You must have the latest version of the Google Phone app installed on your Pixel phone.
What you need to know
- The Google Phone app’s useful ‘Call Recording’ feature is now rolling out to compatible Pixel phones globally.
- Once you enable the feature, you’ll see a new “Record” button in the calling UI.
- The feature won’t be available in countries where recording phone calls is illegal.
Back in April last year, Google added native call recording support to its Phone app. Even though it has been more than a year since the feature was first released for Pixel phones, it is still largely limited to the U.S. Fortunately, it looks like Google has finally started expanding call recording support to Pixel phones around the world.
As spotted by Twitter user Jay Prakash (@jay__kamat), the call recording option is now live for Pixel 4a devices in India (via 9to5Google). You can check if you have the feature by opening the Google Phone app on your Pixel phone and heading over to Settings > Call recording. After you enable the feature, you will see a “Record” button in the calling UI when you make or receive a call.
— Jay Prakash (@jay__kamat) August 7, 2021
The feature appears to be rolling out to compatible Pixel phones in countries where call recording is legal. In case you live in a country where recording phone calls is illegal, you may not be able to access the option. It should be noted that the feature has already been available in India and several other countries since last year, but only on the best Android phones from Nokia and Xiaomi.
You can even have the Google Phone app auto-delete saved recordings after 7, 14, or 30 days. Google also rolled out the ability to always record phone calls from numbers not in your contacts earlier this year, but it looks like the functionality hasn’t rolled out globally yet.
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