How to record WhatsApp video calls

Edited by Pat Bitton

May 27, 2021

WhatsApp has become one of the most popular ways for people to communicate, with some 1.6 billion users as of 2019.

There's a good reason for that. It’s simple to use, available on multiple platforms, and offers numerous communication methods.

However, you may be wondering, “can I record a WhatsApp video call?”

Unfortunately, there is no dedicated WhatsApp video recording feature or app – but there are still many ways to record your video calls.

This article will explore how to record WhatsApp video calls in six ways – desktop PCs, online video recorders, iOS, Android recorders, and other solutions available on iOS and Android devices.

How to record WhatsApp video calls on a PC

Best for: scheduling, editing, recording multiple streams

Are you using WhatsApp on your desktop or laptop PC? Movavi is a helpful solution for recording various WhatsApp communications on your PC, including audio and video calls.

Movavi offers intuitive tools that make recording your video calls on WhatsApp easy. You can schedule calls ahead of time, set a time limit, and adjust the recording capture area to ensure only the participants in the call can be seen. That last feature is helpful if you have other windows open next to your video call.

Additionally, Movavi allows you to draw on videos if you need to add tutorials or similar content. You can also determine whether or not you’d like to record audio separately or simultaneously, and you can even record two streams at the same time.

Pros:

  • Customizable capture area and recording settings
  • Simple video editing tools
  • Free version available
  • Recording scheduling
  • Record audio and video simultaneously or separately
  • Can record two streams simultaneously

Cons:

  • The paid version has full features

Step 1. Install the WhatsApp call recorder

Download the Movavi Screen Recorder installation file to access the WhatsApp Call recorder. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the program on your PC.

Step 2. Adjust the recording parameters

Open WhatsApp on your computer and launch the Screen Recorder. Choose the recording tool and determine the size of the area you want to capture.

Check the System Audio and Microphone icons – they should be highlighted in green to ensure the participants’ voices will be recorded. If you have more than one input device, open the menu above the microphone icon and choose the appropriate device.

Step 3. Start recording the call

Hitting the REC button launches the recording process after three seconds. If you do not want to miss the beginning of the conversation, be sure to select it before starting the video call. By clicking on the Pause, Stop, and Cancel buttons, you can control the recording. Take care, though: if you press Cancel, your call will not be saved.

The hotkeys are different for Windows and Mac. For Windows, F9 is Pause and F10 is Stop. If you have a Mac, the hotkeys are ⌥ ⌘ 1 and ⌥ ⌘ 2, respectively. After you finish recording, your video will be automatically saved in MKV format. Before saving, the Screen Recorder will show you a preview version so you can check it.

Step 4. Edit and save the record

In the preview window, you can cut out unwanted parts of the conversation or shorten it. Use the Scissors icon to select the unwanted segment, then delete it by clicking the Trash can button.

When you’re finished editing, hit Export and change the format if needed. Enter the name of the video in the File name field and choose a folder in the Save to field. Finally, click Save.

Congratulations, your WhatsApp call has been captured and saved to your hard disk! You can do more editing later if you wish, make the recording a part of a movie or presentation, or share it with friends.

Movavi offers a pretty nifty solution for recording your WhatsApp video calls. You can download and try Movavi for free, helping you to decide if it’s right for you before paying and gaining access to the full suite of features.

Alternatively, you can try out OBS, GameBar, and QuickTime for a similar experience if you’re unsatisfied with Movavi. Each of these applications is rated highly.

How to use an online WhatsApp video recorder

Best for: No download, quick use

If you prefer to use a screen recording software that you don’t have to download, you can check out Screencapture.com. It is a free WhatsApp Video Recorder, and you can start recording by clicking the Start Recording button on the site.

That said, you can also download a desktop version if you prefer.

Screencapture.com lets you record your webcam, microphone, and screen individually, two at once or all at the same time. Plus, you can record sound only later if you’d like to add narration or audio notes to a WhatsApp call recording.

