1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    I was told by app developers that the Android API does not allow them to record any internal sounds. You have to send sounds through the external mic via the speaker. This makes no sense to me. It would make much more sense to allow people the option to use the internal mic or not. As it stands, I can't record anything that I need earbuds in for. Anyone have a very good reason for neglecting this feature?
    05-01-2018 10:04 AM
  2. Ihate_Camper's Avatar
    no one cant seem to answer this question. I have raised this as well before but no reply fromanyone.


    if someone suggest other recording uo forget abt it. i have tried it all

    mobizen
    du recorder
    omlet
    yt gaming
    etc.


    all not working.

    im using samsune note 8 and samsung s9
    07-11-2018 03:08 AM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    It's a copyright issue. If the manufacturer gives you an easy way to copy, say, paid-for-music, they're assisting you in violating copyright, which is a few crimes (copyright violation, conspiracy, etc.)
    07-11-2018 03:20 PM
  4. Alin Stoica's Avatar
    It's a copyright issue. If the manufacturer gives you an easy way to copy, say, paid-for-music, they're assisting you in violating copyright, which is a few crimes (copyright violation, conspiracy, etc.)
    And what about iPhone? Why they can record and android don't? That's bull
    08-11-2018 02:38 PM
  5. ManiacJoe's Avatar
    From what I have seen, it seems to be a matter of which phone maker you have.
    From what I have read, Samsung makes this more difficult than other makers do.

    That said, if you have not tried this app yet, see if it works for you:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...nrecorder.free
    08-11-2018 08:49 PM
  6. Sankili Praveen's Avatar
    What the hell man first time ever I hate Google 's idea we all need internal audio recording and when will u give us that feature again man when? If u are not then how yeah internal audio is allowed if phone is rooted then what will happen phone will dead forever u know that wtf is going on here when will we got this feature backup should reply!!!!! And one thing copyright is allowed for iOS right wtf is going on here?
    09-13-2018 06:18 AM
  7. hallux's Avatar
    I suggest you provide feedback to Google through android.com or the feedback capabilities in your phone. This site is not directly affiliated with Google or Android, your post here may never been seen by anyone that can do anything about it.


    If u are not then how yeah internal audio is allowed if phone is rooted then what will happen phone will dead forever
    Are you implying that if Google/Android doesn't allow internal audio recording it's going to kill the OS? Haha, ok. Of all the Android devices sold there are a TINY number of people that are really pushing for this capability.
    09-13-2018 06:25 AM
  8. PhoenixAt44's Avatar
    Your attitude is more likely to be the eventual cause of the demise of Android. "Haha, ok"? Android in large measure beat out the other IOS alternatives (windows phone, etc) because people believe that an OS based on an open source foundation would be more responsive to the desires of the public it serves, rather than answering questions and concerns with arrogance and disdain.

    I for one have a strong desire to be able to record my phone calls. It is legal for me to do so in the commonwealth of Virginia, and as long as I count on my cell phone calls for scheduling and executing the events of my life I will have the desire to create and retain legal records of what occurs during my phone calls.

    I don't like having others decide how I protect my own privacy, and I don't like having a company decide based on PC pendulum swings how they will change a capability I have depended on for a significant period. And I REALLY don't like people claiming how many or few people support a particularly feature without backing it up. Unless you've asked ME if I want a feature, don't claim to know the stats.

    OK?
    Doug Huneycutt
    02-28-2019 01:26 PM
  9. Itsa_Me_Mario's Avatar
    Stats don't care about individuals, that's why they're stats. Statistics show trends in data, they do not reveal every individual opinion.
    belodion likes this.
    02-28-2019 02:20 PM
  10. Rukbat's Avatar
    It is legal for me to do so in the commonwealth of Virginia
    So each manufacturer would have to maintain 2 copies of the OS for each variant - one that allows recording calls and one that doesn't. That adds enormous expense. (Maintaining a ROM takes a team of developers - maintaining 2 takes 2 teams.)

    Try Call Recorder - they have a number of methods to grab the audio, and one of them will probably work with your phone. (And if it doesn't, complain to Samsung - they're about the worst for not allowing phone call recording. Vanilla Android doesn't keep you from recording internal audio.)
    02-28-2019 04:34 PM
  11. Mooncatt's Avatar
    I for one have a strong desire to be able to record my phone calls. It is legal for me to do so in the commonwealth of Virginia...
    Unless you're talking with someone in an all-party consent state. The legalities of recording calls in the states can get confusing, which is why you are notified by many companies that calls may be recorded when you first call them.

    Unless you've asked ME if I want a feature, don't claim to know the stats.
    And no one is likely to ask you. Do you realize how time consuming and expensive it would be to collect that kind of microscopic data from every user? You may get lucky and asked to participate in a small survey, but even then I doubt any exist asking about audio recordings. Sometimes manufacturers just make a decision and see what the response is (good or bad) after the fact you create the stats. If this is a feature you feel so strongly about, then it's up to you to go to them and request it.
    Tim1954 likes this.
    02-28-2019 05:02 PM
  12. Almeuit's Avatar
    Your attitude is more likely to be the eventual cause of the demise of Android. "Haha, ok"? Android in large measure beat out the other IOS alternatives (windows phone, etc) because people believe that an OS based on an open source foundation would be more responsive to the desires of the public it serves, rather than answering questions and concerns with arrogance and disdain.

