Call recording on a smartphone is an important feature for some users, while it is useless for others. There is terrible news for Android users who routinely use third-party call recording apps. From May 11, Google will delete all third-party call recording apps from the Play Store. However, it does not apply to native phone apps.
In many countries, the Google Phone app also includes call recording capabilities. And if your phone comes standard with Google dialer, you won’t have to worry about Google uninstalling third-party apps because the default phone app will still work with the call recording feature. Here is a list of all the countries where Google Phone’s App call recording feature is accessible now available in limited territories.
Google will remove third-party call recording apps because they utilize the Accessibility API to deliver call recording functionality, which it was not designed for. Google has issued the following statement:
“The Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording.”
This means that phone apps with call recording functionalities preloaded on the phone do not violate any policies. Google Phone, OnePlus Dialer, Mi Dialer, and other native apps supporting call recording are listed below.
List of Countries that allow Google Phone’s App Call Recording
The Google Phone app is the default phone app on many OEM smartphones. The call recording feature is also subject to local restrictions. Thus it is only available in a few countries. This can also differ for carrier-locked devices.
Suppose you are unsure whether or not the call recording function is permitted in your location. We have compiled a list of countries where call recording on the Google Phone App is permitted. So let’s get started on 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
Because many countries on the list require both sides’ approval before recording a call, Google Phone App tells both parties that the call is being recorded at the start 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.
You can check the Google Phone app details to see if your Google Phone App was downloaded or pre-installed. To do so, hold down the phone app and select App Info. Scroll down to the App Info page and check the version. If the performance is marked downloadable, it has been downloaded.
Touch on Record Call on the currently active call to record a call. To stop recording, use the stop recording button. You can also activate call recording under the Google Phone App Settings.
Is call recording permitted in your country? Are there any restrictions? And which native phone apps do you use for call recording? Please let us know in the comments.