If you’d like to remove the watermark from the video you recorded, you can pay $9.95/month for the Screencapture.com premium plan.

Pros:

  • No download required
  • Can start using it seconds
  • Simple to understand
  • Allows for narration by recording voice

Cons:

  • The free version has a watermark you can’t remove

Step 1. Go to Screencapture.com

Head to Screencapture’s website.

Screencapture.com

Step 2. Select what you’d like to record

Select or unselect your microphone, webcam, sound, and watermark.

Step 3. Enable the proper permissions

Click Start Recording. A window may pop up in your browser asking for permission to access your screen or a particular window. You might also have to permit the software to access your microphone.

Step 4. Record your call

After giving the proper permissions, you can now record the elements you chose earlier. Open WhatsApp on your device and begin your call.

Step 5. Stop recording

End your call and stop the recording when you’re done.

Overall, Screencapture.com can work well for people who need to record things on the fly and may not have time to download or buy products. Some alternatives include Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder and Acethinker Free Online Screen Recorder.

How to use a WhatsApp video call recorder app for Android

Best for: Android users

Mobizen is an app on the Google Play Store Android with which Android users can record their WhatsApp calls.

This WhatsApp video call recorder app is easy to set up and functions quite simply. All you have to do is download the app and give it the proper permissions to access particular functions of your Android device.

From there, you can start recording your call right away. You can record your face via the phone’s camera, too. After recording your call, you can make edits and add intros and outros if need be.

You can also move files to your desktop with a simple drag-and-drop built into Mobizen.

Pros:

  • Completely free, even to remove watermark
  • Simple setup
  • Help center and community available
  • Allows you to record your face, too
  • Offers a desktop version

Cons:

  • Only available on Android
  • Must give app several permissions

Step 1. Download and install Mobizen

Head to the Google Play Store, search for Mobizen, then click it to begin your download and install.

Step 2. Set up your Google account with Mobizen

Agree to Mobizen’s terms and conditions, then provide your email address and create a strong password. You’ll also have to grant root access to Mobizen upon opening the app for the first time.

Step 3. Select Record Screen

Click Record Screen to create a Mobizen widget at the edge of your screen.

Step 4. Begin recording

Begin recording by clicking the camcorder icon, then have your WhatsApp call.

Step 5. Stop recording

Click the Mobizen icon again, and you’ll see a red square icon indicating to stop recording. Tap it to end your recording. Recordings are stored in the Record folder of your Gallery.

Overall, Mobizen makes recording WhatsApp calls on Android devices quite simple – but it isn’t your only option. AZ Screen Recorder and XRecorder are both highly rated on the Google Play Store.

How to record a WhatsApp video call with screen-mirroring software on Android

Best for: Android users with computers

Screen mirroring is a technology that allows your phone, tablet, or another device to display its screen on another device’s screen wirelessly. For example, you could “project” your Android phone screen onto your desktop computer.

From there, you can then record your mobile screen on your computer while you’re having your WhatsApp call. You can record audio-only if you’d like as well.

Now, the exact process will differ depending on which mirroring software you use. Still, the general steps are the same, as outlined below.

Pros:

  • Allows for easy file sharing between phone and computer/another device
  • The computer gives you a wider screen to work with

Cons:

  • Requires computer or another device to work
  • Audio feedback from standing too close to mirroring device possible

Step 1. Download and install your apps of choice

Download the screen mirroring app you’d like to use onto your Android from the Google Play store, then download and install your chosen desktop recording software if you don’t already have a way to record your computer screen.

Step 2. Turn off Power Save mode

The Power Save mode can limit your phone’s processing power, so turn it off for the best quality and performance.

Step 3. Cast your screen

Make sure your mobile device and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network, then open the Google Home app and select the device you’d like to cast your screen to. Make sure to do it via Wi-Fi.

Step 4. Turn on the speakerphone

Activate speakerphone on your mobile device, and turn off your computer’s mic.

