How to record a landline conversation

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How to record a landline conversation
Connecting a telephone recording adaptor to your landline allows you to record conversations. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

There are many reasons why you might want to record a phone conversation. Perhaps you're experiencing harassing or threatening phone calls and you want to create an audio record of the calls. Maybe you're giving a phone interview and recording the conversation will allow you to take less notes. Whatever the reason is for wanting to record a phone conversation, the task is not complicated to do. By connecting your phone line to a device called a "telephone recording adaptor" you can send your telephone line audio to an audio recording device such as a cassette recorder or even your computer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Landline telephone recording adaptor
  • 2 Telephone cables
  • 3.5mm Stereo cable
  • 3.5mm Stereo female to male RCA Y adaptor (optional)
  • Cassette recorder
  • OR
  • Windows 7 computer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect one end of a telephone cable to the "Line" phone jack on the telephone recording adaptor. Some telephone recording adaptors come with the phone line cable already attached to the adaptor. If this is the kind of adaptor you're using, ignore this Step.

  2. 2

    Insert the other end of the phone line cable into a phone wall jack.

  3. 3

    Plug one end of another telephone cable into the "Tel" phone jack on the telephone recording adaptor. Some telephone recording adaptors come with the telephone cable already attached to the adaptor. If this is the kind of adaptor you're using, ignore this Step.

  4. 4

    Connect the other end of the telephone cable into the phone jack located on the base of the landline phone.

  5. 5

    Insert one end of a stereo cable into the telephone recording adaptor's stereo output jack. Some telephone recording adaptors come with the stereo cable already attached to the adaptor. If this is the kind of adaptor you're using, ignore this Step.

  6. 6

    Plug the other end of the stereo cable into the Line In jack on a computer. (Perform this Step only if you wish to use a computer to record your phone conversation. To use a cassette recorder, see the next Step).

  7. 7

    Plug the other end of the stereo cable into the stereo jack end of the stereo to RCA adaptor. The other end of the adaptor is outfitted with RCA plugs. Insert the adaptor's red RCA plug into the cassette recorder's red RCA input jack. Insert the adaptor's white RCA plug into the cassette recorder's white RCA input jack.

  1. 1

    Type "sound recorder" in the Start menu "Search" box. Click "Sound Recorder" in the search results to launch the Sound Recorder application.

  2. 2

    Place your phone call. Or pick up the phone to answer a call.

  3. 3

    Click "Start Recording" in the Sound Recorder application when you are ready to begin recording the conversation.

  4. 4

    Click "Stop Recording" in the Sound Recorder application when you are ready to end the recording.

  5. 5

    Type the name you want to use for the recorded audio file in the "File name" box. Navigate to the directory where you want the file to be saved. Click "Save."

  1. 1

    Place your phone call. Or pick up the phone to answer a call.

  2. 2

    Press "Record" plus "Play" on the cassette recorder when you are ready to begin recording the conversation.

  3. 3

    Push "Stop" on the cassette recorder when you are ready to end the recording.

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