How to quickly record voice memos on your iPhone

Whether you’re trying to quickly record ideas, an interview, or even an idea for a song, a voice recording app on your iPhone can come in handy. While Apple’s App Store is full of third-party apps that can do that for you, Apple’s built-in Voice Memos app is particularly easy to use, since there’s nothing to download, and it’s totally free. Plus, once you’re done recording your voice memo, you can also easily share it and even edit the recording if needed. Below, we’ll walk you through how to do it.

How to record your voice on an iPhone

  • First, open the voice notes app, which is represented by an audio graph icon on your phone. You will likely find it on your iPhone Additional features either Utilities folder, or you can search for it in your app library.
  • Once you’re ready to start recording, click the big red button at the bottom. Your iPhone will now start recording your voice using its built-in microphone.
  • When you’re done, tap that red button (which should now look like a square) again to stop recording. The app will save it automatically.
  • To listen to the recording, select the play icon represented by a white triangle (or a black triangle if you’re not using dark mode).

The Voice Memo app also comes with a couple of extra useful features that you might want to explore. For example, you can rename the recording, add to it, or share the file.

How to change the name of the recorded file

  • To change the name of the recording, click on the name of the recording that is currently playing. This will make it editable so you can type a new name.
  • After typing the name, click Return (either Get into) on your phone’s on-screen keypad to save it.

How to add to your audio recording

  • To add to the recording you are currently listening to, touch the three blue dots to the right of the recording name.
  • Select edit recording.
  • Make sure you scroll to the end of the recording, and then tap Resume. If you don’t want to add something to the end, you can also scroll to another place, like the beginning or the middle, if you want.
  • When you’re done, tap the pause icon represented by two bars, and then tap Done.

How to share the recording

  • To share the recording, once again, click the three blue dots to the right and touch Share.
  • You will be presented with various app options. If you want to email it via a Gmail address, for example, just click the Gmail icon, type in the email address, and send.

And voila! Are you ready. Now you can easily and quickly record your voice, edit it if needed, and then share it with the rest of the world.

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