Android call recording apps will not work on your Galaxy phone after May 11th

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Last updated: April 21, 2022 at 10:49 UTC + 02: 00

There is no shortage of Android apps for recording calls in the Google Play Store. Lots of third-party options are available, even if your device does not have a built-in recording feature. However, you will soon not be able to use these apps on your Galaxy phone.

Google has confirmed through a developer webinar that it is making a significant policy change that will effectively kill all third-party call recording apps. These changes have been made for privacy reasons.

Google hangs up on Android call recording apps

The policy change, which takes effect from May 11, 2022, limits how app developers can use the Accessibility API. The company states that this API is not designed and can not be requested for long distance audio recording.

This is actually the last nail in the coffin for third-party call recording apps for Android. Google has gradually removed APIs that allowed such apps to record calls on Android devices. Privacy remains the primary reason Google has done this.

Call recording was blocked by default in Android 10, but app developers switched to using the Accessibility API for their apps. From next month, it will no longer be possible for them to use this API for recording apps.

It is important to note that Google does not kill all call recording functionality on Android phones. Devices that come with a built-in recording feature, such as Google’s own Pixel phones, will continue to offer this feature.

Some of you may also be aware that Samsung also has a built-in call recording feature on the One UI. If you do not already know how, here you can see how to record calls on your Galaxy phone.

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