How to record high-quality audio on your Android

Technology is improving fast—so fast that now, you hardly need special audio equipment for a good recording. You just need a smartphone. 

With your Android device, you can record a podcast, interview, or even capture the audio playing on your computer.

Your device’s built-in microphone may not deliver the crisp and clear audio you’d get with higher-quality recording equipment, but it gets startlingly close. And the right settings can make a huge difference in your device’s ability to capture quality sound.

Whether you want to capture a conversation or enhance a video recording with a natural-sounding voiceover, we’ll show you how to record audio on Android devices using built-in tools and third-party audio recording apps.

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Can I record audio on my Android?

Yes, you can record audio on your Android device. Use the native voice recording app on your phone for an audio-only recording or Android’s screen recorder if you want to record video, too. You can also download a third-party app from the Google Play Store if you want more advanced features. 

Your phone's built-in microphone can do basic recording impressively well, but if you want truly professional-sounding audio, you’ll want to use an external audio source, like a wired or Bluetooth microphone

Most audio recording apps are free and user-friendly, and offer basic recording and editing functionality. They also let you export recordings to other services so you can save, share, or do more advanced editing.  

For example, you can record audio on your Android phone or tablet, import the recording to Descript to edit and remove filler words, add sound effects or music, and then export it in your preferred audio file format. 

Image of Descript dashboard with transcript from voice memo.

Descript automatically transcribes audio files using artificial intelligence (AI), so you can edit the transcript like a Word doc, and Descript will edit the underlying audio to match. The result will be a polished audio file you can save to your device, share with others, or export to various podcast hosting platforms.

How do I record audio on my Android?

Recording audio on an Android device is fairly straightforward. 

Follow the simple steps below to get started.

Note: The instructions below apply to a Samsung Galaxy phone, but should work with most Android phones. However, each handset may have slightly different names for things like settings and other options.

Step 1. Open the Voice Recorder app

Find the Voice Recorder app on your Android device and tap to launch it. If you can’t see the app on your home screen or app drawer, tap Settings > Apps, then search for Voice Recorder.

Finding the Voice Recorder app on Android phone

Note: Most Samsung Android smartphones or tablets ship with the Voice Recorder app. If you can’t find the app, download it from the Google Play Store or the Galaxy Store.

Depending on your Samsung Galaxy model, you can choose between Standard, Interview, or Speech-to-text recording modes.

Recording screen with various options.
  • Standard mode: Offers a simple interface and is ideal for basic audio recording.
  • Interview mode: Uses your device's top and bottom mics to capture you and your interviewer/interviewee's voices. It displays dual waveforms—one for each mic—as you record. 
  • Speech-to-text (STT) mode: Records your voice and simultaneously transcribes it to on-screen text. It has a maximum recording time of 10 minutes. Keep your Android device within 3 inches of your mouth for best results, and speak clearly. 
Example of Android recording with speech-to-text option.

If you’re using Voice Recorder for the first time, you’ll be prompted to allow music and audio and microphone permissions. Tap “Settings”.

Opening the Settings and Permissions on Android device

Tap “Permissions”.

Adjusting the Permissions on Android device.

Next, tap “Microphone” and select Allow only while using the app or Ask every time.

Allowing microphone in Settings on Android phone.

Then, tap “Music and audio” and then “Allow”.

Selecting Music and audio settings on Android device

Step 2. Adjust your settings

Tap the More button (ellipsis) in the top right corner of your screen.

Choosing the More button on recording screen.

Select “Settings” to access voice recording settings.

Image of voice recording settings on Android

You can adjust the voice recording app settings: 

  • Recording quality: Choose between Low (64kbps, 44.1kHz), Mid (medium) (128kbps, 44.1kHz), or High (256kbps, 48kHz) recording quality.
  • Block calls while recording: The voice recorder app will display a Call reject icon next to the timer during recording, and will automatically reject incoming calls.
  • Auto play next recording: Automatically plays the next voice/audio recording.
  • Deletion (Recycle bin): Keeps deleted audio recordings on your device for 30 days. If you disable the setting, all recordings in the Recycle bin will be deleted. 

Step 3. Click on the Sound Record button

Tap the red Record button at the bottom of your screen to start recording your audio. 

Pressing the Record button on Android device

Note: Depending on the make and model of your Android device, you might have a Record button and/or Microphone icon. For example, if you’re using a OnePlus Android device, tap the Microphone icon at the bottom to record audio.

If you selected Standard mode, the word “Standard” will appear in the top left corner of your screen during the recording. 

Recording a voice not in Standard mode on Android

Step 4. Click on the Pause button

Tap the Pause button to stop the recording, then tap it again to resume recording. 

Tapping Pause on an audio recording on Android.

Tap the blue “Bookmark” button on the screen to place a reminder on an important part of the recording. This way, you can easily revert to the bookmarked section during playback.

Creating a Bookmark in audio recording on Android

Step 5. Name and save your audio file

When you’re done recording, tap the Stop button.

Pressing the Stop button during an audio recording

You’ll be prompted to save your recording. Name the audio file, and then tap “Save”.

Saving and naming an audio file on Android

Your recording will be saved to your device. Open the Voice Recorder app and tap "List" to view and playback the recording.

