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How To Record Calls on Your iPhone Without An Extra App

Here’s a tutorial on the built-in call recorder for iPhone, which you can access through a nifty little trick that involves voicemail and no additional tools. Recording calls on iPhone used to require a jailbreak and special tweak software, such as TapeACall, or call recorder apps while the other side was informed of you recording the call acoustically. We have now discovered a new trick that will allow you to record a conversation from your iPhone without the use of additional tools or apps so you can record a phone call on iPhone secretly.

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Requirements

You will need iOS 9.0 or a more recent iOS version as well as voicemail. Earlier versions of iOS do not allow the export of voicemail audio files, which we require for this trick to work. Another requirement is that your provider allows you to use the iPhone voicemail feature, which is not a given for all providers. Learn more about iOS voicemail in our designated article.

How to record a call on iPhone

It might be illegal in your region to record phone calls secretly without the consent of the other party/parties. Please consult your local jurisdiction before attempting to record phone conversations on iPhone, or ask for the consent of the other party before recording.

To record a phone call on your iPhone, call the contact in question or dial a number. As soon as the call has been established, select “add call” from the interface.

This opens your contact list. Select your own contact from your address book or go to the keypad by selecting it from the bottom button bar and dial your own number, then confirm with the green dial button. This will add your voicebox to the conference call.
As soon as the voicemail call is established and you have heard the beep that indicates that it is recording, go back to the interface and select merge calls. You now record iPhone calls to your voicemail. This trick works as a free call recorder for iPhone without internet, but as soon as you want to transfer the audio file you will need internet.

Save the recorded call from iPhone to computer

Open up the Phone app on your iPhone and select the “Voicemail” feature from the bottom button bar. Select the recording, then tap the “Share” button to e.g. send it to yourself via email and save it to your computer.

Tip: Your call history is long and you want to delete it for private or practical reasons? In this article we explain how to delete your call history on iPhone.