Voice recording apps are great for recording lectures, meetings, public events, random thoughts and ideas, and they are also great to record yourself sleep talk non-sense in the dead of night. Just don’t share the last one with your friends.
Android smartphones come with voice recorders built in and while they are good, they are too basic even for occasional users. This is where the Play Store shines. There are a plethora of apps to choose from.
Best Voice Recorder Apps for Android
There are quite a few voice recording apps for Android available on the Play Store which makes it difficult to choose the right one. It all comes down to what you are using it for and the features that you cannot do without. Recently, I wanted to make a quick mental note of ideas, and since it takes more time to put thoughts into words, it got me looking for voice recorder apps.
Here is what I found:
1. Easy Voice Recorder – Freemium
Easy Voice Recorder is a free to use, ad-supported app, that will allow you easily record audio anywhere, anytime. The app offers the ability to record audio in the background even when the screen is off so you can save battery.
It supports multiple file formats including the space-saving AMR and the high-quality PCM. There are also MP4 and WAV formats if you want. It comes with useful widgets and shortcuts that will allow you to begin recording at a moment’s notice. This is helpful when you are caught off-guard. It supports Android Wear.
It comes with a magic wand that will allow you to increase volume and remove quite parts where no one is doing the talking. Saves times when listening. You can also cancel echo sound or reduce background noise.
There is a pro version ($3.99) that will allow you to upload all recordings automatically to Drive or Dropbox, but you can do it manually too. Support for Bluetooth microphone and Tasker app.
Verdict: Easy Voice Recorder is a great recording app that does everything you would expect from a voice recorder. The free version should be enough for most people.
2. Voice Recorder – Free
Voice Recorder (such a generic name) picks up things where Easy Voice Recorder left. It offers everything that the former offered but adds some more features.
Now, you can also save your audio recordings in MP3 format which offers high audio quality. It comes with a microphone tool that will allow you to adjust the sensitivity of the recorder.
Where it really shines is the editing department. Voice Recorder will allow you to edit your voice recordings. You can cut, trim, copy/paste, and remove parts that you don’t like or want on the fly right inside the app. This is useful when you want to remove parts that are boring and useless. The app will also allow you to listen to the final version before saving it.
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On the downside, there is no auto-upload function for cloud storage, but you can always upload manually. Cannot remove quite parts automatically but offers the ability to cut any part manually, as discussed earlier. It doesn’t support PMR but does support WAV.
The app is free to use and is ad-supported.
Verdict: Voice Recorder offers everything that you may need out of your audio recorder except some features that can be taken care of manually. Ability to edit voice recordings can be handy in several situations.
3. Parrot – Freemium
Parrot is probably the most beautiful as well as the most feature-rich audio recorder on the list. The UI is pleasing and makes using the app that much fun.
The free version will allow you to use the speaker, mic or Bluetooth mic for recording. You can see calendar style icons on the recordings to help identify the date you recorded the lecture or meeting. It supports Android Wear.
You can remove echo and background noise, and also control gain where you need more power. Supports different recording formats like previously mentioned apps. The can be set to stop and start automatically based on the sound threshold to skip silence parts during the recording period.
It comes with some playback options like volume boost, bass boost, and preset reverb. The last one is for listening to recordings as if you were sitting in a small room or a large hall. There is cloud sync and support for Google Drive and Dropbox.
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The Pro version will also allow you to record phone calls, both incoming and outgoing. You can set it to automatic or manual. You can set schedules to record audio setting the date, time, and even duration in advance. So the recording will begin with every lecture, meeting that you know you will be attending in the future. Even if you do forget about it.
The free version is ad-supported while the paid version will set you back by $19.99 every year.
Verdict: Parrot was built for advanced users like professionals like teachers, lawyers, businessmen who constantly attend meetings, and so on. It is easy and fun to use and once you use it, you won’t use any other app.
4. Cogi – Freemium
Cogi, interesting name, made the list because it not only offers a beautiful UI, but also a feature that no other app provides. The developers wanted to augment the experience by allowing users to take better notes.
In order to achieve that, they added a functionality to take pictures and save it with your audio recordings. It makes so much sense.
Cogi actually offers features that will come in handy and will be used by plenty of people while voice recording. Like for example, you can go back in time, up to 45 seconds, to record what was said that you didn’t record. Cogi does it by actively listening behind the scenes so that you do not miss an important thinking if only I had started audio recording before.
You can add images and text notes to audio recordings to help to remember the highlights of the day better. They are all grouped together and you can use tags for better search and management.
Cogi offers three plans. Free, Standard, and Pro. The free plan comes with 500 MB, Standard is $14.99 with 50 GB cloud storage, and Pro is 250 GB for $39.99. Premium plans also allow you to record phone calls.
Verdict: While Cogi is a great app, it is expensive when compared to something like Evernote which allows you to do everything Cogi does, except the call recording, in the free plan. If you are looking for advanced functions like adding images, links, video to your audio recordings, Evernote is more suitable.
Wrapping Up: Best Voice Recorder Apps
I like Voice Recorder because it has everything a regular person would like in a voice recorder app. It is simple to use and comes with many good features.
Parrot and Cogi both try to offer premium features to make a case for their premium plans which are over-priced in my opinion. I would rather recommend using the popular Evernote app if you are looking to attach images and links to your audio recordings. But, it’s a bit of an overkill for a recording app.
In the end, like always, it all comes down to your personal or professional requirements, what you want and need with your voice recorder app.
Which one are you using and why?