Step 5. Begin recording

Begin recording on your computer’s screen recording software. Then, stand far enough away to prevent feedback and have your WhatsApp call.

Step 6. Stop recording

End your call and stop recording. You may now be able to edit your call as you see fit if your software allows it.

How to record WhatsApp with an iOS built-in tool

Best for: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users

iPhone and iPad users can record their WhatsApp calls on their devices without downloading any external apps or using online tools because these devices have a built-in screen recorder.

Pros:

  • Makes it easy for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users to record screen
  • Free
  • No external apps needed

Cons:

  • Requires some settings navigation to set up
  • Can be a bit unwieldy activating the recording on a call

Step 1. Head to your control center to enable recording

Head to the settings menu and find the Control Center. Scroll down to the Screen Recording line and click the green plus sign to enable screen recording.

Step 2. Turn on Do Not Disturb

Turn on Do Not Disturb to prevent notifications from popping up on your screen during recording.

Step 3. Enable voice recording

Hold the red recording button down first before recording to enable voice recording if you’d like.

Step 4. Begin recording

Click the red recording button to start. You get a three-second countdown to prepare.

Step 5. Stop recording

Click the button again to stop the recording. It’ll save to your photos. Head to your photos to view and use your screen recording.

It’s nice to have screen recording built into your device, but external apps may offer more features. Check out Record It! and Go Record if you’d like extra functionality.

How to record WhatsApp with screen-mirroring software on an iPhone

Best for: iPhone users with computer

As mentioned earlier, screen mirroring software lets you display your mobile device’s screen onto another screen.

Android isn’t the only type of device where you can take advantage of this, though – you can record WhatsApp calls on your iPhone using screen mirroring technology.

Pros:

  • Allows for easy file sharing between phone and computer/another device
  • The computer gives you a wider screen to work with

Cons:

  • Requires computer or another device to work
  • Audio feedback from standing too close to mirroring device possible

Step 1. Download and install your recording app of choice

Download and install your chosen desktop recording software if you don’t already have a way to record your computer screen.

Step 2. Turn off Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode may limit your phone’s processing power, so turn it off for the best quality and performance.

Step 3. Mirror your screen

Make sure your mobile device and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network, then swipe up at the bottom of the screen, click Screen Mirroring, and select the device you’d like to cast your screen to.

Step 4. Turn on the speakerphone

Activate speakerphone on your mobile device, and turn off your computer’s mic.

Step 5. Begin recording

Begin recording on your computer’s screen recording software. Then, stand far enough away to prevent feedback and have your WhatsApp call.

Step 6. Stop recording

End your call and stop recording. You may now be able to edit your call as you see fit if your software allows it.

Pat Bitton

A web text editor and content creator with over 30 years of experience in the technology business. She graduated from the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) with a diploma in commercial languages (French and German). She’s worked with a number of software companies, including Symantec, AVG, Avast, Trend Micro, and Agnitum. Pat has published several articles in the Times-Standard and other newspapers in her home town in Northern California.

Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to record a WhatsApp video call?

Yes, it is. WhatsApp doesn’t have a recording feature, nor does it provide a dedicated recording app. However, several other solutions allow you to record your calls. These include the following:

  • Movavi Screen Recorder
  • Screencapture.com
  • Mobizen (for Android users)
  • Screen-mirroring software (for Android and iOS users)
  • Built-in video recording (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches)

How can I record WhatsApp calls without an app?

The only way to record WhatsApp calls without an app is on the iPhone because the iPhone has a built-in screen recording tool. Outside of that, you will have to download an app to record your WhatsApp calls.

How can I record WhatsApp audio and video calls?

  1. Download Movavi Screen Recorder and install it by following the instructions it gives.

    Movavi Screen Recorder for Windows

    Movavi Screen Recorder for Mac

  2. Adjust your recording parameters to record only those parts of the screen that you want to record.
  3. Begin recording the WhatsApp call. You can click Pause, Stop, and Cancel at any time if you need to.
  4. Edit and save your recording with the built-in editing tool.