Why Google Is Cracking Down on Call-Recording Apps

Why Google Is Cracking Down on Call-Recording Apps

In the old days, if you wanted to record the contents of an important conversation you had to grab a piece of paper and scribble notes as fast as you could.

Then smartphones showed up and saved us from that nightmare by giving us numerous third-party apps to record phone calls. These third-party apps have been a lifesaver for people of all kinds, but especially journalists, writers, and small businesses, who sometimes conduct important matters via phone.

This is about to end. An upcoming Google policy change will ensure that third-party call recording apps will no longer be supported by the Play Store. Here are the details.

Google has announced in this Play Store policy update that it will block third-party apps from using its Accessibility API (Application Programming Interface) to record calls, starting May 11, 2022.

According to the policy update, the “Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording.” This is because the Accessibility API is only meant to be used by developers to build apps for people with disabilities to access their devices.