Selecting List in Voice Recorder app on Android 

Tap your audio file, then tap play to listen to the recording. 

Selecting an audio recording to listen to in Voice Recorder

Step 6: Edit the recording

Tap the Edit (pencil) icon at the top of the screen to edit the recording and cut out any unwanted portions. 

Choosing the Edit button in Voice Recorder app

Drag the ends on either side and tap Cut (scissors icon) at the bottom right of the screen to remove any unwanted parts of the recording. You can delete the selected or highlighted area of the recording.

Selecting a part of the saved audio recording to cut on Android.

Step 7. Save and share your audio file

After you’ve edited the recording to your liking, tap “Save” to store the edited file.

Selecting the Save option on Voice Recorder app

Then, tap More (ellipsis) and select “Share”. Or, long press the audio file and tap Share to share the recording with others on various applications.

Sharing a recording with others via Android device

Didn’t capture the perfect sound? No worries. Descript can help you improve the audio quality of your recording and turn it into professional-sounding audio in just a click of your mouse. 

Once you import your file to Descript’s editor, navigate to Audio Effects and turn on Studio Sound. Descript will use AI to automatically remove background noise and enhance voices in the recording to make it sound as if you recorded on a professional mic in a studio. 

Image of user toggling on Studio Sound effect in Descript dashboard

Other professional audio enhancement and editing tools you can find in Descript include:

  • Edit directly from the transcript: Delete or copy and paste a word, and your audio will change accordingly. It makes editing your audio as easy as editing a Word doc
  • Filler Word Removal: Detects filler words and phrases, which you can remove to make you sound more eloquent.
  • AI Voices: Creates a text-to-speech clone of your voice, making it easy to add words to your audio like a document.

The best 3 third-party apps to record audio on Android

Most Android devices have a built-in voice recorder app, but it’s pretty limited. You can find dozens of Android apps with more advanced features, like gain control and customizable file formats. 

Here are some of our favorites:

Dolby On

Series of images showing how to record audio using Dolby On

Dolby On is a free, easy voice recorder app that you can use to capture audio and create quality recordings. Here are some of Dolby On’s capabilities:

Key features:

  • Record and edit audio using Dolby's advanced technology.
  • Import and edit pre-recorded audio files.
  • Trim recordings for professional-quality results.

Sound enhancement:

  • Automatic noise reduction.
  • Dynamic EQ that automatically adapts to the audio.
  • Custom audio filters.

Exporting & sharing:

  • Export recordings in M4A format (default) or WAV format (Lossless audio option).
  • Add studio effects and animated cover art.
  • Share directly on social media platforms with audio optimized for that platform.

Download Dolby On on the Google Play Store.

Samsung Voice Recorder

Series of images showing how to record with Samsung Voice Recorder
Source: Samsung

The Samsung Voice Recorder app comes pre-installed in most Samsung smartphones and tablets, but is also available for download on Google Play Store and the Galaxy Store.

Key features:

  • Designed for simple audio recordings: voice memos, interviews, or song demos.
  • Converts up to 10 minutes of speech to text for convenient transcriptions.
  • Built-in editor for trimming recordings and removing unwanted portions.
  • Ability to add notes or tags for better organization.

Editing & Sharing:

  • Edit recordings and save the edited audio file on your device.
  • Playback recordings, share via messaging apps, or store in cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox.

Recording Modes:

  • Three recording modes, including speech-to-text.
  • Simultaneous transcription of voice notes to on-screen text for easy reference.
  • Supports multiple audio formats: MP3, AMR, and WAV.

Download Samsung Voice Recorder on the Google Play Store.

Google Recorder

Image of Google Recorder recording audio on Android
Google Recorder

Google Recorder app is a free audio recording app only available on Google Pixel 2 or newer Pixel phones (including Pixel Fold). 

Key features:

  • Record up to 18 hours of audio in a single session using your Pixel phone.
  • Edit, save, and share recordings directly from the app for effortless use.
  • Identify and label different speakers in the audio and detect language for transcription accuracy.

Editing made easy:

  • Trim recordings through the transcript interface, ensuring precision in your edits.
  • Changes made in the transcript reflect in the audio file without manual adjustments.

You can access saved recordings in Recorder for web on a Windows or Mac computer, then edit and save or share the recording with others.

Download Recorder on the Google Play Store.

How to record audio on Android FAQs

Where is the Voice Recorder on my Android phone?

You can find the Voice Recorder app in your Android app drawer. Alternatively, search the Apps option in your mobile phone's settings and search for Voice Recorder. Download a third-party voice recording app from the Google Play Store if you can't find it on your phone.

How do I record audio on my Samsung Android?

To record audio on a Samsung Android device:

  1. Open the Voice Recorder app.
  2. Tap the Record button and/or Microphone icon to start recording.
  3. Tap the Stop button to stop recording.
  4. Name and save your audio file.
  5. Use the editing tool to edit or trim your audio recording.
  6. Save the edited file to your device or share it with others.

Can I record just audio on my Android phone?

Yes. You can record audio on your Android phone or tablet. Use the built-in Voice Recorder or download a third-party audio recording app from the Google Play Store.

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