How to Record Audio on an Android Phone

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To record external audio, open the Voice Recorder app and tap the Record button. To record internal audio, open the Screen Recorder feature, choose “Media Sounds” in Sound Settings, and tap “Start Recording.” To save your screen recording as an audio file, download a third-party audio conversion app.

There are many reasons why you might want to record audio on your Android phone. For example, you may want to take voice notes or record a phone call. Luckily, recording sound on Android is super simple using built-in options.

Note: The steps in this guide have been performed on a Samsung phone. If you use a different phone model, these steps may vary slightly.

How to Record Sound on Android

Using your Android phone, you can record both internal and external audio. Simply follow the steps below.

Record External Audio

To record your own voice using your phone‘s built-in mic or an external mic, use the stock Voice Recorder app on your phone.

Get started by opening your app drawer and launching the Voice Recorder app.

Depending on your phone model, you’ll have various ways to record the audio. For example, in Samsung’s Voice Recorder, you’ll find three recording options: Standard , Interview , and Speech-to-Text .

To begin recording, at the bottom of the app, tap the red Record button.

Select the record button at the bottom.

Voice Recorder has now started recording. Speak into your phone’s mic (or an external mic) and your voice or other sounds will be captured.

If you’d like to pause the current recording, tap the Pause button.

When you’ve finished the recording and want to save it, at the bottom of your screen, tap the Stop button.

Tap the stop button.

You’ll see a Save Recording prompt asking you to save your current audio recording. Here, tap the text field and type a name for the audio file. Optionally, tap the “Category” drop-down menu and choose a category for your file.

Then, tap the “Save” option.

Save the recorded audio file.

And you’re all done. Your voice recording has been successfully saved on your phone.

Later, you can access your recordings from within the Voice Recorder app.

Most Voice Recorder apps allow you to customize how the sound is recorded. To access those options, in the app’s top-right corner, tap the three-dot menu and choose “Settings.” Then, configure the options the way you prefer.

Select "Settings" in the menu.

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Record Internal Audio

Android’s stock Voice Recorder app doesn’t allow you to record the sounds coming from your installed apps. You’ll have to use another built-in feature on your phone or a third-party app to record internal audio on Android.

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The built-in feature that you can use is called Screen Recorder. As the name implies, it records your phone’s screen, but you can also choose to have your phone’s internal sound recorded.

Note: This method will produce a video file, which you’ll have to convert to an audio file if you want to keep your recordings in an audio format.

To use the built-in method, pull down twice from your phone’s screen and tap “Screen Recorder.”

Open "Screen Recorder."

On the “Screen Recorder” panel, in the “Sound Settings” section, choose “Media Sounds.” This ensures your recording captures the audio from your installed apps.

Tip: If you’d like to record the audio from both your mic and your apps at the same time, choose the “Media Sounds and Mic” option.

Next, tap “Start Recording.”

Choose "Media Sounds" and tap "Start Recording."

You’ll see a countdown before the recording begins. Then, your phone will start recording your phone’s system sounds.

Screen recording countdown.

When you’ve finished recording, in your screen’s top-right corner, tap the stop button.

Select the stop button at the top-right corner.

Your screen recording is now saved in your phone’s Gallery app.

Converting Your Video File to an Audio File

If you prefer keeping your recording in an audio format, then download a free audio conversion app like MP3 Video Converter.

Launch the app once it’s downloaded. Then, on the main app page, tap “Select.”

Tap "Select" in the app.

Choose your screen recording from the list.

Select the screen recording.

This particular app allows you to convert your videos to MP3 or AAC format. To choose between these options, tap the “Copy (AAC)” or “MP3” button, depending on what’s currently selected.

Then, begin the conversion process by tapping “Convert” at the bottom.

Select an audio format and tap "Convert."

Wait while the app converts your file. When it’s done, play your converted file by tapping “Play.” You can find the converted audio file in your file manager by accessing the path listed next to the Play button.

Tap "Play" to play the converted audio file.

And that’s it. Got an iPhone and want to record audio on it? If so, it’s equally easy to do that.

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