There’s a pre-installed app on the iPhone that lets you do basic voice notes, but depending on your particular Android device, you might not have that kind of functionality right out of the box. Yes, you could use any number of basic note-taking applications to jot down a quick text-based note, but sometimes it’s just faster doing an audio recording. Perhaps you want to record a lecture at school or a presentation at work, for example.
The good news is that the Google Play Store is busting at the seams with all sorts of free voice recorder Android apps. Most of them come with some basic sharing features too, so you can quickly and easily save these voice notes and other audio recordings to places like Dropbox, Google Drive and Box, as well as email them away to your friends, family and colleagues.
Designed to be simple to use, this voice recorder app lets you pause and resume your recordings at any time. The audio files can be saved in uncompressed WAV format for full fidelity and it’s possible to use the volume hardware buttons on your phone to control the recording too. The Lite version is available for free, but it’s limited to recordings of up to five minutes. If you need more than that, you’ll need to upgrade to the full version for $2.99. The full version is also needed for FTP, Box and Dropbox support.
Smart Voice Recorder
There’s a big red button in the middle of the screen when you open up Smart Voice Recorder, making it super fast to make a quick voice recording. One of the more interesting features is that it’s able to detect and skip relative silence on the fly, avoiding those long sessions where there may not be any sound. Other features including adjustable sample rate, a live spectrum analyzer, microphone gain calibration, and virtually unlimited recording length. Filenames can be formatted in sequential order or with a date/time stamp.
Tape-a-Talk Voice Recorder
In addition to recording in basic WAV/PCM format, this free voice recorder Android app also gives you the option to use 3GP encoding if you prefer. There are different quality settings, the ability to seek via the volume buttons, and integration with various cloud services like Dropbox and FTP. Upgrade to the pro version to get custom filenames, quick send, recording widget, and the ability to cut recordings.
On the surface, this may appear to be as basic a voice recorder app for Android as they come. Even the name can’t get more straightforward, but there are actually a couple of handy features that make this app quite attractive. In addition to regular recording, it’s possible to set a timer to record automatically starting at a certain time. You can see how this could come in handy for discretely recording a conversation in a sting operation! The home screen widget is useful too.
Personal Call & Voice Recorder
All of the other free voice recorder Android apps listed in this article are designed for local, in-person audio recordings. This app does that too, but it has the added bonus of being able to record your phone conversations too, both incoming and outgoing. There’s also support for scheduled recordings, different quality settings, full text search of recorded data, multiple output formats, remote SMS-triggered recording, and virtually unlimited recording length. Another unique feature is that the app can be password protected, disallowing unauthorized people from listening to the audio files.
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