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Defense Recorder help
Defense Recorder help
Defense Recorder Help
  • Why use Defense Recorder instead of another audio recorder app?
    Think of it like this: Consider a dash camera and a professional video camera. While both can capture video, they serve different purposes. A dash camera continuously records video, capturing unexpected moments like accidents, and is configured to save as much footage while using as little memory as possible, this usually sacrifices some footage quality. While a professional video camera offers high quality recording for deliberate shots at the expense of anything else, this usually means a 10 minute video can easily exceed over 60GB of memory. You wouldn't use a dash camera to film a movie, and you wouldn't rely on a professional camera for constant precautionary documentation of events. Similarly, Defense Recorder and other audio recorder apps have distinct uses. Other apps are great for intentional recordings like lectures or music, but require you to manually start and stop them. Defense Recorder, on the other hand, acts like a "dash camera" but only for audio recording, effortlessly recording in the background of your phone, capturing unexpected events like arguments or emergencies without needing your input. Hence why we say “record the unexpected”
  • What if I record myself saying something self-incriminating with Defense Recorder?
    Remember, Defense Recorder is a valuable tool for capturing evidence, but not a guarantee of any legal advantage. Just like you wouldn't submit dash cam footage directly to court without your lawyer's review, sharing Defense Recorder audio files without legal consultation can seriously harm your case. Here's why it's crucial to involve your lawyer: Identifying potential pitfalls: Recordings might contain unintended incriminating information you wouldn't be aware of. Lawyers can analyze the audio and flag problematic portions. Strategic use of beneficial sections: Your lawyer can identify beneficial aspects of the recording, like witness inconsistencies or exculpatory evidence, and build a strong defense around them. Navigating legal complexities: Sharing audio in court involves legal rules and procedures. Your lawyer can ensure you're using the evidence responsibly and effectively. Before using any Defense Recorder files in a legal context, always consult with a lawyer. They can help you understand the potential risks and benefits, determine the best course of action, and ensure you're utilizing this tool to your maximum advantage.
  • Is this legal?
    In most of the country, yes, any state that recognizes single party consent will have no issues with this program. You can find more information about these laws on our Recording Laws page. And we also provide updates to recording laws in our email newsletter.

This program only captures audio, therefore the more vocal you are, the more effective this program will be.


This app works under single party consent and public rights laws. Our users agree to our terms of service and privacy policy. You realize that Defense Recorder will never accept liability for any misinterpretations and/or user violation of the law. You are using this program at your own risk. 

We recommend you conduct research into the recording laws of your specific state, and regularly check for changes to these laws, we include notifications of new recording law changes in our mailing list, you can join the mailing list at the bottom of most of our pages. You can learn more about these laws on our recording laws page.


WE ARE NOT INSURANCE and make no guarantees or promises of outcomes. Everyone's situation is different, consult your attorney for legal advice. Any information, claims or recommendations made by Defense Recorder shall NEVER be considered as legal advice. We are not lawyers.



  • Make sure you understand and follow all local laws. This program will document anything and everything you do, including any laws that you break. This is important to remember if you use any recordings in court.

  • Don’t use this program in an attempt to conduct criminal activity, it will only end up proving and documenting the criminal activities that you participated in. 

  • The more vocal you are during an incident, the more effective this program will be. Shall there be minimal to no communication during an incident, this app will be of little help. 

  • If you are incarcerated, we recommend pausing the audio recording, this will stop the files from being deleted until you resume audio recording.

  • Check for the little "recording in progress" dot in the top (usually right) corner of your phone. if this is not on, the app may have been accidentally closed or may have paused. 

If you still have questions, check our help page for additional answers, and if you ever need to contact us, please email our CEO directly at

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