How to Tap Your Phone Line




This Instructable will teach you how to tap your own phone lines and record every call, which even works with cordless phones.This isn't the cheapest thing in the world to make, but it is awesome.

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Step 1: Supplies

You will need to get a couple thing to do this.

1) Radioshack Recorder Control
2) A Recorder With Rem And Microphone Jacks (plugs)
3) Phone Line Obviously
4) 1-to-3 Jack Adapter If you have More Than One Phone
5) Extra Phone Cord
6) 8-Conductor Inline Coupler

Step 2: Link the Lines Together

If you have more than one phone in the house, then you are going to need to get a Recoton Dual Modular T-Adapter. You might also need some extra phone cord to do this. If you do need extra cord you will oviously need an 8-Conductor Inline Coupler. Connect the phone cords in such a way, they lead to the main jack you will be using.

Step 3: Plugging in the Phone Lines

Take all of the phone lines that you are going to use and plug them into your adapter.

Step 4: Plugging the Adapter In

Now take the adapter with all the phone lines in it, and plug it into the port on the recorder control.

Step 5: Plug the Recorder Control In

All you have to do is plug the cord coming from the control into the phone jack. While plugging it in, set the switch to record.

Step 6: Plug the REM and Microphone Cords In

Plug the REM and microphone cords in. They are different sizes, so you should be able to figure out which one's which. The smaller one is the REM cord.

Step 7: Test It Out

After you are done plugging everything in, and running the wires how you want them, put a tape in and test it out. If you did everything right, the recorder should start recording when you pick up or turn on the phone.

Step 8: Tips

Here are some tips:

1)Buy a silent tape recorder if you have to buy one. Ask the clerk how loud it is.

2)Hide the tape recorder; put it somewhere it can't be seen.

Hope you enjoyed this, as it was my first instructable.

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    14 Discussions

    marge sue

    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    If you have more then one phone do have to tap all three or can you just tap just the main phone?


    3 years ago

    1) Radioshack Recorder Control

    They do not make it anymore


    8 years ago on Introduction

    A very good guide :) if anyone wants to learn how to tap a mobile/cell phone instead of your home land line check out


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i was tapping my moms phone by accident because the phones were on the same line,and you can add your comments to the conversation!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i have three phones in my house but only one requires a phone cord, the others are just on chargers although all the phones are 5.8ghz

    1 reply

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Right, "your own" I wouldn't record your phone calls *suspicious laugh* why would you ask that <_<


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I'm going to take more pictures if you don't understand it. My camera wasn't working, therefore, I couldn't take any.