    I for one have a strong desire to be able to record my phone calls. It is legal for me to do so in the commonwealth of Virginia, and as long as I count on my cell phone calls for scheduling and executing the events of my life I will have the desire to create and retain legal records of what occurs during my phone calls.

    I don't like having others decide how I protect my own privacy, and I don't like having a company decide based on PC pendulum swings how they will change a capability I have depended on for a significant period. And I REALLY don't like people claiming how many or few people support a particularly feature without backing it up. Unless you've asked ME if I want a feature, don't claim to know the stats.

    OK?
    Doug Huneycutt
    You think the demise of Android will be you not being able to record a phone call when there are 3rd party apps galore that do this? I mean if you own a smartphone you may have to take some responsibility on doing things. Even if it isn't built into the OS you can do it usually through 3rd party. If you don't want 3rd party then don't use Android since it doesn't fit your needs?

    I mean I am fully baffled that someone thinks the "demise" of Android is because they can't record a phone call when you can (especially if you just use the 2-3 mins you took to make this post to search on the topic).

    I don't like people making claims like the "demise" of any entire product line based on THEIR needs and IGNORING everyone else as if they are the ONLY ONE who ever has an opinion.

    OK?
    Almeuit
    Tim1954 likes this.
    02-28-2019 05:22 PM
  13. PhoenixAt44's Avatar
    Nope. I didn't say that Android would fail because it (or implementations by specific vendors) could not record phone calls. I said that people expected Android development and implementation to be less authoritarian and arrogant that the alternatives (Apple, Microsoft, etc). And that finding that to not be the case may have a negative impact on future appeal.

    And I did use the word "demise". My bad. People will accept the authoritarian and arrogant approach so long as the end result is still useful for their purposes ... Linux is the best example in the FOSS world, Apple on the dark side. But I did not intend to imply that the opinion of a single peon user should sway the overall development of a product. But a simple google search will show that this particular issue, being able to continue to use apps that successfully recorded phone calls before the latest OS releases, is not a "single user" issue. And the issue for many seems to revolve around the perceived need for Android to police the use of a function rather than allowing the police to police the issue.

    I appreciate all the opinions, not just those that I agree with. But, I'm most interested in being able to use my phone to best meet my needs. To that end, thank you to all who have directed me toward possible alternatives.

    Doug

    And there is no suggestion that multiple versions of Android be maintained. Just that the OS itself support the capabilities of the hardware involved. If every HW/SW producer tried to maintain separate versions for each locality's capricious laws, nothing would ever be produced. There are two possibilities. 1) Let the device perform as it is capable of performing, or 2) Force the device to perform at the most restrictive level of any of the localities in which it is to be sold. Option 2 forces the developers to implement the least common denominator across the entire market. Is that what the world wants?
    03-01-2019 12:08 PM
  14. Rukbat's Avatar
    And there is no suggestion that multiple versions of Android be maintained. Just that the OS itself support the capabilities of the hardware involved.
    The OS is Linux. It does.

    Android is just an app running in Linux. It also does.

    Samsung doesn't. You're not limited to using Samsung phones to stay on Android.
    03-01-2019 12:55 PM
  15. Itsa_Me_Mario's Avatar
    I said that people expected Android development and implementation to be less authoritarian and arrogant that the alternatives (Apple, Microsoft, etc). And that finding that to not be the case may have a negative impact on future appeal.
    Aside from the XDA crowd, I don't know anyone who would think that. It's an easier to access ecosystem, but that doesn't make it less concerned about the legal and ethical considerations that are entailed in hosting services, or providing an OS framework. Here's an explanation of how/why that functionality is blocked: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/0...ecording-apps/
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    03-01-2019 04:47 PM
  16. adampaul883's Avatar
    There are a lot of Apps available that can be used for this purpose to record internal audio? You can use all these Apps

    Mobizen Screen Recorder
    AZ Screen Recorder
    Gotta Go App
    Nox App Player
    03-05-2019 03:52 AM
  17. catlady99's Avatar
    Hi,
    I am not sure if you have fixed this issue or not, but thought htis might be helpful for you.
    I use an appcalled boldbeast recorder. it is a free app on google play.
    I can record phone calls, meetings, and leave myself voice memos.
    a word of warning though, it has been working well for years, but as of a couple of weeks ago I keep getting a message stating Android only allows one recording app to run at a time and I must uninstall or force stop all others, well the only other thing I have is a paid for app, which I did indeed install a couple of weeks ago - it allows me to transfer vinyl to my phone via a usb record player, but I forced it to stop and that has not fixed this issue - could be my phone as now the speakers are playing up, so might not be boldbeast clashing with anything.
    However this app has worked well for me for many years, you can set it to store files on drive or sd card, or other cloud area if you do not want to keep them on your android phone.
    I am disabled so it is super important for me to record conversations as I can then go back and listen to them.
    I am in the UK, here it is permissable to record your own conversations for personal use. It is not something you could take to court , but handy nonetheless.
    I hope this helps.
    03-05-2019 05:23 AM
  18. adampaul883's Avatar
    Nice App.

