Google will soon ban third-party call recording apps from the Play Store. The ban will take effect from May 11.

You can, however, still use default dialer apps such as Google’s own Phone app or a manufacturer’s to record calls, as these come with your Android phones.

Google recently updated its Android Accessibility API, which developers often used to allow apps to record calls. In its recent update, the search giant no longer allows this, stating “The Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording.”

System apps, such as the default dialer app, with the call recording functionality built-in, are not affected because these do not need accessibility requirements to do their thing. Only third-party call recording apps from the Play Store will be affected.

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So technically you can still record calls providing the function comes with your phone’s dialer. Just be aware of the legal ramifications that come with it. Call recording is a touchy subject. Its legalities are difficult to manage with different countries having their own rules and laws.

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