One of the most handy features of any Android device is the ability to record yourself. There are plenty of reasons for wanting to do so as well. Musicians may want to record a new idea, journalists need to record interviews, and some even set it up to see if they talk in their sleep. The good news is that you don’t have to go and buy a voice recorder from someplace like Amazon or Walmart anymore. Your smartphone is perfectly capable of handling it for you! Here are the best voice recorder apps for Android!
Audio Recorder is one of the more simple and easy to use voice recorder apps. Don’t let its ease of use fool you, though. It’s a pretty fun little recorder. Its big draw is that it supports a couple of actual microphones that are capable of recording some pretty decent audio. Aside from the hardware support, it has the basics. You can record stuff, save it, upload it to various platforms (including cloud storage), and more. It’s free to download and use if you’re interested.
[Price: Free / $3.99]
Easy Voice Recorder aims to do exactly what its name suggests. Thankfully, it does that pretty well. You open the app, hit the mic button, record, share as needed, and then close the app. It also has a few additional features, like the ability to change what kind of file type you record to. It also has widget support. Those who grab the paid version will also get support for stereo recording, Bluetooth microphone support, and more. It’s one of the better voice recorder apps out there.
[Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $5.99 per month]
Evernote is actually a note taking app, but it also has voice recording functionality. This is a great option for people like musicians, college students, and other areas where taking a recording and then writing some notes about it can be helpful. Simply record the audio as normal, then construct your note around it, and then it’ll be saved there for easy recall. Evernote also features cross-platform support for PC, Mac, and Linux so you can grab your files there quickly. You can also go with one of the two subscriptions if you need more features.
Google Keep is another note taking app that supports voice recording. The voice recordings can’t be overly long or ornate, but it’s still a good option if you need something quick and simple. Like Evernote, the recordings can be access on your phone or on PC/Linux/Mac using Google Drive. Along with the voice recording, you can take text notes, picture notes, and list notes if you need to. It’s completely free to download and use which is another bonus.
[Price: Free / $3.49]
Hi-Q is one of the more powerful voice recorder apps available right now. It records in MP3 so it can be played on virtually every device out there. Along with that, you can have it upload automatically to Dropbox if you want to once the recording is done. It also comes with widget support, the ability to choose which mic on your device you want to use (assuming you have more than one), built-in WiFi transfer, gain control, and more. The paid version adds a few more features as well. The only downside is that it doesn’t support phone call recording.
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[Price: Free / $3.49]
RecForge II is among the most powerful voice recorder apps out there. It has a plethora of features, including pitch control, gain control, tempo control, and more. It’s one of the better ones for longer recordings and especially for stuff like music or lecture recordings. The app also comes with a built-in editor so you can clip and otherwise edit your recordings at will. You can even have the playback loop for memorization purposes. It’s a good all-around option with tons of features for almost any use case.
[Price: Free / $1.49]
Smart Voice Recorder is an app that was specifically made for long-term recording. Some of the use cases for this one can be recording things you say in your sleep, lectures at school, or even band practice. It includes the ability to auto-skip long periods of silence so you can get to the meat and potatoes of your recordings. It also has some other useful features, such as the ability to set recordings as a ringtone, a microphone calibration tool, and more. You can pick up the paid version for $1.49 as an in-app purchase.
Snipback is a different kind of app. Like most voice recorder apps, it performs the basics. You’ll be able to record stuff, upload it if need be, and manage the files. It also has some other features like audio quality selections, recording duration selections, and a noise reduction filter. What makes it unique is the ability to recapture up to 30 seconds of audio from before you started recording. The only caveat is that you’ll need to leave the app open in order to do that, but otherwise it’s a pretty nifty little feature. The app is also free to use.
Thankfully, Voice Recorder is a better app than its bland name would imply. It is a fully featured app that likes to keep it simple. You’ll be able to record in PCM (Wave), AAC, and AMR which gives you a good variety of options. On top of that, the interface is easy to use, files are easy to find and manage, and this can be used to record phone calls (if its device and OS supported). It also has other features such as a bitrate option and much more. It’s completely free to download and use if you need it.
Most Android devices come with an app that already does voice recording for you. They’re generally nothing amazing, but they provide some basic functionality that is completely free to use and usually without advertisements. The features will vary based on which phone you have and which OEM you’re using. Samsung’s voice recorder app (linked below) has different features than LG’s, for instance. If all you really need is something quick and simple, that functionality may already exist on your device. They’re worth a shot.