Google Recorder 2.1 adds external and Bluetooth mic support
Google Recorder has become a sought out app for those with compatible handsets (primarily, but not limited to its own Pixel devices and a few select high-end models). With version 2.1 just released, users can, for the first time, use external microphones and Bluetooth headsets in their recordings, rather than just those built-in to the device.
The new setting for ‘microphone’ lets you toggle between Auto-Detect, which will switch to any connected external mic, be that USB or Bluetooth, or ‘Always use phone mic’ if you’d rather it ignore them. There are arguments for doing both – a headset, for example, would be a lot easier for recording on the move, but it may be that the microphone on the phone itself is better, in which case, you could potentially use the headphones to listen, but record to Google Recorder through the microphone.
As pointed out by Android Police, a bit of clever use of Google Assistant could mean that you could start a recording without ever picking up your phone. We say “could” because, in reality, you have to pick up and unlock your phone to start a recording anyway. Maybe something that could be looked at for version 1.3?
Sadly, the upcoming Google Account integration for Google Recorder hasn’t been added in this edition, so you’ll still be storing your recordings on-device for now. We’re not sure why Google has delayed it, as all the signs were that it was actually ready some time ago, but all indications are that this will roll out at some time in the future.
If your phone is officially supported, you’ll find Google Recorder in the Play Store. If not, you can try to download it from APKMirror here, though it’s one of those multi-package installations and so it can be a bit fiddly. Indeed, sometimes you’ll come across installation errors using this method and although there is a workaround, it involves deleting and reinstalling Google Play Services data that you’ll probably wish you had left alone.