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How to Record Skype Calls and Save, Share, & Transcribe Them

Looking for an easy way to record video and audio for your video content, podcast, or personal reference? Skype is a free, simple program with built-in recording capabilities. Whether you’re interested in recording a lecture, meeting, or video content, there are endless possibilities for recording Skype calls. 

In today’s article on how to record Skype calls, we’ll cover the following topics: 

  • Different Skype accounts and their recording capabilities

  • How to record Skype calls on a computer

  • How to record Skype calls on the phone

  • How to record Skype calls without others knowing

  • How to record Skype calls with the Notta Chrome extension

  • How to record Skype calls with OBS

  • How to save a Skype recording

  • How to share a Skype recording

Different Skype accounts and their recording capabilities

We wouldn’t recommend using Skype’s built-in recording system if you want studio-quality Skype recordings. However, if you’re interested in recording a meeting or lecture so that you can reference it later or send it to a coworker who missed the meeting, Skype’s built-in recording system is an easy and free choice. 

Everyone on the Skype call will be immediately notified when you start recording. You can start or stop the recording at any time. The recording will end instantly when you end or leave the call.  
Recordings made through Skype are automatically cloud-based, so you don’t have to worry about it taking up a lot of storage space or being inaccessible on other devices. Please note that the Skype call recording will only be available through the Skype chat for 30 days, so you have 30 days to download and save the recording to your computer, device, or personal cloud. 

How to record Skype calls on a computer

Interested in recording Skype calls on your computer? Take the following steps: 

  1. Open your Skype meeting and wait for all participants to join. Then, click the “Record” button at the bottom right-hand corner of the Skype screen. 

    Steps to record Skype meeting

  2. Check for two indicators before going on with your meeting to ensure that the recording is happening. During your recording, you’ll notice that the “Record” button becomes a “Stop Recording” button. At the top of the Skype meeting screen, you’ll see that it will say “Starting Recording.” 

    Check the Starting recording on the top bar and the stop recording button on the button.

  3. Click “Stop Recording,” leave the call, or end the call for everyone to end your recording. 

How to record Skype calls on the phone

We recommend using the Screen Recorder - XRecorder app to record Skype calls on the phone, which records high-quality video and audio on Android and iOs mobile devices. 

  1. Download the Screen Recorder - XRecorder app on your phone by searching for it in your phone’s app store or clicking here for the Google play store or Apple Store download

    XRecorder - Google Play download page

  2. Access the recording function by looking at the top of your smartphone screen. Once the app is installed, you’ll see the following options at the top of your screen. Click “Record” to begin recording your screen, then open your Skype call. 

    Android control center display after Xrecorder installed

  3. Check that your recording has begun by looking for an orange circle at the top of your device’s screen. The recording timer will show you how long the recording has been going on. Stop recording at any time by tapping the orange circle at the top of your screen. 

    A orange floating ball showing Xrecorder recording on your homepage.Swipe down to open XRecorder control panel

  4. Download or share your Skype call immediately after you’ve stopped the recording. The app will bring up your recording automatically, and you can choose to save or share it. 

    Check video recorded by Xrecorder to save and share.

How to Record Skype calls without others knowing

If you’re interested in recording Skype calls without others knowing or don’t want to record a Skype call through Skype’s record application, we recommend the following screen recorders. 

Vmaker

Vmaker is a free online screen recorder that allows you to record your screen on Macs and PCs easily. To use Vmaker as a Skype call participant, take the following steps: 

  1. Download Vmaker

  2. Join your Skype call and click the Vmaker icon in the top right corner of your screen. This will bring up the following menu options. Click “Start Recording” to begin recording. 

    Vmaker homepage with a red arrow points to Start Recording

  3. Bring up your Skype call. Double-check that Vmaker is recording by looking for this message stating that Vmaker is recording your screen. When you’re done recording, click “Stop Sharing.”

    Vmaker recording Skype meeting

  4. Download or share your Vmaker Skype call recording by clicking the share, download, or copy video link on the following screen. This screen will immediately appear after you click “Stop Sharing” to end the Vmaker recording. 

    Video recorded by Vmaker with operation highlighted.

Loom

Loom is another free screen recording service available for both Mac and PCs. It can also be used on iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. 

  1. Visit Loom.com and create a free account. 

  2. Click “Record A Video” from your Loom dashboard to begin recording your screen. Alternatively, you can open the Loom extension in the top right corner of your web browser to bring up the following menu (see the second image). Either way, click “Record A Video” or “Start Recording” to begin recording your screen. 

    Loom dashboard with a red arrow points to record a video

    Loom setting to record computer screen

  3. Open your Skype call. Double-check that Loom is recording your Screen by looking at the bottom of the screen for the following message. 

    Loom recording your skype meeting without anyone knows.

  4. Click “Stop Sharing” to end the recording. Then, Loom will automatically bring up the following screen where you can download, share, and rewatch the recording. 

    Check the video recorded by Loom

How to record Skype calls with Notta

If you’re interested in recording the audio from a Skype call, Notta is an excellent choice. Notta is a free speech-to-text application that allows you to record audio from Skype calls easily. In addition to this, Notta can transcribe your Skype call, sync the meeting across multiple devices, export your audio recording in many formats, and transcribe the meeting into 58 different languages. You can also add photos, notes, and comments to your Skype audio file and transcription for your future reference. 

Take the following steps to record your Skype calls with Notta: 

  1. Create a Notta account and go to your main dashboard. Start your Skype call. Click ‘Start Recording’ to begin recording. 

    Notta web dashboard with Start Recording Highlighted

  2. Wait for the following screen to appear to double-check that your recording is in progress. While on your Skype call, Notta will automatically transcribe your call and save your audio. Click the red button at the bottom of the screen to end your audio recording. 
    Notta recording details page with the Play  & Pause button highlighted.

  3. Download, export, share, or add notes to your Skype call recording on the following screen once you’ve ended your recording. 

    Notta recordings details with Share and export options & Add notes highlighted.

    Capture and preserve your Skype calls

    Experience the power of seamless call recording with Notta intuitive solution. No more worrying about missing crucial details or important conversations, it allows you to easily record Skype calls and store them securely for future reference.

How to record Skype calls with OBS

OBS, or Open Broadcasting Software, is a free open source software that allows you to record video and audio easily. OBS is available on Mac, Windows, and Linux. 

  1. Download OBS here

    OBS studio homepage

  2. Open OBS once the download is complete. Under controls, click “Start Recording” when you want to begin recording. 

    OBS interface

  3. Check that your recording has begun by looking for the “Stop Recording” button. Click “Stop Recording” when you want to end the recording. 

    OBS interface with a red rectangle highlights the Stop Recording option.

  4. Find your recording by clicking “File” in the top left corner of the OBS screen. Then, click “Show Recordings.” OBS will bring up the files on your computer.

    OBS File - Show Recordings.

  5. Click “VideoProVlogger” to access your recordings.

    FIles path to access video recorded by OBS.

  6. Click “Projects” to see all of your OBS recordingsA folder named Projects

  7. Locate your video recording within this file. Each file is named after the same date as the recording.

    The recorded video files.

How to save a Skype call recording

If you choose to record your Skype call through Skype’s recording option, it’s easy to find and save the Skype call recording. Please note that Skype recordings are only saved for 30 days. 

  1. End your Skype call. Skype’s chat will automatically pop up, and your recording will be posted in the chat for you and the participants to save and rewatch.