[Updated] Automatic Call Recording finally comes to OnePlus devices in India, albeit with a catch

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on April 26, 2021) follows:

Over the past couple of years, there has been a general shift in the Android space as OEMs ditch their own in-house stock apps in favor of Google’s offers, thereby unifying the ecosystem to some extent.

We have seen many devices from phone makers like Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme and even OnePlus coming with Google’s stock Dialer app and Google Messages. This move hasn’t always been smooth.

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OnePlus Nord came with Google Dialer

And rightfully so. See, these OEM apps often have so many features — features that long-term users of the said devices get hooked onto and heavily reliant on.

Case in point, the OnePlus Dialer came with a built-in automatic call recorder. For people like businessmen who have to deal with shady clients, this is an important feature to have.

Sadly though, users lost access to this feature when OnePlus went for Google’s Dialer app that is functional but a little barebones.

OnePlus Nord

At the beginning of the year, we saw OnePlus coming out to confirm that it was working on a way to bring back the automatic call recording feature to users with devices that still had the OnePlus Dialer.

In fact, there is a OnePlus Dialer app on Android 11 that does have this feature and that can be sideloaded onto various OnePlus devices, albeit with varying levels of success. More on that and the download link here.

Now, it is coming to light that OnePlus has enabled this feature on its Google Dialer-running devices, thanks to communication from a OnePlus staff member.

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Google dialer now supports automatic call recording in the version of V63, which is expected to be released this week. If you need automatic call recording, you can upgrade your Google dialer on Play Store. Please be noted that automatic call recording is only available in India. Here is the path for reference: Open Dialer APP – click the three dots in the upper right corner – Settings – Select “Call recording” to customize it.

The update that is said to enable this feature, V63, should be rolling out and OnePlus users might want to grab the latest version of Google Dialer from the Play Store to take advantage of this feature.

Also worth noting is that this feature is only available in India, presumably due to legislative issues. Will this move dissuade users that wanted the OnePlus dialer instead of Google’s offer? We can only wait and see.

We shall continue to keep an eye on this OnePlus automatic call recording function and update as and when we get more info so stay tuned to PiunikaWeb.

Update 1 (January 19, 2023)

12:04 pm (IST): A Twitter user suggested that OnePlus, Oppo and Realme users can record calls silently using Oppo’s default dialer called ‘Odialer’. It is available for free on Play Store.

NOTE: We have these and many more OnePlus stories in our dedicated OnePlus section.

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