    You can use all these Apps to Recording Memories for Family and Friend.

    Mobizen Screen Recorder
    AZ Screen Recorder
    Gotta Go App
    Nox App Playe
    03-06-2019 03:26 AM
  19. AshlynnStar909's Avatar
    Okay it kind of works...
    Not how you would like it to work but it works.
    It's a little complicated on how to make it work but if you follow the directions as so you should be just fine!
    So far I have found that while on Bluetooth it'll only record your voice, but will record both voices if it's on speaker or on regular handset.
    The app is ACR
    Here's the directions:
    -Audio source set to MIC
    -Recording format set to MP3
    -Audio gain to 14 (under recording setting)
    Good luck everyone and I hope you can continue to remember this small details, hold debt collectors responsible, help win your lawsuit, win that argument with another person, catch that cheating b$&!h red handed or whatever it is you use the call recorder for!
    Happy/safe recording!
    03-06-2019 01:47 PM
  20. adampaul883's Avatar
    Okay it kind of works...
    Not how you would like it to work but it works.
    It's a little complicated on how to make it work but if you follow the directions as so you should be just fine!
    So far I have found that while on Bluetooth it'll only record your voice, but will record both voices if it's on speaker or on regular handset.
    The app is ACR
    Here's the directions:
    -Audio source set to MIC
    -Recording format set to MP3
    -Audio gain to 14 (under recording setting)
    Good luck everyone and I hope you can continue to remember this small details, hold debt collectors responsible, help win your lawsuit, win that argument with another person, catch that cheating b$&!h red handed or whatever it is you use the call recorder for!
    Happy/safe recording!
    So nice information..But You can use all these Apps to Recording Memories for Family and Friend permanetly. You can left your memories for special Loved Ones

    Mobizen Screen Recorder
    AZ Screen Recorder
    Gotta Go App
    Nox App Playe
    03-07-2019 02:13 AM
  21. Mr Gear Shift's Avatar
    If android doesnt not allowed the internal record,then why ios and pc and others still allowed the internal sound record..thats very not fair and even worse,why it has to be rooted to get internal sound for android wtf is this what if our expensive phone broke for reason rooting own phone?will google be responsible?will android be responsible?will others be responsible?OFC HELL NO RIGHT!THATS ILLEGAL AND NOT FAIR FOR DISABLE THE INTERNAL RECORD!!FBI FBI COME IN AND KILL THIS ANDROID COMPANY
    11-13-2019 11:03 AM
  22. hallux's Avatar
    Devices are used in many different locations. Android is coded to support the most restrictive laws related to conversation recording. It's also a way to combat piracy of media (such as music playing in YouTube Music) by not being able to record said media using a 3rd-party app.

    But I suppose Mr Gear Shift is just a drive-by trying to get people riled up again...
    11-13-2019 02:03 PM
  23. cmdr Buff's Avatar
    My Screen recorder is not able to record internal audio anymore. Only visuals of the screen are recorded and for the audio-only to external audio(Mic) is recorded, for internal audio, the screen recorder says that "internal audio recording is not allowed by Google now". And I can't find any option to re-enable internal audio recording. Earlier i used the same app to record screen with internal audio also. How can 'google now' disable a feature by itself without any prompt? Google is trying to forcefully take control of the phone, just because it runs on Android OS. And I don't see why all those in charge of replying seem to simply be in full support of this decision as if it was the right thing to do? It's a copyright issue, well, deal with it. They shouldn't be using our devices to make their job easier. As for me i can no longer record my gameplays anymore with sound as i have a channel. If they want to fix the copyright issue, tell em to set their own permissions for what needs to be protected from copyright. I shouldn't be prevented from using an in-built feature in my phone or be taken into account for recording my own videos the way I want to. If they don't give a solution, I may as well be forced to part with android. Apple is much better off without being restricted.
    02-27-2020 12:19 AM
  24. hallux's Avatar
    @cmdr Buff - "it's a copyright issue" refers to people recording copyrighted material during screen recording. Usually referring to audio played during a game. The game developer licensed the audio for its game, it wasn't licensed for individuals to distribute after the fact. It's not Google trying to protect its own copyrights, it's Google respecting the copyrights of others.


    I shouldn't be prevented from using an in-built feature in my phone
    It may have been built-in previously, it isn't anymore. It's not a native feature of the hardware, and it's no longer a native feature of the OS. Do I think it's right? I have no opinion as it wasn't a feature I made use of so I don't really care.
    02-27-2020 06:27 AM
  25. anon(10614692)'s Avatar
    I think you will also find that Iphones now have restrictions in relation to recording of copyrighted material so don't give us this IPhone is better nonsense.
    belodion likes this.
    02-27-2020 06:42 AM

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