Google bans all third-party call recording apps from Play Store

Google bans all third-party call recording apps from Play Store

Call recording is a great feature available exclusively for Android smartphones. In general, smartphone manufacturers bundle their call recording app with other bloatware.

However, if you don’t have a built-in call recorder on your Android smartphone, you can simply download one of the thousand call recorders available on the Google PlayStore.

Unfortunately, the above-mentioned solution will no longer work as of May 11, 2022. Let’s get into details.

To further improve user security and privacy, Google is implementing new Play Store policies to prevent third-party apps from using the Accessibility API. This API ensures that the remote audio recording process works correctly.

This new policy will block third party call recording apps from the Google Playstore. The call recording apps that allow you to record phone conversations without the other participant’s knowledge will no longer be available after May 11, 2022.

That said, it’s worth noting that smartphones with built-in dialers that had the call recording feature, such as Google Phone and Mi Dialer, will not be affected by the change.

Accessibility API

Moun Choi, head of Google Content Operations, explained the new policy during the special developer webinar, stating that,

“Remote in this context refers to audio recording of conversations where the person on the other end is unaware of the recording.”

He added that,

“If the app is the default dialer on the phone and also preloaded, accessibility is not required to access the incoming audio stream. So it wouldn’t conflict. As this is a clarification of an existing policy, the new language will apply to all apps from May 11.”

So in a nutshell, Android smartphone users won’t lose functionality completely and they can still record calls using the pre-installed dialer app.

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