How do I record audio from my Android speakers?

There are many reasons why someone may want to record audio playing from their Android device’s speakers. For example, they may want to record a phone conversation, an audio clip they received through a messaging app, music or audio from a video, or other types of audio that is only accessible by playing it through the device’s speakers.

Recording audio from your Android device’s speakers allows you to save that audio in a portable file that you can store, share, edit, and listen to later. It can be a useful way to create audio recordings and capture audio moments on your phone.

Check Compatibility

Not all Android devices support audio recording. This is because the implementation of audio recording capabilities can vary across different device manufacturers and Android OS versions. Some key points on compatibility include:

– Most Samsung Galaxy phones support audio recording by default, including the latest models with Android 11 and 12. Popular recording apps like Samsung Voice Recorder are pre-installed. [1]

– Google Pixel phones also have full audio recording capabilities built-in. The Recorder app allows recording and transcribing audio. [2]

– Other manufacturers like LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and Xiaomi generally include audio recording functionality, but availability varies by model. Checking your device specs is recommended.

– Most devices with Android 10 and higher should provide access to audio recording APIs, if they have microphone hardware.

– Older Android versions may limit third-party app recording capabilities. Luckily newer Android OS updates expand accessibility.

Enable Audio Recording Permissions

In order to record audio on an Android device, the app needs permission to access the microphone. Android requires users to explicitly grant access to sensitive permissions like microphone access for privacy and security reasons (Source).

To enable microphone access for a recording app on Android:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications.
  3. Select the recording app.
  4. Tap Permissions.
  5. Turn on the Microphone permission.(Source)

This will allow the recording app to access the microphone and properly record audio. Make sure to grant microphone permissions before trying to make any recordings.

Install a Recording App

There are many great apps available for recording audio on Android. Some top options to consider installing include:

Dolby On – Provides professional quality audio recording with noise cancellation features. Useful for music recording or podcasting.

Voice Recorder – A simple, easy to use voice recording app with no frills. Good for quick voice memos or interviews.

Easy Voice Recorder – Available in free and pro versions, this app offers a clean interface and options like trimming recordings.

When choosing a recording app, consider your needs. If you want advanced editing tools, try Easy Voice Recorder Pro or Dolby On. For quick and simple recording, the free Voice Recorder app gets the job done cleanly.

Configure Recording Settings

The key settings to configure when recording audio on an Android device include sample rate, channels, and encoding. These determine the quality and format of the audio recording.

Sample Rate

The sample rate refers to how many samples (or snapshots) of the audio are taken per second. A higher sample rate captures more detail and allows for higher audio quality. Common settings are:

  • 8,000 Hz – Basic voice recording
  • 44,100 Hz – Good quality music recording
  • 48,000 Hz – Professional music recording


Audio can be recorded in mono (using one microphone) or stereo (two microphones). Stereo audio captures the left and right channels separately, resulting in a more spatial effect.


Common encoding formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3, and M4A. WAV and FLAC offer lossless quality with large file sizes. MP3 and M4A use “lossy” compression to achieve smaller files at the cost of some quality loss.


For voice recordings like interviews, mono audio at 22,050 Hz is typically sufficient. For music performances, stereo at 48,000 Hz is recommended. The optimal encoding depends on your needs – FLAC for archiving, MP3 for sharing.

Most recording apps provide presets for common use cases that configure all settings automatically. You can also manually adjust each setting as needed.

Start Recording

Once you have configured the settings in your recording app, you are ready to start capturing audio. The process for beginning a recording session is simple:

1. Open your recording app and navigate to the main screen. This is usually where you can see the large record button.

2. Position your phone or external microphone near the audio source. For optimal sound quality, place the mic around 6 inches to 1 foot away.

3. Tap the record button. You will likely get a 3 second countdown before the recording starts.

4. Speak into the mic or play your audio source near the mic. Avoid handling the phone too much during recording as this can cause rumbling noises.

5. Monitor the input levels to ensure the volume is not too low or peaking. Adjust mic distance as needed.

6. When finished, tap the stop button. The recording should now be saved within the app.

Proper microphone positioning is key for capturing clean audio. Place the mic close enough to pick up sound but not so close that levels peak or distort. Experiment with mic placement before starting an important recording session.

Optional: Use Accessories

Using external microphones and accessories can greatly enhance the audio quality of your Android phone recordings compared to using the built-in microphone. Some options to consider:

External microphone – An external microphone like the PoP Voice Lavalier Lapel Microphone plugs into your phone’s mic input and provides clearer audio pickup. It can also be clipped onto clothing to record interviews or performances.

Microphone stand – Using a small tabletop tripod stand like the Ulanzi ST-06 mount can hold your Android phone steadily in place during recording sessions.

Windscreen – Adding a foam windscreen onto your phone or external mic helps reduce wind noise interference when recording outdoors.

Headphones – Connecting headphones into your phone’s headphone jack gives you direct audio monitoring while recording so you can listen and adjust levels as needed.

Stop and Save Recording

To stop an audio recording on your Android device, simply tap the stop button in your recording app. This will end the recording session.

Most Android recording apps will then prompt you to name and save the recording file. Common audio formats for saving Android recordings include:

  • MP3 (.mp3) – A small and widely compatible file format
  • M4A (.m4a) – Another small and compatible format, used by some apps
  • WAV (.wav) – Larger file size but higher quality audio
  • FLAC (.flac) – Open source lossless audio format if size is not a concern
  • OGG (.ogg) – May be an option, Open source format similar to MP3

Choose the format that works best for your needs. Check your recording app’s specific settings for what formats are supported. Be sure to give the recording file a descriptive name so you know what it is later.

Transfer Recordings Off Device

There are several ways to transfer recordings off of an Android device:

One method is to email the audio recordings as attachments to yourself. Open up the email app on your Android device, compose a new email message, attach the recordings, and send the message. You can then access the recordings on another device by checking the email.

Another option is to use third-party cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. Install the app for your cloud storage service on the Android device, upload the recordings to the service, and then access them on another device through the storage service’s app or website. For more details, check out this guide.

Transferring recordings via USB is also an option. Connect your Android device to a computer with a USB cable. You should then be able to access and copy over recordings to the computer like you would with any other files.

If you want to quickly transfer recordings to another Android device, use the Files app’s Send option or the Android Beam feature using NFC if both devices have it. You can also upload files to cloud storage like above from one Android device, then download the files from the cloud storage app on the other Android device.


In summary, recording audio from your Android device speakers is useful for voice memos, song snippets, interviews, and more. You can record high quality audio by first checking compatibility with your device speakers, enabling audio permissions, and downloading a third party recording app. The best apps allow you to customize audio formats and bit rates for your needs. You may also want to try recording with wired headphones for direct input. Just remember to stop recordings and properly export the audio files when finished.

Overall, Android devices offer flexible options for audio recording. With a compatible device and app set up correctly, you should be able to directly capture audio playing through your speakers. Take some time to experiment with the recording apps and settings before an important recording session. Refer to app guidelines for optimal configurations. And consider accessories like headphones or external mics if you want to enhance audio quality. With a few simple steps, you can reliably record audio from your Android.

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