How to Create Voice Memos on Your iPhone – Do you want to record a conversation, a speech, or a memo? For iOS, here’s how to utilize the Voice Memos app.
You’ve been able to generate voice memos on your iPhone for a long time using Apple’s Voice Memos app to record conversations, dictation, and other audio notes. Voice Memos moved to the iPad with iOS 12, and now it’s on the Apple Watch with iOS 13 and watchOS 6.
Making a voice memo appears to be straightforward enough; all you have to do is press the record button, right? There’s a lot more to it. You may give your recordings a name and store them, edit an audio file, send it via email, upload it to an online site, and more.
The app now has more accessible actions to copy and save your recordings to the Files app and Dropbox with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.1. On an iPhone and iPad, the overall method for generating voice memos is similar, but some processes and tools are different, so we’ll go over each device separately before moving on to the Apple Watch.
Upgrade your iPhone or iPad.
Make sure you’re running the most recent version of iOS and iPadOS to take benefit of all of the new capabilities in the Voice Memos app. Go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone. You’re good to go if you have iOS 13.1 or higher. Install the most recent version if you haven’t already.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPad. You’re OK to go if you have iPadOS 13.1 or higher. Install the most recent version if you haven’t already.
Use your iPhone to record.
To begin recording, open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone and tap the record button. The audio levels are graphed at the start of the session. To stop and save the recording, hit the record button after you’re finished. You may also tap the recording to see it in full screen mode. You can pause and restart recording in this mode, or hit Done to stop and save the recording.
On the iPhone, you may manage your recordings.
The voice memo is created from the recording. You may play and pause the recording from here, as well as skip forward or back 15 seconds. Tap the default title of New Recording and rename it to give the recording a unique name.
Tap the trash can symbol to erase the recording if you don’t want to keep it. If you change your mind, go back to the Recently Deleted section and hit the recording. Select Recover Recording from the Recover menu. But don’t wait too long. Deleted recordings are automatically erased after 30 days.
iPhone: Remove Parts of a Recording
Tap the crop icon in the upper-right corner of the editing screen to eliminate certain parts of a recording. There are now two options available to you. Trim removes the audio segments that come before and after the left and right yellow markers. All audio within the two yellow markers is deleted when you press Delete.
Move the left marker to the starting position and the right marker to the ending point on the lower yellow graph. Then, depending on whether you want to eliminate the areas outside or inside the two markers, hit Trim or Delete.
Make sure you eliminated the correct area by listening to it. If it doesn’t work, simply tap Cancel in the upper-left corner and try again. If you’re satisfied with your modifications, press Save, and then Done.
iPhone Recordings Can Be Shared
You can copy, distribute, or duplicate the recording after you’ve finished it, as well as execute other actions. To see your sharing choices for that recording, tap the ellipsis icon (). Tap the Copy icon to save your recording as an M4A file, and then Share to share it via email or messaging app.
The file can also be copied to a storage service such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or another. To make a duplicate of the recording, tap Duplicate. To save it to any service set up using the iOS Files app, such as Box, DropBox, OneDrive, or iCloud, tap Save to Files.
Finally, press the Edit Options link to enable or disable specific actions available from the menu, such as Save to Files and Save to Dropbox. You can also rearrange the activities in the order in which they appear. Favorite actions are displayed at the top of the list by default. Add all of the actions to your Favorites, then use the hamburger symbol () to move them up or down the list.
Change the Voice Memos App’s Preferences
On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Voice Memos and adjust some of the settings for the Voice Memos app. Make any necessary modifications to the sort of access you want to offer to Voice Memos.
If you wish to adjust how long deleted files will be available to restore within the Voice Memos app, tap the Clear Deleted setting. Choose whether to delete your data immediately, one day later, seven days later, or never. The default is 30 days if you do nothing.
To change those settings, tap Audio Quality. When you save a recording as compressed, the audio quality is worse but the file size is smaller. Switching to Lossless improves the quality but increases the size of each recording. You can also disable location-based naming if you don’t want your recordings to be identified by their location.
Your Voice Memos Should Be Synced
Using iCloud, you can sync your voice memos so that any recordings you make on one of your devices, such as an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, will appear on others. Go to Settings on each of your mobile devices to accomplish this. At the top of the screen, tap your name, and then tap iCloud settings. Swipe down the screen and, if it’s not already on, turn on the Voice Memos switch.
How to Use Apple Watch Voice Memos
Open the Voice Memos app on your watch once watchOS 6 is installed and running. To begin recording, press the record button. To stop it, press the record button once more. To play the recording, hit the Play button after it has been displayed. You can go 15 seconds forward or 15 seconds back.
To alter the name, tap the default name and either dictation or scribble your new name. You can remove the recording by tapping the ellipsis icon. Otherwise, the recording will be synced over iCloud to your other Apple devices. To record another voice memo, return to the Recording screen and hit the Record button.
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