What are the best secret recording apps?

You don't have to worry about the apps your kids are using or their conversations, Cari Chavez! The community has suggested a variety of screen and sound recording apps ideal for these circumstances.

asked by Cari Chavez
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    #1Secret Voice

    Secret Voice

    Secret Voice is a paid app for iOS that allows you to record any sound secretly. The recorded voices will be placed in a secret album inside the app, that also features a passcode lock.

    Apps

    iOS

    $0.99

    Arjun Bose
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "I love this app because of the audio quality. But I just wish that the small red line would not show on lock screen, i hope this app is hidden when in use so no one will get an idea that i am currently recording our conversation. "
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    #2Spy Voice Recorder

    Spy Voice Recorder

    Spy Voice Recorder is an app that can record calls using the one-touch quick start button developed by NAMOS. It features an urgent recording power button and encrypted recorder for anti-hacking. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE* 

    Apps

    Crystal Ellis
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Great voice recorder that comes with a quick start button for emergency recording. The voice recorder is also secure, as it has encrypted to prevent hacking "
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    #3 Automatic Call Recorder

     Automatic Call Recorder

     Automatic Call Recorder is a communication app developed by PACE Private Limited. It allows users to record the voice of the caller for both outgoing and incoming calls. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Abel Baltazar
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "Very useful and amazing call recorder. Best mobile app to record calls automatically. "

Did you know? 

Did you know that you can dictate what you want to write instead of typing it in Google Docs? Google Docs is actually full of features that can save us time, but few people seem to know about it. Voice typing is a speech-to-text feature that's built-in within the app. This feature first debuted in early 2016. Who would've thought that Google Docs has a hidden voice recorder app, right? Now, Voice Typing also works in Google Slides speaker notes. For those who prefer to dictate than type or those with impairments which makes it difficult for them to type, Voice Typing can be very useful. With its new and improved features, you can dictate formatting, punctuation, and editing- just by using your voice. You can also dictate in other languages. Google Docs seems like an advanced secret voice recorder app that makes life a whole lot easier. It could help a lot of professionals from different fields and this could be a powerful tool for students as well.

Google has an awesome text-to-speech engine built in their Chrome browser and used in Google Assistant. So imagine how Voice Typing can work as your personal stenographer. It's especially easy to work on too. Before you start, make sure your microphone works. When using Google docs, open it with the Chrome browser. Click the 'Tools' menu and look for 'Voice Typing'. A microphone icon will appear. Choose your language and when you're ready to speak, click the microphone. The steps are pretty much the same in Google Slides Speaker Notes. But instead of 'Voice Typing', you have to look for 'Voice type speaker notes'. Unfortunately, you need to have a pair of headphones to plug into your phone or voice recorder because it couldn't pick up audio recording through speakers. You have to dictate what's said as you listen along.

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    #4PCM Recorder

    PCM Recorder

    PCM Recorder is a secret recording app which has no time limit developed by Kohei Yasui. It can also be sent through e-mail and requires Android version 4.0 and up. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Gao Tian
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "I've been using this recorder for years now. I am a journalist and I do a lot of interviews so this app is very helpful in my profession as you can just easily send the audio file via email. Must have for those in the same or related field. "
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    #5Spyzie

    Spyzie

    Spyzie is a monitoring app for mobile devices which allows you to track the activity of any smartphone from your device. You can block apps, set a schedule to restrict mobile usage, track your target's location, and many more.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Christian Alvarado
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I feel kind of creepy when I use Spyzie given all that it can do, but it does its job to monitor my children and make sure that they are safe. I never have to worry."
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    #6Hoverwatch

    Hoverwatch

    Hoverwatch is a cell phone tracker that records SMS, call history and audio, camera, locations, social media activities such as Facebook and WhatsApp, internet activities, and more. This is compatible with Android, Windows PC, and Mac OS X.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Víctor Chávez
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Want to be a spy agent then this is something you need. Being able to bug a person's phone would allow you to track a person the calls they make and basically anything else that is changed on an android phone. Actually pretty scary at what this app can really do. Don't try this as its an invasion of privacy. "
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    #7Smart Voice Recorder

    Smart Voice Recorder
    Smart Voice Recorder is an app helps you to recorder long conversations or declarations developed by SmartMob. The app works in the background and it can record up to 2 GB per file limit. 
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Andrew Mitchell
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "I love this app so much. Been a loyal user of this mobile recording app since 2017 but ever since the latest update, I lost all my recordings. Would have been great if we can recover the files. I sent an email to the developer, hopefully, this bug can be fixed. "
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    #8Secret Video Recorder

    Secret Video Recorder

    Secret Video Recorder is a hidden video recording app developed by TNA Vitech. It features quick recording, hidden app icon, and upload files to Google Drive easily. Aside from that, it can also detect the location of the recorded video. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Christian Munoz
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Works well, sometimes too well since the app hides itself on your phone. Can be used for nefarious reasons as well, which is worrying."
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    #9Secret Call Recorder Lite

    Secret Call Recorder Lite

    Secret Call Recorder Lite is an app developed by SimpleApps09 that can record calls and can be sent automatically to a Gmail or email account. It can also hide the recording files and supports 24 languages. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Cynthia Howell
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "I wonder why anyone would need this app. I would think that these types of apps would be illegal and not available to the public. I also wonder why anyone would need this type of app. "
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    #10Background Video Recorder

    Background Video Recorder

    Background Video Recorder is a camera app developed by Kimcy929 that records video while you use other functions on your phone. It supports multiple languages like English, Czech, Brazilian and Swedish. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Harini Trivedi
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "this app works beautifully. you record while still going through your phone. multi-tasking is easy to handle now. "

Summary

Best What are the best secret recording apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Secret VoiceApps 1 Paid
2Spy Voice RecorderApps -1 Paid
3 Automatic Call RecorderApps -1 Free
4PCM RecorderApps -2 Free
5SpyzieApps -3 Paid
6HoverwatchApps -3 Paid
7Smart Voice RecorderApps -3 Free
8Secret Video RecorderApps -3 Paid
9Secret Call Recorder LiteApps -7 Free
10Background Video RecorderApps -8 Free
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