merge calls and get a full audio recording of the call. For a fee, you could have your recording transcribed to you as well.

This is a highly rated app that users seem to love, but it should be noted that some people have said that the set-up process can be a little long and confusing. If you aren’t too tech savvy and you’re looking for something pretty easy to use, this likely won’t be the best option for you.

3. TapeACall Pro is another popular app, with no limits on the length of time you can record for or how many recordings you can make. You can even transfer recordings between devices, which is a definite plus for people who might need recordings in various places.

The downside? This one isn’t free; the app’s cost is $10.99. However, depending on how much use you’d be putting into it, it may be a worthwhile investment. Only you can determine that.

Of course, there are plenty of other apps out there that you can look into for your call recording needs.

But remember if you aren’t doing research through Apple’s app store you’ll have to make sure whatever app you’re looking at is iOS compatible, as not every app is. The apps we’ve listed are a good place to start your search and one may be a winner for you, but don’t be afraid to look at other options if nothing suits you.

How to Listen Unrecorded Calls on iPhone

Unfortunately, if you’re an Apple user hoping to play back unrecorded calls on your iPhone, you aren’t going to be able to manage it. Apple’s tight privacy settings are part of the appeal that has attracted so many users to its products.

These settings sometimes make it difficult for users to achieve some of the things they hope to do, but at the end of the day, it’s in the name of protecting both the company and the user.

If you’d like to be able to play back any phone calls you make on your iPhone, I recommend you look into some of the methods listed above that can record and store your calls for later use. They all do require some extra set-up from you in order to work properly, but at the end of the day, they’ll ensure you’re able to record your calls.

And if you plan on making a habit of recording calls, I’d go even further to suggest that you look into your options, perhaps play around with them a bit to get a feel for how they function, and decide what will be the best fit for you.

If you’ve already got a recorder laying around that you can bring near your phone, for instance, perhaps you’ll want to use it as you’re already familiar with it, and it’s easily accessible. Or perhaps you already know how to navigate one of the apps listed above. Whatever the case may be, use whatever works best for you.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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