How to Record Calls on iPhone for Free Without App (2023)

It’s quite easy to forget the day-to-day conversations we have with our friends and family or confuse one of them with the other, which is why knowing how to record calls on iPhone comes in handy, particularly in my role as a Software Developer where accurate understanding of the design and objectives is crucial.

There are a number of methods for recording phone calls on iOS, and I’ve tested them all. Lucky for us, whether you own an iPhone 15 Pro Max, or an iPhone 12, they work the same (assuming your iPhone is real).

But instead of boring you with a list of all 36 methods, I’ll cut to the chase and give you what I think is the best. So, without further ado, let’s dive in.

Note: It’s worth noting that regulations regarding call recording differ not only between countries but also among states in the U.S. In some cases, obtaining consent is a prerequisite from all participants in the call, while in others, consent from just one party is sufficient. Recording a conversation in which you aren’t an active participant is generally considered illegal.

How to Record Calls on iPhone Without App?

1. Use Another Device

One of the simplest ways to record calls without the app on your device is to use another device if you have one. Let’s run through the steps:

  • Start the call you want to record
  • During the call, switch your phone to speaker mode.
  • Use another device (e.g., laptop, phone, tablet, recorder) to record the conversation.

All phones come with a built-in recorder. Google’s Recorder app for Pixel phones is my favorite because it can automatically transcribe conversations and has a dedicated site where you can review or download them. You can use Voice Memos on an iPhone.

How to Record Calls on iPhone

2. Using Third Party Website

We’ll be using a simple website, Recordator, for this method. In case you don’t know what Recordator is, it is simply a website to record and store calls on an iPhone, hence it is perfect for us.

  • Go to Recordator and create a free account.

    How to Record Calls on iPhone: using Recordator
  • Make a call from your phone to their toll-free number for the United States: +1-888-829-2045. For international users, use the relevant dial-in number from their website.
  • Add your recipient to the call by pressing “add call” on your dial screen. When they answer, tap “merge” on your call screen to create a three-way conference, and the Recordator will begin recording and storing the conversation.

If you can’t find a dial-in number for your country, use an alternative method:

  • Sign in to your Recordator account, and select the “New Call” option
  • Enter the contacts’ name and number and press “add”
  • Use “Click-to-call” to set up a three-way conference, record the call, and store it.

To access the recording:

  • Sign in to your account, and go to “My Recordings” to find all your recorded calls.
  • Next to each recording, you’ll find options to download or share the files, whichever you prefer.

3. Use Your Voicemail Inbox

Yep. You heard it right. You can use your voicemail to record your calls. Bear with me though as it’s not exactly conventional 🙂

  • Start the call you wish to record.
  • On your call screen, find and tap the “add call” button.
  • Open your contacts list and select your own number (or dial your own number using the Keypad icon).
  • Confirm this addition by tapping the dial button, and adding your voice box to the call.

    How to Record Calls on iPhone
  • Once you reach the voice box, wait for the ‘beep,’ signaling the start of recording.
  • Return to the call screen, where you’ll find the “merge” option – tap on it.

    How to Record Calls on iPhone
  • This action will merge your calls into a regular conference. As your voicemail number is on one end, the entire conversation will be recorded as an inbox message.

And that’s it. You can find the saved recording in your voicemail inbox. You can mail it yourself or share it with others as well as shown below.

How to Record Calls on iPhone


Alternate Methods to Record Calls

1. Google Voice

To record incoming calls, there’s a handy service you can use to save yourself the headache of finding an app. In many cases, we are only concerned with recording incoming calls as they are the ones opening the door to all kinds of fraud.

If that’s the case with you, problem solved! Just follow the steps below and you should be good to go:

I. Create a Google Voice Account: If you haven’t already, go to the Google Voice website and create an account.

II. Access Call Settings: After logging in to your Google Voice account, tap the gear icon located at the top right corner to access settings.

III. Select Call Settings: In the settings menu, choose “Calls” from the options on the left-hand side.

IV. Enable Incoming Call Options: Look for the “Incoming call options” and toggle it on. This setting allows you to control incoming call features, including call recording.

V. Start Recording Calls: Now, during a call, you can simply press the number 4 on your dial pad to initiate call recording. When you wish to stop recording, press 4 again.

To listen to recorded calls, choose the Recorded option in the Google Voice app in the menu.

2. TapeACall

TapeACall as the name suggests is an app to tape the call, and then save it to your device if you wish. Follow the steps to do that:

  • Open the Apple App Store and download TapeACall. Both free and paid versions are available.
  • Dial the desired number using the Phone app.
  • While the call is ongoing, open the TapeACall app and press “record.” This action will place a call to their access number.
  • Return to your dial screen and press “merge.” This will transform the call into a three-way conference, recording your conversation.
How to Record Calls on iPhone

Source: tapeacall

3. Rev

This performs the same purpose as above and is a free app. To use this, perform the following steps:

  • Download the app from the Apple App Store, input your phone number, and complete the verification process by entering the provided 4-digit code.
  • Start a new call recording by tapping the green call button, and if you’re already on a call, the app will recognize it automatically.
  • Turn on Push Notifications to receive notifications once your recordings are finished.
  • Confirm your outgoing call by tapping the number that appears (Rev Call Recorder’s number) and clicking Call again. Merge the two calls to include the Rev caller and the person you’re recording.
  • Once finished, access your recording directly within the app.
How to Record Calls on iPhone


  • How do I record an incoming call on my iPhone?

    On iPhones running iOS 14 or later, you can record incoming calls by merging the call with your own number. Alternatively, download a call recording app from the App Store. Ensure compliance with local laws.

  • Does iPhone automatically record calls?

    No, iPhones do not automatically record calls. While iOS 14 and later allow manual call recording by merging calls, there is no in-built automatic call recording feature on iPhones.

  • Why iPhone does not have call recording?

    Apple does not include a call recording feature on iPhones primarily due to privacy and legal considerations. Recording calls without explicit consent may violate privacy laws, so it’s not included. You can manually record calls using third-party apps or features like call merging though.

  • How can I record a call on my iPhone without the owner knowing?

    Even though you could do so using Recordator, Google Voice, or a number of other apps, it is not recommended to do so as it violates Privacy Laws and can be considered illegal.

Wrap Up

While there are instances where recording calls without consent is justified for safety, it’s generally unethical. Always inform others if you record, respecting regional laws. Prioritize safety and avoid sharing sensitive details with strangers on calls. The recommended methods are safe and having tested them myself, work like a charm!

Happy Recording 🙂

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