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How to voice record on an iPhone

Recording a voice memo can be an immensely useful way to get your thoughts down quickly and easily, as well as to organise your day. Helpfully, there’s a built-in way to voice record on iPhone.

It comes through an Apple app called Voice Memos, which comes preinstalled on every iPhone. It’s extremely easy to use.

Here’s how to voice record on iPhone using Voice Memos.

What we used

  • We used the iPhone 13 Pro, but these methods will work on any iPhone

The Short Version

  • Open Voice Memos
  • Tap Record
  • Pause, Resume, and finish recording
  • Enhance your recording
  • Edit your recording
  1. Step

    Open Voice Memos

    You should find Voice Memos on your iPhone’s home screen, potentially in a folder marked Utilities. If you can’t see it, simply drag down from the middle of the home screen to bring up the Search field, and start typing Voice Memos. Tap the icon to open the app.iOS search Voice Memos

  2. Step

    Tap Record

    Tap the red Record circle to start the recording process. Make sure you’re talking reasonably close to your iPhone’s mic, or into your connected headphones. You’ll know your voice is being successfully recorded by the vocal imprint indicated on the Voice Memo timeline.

  3. Step

    Pause, Resume, and finish recording

    At any point in the recording, tap the pause button to hold the recording. Then either hit the Resume button to continue, or hit Done to complete and save the recording. Your current location will be used as the title, but this can be changed manually.

  4. Step

    Enhance your recording

    Your recording will be saved on the main All Recordings page of the Voice Memos app, with the most recent at the very top. Tap on the recording to expand it, then hit the blue edit icon in the bottom left corner.

    This lets you alter the playback speed, clean up the recording quality with Enhance Recording, and automatically edit out any silent sections with Skip Silence.

  5. Step

    Edit your recording

    You can jump in and edit your recording by expanding the recording, tapping the menu button (the three dots) in the top right corner, and hitting Edit Recording.

    From here, tap the trim button in the top right corner and drag the left and right timeline arrows at the bottom to cut out any unwanted sections.


Can I use headphones to record my voice?

Yes, if you have connected a set of headphones to your iPhone over Bluetooth or wired, and they have a mic, this would be ideal to record your voice.

Can I change the name of my recording?

Yes. Once completed and saved, tap on the recording, then again on the title, and type in your preferred title.

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