Sometimes, I want to take a voice note quickly. My ideal approach will look something like this:

  1. Take the phone
  2. Push a button
  3. Speak a sentence (without unlocking the device)
  4. Done

Later, I want to see a list of open voice notes (not handled yet) and reply them. No speech-to-text magic is needed. The primary focus is on speed.

Background: If I am talking to someone and want to take a note, I don't want to disturb the conversation since taking the phone, unlocking it, opening a note app, and finally typing it takes too long.

Best solution would be this: Start recording without looking at the phone. Like a dictaphone.

Anyway to get this thing get done?

  • I have not tried this (hence not an answer), and I'm not sure if a voice recorder would record with the screen locked. If it does, that could be achieved e.g. with Tasker: Have the camera-button (or a shake-pattern) as condition to start/stop a voice recording app.
    – Izzy
    Nov 2 '14 at 23:34
  • Not a full answer, you could use Google Now, with the options to use from any screen and when plugged in / lock screen. It's not ideal but you can just say OK Google and 'remind me to whatever' as your note. Or just put a Google Keep (or similar) widget on your lockscreen and enter it there?
    – RossC
    Nov 3 '14 at 10:54

Well, I don't know a specific application for this specific task. But you can use the built-in camera to record a video (obviously with audio) without unlock the phone.

Most devices have the function to take a picture without unlocking (camera-button, sliding, shaking etc). On the camera screen you can change from picture mode to video record easily.


Like @Izzy mentioned in the comments, Tasker is the way to go. Here you can see a List of Plug-Ins and 3rd Party Tools where you can find Easy Voice Recorder. With this installed it will be easy to create a Task for recording ;)

  • I installed Tasker, but could not start an app without unlocking. But maybe I was blind and could not find the correct configuration.
    – guettli
    Dec 20 '14 at 17:18

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