How to Disable Call Recording Notifications on Android Devices (Including Realme, Oppo, Vivo, iQOO, Xiaomi, and OnePlus)

Introduction:

  • In recent years, Google’s requirement for OEMs to preinstall its dialler and Messages apps has led to the removal of stock dialler and messaging apps developed by device manufacturers. One feature that users miss from the stock diallers is the ability to record calls without any notification. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide on disabling call recording notifications on various Android devices, including Realme, Oppo, Vivo, iQOO, Xiaomi, and OnePlus. We will explore different methods to record calls discreetly without any announcement or warning.

Understanding the Purpose of Call Recording Notifications:

  • Call recording laws and regulations vary across different countries. In some regions, it is mandatory to seek consent from all parties involved in a call before recording it. Google Dialler complies with legal requirements by notifying the receiver that the call is being recorded. However, some users prefer a call recording option that doesn’t notify the other party. It is important for users to understand and comply with their local laws and regulations to avoid any legal violations.

Method 1: Disabling Call Recording Notifications on OnePlus and Oppo Phones

  1. If you own a OnePlus or Oppo phone, there is a simple method to bypass call recording notifications by sideloading the old ColorOS Dialer app. This app allows you to record calls without any announcement. Follow the steps below to enable this feature:
  2. Install the ODialer app (available for free) on your smartphone. ODialer is the stock dialer app developed by the ColorOS team.
  3. Open the app and set it as your default dialer. Make sure to grant all the necessary permissions.
  4. Once the setup is complete, open ODialer (Phone app), make a call, and tap on the “Record” button. The call will be recorded without any announcement or warning. If you encounter any issues, refer to the troubleshooting section for a potential solution.

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Method 2: Disabling Call Recording Notifications on Vivo and iQOO Phones

Vivo and iQOO phones come with a hidden stock Phone app that supports call recording without announcements, but it is disabled by default. With a simple trick, you can enable this feature and replace the Google Dialer app seamlessly. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Google Dialer (Phone) app on your Vivo or iQOO phone and enter the following code: ##556688##. This hidden USSD code allows you to replace the stock Google Dialer with an alternative phone app. Note that this code may not work on some Vivo devices.
  2. The code will take you to the hidden “Alternate Phone and Contacts” page. Enable the toggle switch and tap on “OK,” followed by “Set now.”
  3. Set the alternate Phone app as your default dialer.
  4. Make a call using the new Phone app and tap on “Record.” The call will be recorded without the receiver being notified. If this method doesn’t work for your device, proceed to the next section for an alternative solution.

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Method 3: Disabling Call Recording Notifications on Google Dialer (Realme, Xiaomi, Moto, and Other Android Phones)

If you own a Realme, Xiaomi, Moto, or any other Android phone with the stock Google Dialer app, you can follow these steps to disable call recording notifications:

  1. Open the Play Store and search for “Google Dialer.” Open the app and uninstall it. This will remove the latest version of the app and revert it to the older version that came with your device. This step is crucial because Google has patched workarounds in the latest version.
  2. Ensure that you disable the “Enable auto-update” option for Google Dialer by tapping the three-dot menu in the top-right corner. This prevents the app from being automatically updated to the latest version. To make the following method work, keep the Google Dialer on the older version.
  3. Install the TTSLexx app (available for free) from the Play Store. Although this app is designed for creating custom dictionaries for Google’s Text-to-Speech service, we can utilize it as a workaround to disable call recording announcements on all Android phones. The app developer claims that it doesn’t collect any data.
  4. After installing TTSLexx, open your phone’s Settings and search for “text to speech.” Select “Text-to-speech output,” typically found in the Accessibility menu.
  5. Tap on “Preferred engine” and choose the “TTSLexx” app.
  6. Long-press the Google Dialer (Phone app) icon and select “App Info.” In the App Info screen, tap on “Storage.”
  7. Tap on “Clear data” and choose the “Clear all data” option. Note that this action will delete your entire call history, so remember to back it up if necessary.
  8. Restart your Android phone. Now, when you make a call using the Google Dialer app, tapping on “Record” will no longer trigger an announcement that the call is being recorded.
  9. If the above method doesn’t work and the call recording announcement persists, ensure that you uninstall the latest update as mentioned in step 1, and clear the existing app data.

Conclusion:

  • Disabling call recording notifications can be achieved through various methods depending on the Android device you own. This article covered three methods for different phone brands such as OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, iQOO, Realme, Xiaomi, and others. It is crucial to be aware of the legal requirements regarding call recording in your country and adhere to them to avoid any legal complications. Remember to use call recording responsibly and respect the privacy of others during phone conversations.

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