To record external sound, open the Voice Recorder app and tap the Record button. To record internal audio, open the Screen Recorder function, choose “Media Sounds” in the sound settings, then press “Start Recording”. To save your screen recording as an audio file, download a third-party audio converter app.

There are many reasons why you might want to record audio on your Android phone. For example, you can take voice notes or record a phone call. Fortunately, recording audio on Android is very simple thanks to the built-in options.

To note: The steps in this guide were performed on a Samsung phone. If you are using a different phone model, these steps may vary slightly.

How to Record Audio on Android

Using your Android phone, you can record internal and external audio. Just 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.

Start by opening your app drawer and launching the Voice Recorder app.

Depending on your phone model, you will have different ways to record audio. For example, in Samsung voice recorder, you will find three recording options: Standard , Interview and Speech-to-Text .

To start recording, at the bottom of the app, tap the red record button.

Select the save 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 want to pause the current recording, press the Pause button.

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

Press the stop button.

You will see a Save Recording prompt asking you to save your current audio recording. Here, tap on 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.

Next, tap on the “Save” option.

Save the recorded audio file.

And you are done. Your voice recording has been successfully saved to your phone.

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

Most voice recorder apps allow you to customize how sound is recorded. To access these options, in the top right corner of the app, tap the three-dot menu and choose “Settings”. Then configure the options as desired.

Select "Settings" in the menu.

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Record internal audio

Android voice recording app does not allow you to record sounds from your installed apps. You will need 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 suggests, it records your phone’s screen, but you can choose to record your phone’s internal sound as well.

To note: This method will produce a video file, which you will need to convert to an audio file if you want to keep your recordings in an audio format.

To use the built-in method, scroll down your phone screen twice and tap on “Screen Recorder”.

Open "Screen recorder."

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

Point: If you want to record audio from your mic and apps at the same time, choose the “Media and Mic Sounds” option.

Then tap “Start Recording”.

Picking out "Multimedia sounds" and press "Start recording."

You will see a countdown before the recording starts. Then your phone will start recording system sounds from your phone.

Screen recording countdown.

When you’re done recording, in the upper right corner of your screen, tap the stop button.

Select the stop button in the upper right corner.

Your screen recording is now saved in the Gallery app on your phone.

Converting your video file to audio file

If you prefer to keep your recording in an audio format, download a free audio converter app like MP3 Video Converter.

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

Faucet "Select" in the app.

Choose your screen recording from the list.

Select screen recording.

This particular application allows you to convert your videos to MP3 or AAC format. To choose between these options, press the “Copy (AAC)” or “MP3” button, depending on which is currently selected.

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

Select an audio format and press "Convert."

Wait for the application to convert your file. When done, play your converted file by pressing “Play”. You can find the converted audio file in your file manager by going to the path shown next to the Play button.

Faucet "To play" to play the converted audio file.

And that’s all. Do you have an iPhone and want to record audio on it? If so, that’s just as easy to do.

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