How To View Android Call History

With all the bells and whistles that smartphones come with these days, it’s easy to forget their original purpose, the actual phone. Your Android device makes a complete record of all incoming and outgoing calls. The need to go back and check on a call might come up. You may need to know precisely when a call came in, or you just can’t seem to remember if Aunt Sally called. Whatever the reason is, continue reading to understand how to check an Android phone call history.

Android Call Log Details

These details are stored when making a call on an Android phone.

  • Call Time
  • Phone Number
  • Outgoing or Incoming Call
  • Call Duration  
  • Name Of Number Owner (If Saved In Your Contacts)


How To View Call History Directly On Android

The below directions were done on a Samsung Galaxy S20. The steps may vary slightly depending on the Android smartphone.

  • Open Phone app.
  • Tap Recents.
  • You’ll see one or more of these icons next to or below each call in your list.
    • Missed calls (incoming) (red).
    • Calls answered (incoming) (green).
    • Calls made (outgoing) (orange).
  • Tap Details or the information icon to see more information on that phone call.

Delete Complete Call History

  1. Go to the Phone app.
  2. Tap Recents.
  3. Click on the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner.
  4. Click on the All next to Select Items then Delete


View Calls Through Your Service Provider

Whatever company provides your service maintains a record of your calls. Most providers provide an online account to view your information on. If you don’t have an online account, they’re easy to set up. Learn how below.

  1. Log on to*.  
  2. Hover over “Sign In” at the top right corner.
  3. Login to your Account, or,
    1. Register using your phone number if you don’t have one set up.
    2. Enter the verification code sent to your mobile to finish registering.  
  4. Click the Billing tab to view call history.

*We used Verizon as an example but the procedure is nearly the same for all providers.


View Calls Using PhoneSpector Monitoring Software

If you’ve already installed PhoneSpector on the target device, then viewing the call log is as simple; Just log into your online user dashboard. If you don’t currently use PhoneSpector, follow these directions.

  1. Purchase PhoneSpector.
  2. Follow provided OTA (Over-The-Air) link on the target Android phone.
  3. Click on the link and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  4. Log into and visit the product dashboard on your online account to view the target Android phone’s call log details.

What About Deleted Calls?

This is where PhoneSpector has a tremendous advantage, the ability to view deleted calls. As shown earlier, calls can easily be deleted with the touch of a few keystrokes. While this is an important feature to have, it can be frustrating to a person who is monitoring a phone. A child could manually delete a call from the phone and think they are in the total clear. With PhoneSpector, that call will still be visible to you, even if they did go ahead and delete it.


Advantages Of Using Monitoring Software

– Remote Access

One of the best things about monitoring software is the ability to access phone data remotely. Say you’re using PhoneSpector to monitor your child’s phone. You’ll now be able to check their call history while they’re away. Parents appreciate this feature because it means they don’t have to ask for the phone, or even be in the same room with it, to monitor it.

– Data Backup / Recovery

We keep a lot of information on our mobile devices. Losing one, or having one break, could mean losing something important. Smartphones are a common target for pickpockets because they’re small, expensive, and everyone has one. Don’t let yourself fall into a situation where you lose the information you’ll need later.

– GPS Tracking

PhoneSpector taps into your phone’s GPS capabilities, the same as when you use Google Maps. You’ll receive the real-time location of the target Android smartphone. Parents love this feature because they know exactly where their children are (so long as they have their devices on them). Businesses like this software because they know where their company-issued devices are. If your phone is lost or stolen, you’ll know precisely where it is.

Checking Android call history is a simple process whatever your reasons may be. Android devices keep a log of all incoming and outgoing calls. Have everything thing you need with the touch of a few buttons using PhoneSpector. If you’re monitoring a phone and need to know all the details without worrying about deletion, then monitoring software is necessary. On top of retrieving deleted calls, you’ll enjoy remote access to most of the phone’s important data while also having a place to extract and store it.  


Frequently Asked Questions About Android Call History

How do I find old call history on Android?

Retrieving your old call history will depend on the type of Android phone you have and the operating system. Typically, Android phones are limited to storing 500 calls. For Samsung phones to retrieve your call history, go to Settings→ Accounts and backup → Restore Data → Select your phone Tap Restore. You could also opt for a cell phone tracking and backup software like PhoneSpector. 

How can I see my call history on Google?

There isn’t a way Google can help you view your call history on your Android phone. The exception to this is if you are using Google Fi. 

How do I retrieve call history on Samsung?

To simply view your Samsung call history, open the Phone app Tap Recents. To retrieve older calls not stored on the phone, try restoring your call history. You can do this by: Go to Settings→ Accounts and backup → Restore Data → Select your phone Tap Restore. If none of these methods provide the results you need, try viewing your call history by logging into your cell phone carrier account. 

How do I view call logs on Android?

The process of viewing call history on Android phones differs among each cell phone and operating system being utilized. For Samsung Galaxy phones, you can view the call logs by opening the Phone app and click on Recents

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