Despite a slow rollout, Google has switched on the call recording functionality for more users via the Google Phone app. A Pixel 4a owner from India, Jay Prakash shared the screenshots (via 9to5Google) detailing the new feature.
The calling screen includes a new “Record” button to manually initiate a recording. To learn if your phone or region supports this feature yet, simply head over to the Settings page from the Google Phone app.
Several Pixel and stock Android devices around the world have already received the call recording feature on their phones. However, the feature is restricted in some regions, thus explaining the inconsistency in its rollout.
In addition to Pixel phones, a handful of Android One phones have already received the call recording feature via the Google Phone app.
If you live in a region where call recording without prior warning is illegal, the feature may never appear on your Google Phone app. This is unlikely to change even if you have the latest version of the app.
Users have the option to auto-delete call recordings in 7, 14, or 30 days
Heading over to the Google Phone settings reveals an auto-delete function to avoid clogging up space. Users can set recordings to auto-delete after 7, 14, or 30 days. There’s also the option to delete the recordings manually.
Call recording has been a long-awaited default feature on Android. Millions of users still use alternative call recording services, although Google’s offering works more seamlessly due to the integration with the default phone app.
The Google Phone app offers multiple options to trigger call recording. For example, users can opt to have call recording enabled while receiving calls from people outside their contacts list. Users will also find an “Always record” toggle within the Google Phone settings.
There were rumors about Google bringing a transcription feature to the Phone app, though this hasn’t transpired yet. It was said early last year that this feature will utilize the existing Recorder transcription app by Google. Although some digging revealed a string related to this feature on a Google Phone APK, we haven’t heard much about it since then.