Google will kill all third-party call recording apps on Android tomorrow

As per reports, all third-party call recording apps will stop working on Google's Android OS starting May 11. Here's what we know about the matter so far.

Updated:Tue, May 10, 2022 1:06pm

By Shweta Ganjoo


Google has made changes to its Play Store policy. Some of these changes will come into effect starting May 11. As a part of these changes, the company is banning all third-party call recording apps on its platforms. This means that starting May 11, all call recording app that you have downloaded on your Android smartphones will stop working from May 11.

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However, it remains uncertain how Google plans to implement this policy. Meaning, its unclear if Google will block all the third-party call recording apps on its Play Store or if it will ask developers to remove their apps from the platform.


It is worth noting that changes to Google's Play Store Policy were first reported last month. "The Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording," the company had written in a support page announcing the change.

The company had also hosted a webinar for all its developers on YouTube last month in a bid to help them understand the change. "Remote in this context refers to call audio recording where the person on the other end is unaware of the recording is taking place. So, if the app is the default dialer on the phone and also pre-loaded, accessibility capability is not required to get access to the incoming audio stream and hence would not be in violation. Since this is a clarification to an existing policy, the new language will apply to all apps starting May 11th," Google had said in the webinar.


Notably, while Google is banning call recording apps on its platform starting May 11, not all call recording apps are being banned from the platform. The company has clarified that all built-in call recording apps that are available as a part of the user interface offered by companies such as OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Samsung will not be affected by this change. Google's own call recording app will also be available on select smartphones will also not be affected by this change.

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