If you go to Settings -> Apps -> All, you'll be able to find the "Sound Recorder" built-in application in JB 4.2.2, but it's not shown on the app drawer.

Curious, how to run it?!

PS: it's not a question about choosing recording application, but about curiosity of running the built-in one

sound recorder app info


I suspect the Sound recorder could be just a component that is used by several apps, such as Google Now and Voice Search. If you take a look at the list of apps, there are also others that can't be run directly, such as MusicFX, NFC Service, Search Applications Provider etc., most of which take exactly the same amount of space, 12.00KB.

Note that this is just an assumption, I have no further proof.

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    Yep, I actually came into the same conclusion, but was looking for some proofs or just similar thoughts – zerkms Mar 12 '13 at 10:16
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    But, huh, they could choose the better name for the service (who I am to judge though) – zerkms Mar 12 '13 at 10:19
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    It's launchable, there are apps in gplay store to open the activity. Can't confirm that they are working, using lollipop – saloalv Jan 26 '15 at 16:15

This app has no inbuilt GUI link on many builds. You can use the app Sound Recorder Shortcut by KN Inc to access it through a shortcut though. The app needs no permission. The recordings are saved on the SD card in path /sdcard/. The files names are recording*.3gpp. The recording was just ok though with some amount of background noise.


I managed to record with the help of built in app. Go to Messaging app->Attach->Record Audio.


Here's how to run it:

  1. Open your app list.
  2. Go to Voice Recorder.
  3. Open it and record.
  • There is no either "Voice Recorder" or "Sound Recorder" in "app list" – zerkms Mar 12 '13 at 10:06
  • Are you in stock 4.2 or is a custom ROM? Voice Recorder should be in a stock ROM. – Peter Mar 12 '13 at 10:08
  • I'm on a vanilla JB 4.2.2 shipped with Nexus 4 – zerkms Mar 12 '13 at 10:09
  • I think Nexus 4 doesn't have it preinstalled. Does it have something like "Google Voice" or something similar? – Peter Mar 12 '13 at 10:11
  • Nope, there is no Google Voice. And I've added a screenshot of a app details taken from "App > All > Sound Recorder" – zerkms Mar 12 '13 at 10:15

There must be an .apk floating around somewhere. My CyanogenMod 4.2.2 has an app in the drawer named "sound recorder".

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