How to enable Call Recording on EMUI 9 (Huawei and Honor Phones)


Huawei and Honor owners can enable Call Recording on their phones now. It is incredibly easy to enable Call Recording on EMUI 9. The method that I am going to share, it works for EMUI 9 only, which means it works well on Android 9 Pie. Before I show you the steps to get Call Recording feature on the EMUI 9, let me give you an idea of its history.

enable Call Recording on EMUI 9
The Call Recorder in action on Huawei P30 Lite.

Call Recording – Back on Android Pie, but how?

Call Recording worked on Android since day 1. It worked flawlessly until the Android 9 Pie happened. Till Android 8.0 Oreo, manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei added Call Recording as a native feature in their phone’s dialer app. There were hundreds of apps in the Google Play Store that could record calls. With the Android 9 Pie, Google took the security and privacy concerns into consideration and it blocked the firmware from letting Call Recorders work.

Android is all about diversity. The blockage of call recording in Android 9 Pie was not welcomed by Android enthusiasts. Most of the Android users criticized Google for removing the feature and they demanded it back. There was an agreement among the users that Google should leave this choice on users whether or not they want to use call recording. Since the backlash, there have been reports circulating that Google is considering bringing call recording back in the next version of Android. Only time will tell if that happens for real or not.

Now comes Huawei, which has somehow enabled call recording in a new release it’s EMUI 9. The EMUI 9 is based on Android 9 Pie. The latest EMUI 9.1 brings the call recorder in the dialer. It turned out that Huawei had its HWRecorder incorporated in the system which can record the calls.

Developers were able to pull this APK and test it on other EMUI 9 phones. The application worked without any problems and that was it. As of now, all the EMUI 9 users can install the Call Recorder on their phones and it will work right inside the dialer. The recorder has worked well for both the Huawei and Honor phones. In a couple of minutes, I am going to show you the appropriate steps to get this call recorder on your Huawei or Honor phone.

Before you enable Call Recording…

Recording someone’s call without their consent is a serious offense. It can land you in serious trouble. Before you chose to secretly record someone’s conversation, make sure that you are well aware of the laws in your country. If the laws about online privacy are strict, you should not commit this act. We do not take any kind of responsibility for the usage of this feature. Using it is going to be your own choice.

Enable Call Recording on EMUI 9

I have personally tried this method on my Huawei P30 Lite. It worked well for me and I am putting images of my own P30 Lite below. Follow the simple steps to get it on your phone without any further ado.

Note: This is only for EMUI 9 or Android 9 Pie powered Huawei and Honor handsets. Do not try on any other phone. Owners of Huawei P30, Mate 20, Honor 8X, and some other devices have already confirmed this method to work well for them.

Update: As of 26th October 2019, this tutorial is still working for all EMUI 9 users. Feel free to use it.

Guide to Enable Call Recording on EMUI 9

  1. Download Huawei Call Recorder APKDownload
  2. Copy the APK to your Huawei or Honor phone.
  3. Using a File Manager, open the APK and install it.
  4. Now open the Dialer and call someone.
  5. The Record button will appear, but it will be faded.
  6. As soon as the other person picks up the call, the Record button will light up.
  7. Press the Record button to start the recording.
  8. Press the same button to stop the recording.
  9. The recorded calls will be saved in Internal Storage > Sounds > CallRecord. That’s all.

You can play the recorded calls in any audio player of your phone. If the stock player of your Huawei phone fails to work, you can download a third-party player from the Play Store for this purpose.

Enable Call Recording on Huawei – Video Guide

Wrap Up

That’s all with this guide. Hopefully, you will be able to record the calls now. There are many positive aspects of recording a call. For example, you are calling customer service of some company, and you want to record the behavior of the support staff, a recorded call can be really nice proof. It is totally up to you how you want to use this option on your phone, but make sure that whatever you do, falls in the legal circle. We do not intend to put this guide for any malicious use. If you have any queries or questions regarding anything tech, feel free to reach out to me. I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

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Usama is a software engineer by profession and at he uses his expertise to solve everyday consumer tech problems with his main areas of interest being Android, iOS and Windows.


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