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Tutorial: How to Record Your Skype Call on Mac, Windows and iPhone/iPad


By Tena Šojer, January 3, 2014

Skype is no longer a tool we only use for friendly and casual chats. We also use it for business meetings, tutoring, consults, and in my line of business, we use it quite often to do interviews. In those cases, you might want to record the call, not only to your memory but to something you can reply over and over again. So let’s go through some simple ways of recording:

First Thing’s First

Never record a conversation without informing the other person and getting their consent. In some countries this is illegal, and in all cases it is just plain rude. There is nothing wrong with wanting to record your conversation, just as long as the other person knows about it.

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 Mac Users

If you have Skype running on your Mac, there is some really good software you can use. A really beautiful and cool piece of software is definitely  is Piezo. It has a cool vintage design to it and is incredibly simple- there is a red button that just screams (not literally) „record“ and that is exactly what it does. It doesn’t just record your Skype calls but also audio from most anything on your Mac.  The free version of the program only allows you to record conversations up to 10 minutes- you can record for longer that that, but it will have added noise. The unlimited version of the program costs $15.

If you want or need longer recordings, you can use VodBurner. VodBurner is also one of those “what you see is what you get” programs, and what you see is a panel with very simple and easy to use options. It is free, with no time limits or restrictions.It records both audio and video, in MOV, MP4, M4A and other formats and you can adjust the settings based on whether you want to capture the video stream from more cams or just one. There is also a version for Windows.

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 Windows Users

Besides the afore mentioned VodBurner, Skype Auto Recorder is a good way to go for Windows users. It’s free, open-source and incredibly simple and you can use it to record calls automatically, as the name says. It also offers some basic organizational tools, like filtering records into certain folders and you can adjust the settings so that certain callers are never recorded. The recording is in.MP3 format and there is no limit on how long it can be.

 

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Recording Skype Calls on iPad (or iPhone)

There is a lot of software that enables you to record the calls from your desktop,  but the process of recording Skype calls on an iPad or iPhone is a  bit different. First you have to start a Skype call, then send the Skype app to the background (do not close it) switch to the recording app and hit record. You can also got he other way around, first turning on the recording app and then making a call. One of the apps you can use is Quick Voice. It is a  free voice recorder with a minimal interface and it doesn’t have any restrictions on the duration of the call and recording. However, you cannot run Quick Voice as a background app so keep that in mind. This means that you have to do the recording along the first set of instructions, with Skype running in the background. There is a lot of recording apps, though, and since this is a really simple task, almost all of them can do it.

 


Author:

Tena Šojer

Tena graduated from University of Zagreb with a masters degree in English and Anthropology. Her interests are writing, science, technology and education, and her goal in life is to find a way to pursue them all at the same time. She is currently writing for Netokracija, working with a great team to bring the best internet and tech related news to the Balkans.

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2 Responses to “Tutorial: How to Record Your Skype Call on Mac, Windows and iPhone/iPad”

  1. avatar Dan says:

    Hi Tena,
    Is there any way to record both ends of the conversation on an iPhone or iPad? All of the apps I’ve tried, including Quick Voice only recorded my voice.
    Thanks!

    • avatar Sandy says:

      Hello dan,

      I accidentally recorded a skype call today while my NoteIt app was running. It recorded both sides of the conversation. This app is the best note taking and recording app I have tried!

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