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Galaxy S9/S9+ get call recording feature in some countries

Samsung faced a backlash from the Galaxy S9/S9+ users is Israel over various calling glitches. When software updates failed to satisfactorily address the issues, some customers took the company to court with a class-action lawsuit. One of the many allegations in the suit was about Samsung removing the ability to record calls by popular third-party software.

Not sure if this is what prompted Samsung, but the company has enabled a native call-recording option in the Galaxy S9/S9+ with the May security update in some markets. Since recording calls without consent is illegal in some countries, the new feature is not available for all the Galaxy S9 units worldwide. As of now, the feature seems to be available in the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Barring regions where it is illegal, the feature may roll out to more markets in the coming weeks.

Available in select markets

If you have the May update (XXU1BRE5 or XXS1ARE6 depending on market) installed on your Galaxy S9/S9+, then you should see a recording option in the in-call UI. If you don’t see that option, then it is probably against the law in your country to record calls without consent. Even if Samsung doesn’t bring this feature to all the markets, there are still other options available for users. Many popular third-party call-recording apps have figured out a way to enable call recording on the latest Galaxy flagship smartphones. While they may or may not work as well as the native solution, at least there are now options for users who care about this feature.

Though the May update changelog doesn’t list any new features, it does seem to pack quite a few surprises. Apart from enabling the native call-recording option, the May patch also apparently fixes the color banding issues plaguing some Galaxy S9 units. The update, however, is not available in all the markets yet.

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jamieridler
jamieridler

I have just received the May update on O2 UK branded firmware but it’s XXU1BRE3, not one of the two listed above known to have call recording enabled. As far as I’m aware, call recording is not illegal in the UK, so why have we been given a firmware without the option?

Lucidfer
Lucidfer

Ah Israel…not surprised

nathan807
nathan807

Samsung should release this feature in India????

london2tim
london2tim

Uk – NonBranded – received the update – no call recording available

mas1na
mas1na

yes. received update in India. Call record and both SIM 4G simultaneously active. Nice to have features.

mada222
mada222

Doesn’t exist in Egypt with may security update

strazzi
strazzi

Abouth time…

shreyanshsn
shreyanshsn

Just in
Got an update in India for s9+ for dual volte support

Biransahin
Biransahin

This is strange because the + add call has disappeared from the menu so you can’t connect a conference call. This is stupid, probably fake. There are plenty of call recording third party apps AND they still work.

ssking
ssking

U can add call by pressing the 3dot menu on the top right corner

Govindladdha
Govindladdha

A7 2017 also got with Oreo in india

danny.1988
danny.1988

I am from Romania and have the latest update with may security patches(XXU1BRE5) but no recording option in the phone UI 🙁

arrykam
arrykam

Why not on s8 in india?

ironbat
ironbat

A5 2018 got call recording with oreo update in India.

ironbat
ironbat

*2017

chetroni
chetroni

Where is the option to activate call recording?