How can I listen to my last call recording?

Call recording is the practice of recording inbound and outbound phone calls, usually for quality assurance or compliance purposes. Reasons someone may want to listen to a previous call recording include:

  • Reviewing a call with a customer to ensure proper policies and procedures were followed.
  • Using recordings for training purposes to improve customer service interactions.
  • Investigating a customer complaint or issue that arose during a call.
  • Monitoring sales calls to refine pitches and upsell opportunities.
  • Auditing calls for compliance with regulations in regulated industries like healthcare or finance.

Listening to previous recordings can provide insights into improving customer experience and agent performance over time. It also provides documentation of conversations in case disputes arise. This guide will explore the options available to access and listen to call recordings.

Legal and Ethical Considerations

The laws regarding recording phone calls vary by state. In the United States, federal law allows recording phone calls as long as one party consents (Justia). This is referred to as “one-party consent” and means you can legally record a phone call if you are involved in the conversation. However, some states require all-party consent, meaning everyone on the call must agree to being recorded (

For example, 12 states require all-party consent, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin (MWL Law). When in doubt, it’s best to notify all members of a call that you intend to record the conversation to ensure compliance with local regulations.

Beyond legality, there are also ethical considerations around informed consent and transparency. Even if not legally required, it is courteous to notify call participants that you are recording. This allows them to consent or object. Secretly recording calls without permission can violate trust and damage relationships.

Recording Options

There are a few different ways to record phone calls on smartphones. Many Android devices have built-in call recording functionality through the native phone app or dialer. On Samsung Galaxy devices, for example, users can turn on “Call Recording” in the Phone app settings to automatically record calls (1). For iPhones and other devices without native recording, third-party apps like ACR, Cube Call Recorder ACR, and TapeACall Pro allow recording by essentially accessing and capturing the live audio feed during a call (2).

Some key third-party call recording apps for Android include Automatic Call Recorder, All Call Recording, and Best Call Recorder. Top options for iPhone include mSpy, Eyezy, and TapeACall Pro. These apps provide various features like automatically recording all calls, recording based on a contact list, cloud storage integration, and call merging to compile recordings from multiple sources (1)(2).

Accessing Recordings on Your Phone

You can access and listen to your call recordings directly on your iPhone using the Voice Memos app that comes pre-installed on iOS devices. Here are the steps:

1. Open the Voice Memos app. You will see a list of all your recordings.

2. Tap on the recording you want to listen to. The app will start playing it automatically.

3. Use the playback controls at the bottom to pause, skip forward/backward, adjust volume, etc.

4. Tap on the name of the recording to rename it if needed. You can also swipe left on a recording and tap ‘Delete’ to remove it.

5. To search for a specific recording, swipe down on the list to reveal a search bar. Type in keywords to find recordings.

So using just the built-in Voice Memos app makes it easy to access and listen back to any calls you have recorded on your iPhone. The recordings are stored locally on the device for quick access anytime.


Using a Call Recording App

If you used a third-party call recording app to record your calls, you will need to access the recordings through that app. Most call recording apps store your recordings locally on your device or in the cloud. Here are some tips for accessing recordings through call recording apps:

Open the call recording app you used to record the calls. There should be a section or tab to view your recordings. For example, in Call Recorder – ACR, tap on the “Recorded” tab to see your recordings.

If the recordings are stored locally on your device, they will be accessible in the app even without an internet connection. If stored in the cloud, you will need an internet connection to view them.

The app may organize recordings by date, contact name, or other categories. Browse or search to find your desired recording.

Tap on a recording to play it back through the app. Some apps also allow you to share or export recordings to external storage or your computer.

Check the app settings to configure where recordings are saved, microphone used, call recording formats, and other options.

If you cannot find your recordings in the app, check if auto-delete is enabled in its settings to automatically delete old recordings after a period of time.

