How to Enable Call Recording on Galaxy S21, S21+ & S21 Ultra

How to Enable Call Recording on Galaxy S21, S21+ & S21 Ultra

How to Enable Call Recording on Galaxy S21, S21+ & S21 Ultra

Hands down, call recording is one of the most in-demand features on the Samsung Galaxy S21 series smartphones. Fortunately, the function is native to the flagship phone, and you need not download a third-party app to enjoy the feature. 

Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra call recording can be enabled on the phone app menu during a call. Also, you can set the feature to record every call automatically.

In this post, we’ll show you how to record calls on Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra. Read on as we’re providing all the details you need to finish it in a snap.

DifficultyVery Easy ●○○○○
Duration10 minutes
Things You NeedSamsung Galaxy S21, S21+ or
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

How to Enable Call Recording on Galaxy S21, S21+ & S21 Ultra

Click “Record call” while on a call on Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra to record the call. Also, you can activate the “auto record calls” feature on the phone app settings to record calls automatically.

Automatic call recording can also be customized to only work on certain types of calls. Now, let’s get down to business. The steps below should show you how to record calls on your fave Samsung Galaxy S21 device fast. 

WARNING: Recording calls may not be legal in some countries so the function may not be available in those regions. Also, call recording may not work if the VoWiFi feature is activated on your device. 

Recording Calls Manually

DifficultyVery Easy ●○○○○
Number of Steps5
Duration7 seconds

Clicking on the kebab menu in the middle of a phone call will allow you to record calls on Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra manually. Then, you can start recording meaningful phone conversations right away.


Here’s how to record calls manually:

  • Open the Phone app. Input any contact number and tap the call icon.

    Note: This can also be done while answering any call.

  • Tap on the kebab menu (3 vertical dots) while calling.
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 Recording Calls Manually
 Recording Calls Manually
  • Click Record call.
  • Recording will start right away.
 Recording Calls Manually
 Recording Calls Manually

Recording Calls Automatically

DifficultyVery Easy ●○○○○
Number of Steps8
Duration10 to 15 seconds

Sometimes, people can be forgetful and completely miss turning on call recording. While this can be annoying, you can prevent this from happening by activating the “Auto record calls” feature on the phone app’s settings

This allows you to automatically record calls on Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra, without the need to turn it on every single time. Plus, you can customize who you want to record.

Here’s how to record calls automatically:

  • Open the Phone app.
  • Tap on the kebab menu.
  • Tap Settings.
Recording Calls Manually
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how to record calls automatically
  • Tap Record calls.
  • Tap Auto record calls.
  • Toggle the switch on.
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how to record calls automatically
how to record calls automatically
  • Read/confirm the Terms and Conditions
  • Choose the type of calls that will be recorded.

Note: If the “Calls with specific numbers” option was chosen, you can use the “Numbers to auto record” option below it to register the contact numbers you want to be included.

how to record calls automatically
how to record calls automatically

Below are the “auto record calls” options to choose from, including their effects, once activated:

  • All calls – Record all calls made and received.
  • Calls with unsaved numbers – Record calls only if they’re from an unknown or unsaved contact number.
  • Calls with specific numbers – Record calls only if they’re from specific preregistered contact numbers.

Finding and Sharing a Recorded Call

DifficultyVery Easy ●○○○○
Number of Steps7
Duration10 to 15 seconds

Accessing the call recordings on the Samsung Galaxy S21, S1+, & S21 Ultra can be done in one of two ways. Firstly, you can find it in the folder saved by default on the device’s internal storage.

Secondly, you can use the phone app’s settings as a quick access point to your call recordings. Once there, you can select any recording and choose between moving, renaming, deleting, or sharing it with a different device and on other applications.

Follow these steps to find and share call recordings on the Galaxy S21 series:

  • Open the Phone app.
  • Tap on the kebab menu.
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how to record calls automatically
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Record calls.
  • Tap Recorded calls.
  • Click/hold a call recording to select it.
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how to record calls automatically
steps to find and share call recordings on the Galaxy S21 series
  • Tap Share.
steps to find and share call recordings on the Galaxy S21 series
WARNING: Depending on the existing laws in your region, you can be legally held liable for sharing and publishing any call recordings. Observe due diligence before sharing your recordings in public spaces where a third party can access them.

Why is my Galaxy S21 not showing a call recording option?

The option to record calls on Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra is unavailable in most regions. To enable this feature on their devices, Samsung has to obtain legal permits, which is impossible in countries that prohibit call recording.

Even if you’re in a country that allows call recording, the feature may still be unavailable if you order your device online from a foreign market. To resolve this, you can use Odin to flash your device’s firmware with a CSC that has call recording.

Depending on the region or postpaid plan you got your Galaxy S21 device from, its Country Specific Code or CSC will be based on that. Refer to the table below for a list of CSC codes from the regions with an available call recording option.

CountryCSC
AlgeriaTMC, WTL
BangladeshBNG
EgyptEGY
IndiaINS
IndonesiaXID
IsraelILO
LaosLAO
LibyaBTC, LYS
NepalNPL
Sri LankaSLK
ThailandCAM, MYM, THL
TunisiaTUN
UkraineSEK
VietnamXXV

FAQs About Call Recording on Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ & S21 Ultra

Can I record calls using third-party apps on my Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra?

Calls can be recorded using third-party apps, but you have to consider the risks of doing so. Google is banning these call-recording apps on the Play Store, increasing the risk even more as you have to sideload the app from unknown sources.
Before sideloading any APK file, we suggest running it through malware or virus detection software to ensure they’re safe to install. If you don’t have a subscription to a premium service, you can use Google’s VirusTotal for free.

Where are my call recordings saved by default on my Galaxy S21?

The call folder is the default save the location of your call recordings. You can find it by going to My Files > Internal Storage > Call.
In case you don’t have this folder or it does not have your call recordings, try going to the recordings folder instead.

Can call recording with Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra get you in trouble?

Call recording is illegal in most countries, so it’s unavailable in Samsung devices for many different regions. Even in countries that allow call recording, it’s still possible to get in trouble for sharing and publishing private phone calls.
Thus, it’s advisable to ask for permission from the caller on the opposite end before attempting to record. Seeking the appropriate legal advice is best to protect yourself from legal trouble.

Is there a way to record Wi-Fi calls on my Galaxy S21 Ultra?

Wi-Fi calls are unsupported by Samsung’s call recorder on all of its devices. As of the writing of this article, Samsung hasn’t shared any plan to make their Galaxy device’s built-in call recorder compatible with Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi).

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