Inbound call recording

CallRail allows you to automatically record phone calls received by your tracking numbers. It's a great way to capture and analyze conversations with leads, classify your interactions for reporting purposes, and train your sales and customer service teams using real examples.

If you use Lead Center — our unified communications tool that allows you to take and make calls and texts from your tracking number — you can also set up outbound call recording.

Getting started

After a call ends, the recording will be available to replay in your call log and email notifications. Call recording is included in your account at no additional cost. When call recording is turned on, you can also use our automatic call transcription services to get a written transcript of every call.

Important legal notice

There are different laws that apply to call recording, so check your current state and federal laws before using this feature. Some states require both parties to consent to any recorded conversation, while other states require only one party to consent. To assist with compliance of these laws, CallRail allows you to enable an automated verbal greeting to parties on a call.

Call recording for a new number

Call recording can be turned on for a tracking number within the final step of the number creation wizard.


Check the box for Call Recording. You can type in a greeting to notify the caller that their call will be recorded if your state or local laws require the caller to be notified. You can also leave this field blank for no message.

Call recording for an existing number

Call recording can be turned on for an existing tracking number on the number's configuration page.

  1. Click the Settings icon on the left navigation bar.

  2. Choose the company where you’d like to use call recording.

  3. Click the Pencil icon for the tracking number you’d like to update to go to its main configuration page.

  4. On the next screen, click the Pencil icon in the upper-right of the Number Options menu.


  5. Under Number, click the checkbox to enable call recording and to play a greeting to the caller. You can type in or upload a greeting to notify the caller that their call will be recorded if your state or local laws for your area require the caller to be notified. Leave this field blank or uncheck the box for no message.

  6. Click Save Number at the bottom of the page to save your changes.

Activate call recording for multiple numbers

The bulk editing option allows administrators to activate recording on multiple tracking numbers at the same time. We'll send you a confirmation email once all of your numbers have been updated. 

  1. Click the Settings icon on the left navigation bar. 

  2. Choose the company where you'd like to bulk edit tracking numbers.

  3. Click Account-Level Numbers at the top right.

  4. Choose the number(s) where you'd like to activate call recording.

  5. Click the Bulk Actions button at the top left.

  6. Select Call Recording, then click Next.

  7. Select Activate Call Recording to enable call recording for your selected numbers.

  8. Click Save Changes.

Activate call recording for a tracking number in a call flow

Follow these instructions to turn on call recording for an existing tracking number that's assigned to a call flow.

  1. Click the Settings icon on the left navigation bar.

  2. Choose the company where you’d like to edit a call flow.

  3. Click Workflow at the top of the page.

  4. Choose the call flow with the tracking number you’d like to edit and click on the pencil icon to the right.

  5. At the top of the call flow, slide the toggle to ON to record all calls to this call flow.

  6. Click Save.


Does call recording cost extra?
There's no additional cost associated with using this feature. Call recording is included in the base price of all pricing plans.

How long are my recordings stored?
Call recordings are stored in accordance with CallRail's data retention policy.

Why are my recordings shorter than the length of the call?
Call recordings are typically shorter than the call duration because we automatically trim off the silence at the beginning of the call, as well as the time that the caller spends on the phone while it is ringing.

Can I pause call recording in the middle of a call?
It’s not possible to pause call recording in the middle of a call; however, you are able to deactivate call recording on an existing tracking number to comply with legal or privacy needs.

Can I delete a call recording?
Yes. Use these instructions to see how you can delete a call's recording.

Can I download my recordings in bulk?
Yes. You can use these instructions to bulk download recordings.

I have call recording turned on, but I don't see my recording yet.
If you've confirmed call recording is on for your tracking numbers, it may take a few minutes for your call recording to appear in our system. In most cases, if you have several long calls that aren't uploading fast enough, we recommend giving it a few minutes, as recording files are significantly larger than most data CallRail displays.

Can I use call recording within a HIPAA account?
The same laws apply to call recordings in a HIPAA account as they do in a standard CallRail account. You will need to check with your state laws and legal department to determine if you need to notify the caller that the call is being recorded. If you wish to record calls, you can listen to them in a HIPAA account as long as you are logged in to that account.

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