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Skype Now Has a Built-In Call Recording Feature

Skype can now record your calls using a new built-in function.

On Tuesday, Microsoft introduced the much-wanted feature, which you can find in the latest version of Skype. Call recording is available on most platforms, including Android. However, it’ll be arriving for Windows 10 in the coming weeks.

Prior to the update, you could record calls on Skype, but you’d have to rely on a third-party application. Unfortunately, not all these applications are free.

Skype’s own call recording feature will record every participants’ screen, in addition to any screens shared during the call, the company said in a blog post(Opens in a new window).

“As soon as you start recording, everyone in the call is notified that the call is being recorded — so there are no surprises,” Skype added.

Recorded calls will be temporarily stored online through Skype for 30 days. During that period, participants can download and save the recording as an MP4 file to their computer. They can also choose to share the recording with other users.

Skype’s blog post and support page(Opens in a new window) have a guide on how to use the new function. To access it during a call, click on the “+” icon. The Skype application will then present an option that says “Start recording.”

When a call is recorded, Skype will display a banner at the top of the interface letting all participants know the conversation is being captured. However, Skype will still advise you to tell people they’re being recorded. In some states, it’s illegal(Opens in a new window) to record phone calls without the consent of all parties involved.

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PCMag tried the function and it appears to only work on calls made over the internet, not for telephone numbers. So you’ll need a third-party tool for that. You can find our recommendations on Skype recording tools here.

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