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Is there a way to easily record a phone conversation in-progress?

I'm using a Moto Atrix 4G (MB860) running Android 2.3.6 bought from AT&T, and have tried a wide range of call recording apps but have yet to find one that actually works on my device. I notice that some apps explicitly explain that they don't work on Moto phones. Is this a hardware problem? Can I do anything to make it work?

I would like my phone to automatically record all incoming and outgoing calls, and save them in a common audio file type in the SD card or internal storage of the phone.

I've search the website, but the posts I found about call recording are neither specific to Atrix nor Motorola, which I believe are the key to the problem I currently have.

(Despite that I bought the phone from the U.S., I live in a country where call recording is perfectly legal to the best of my knowledge.)


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Simple answer: No, you can't.

Longer variant: While you can recording your own voice, the system prevents you from recording the remote voice (the person you called or who is calling you). This already frustrated a lot of developers who tried to write some "answering machine" apps. So there seems to be no way without hacking the entire system...


Google Voice provides this functionality, if you install it and make calls through that number. They explain:

To get started simply enable the call recording feature:

Click the gear icon and select Settings [on voice.google.com]. Click the Calls tab. Select the checkbox next to Call Options. Once you've enabled it you can turn it on during a call by pressing 4 at any time to record your incoming calls. You can do it when you first accept a call, or any time after it's started. To stop the recording, press 4 again or hang up.

NOTE: I believe this method stores the recorded calls online, but don't know if there is a way to save them to your device.

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