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How to Record Voice Memo on iPhone?

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Feb 15, 22, updated Feb 29, 24

If you want to record your voice or record someone speaking to you, you can do it instantly on your iPhone without installing any third-party app. This is because iPhone comes with a pre-installed voice recording app called Voice Memos. You can record with iPhone’s microphone, Bluetooth headset as well as any external microphone. Once you record your voice memo, the app automatically saves it with the location name.

You can also just record but also play the recording as well as perform basic editing. You can use pinch to zoom to editing minutely and precisely. Moreover, you can cut off background noise and trim recording wherever required. In this article, we will illustrate how to record voice memo on iPhone.

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1. How To Record with Voice Memo iPhone

First, try to get the best position for your iPhone for quality results. Don't hold the phone in your hand. It will be better to make it stand firmly so that there is no unwanted noise caused due to movements. Place the microphone at the source of the recording. Here are the steps you have to follow to record voice memos, lectures, interviews, voice notes, songs and likewise with Voice Memo app iPhone.

Step 1: Launch Voice Memos on your iPhone.

Step 2: At the bottom of the screen, you will have to tap on the big red circle Record button.

Step 3: Start speaking and the recording is going on in the background. You can check the waves to confirm that your voice is getting recorded.

Step 4: Tap anywhere on the recording pane to see the Pause button in case you want to pause now and resume later.

voice memo tap to record

Step 6: The app also allows you to go forward or backward by 15 seconds by tapping the Rewind or Forward buttons.

Step 7: Once you are done recording, you will have to tap Done button. When there is no extra panel, you can tap on Stop button.

Note: To listen to a voice memo, you need to launch Voice Memos app. You will see all the recordings and select the preferred voice memo by tapping on it. Then you will have to tap on the Play button to start listening.

tap on the play button


How To Trim and Edit A Voice Memo?

There are times when there could be some areas in your recording where you have made some mistakes or recorded something unnecessary. You need to trim your recording to eliminate such unnecessary parts easily. Here are the steps to trim your recorded voice memo.

Step 1: Launch iPhone voice memo app.

Step 2: Select the voice memo which you want to trim.

Step 3: Tap on three-dot More button.

tap on three-dot more button

Step 4: Choose Edit Recording option.

Step 5: Tap on the Trim button.

Step 6: By using your finger, you can easily drag the trim sliders from any end according to your trimming requirements.

Step 7: Now, you have to tap on Delete option to remove the section between the trim sliders.

remove section

Step 8: Finally, you will have to tap on Save followed by Done.

How To Delete or Share Voice Memos?

There are times when you record voice memo on iPhone and listen to your recording and you hate it. You can delete it instantly and start over again. On the contrary, you may love the recording and want to share with your friends instantly for feedback. Here are the steps to delete any recording.

Step 1: On your iPhone, you will have to launch Voice Memos app.

Step 2: Select the recording that you want to delete on the home screen of the app.

Step 3: Tap on Trash icon to delete the recording.

delete the recording

The deleted recording will be in the Deleted folder for 30 days after deletion. Thereafter, it will disappear permanently. If you want, you can access the deleted audio file back by going to the Recently Deleted option. Tap on the recording that you want to restore and tap on Restore icon.

Here are the steps to share any recording instantly from iPhone voice memo app.

Step 1: Launch the app Voice Memos on your iPhone.

Step 2: You will now have to select the voice memo that you are looking to share.

Step 3: Tap on the three-dot More button.


Step 4: Finally, tap on Share option.

Step 5: The app will now allow you to choose the app where you want to share the voice recording.


FAQs About Voice Memos app -

Where is the voice memo app on iPhone 7?

If you have an older iPhone or iOS version, you may find it difficult to spot Voice Memos app. You can find Voice Memos app on iPhone 7 by taking the following steps.

  • Swipe down and in the search box, type “voice memos”.

  • Voice memos app should appear on the search results instantly. You can also check the folder name where the app is present.

  • For now, tap on Voice Memos icon on the search result to open it immediately.

Why I cannot see Voice Memos app?

If you have the latest iPhone or iOS version, you can access Voice Memos directly from Control Center. However, if you do not see Voice Memos icon, you need to activation Voice Memos first.

Go to Settings and tap on your Apple ID. Go to iCloud option and toggle on Voice Memos option. Now, Voice Memos icon should appear on Control Center for quick access.

How long can voice memos be on iPhone?

There is no limit of recording time when it comes to recording a voice memo or note through Voice Memos app. However, the recording can stop abruptly if there is no more space available on your iPhone.

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