Record calls us­ing your Mac

Record­ing all kinds of phone calls on your Mac is eas­ier than you think!

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Not so long ago, record­ing a phone call meant awk­wardly po­si­tion­ing a dic­ta­tion ma­chine near a hand­set and hop­ing for the best. More re­cently, voice-over-IP ap­pli­ca­tions like Skype have brought voice and video com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the desk­top. In the lat­est ver­sions of Mac OS X and iOS, not only can you per­form FaceTime Audio as well as video calls be­tween your de­vices, but now reg­u­lar cel­lu­lar calls can be re­ceived on Wi-Fi-only de­vices such as Macs and Wi-Fi iPads, too.

This is in­cred­i­bly use­ful – so long as your iPhone is con­nected to your wire­less net­work, you can make and re­ceive calls on any de­vice. It also means you can record calls. Per­haps you’re con­duct­ing a phone in­ter­view and need to record it for tran­scrip­tion, or you’re hav­ing a work con­fer­ence call, or you need to record a call to keep a record of its con­tents. By us­ing Quick­Time’s screen record­ing fea­ture in OS X, you can record FaceTime and cel­lu­lar calls for free. By us­ing an in­ex­pen­sive third-party app, such as Call Recorder for FaceTime (or Skype), you can get much more flex­i­bil­ity. Hollin Jones

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