Skype Brings Call Recording To Desktop And Mobile Platforms, Here’s How It Works

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If you’re a heavy user of the Skype messaging client, a feature that was first announced in mid-July is now finally rolling out to users: call recording. Call recording is a cloud-based feature that allows you to save precious moments with loved ones or have a recording of a conversation with coworkers during meetings for future reference. 

The recording feature is not just limited to audio calls, and extends to video calls as well. And just so that no one is surprised after the fact that a call was recorded, each call participant is notified when someone starts a recording. 

Initiating a recording is relatively simple from within Skype, and boils down to just a two steps:

  • Click/Tap on the “+” sign at the bottom of the Skype screen (either on desktop or mobile) from within a chat window
  • Click/Tap on the “Start Recording” button

And just like that, your current call is being recorded. Once you have started a recording, a banner will be placed at the top of the Skype app which explains that the call is being reported. This same banner is displayed for all call participants at the same time. 

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Banner at the top of the screen denoting that a call is recorded

Once a recording has finished, you can select the ellipsis (on desktop) to save it as an MP4 file. On mobile, you can simply tap and hold to save a recording to your cameral roll (again, in MP4 format). A similar process is used to share a recording with other Skype members in your contact list.

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Sharing a Skype recording

According to Microsoft, Skype recordings will be saved in the cloud for up to 30 days. During that time, you’ll be able to save and share them as much as you’d like. From all accounts, it seems as though recordings are deleted from Microsoft’s servers after the 30-day mark.

Call recording is available now for macOS an iOS. Interestingly, it’s not yet available for Microsoft’s own desktop operating system: Windows 10. Microsoft says that a new version of Skype will support the feature “in the coming weeks.”