Google Recorder 2.0 from the Pixel 5 tests automated backups synced to Google Drive

Google Recorder 2.0 from the Pixel 5 tests automated backups synced to Google Drive

The newly released Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 come with a revamped version of the Recorder app, an immensely useful voice recording app that Google debuted last year on the Pixel 4. The new Google Recorder 2.0 brings several exciting features, including a Smart Scrolling feature that highlights important keywords in a transcript next to the scrollbar, an Audio Editing feature that lets you edit your voice recording by editing the transcript, and Video Clips that allows you to generate a video clip using your audio recording. Now, the app is preparing to add Google Account integration that will enable users to back up their recordings to Google Drive automatically.


An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by the developers in a future build.

Currently, if you want to backup your audio or transcript files, you have to either locally export these files or upload them manually to Google Drive. Once Google Account integration goes live, Google Recorder will automatically backup and restore your recordings for you. The recordings will be backed up on your Google Drive and count against your storage.

Our Editor-in-Chief, Mishaal Rahman, managed to activate this new feature in Google Recorder 2.0 extracted from Pixel 5, and you can see it in action in the screenshots attached below.

Similar to Google Photos, you’ll also have the option to back up recordings only when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Moreover, if you end up losing the on-device recordings, you’ll be able to redownload them from your Google Drive backup. Previously, if you uninstalled or cleared data for the Recorder app, there was no way to restore recordings in the app – you would have to rely on whatever files you manually externally backed up, with no way to reimport them into Google Recorder.

We don’t know when Google plans to roll out this feature to the masses, but we’ll be sure to let you know when that happens. Meanwhile, if you’re interested, you can try out the new Recorder app on your Android phone running Android 10 and above.

Thanks to PNF Software for providing us a license to use JEB Decompiler, a professional-grade reverse engineering tool for Android applications.

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