TapeACall Pro review: record phone conversations on your iPhone

By , Sep 17, 2013

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I record telephone conversations a lot. It is part of my business as a media writer. I regularly interview people for stories and oftentimes, they don’t live anywhere near me, so I record the interview over the phone. Normally, I use a 10-year-old digital recorder connected to an adapter that is connected to my landline. I’ve always wanted to be able to use my iPhone for interviews.

TapeACall Pro lets you record your telephone conversations on your iPhone and share your audio files through Dropbox, Evernote, and more. Just be sure to tell the person you are talking to that you are recording the conversation. It’s the law…

Design

There isn’t much to the design of this app at all. It features a big red button on a dark gray background. That is practically it.

After you’ve recorded your first call, an additional Play button will appear under the big red Record button. When you tap the Play button, you’ll be directed to a list of your recorded calls.

If you tap the Settings icon in the bottom right corner of the screen, you will be able to watch a how-to video, read phone recording laws in your state, and toggle on or off the recording “Beep” tone that will remind you and your conversation companion that the call is being recorded.

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App Use

The first thing you will need to do is register your device with the TapeACall service. Send a request through the link and you will be sent a SMS with a four-digit PIN. Enter the PIN and the country you are in to activate the phone recording service.

Once your device is activated, you’ll be able to record your phone calls.

To do so, open the TapeACall Pro app, then, tap the big red record button. You will automatically be redirected to your phone.

Tap “Add a Call” from the options of your phone and dial the phone number or add it from your contacts. Then, tap “Merge Calls” from the options in your phone.  After the merge has been activated, your phone call will be recorded.

It is important to remember that you must merge the call in order to record it. It may take as long as 30 seconds for the “Merge Calls” button to be enabled. However, in my experience, it happened within a few seconds.

If you want to record an incoming call or a call that you are already on, put the caller on hold, open the TapeACall app, and tap Merge Calls when the button is enabled. Once enabled, your conversation will be recorded.

You can activate Beep tones, which reminds you and the other person on the phone that the conversation is being recorded. The beep goes off about once per minute.

Your phone conversations will all be stored in the app. You can listen to the recorded conversations directly, or send them to SMS, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Facebook, and Twitter as a web link to the audio file. You can also send the files through email directly to a specific recipient. The recording will be converted into an MP3 audio file. If you copy the link to your clipboard, you can also send it directly to your desktop if you are using DeskConnect.

If you find yourself recording multiple phone conversations, you can label each one to make it easier to figure out whom you were talking to.

If you don’t know what your telephone recording laws are, you can look them up by tapping the Settings icon. Different states have different laws. For example, in my state of California, both parties must know that the conversation is being recorded. Many other states only require that one person in the conversation know.

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The Good

I love being able to record my telephone conversations. I record interviews on a regular basis and now I don’t have to plug in my outdated digital recording device into my landline. I can do the whole thing right from my iPhone.

The Bad

The quality of the recordings is a bit low. It isn’t terrible, but my 10-year-old digital recorder has about the same quality.

All of the calls that you record are stored on the TapeACall server for one year. While this is reasonable for technological purposes, it feels weird knowing that my recorded calls are stored somewhere outside of my iPhone. Luckily, when you delete a recording on your phone, it will delete it on the server.

Value

TapeACall Pro is priced at $9.99. It is comparable to other apps like it in the App Store, but is definitely expensive. If you regularly record your phone conversations, this is a must-have for using on your iPhone. However, if you are just trying to catch someone in a lie, or record you nephew talking on the phone for the first time, you may want to try TapeACall Lite for free instead.

Conclusion

This is a fantastic app for journalists, phone sales reps, lawyers, and professionals who regularly record their phone conversations. It frees you from the landline confines and makes it easy to share your recordings through a number of different outlets. It is a little too expensive for someone just looking to make a few 60-second phone calls, but worth the price for business people looking for a phone recording service. Download it in the App Store today.

Related Apps

Call Recorder Pro does the same exact thing. It even looks very similar. CallRec Pro also records your phone conversations, but only offers email as a sharing option.

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  • RarestName

    Audio Recorder by Elias Limneos.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Audio Recorder requires a jailbreak though.

      TapeACall is in the App Store (no jb required)

  • JerseyD

    There’s audio recorder in Cydia that works good but isn’t in any default repos.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Audio Recorder all the way…no need to rely on any nonsense third party, and call length is unlimited.

  • Dante

    I feel like IDB is getting away from all things jailbroken. Audio Recorder by Limneos. Integrated into the dialer, stored locally, and is what? like $3.99. How can you not mention this?

    • bob

      maybe they will mention it later

    • Rickm_jr

      They explicitly state they do articles on other topics. They aren’t called “iJailbreakBlog,” and, not to mention this app is for non-jail broken devices.

    • Heather

      The problem with storing recordings locally is that you’re limited in regards to space. Furthermore, what happens if your phone is lost or stolen? With the recordings stored in the cloud, you don’t have to worry.

  • Bob

    lol I like the way they promote this but didn’t showcase the Call Recorder by Elias Limneos which natively runs on iOS and was a breakthrough as no one was able to achieve this before him, which makes this app obsolete. Shows how commercialised iDB is.

    Call recorder can automatically record calls, this you need to ring their number and merge calls. They also keep a recording of that on their servers for a year.

    The audio quality is terrible compared to Elias’ Call Recorder.

    Elias Limneos has also released the first ever voice changer for iPhone that works natively. He’s done some pretty amazing stuff. It’s a shame when some developers don’t get the attention they deserve and get overlooked.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Jeff tried several times to get Elias’ app to work unsuccessfully, which is why it was never featured on iDB.

  • bob

    I was wondering about that.

  • bob

    nice review!

  • Abdl

    Call recording feature exists natively on other OSs…apple do something!!

    • Rickm_jr

      Apple will do nothing ._.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      It’ll probably be a groundbreaking feature for iOS 20; something dumb phones have had for decades…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I doubt it. Most phones have AM / FM radios built in yet iPhone doesn’t. You can’t expect the iPhone to get all of the features other phones have especially if you look at the features from Apples perspective…

  • Gerryman62

    Love this app I use a lot would recommend for sure

  • Heather

    I’ve been using this app since early this year – I love it! I’ve looked at some of the jailbroken apps out there, and they’re nothing to write home about. What’s really nice, especially being somewhat of a tech noob, they have actual customer support…nice to know somebody’s there if I have an issue.

  • Guest

    You mention that “you can activate Beep tones.” Any idea how do you de-activate them? I find them very distracting but can’t seem to find any setting that controls them, either in the app, or in settings in general. Googling also didn’t turn up anything useful. (I’m using the pro version on a Verizon iPhone 5s running the latest version of iOS 7.) Thanks.

    • suhas

      Hi Any response to this question ? I would like to use an app with no beep sound recording. Can someone please inform this response to me too. Thanks.