While it’s possible to record phone calls using the Skype app on your phone or PC, it’s such a faff – and requires so many caveats – that you can’t rely on it. Luckily, there is an alternative way to record Skype calls using your PC.
And note this isn’t purely for Skype-to-Skype phone calls. It works just as well if you use Skype to phone a landline or mobile phone.
Record Skype calls with MP3 Skype Recorder
The utility we’re going to use for this job is called MP3 Skype Recorder. It’s free for personal use and there are some restrictions in the free version, which I’ll come to later, but I’ve been using this great little app for years and it’s rarely missed a recording.
First, you need to visit the site using the link above and download the free version of the software.
The software should automatically detect the Skype installation on your computer. It works with the Skype app for Windows 10 (the one you download from the Windows Store) and Skype for Desktop. If you’re running Windows 10, it doesn’t matter which version you choose, but those on older versions of Windows will need Skype for Desktop.
MP3 Skype Recorder will – by default – load every time you fire up the PC and sit in the background waiting for a Skype call to be made/received, and which point it starts recording automatically.
If you don’t want it recording all of your Skype and wish to start recordings manually, open the app and click on the big OFF button at the top of the screen. Youll have to remember to flick that back to ON before you start a call you wish to record.
If you don’t want the app to launch automatically at start up, click on ‘Auto Start ON’ next to ‘Recorder launch options’ and switch it off. I usually leave it running in the background, as it’s very lightweight.
By default, MP3 Skype Recorder will flash up a notification when it starts and stops recording, so keep an eye out at the start of a call you wish to record to make sure it’s being ‘taped’.
Once the call ends, you can click on the folder icon next to the OFF button at the top of the screen and find your recording. The file name of the recording includes your Skype username and the username or phone number of the person you were calling, which is exceptionally handy.
Why go Pro?
With unlimited recordings, the option to change audio quality settings and all the features most people could want in the free version, why pay for MP3 Skype Recorder Pro?
Well, the free version is intended for non-commercial use and comes with a “fair use” entitlement of 30 hours of recordings over 30 days. The Pro version also unlocks a few handy features, such as removing the unitrusive ads, letting you instantly rename files, and with options to customise the notifications.
If you’re only recording the odd call, the free version is fine. But if you’re making professional use of the software – or if you just want to reward the developer for a great little app – the £10 fee to go Pro isn’t too stiff.
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