Accessing Cloud/Online Recordings

If your call recordings are stored in the cloud or online, you will need to log in to your account to access them. Many call recording services like FluentStream and Talkroute provide cloud storage options to store your recordings. To listen to cloud recordings:

  1. Go to the call recording service’s website and log into your account.
  2. Navigate to where your recordings are stored. This may be under “My Recordings,” “Cloud Library,” etc.
  3. Find the specific recording you want to listen to. You can search or filter recordings by date, phone number, etc.
  4. Click on the recording file. Many services allow you to stream recordings directly in your browser.
  5. Use the audio player controls to play, pause, skip around the timeline, adjust volume, etc.
  6. Some services also allow you to download the recording as an audio file like MP3 to listen offline.

Depending on the service, you may also be able to share recordings by generating a link or embed code. Be sure to check the laws in your state regarding consent to record calls before sharing.

Transferring Recordings to a Computer

If you want to save your phone call recordings from your iPhone to your computer, there are a few different methods you can use:

One option is to connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable that came with your phone. Open iTunes on your computer, select your iPhone, and navigate to the Voice Memos tab. Here you’ll see a list of all your voice memo recordings. You can select the ones you want to transfer and click ‘Sync’ to save them to your computer’s hard drive.

Another method is to use iCloud. As long as you have iCloud set up on your iPhone and computer, your voice memos should automatically sync between devices. On your computer, open the iCloud Drive folder. There will be a Voice Memos folder where your recordings are stored. You can copy these to your computer for backup.

You can also use the Voice Memos app directly. Open the app on your iPhone and tap on the recording you want to transfer. Tap the Share button, then scroll down and select ‘AirDrop.’ This will wirelessly send the voice memo to your Mac if it’s nearby.

Finally, you can use third party apps like iExplorer [1] to browse and export voice memos and other files from your iPhone to your computer through a direct USB connection.

Once the recordings are transferred to your computer, you can back them up and listen to them anytime without needing your mobile device.

Listening on a Computer

Once you have transferred your call recordings to your computer, either from your phone or from a cloud recording service, you can easily listen to them on your desktop or laptop. Most computers will be able to play common audio formats like WAV, MP3, M4A etc. Here are some ways to listen to your call recordings on a computer:

Use the default media player – Windows computers come with Windows Media Player, and Macs have QuickTime Player. Just open the file in your default media app to listen.

Download a free call recording player – Apps like NCH Call Recorder for Windows or TotalRecall for Mac make it easy to manage and play back recordings.

Use call recording software – Programs like Boldbeast Call Recorder for PC not only record calls, but also let you access past recordings easily.

Play in a general audio player – Apps like VLC media player and Audacity let you play just about any audio format.

The main advantage of listening on a computer is the large screen and keyboard shortcuts which make it easy to navigate long recordings. You can also easily share files or create backups on your computer.


If you are having issues accessing your call recordings, here are some common solutions:

On Android devices, ensure you have granted the call recording app the proper permissions to access audio and storage. Sometimes after an Android update, permissions need to be re-granted. Go to Settings > Apps > [Recording App] > Permissions to check.

Try restarting your phone if the call recording app is not working or crashing on open. This can clear any temporary glitches.

Check that you have sufficient storage available on your device. Call recordings take up storage space, so you may need to delete old recordings or transfer them elsewhere.

If accessing cloud recordings, make sure you are logged into the correct account and have an internet connection. Try logging out and back in or switching networks.

On Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM), ensure call recording is properly configured under Device > Phone and the user has the Built-in Bridge enabled (Source). Check for any active DND settings that could block recording.

If none of these solutions work, you may need to contact your phone provider or recording app developer for further troubleshooting assistance.


In summary, there are a few main options for listening to past call recordings depending on how they were recorded. If using your phone’s native call recording feature, you can access past recordings directly through your phone’s settings. For recordings made with a third-party call recording app, you’ll need to open the app and look for a history or archive section. Any recordings saved to the cloud or an online account can usually be downloaded to a computer for listening. And for locally stored recordings, transferring them from your phone to a computer allows you to listen using standard audio playback software.

A few final tips: Always follow appropriate laws and company policies around recording calls. Be sure to enable notifications so you’re aware a call is being recorded. Check app permissions so recordings aren’t lost if your phone is reset. And for the best playback experience, use a computer, headset, and software optimized for listening to recordings.

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