How to Use Voice Memos on iPhone

You can record audio on your iPhone

Apple's Voice Memos is a free app that lets you record audio on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This voice recorder application features a simple streamlined design with basic record and edit functionality, while also supporting the ability to export audio recordings to other services for backup, sharing, or more advanced editing.

The Voice Memos app comes installed on all iOS devices, but if you’ve deleted it, you can reinstall it from the App Store for free.

How to Record on iPhone With the Voice Memos App

Recording audio with the iPhone Voice Memos app is fairly straightforward. Here’s how to record voice on iPhone with it.

  1. Open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone or other iOS device.

  2. Tap the red record button at the bottom of the screen to start a new voice recording.

    Just a quick tap is fine. You don’t need to hold it.

  3. Tap the small red horizontal line as you record to view more options. In the screen that opens, you can pause the recording and resume it to keep multiple recordings within the same sound file.

  4. Tap the red stop button when you want to stop recording.

    Voice Memos app on the iPhone showng new recording
  5. Select New Recording at the top of the screen and type a name for the recording. The recording is saved under the name you type.

    Naming a new recording in the Voice Memos app

How to Trim a Voice Memo on iPhone

Apple’s Voice Memos app includes only basic editing functionality. Here’s how to trim a voice recording in the app.

  1. Tap the audio recording you want to edit on the Voice Memos opening screen.

  2. Tap the ellipsis.

  3. Tap Edit Recording.

    Voice Memos on iPhone showing menu
  4. Tap the crop icon.

  5. Drag the yellow handles at the bottom of the screen to enclose the section of the recording you want to keep.

  6. Tap Trim to remove any part of the recording outside the trim handles.

  7. Tap Save to confirm the changes.

    Trimming excess from a recording in Voice Memos app for iPhone
  8. To delete a section of the audio, tap the crop icon, choose a part of the timeline, and tap Delete. Finally, tap Save.

  9. When you’ve finished making all of your edits to the audio file, tap Done.

How to Delete an iPhone Voice Memo

To delete an audio recording in the Voice Memos app, tap the recording, then tap the trash can next to it.

Voice Memos app showing the deletion process

You won't receive a confirmation prompt, but if you accidentally delete a recording, you can get it back. Tap the Recently Deleted category, tap the file’s name, then tap Recover > Recover Recording.

How to Send Voice Memos on iPhone

Once recorded, audio files in the Voice Memos app can be sent to a wide variety of apps and services.

  1. Tap the file you want to send.

  2. Tap the ellipsis.

  3. Tap Share.

  4. Tap a contact to send it to a contact or export it to an app.

    Voice Memos app sharing options
  5. You can also scroll down to back up the Apple Voice Memo recording via a cloud storage service like Dropbox or tap Save to Files to save it to your device.

    If you encounter any errors when exporting or backing up your recording, try sending it to yourself as an email, open the file on your computer, and then send it to your preferred service or contact from there.

Voice Memos App Tips

The voice recorder iPhone app, Voice Memos, can be a very useful tool for conducting interviews or taking notes. You can even use it to record phone calls.

Here are some useful tips to get the most out of it.

  • Check your storage: While Voice Memos recordings can technically go for as long as you want, they are restricted by the amount of free space on your device. If needed, you can free up some space.
  • Do a test recording: Before doing an important long-form interview, do a quick 10 second test recording to make sure that everything’s working fine and that background noise isn’t too loud.
  • Use a microphone: You don’t need to use a mic, but connecting one to your iPhone can greatly improve audio quality. Note that you may need a dongle.
  • Back up your recording immediately: As a precaution, it’s a good idea to email yourself a copy of the voice recording as soon as it’s finished or back it up to a cloud service like OneDrive or Google Drive. This way, your important audio won’t be lost if you lose or break your iPhone.