Using Google Voice to Record Remote Audio Interviews


Google voice is a free web-based phone number that can be used on a computer or mobile device. Anyone with a Google account can sign up for one. We recommend using it to record audio-only or podcast-style interviews.

1. Sign up for a Google Voice Number

Follow the steps in the video below to set up a Google Voice number and forward it to a mobile or landline phone.

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2. Enable Call Recording in Settings

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First, click on settings (gear icon) in the upper right corner of your browser.

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Second, turn on Incoming call options.

3. Recording

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  1. Have your participant call your Google Voice number. The call should forward to the phone number you linked to during your setup process. Important note – Your interview subject must call you in order to be able to record.
  2. Before you begin recording, make sure that both you and your interview subject are in a quiet private area that is free from extraneous noise. Also, make sure that both you and your interview subject talk directly into your phone’s microphone or use a handsfree device such as headphones with a built-in microphone. Speaker phone will produce less than ideal audio quality as it puts you further away from the microphone.
  3. Press 4 on your phone keypad. Both you and your interview subject will hear an audio announcement that recording has started.
  4. Press 4 or hangup to end the recording.

4. Download your Recordings

You can find and download your Google Voice recordings in the Voicemail section of your Google Voice account. Navigate to the voicemail you’d like to download and click on three dots in upper-right corner. Than select download and you’ll be able to download your recording as an .mp3

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5. Send your Recordings to Media

Please send your audio recording files to your media lead after downloading. The best way to do this is via your course’s Google Shared Drive. Don’t hestiate to reach out to your media program lead if you have any questions.


Students will listen to the interview via our proprietary audio player. The player is directly embedded onto a Canvas page. You can view examples below.


Published on October 18, 2019 at 2:07:36 pm CDT. Last modified on March 19, 2020 at 10:56:35 am CDT.