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Original story (published on January 18, 2021) follows:

The Redmi Note 8 is one of Xiaomi’s first offerings to ship with Google Phone and Messages apps out of the box in place of their MIUI counterparts.

The Chinese company says that this move was made to abide by privacy laws and restrictions in certain regions.

Not everyone is a fan of this change though as Google apps lack several essential features that were present on their MIUI counterparts and simply don’t look streamlined enough with the rest of the UI.

Redmi Note 8

It is worth mentioning here that Xiaomi isn’t the sole OEM that has made such a move. OnePlus too has started shipping its newer devices with Google Phone and Messages thus replacing their OxygenOS equivalents.

Following this, the same set of events had ensued, with users widely criticizing the move. But unlike Xiaomi, OnePlus took the criticism to heart and has hinted at the reintroduction of OxygenOS apps.

While Xiaomi doesn’t seem to be willing to do the same, they’re actually trying to make users feel more at home with the addition of missing features – the latest being native call recording support on the Redmi Note 8.


I’m so happy. Finally after 6 months I got MIUI 12 and call recording option in my Redmi Note 8.

The feature has made a sudden appearance on several Redmi Note 8 devices across the globe and users are certainly pleased.

Moreover, many have also observed that they did not receive any system update or even an app update to result in this. This means that the feature has quite possibly been enabled through a server-side switch.

Also, the device has already received MIUI 12. And some sections of users say they only noticed this feature after the MIUI 12 update.

This could be unrelated though since the feature is part of the Phone app by Google, and it has been testing and rolling out gradually to Xiaomi devices on the global/EU ROMs.

Regardless, here’s how the in-call UI looks subsequently:


Pretty cool isn’t it? Keep in mind though that the recordings don’t save to the internal storage automatically as it did with the MIUI Dialer.

You will have to do so manually by heading over to “Recent” and then clicking on the share button as shown below.


With that being said, be sure to check out our MIUI 12.5 update tracker to know the status of the update for your device.

You are also free to go through our dedicated MIUI 12 bug tracker for coverage on a range of issues brought about by the update along with their fixes, if any.

Update 1 (March 01)

05:54 pm (IST): Following the Redmi Note 8, the Redmi 9 has now received the much requested call recording feature on Google Phone. It should be available with a simple app update.


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