Google Phone app’s call recording feature now available on multiple Xiaomi phones globally
Google has been working on native call recording support in its Phone app for some time now. We first spotted some evidence back in January this year, and even managed to fully activate the feature a few days later. As expected, the owners of the Google Pixel series of smartphones received this feature first, followed by a bunch of Nokia devices that are part of the Android One initiative. It seems that the Mountain View giant is getting ready to expand the roster as several Xiaomi users now have access to the call recording module on the Google Phone app.
Here’s a quick refresher of Xiaomi’s stance regarding call recording: MIUI comes with its own version of the dialer app which does support call recording. However, recent Xiaomi phones sold outside of China, India, or Indonesia come with preinstalled Google Phone (and Google Messages) app, and not their MIUI-equivalent app. Unless Google decides to flip a server-side switch, these variants don’t have access to the call recording feature out of the box. Well, apparently the waiting period is over.
As reported by PiunikaWeb, the native call recording feature on the Google Phone app is already accessible on global variants of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 9S, and the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Many users have chimed in on the Mi Forum to confirm that they have received the feature out of the blue on the dialer. In some cases, the option disappears after a reboot, which does sound like a server-side A/B testing. The Mi A series, which runs on Android One instead of MIUI, also gained call recording support using the Google Phone app in the last few months.
At the time of writing, there is no known way to force the call recording option to show up in the app. You may try installing the beta build of the Google Phone app and let us know in the comments below if it enables the feature on your device!