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How to Record a Conversation on an iPhone

How to Record a Conversation on an iPhone

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Whether you’re recording the voice of a loved one or conducting an interview, it’s easy to record phone conversations these days. In the past, recording phone calls required specialized equipment and adapters, but these days, it only takes a simple tap on your iPhone. Whether you’re a tech pro or one of the not-so-tech-savvy types, we’re here to walk you through how to record conversations on iPhone. 

Why Record Phone Conversations?

The need to record phone conversations runs the gamut, including everything from business meetings to personal calls. Perhaps you want legal documentation conversation that took place, or maybe you hate taking meeting notes. iPhone users are at a disadvantage because Apple doesn’t include a native phone recording app on their devices. A clunky solution for iPhone users is to put a call on speakerphone and use a digital voice recorder to record the conversation or meeting. But, this route would likely strain your ears and force you to play the recording many times to decipher words. 

You can save yourself the frustration by using a call recorder app to keep track of important conversations. Call recorder apps, like the Rev Call Recorder, make it easy to record both incoming and outgoing calls. With the Rev app, you create high-quality recordings of your calls, making transcriptions a breeze.

How to Record Phone Conversations on iPhones

It’s important to note that recording phone calls with iPhones differs from Androids. Apple doesn’t allow third-party software access to the microphone while the phone app is in use. Because of this, call recorder apps use a recording line. When you record a conversation on an iPhone, you call into a recording line for the app.

Once the call connects, you merge your party call into the recording line.  In essence, you’re creating a three-way call to enable recording capabilities. Don’t worry, it’s much simpler than it sounds and we’ll walk you through it. 

Step 1: Know the Law

Before you begin dialing, brush up on recording laws in your state so that you won’t be breaking the law when you hit the record button. Some states only require one-party consent to record, which means you can be the consenting party on the call. But, some states need both parties to consent. Check out our handy call recording law reference guide if you’re unsure of your state’s regulations.

Step 2: Download a Call Recorder App

To record your iPhone conversations, you’ll need a call recording app, such as Rev Call Recorder. You have a long list of call recording app options to choose from, but all apps are not created equal. We’re a little biased here, so we recommend Rev’s free call recorder, which offers unlimited call recordings, unlimited storage, and the ability to transcribe phone calls to text.

Once you’ve downloaded your call recording app, take a moment to verify your phone number and register the app. With your account established, you’re ready to record incoming and outgoing phone calls.

Step 3: Record Outgoing Calls

To record phone conversations when you’re initiating the call, tap on your recording app to open and begin. If you’re using Rev to record, you’ll follow these steps:

1. Once the app is open, tap on “Start Recorded Call”

2. Tap the “Outgoing Call” option

3. Enter the phone number you wish to call

3. Follow the prompt to call Rev’s recorder

4. Tap “Add Call” to dial the phone number of your call recipient

5. Once your call connects, tap “Merge Calls” to merge the call with the recorder and begin your recording

6. To stop recording, end the call normally

Step 3a: Record Incoming Calls

Sometimes you need to record a call on the turn of a dime. Not to worry, most call recording apps provide the option to record incoming calls. When you use the Rev app, you’ll follow these steps:

  • Accept your incoming call
  • Open the Rev app
  • Tap the “Start Recorded Call” option
  • Tap on the “Incoming Call” option
  • Call Rev’s recorder when prompted
  • Once that call connects, tap “Merge Calls” to start recording
  • To stop recording, end the call normally

Your call recording is available moments after you hang up. You’ll see the recording listed under “Recordings” in the app. When you tap on your recording, you’ll see several options. You can play, share or export the recording, or use Rev’s top-rated transcription services.  Tap on the ellipses at the right of the recording and select the “Rename” option to keep your calls organized. You may also choose to trim the recording or delete it under these menu options.

How to Record an In-Person Conversation on iPhone

To record an in-person conversation on iPhone, the Rev Voice Recorder app’s got you covered. Rev Voice Recorder creates high-quality recordings of conversations, perfect for transcribing. Perhaps you’re video conferencing, or in a conference room on speakerphone. Whatever the case may be, you’re set with your iPhone and the Rev Voice Recorder app. 

You need to capture the best audio for the most accurate meeting transcription. Position your microphone four-to-six inches away from the audio speaker or person. If you’re too close or too distant from the microphone, sounds will distort. Poor audio results in recordings that are difficult to decipher.

Now that you know how to record a conversation on iPhone, you’re ready to get organized! With Rev’s free recording apps, you can record and store phone conversations. And when you rename your recording files, all your conversations are organized. Need a transcription? Rev makes it easy to request a copy from your saved recording. Ready? Set? Record!