32 responses

  1. avenged110
    May 4, 2016

    Still one of the worst icons I’ve ever seen from Apple.

    • Joe
      May 4, 2016

      I agree, Voice Memos is a great app and I use it often, the first version of it from Forstall was more intuitive and the icon made sense. The new icon and the new interface is… uninspired. To put it nicely.

      • wealthychef
        November 8, 2017

        Business opportunity for you to write a better looking one! ;-)

  2. JGG
    May 4, 2016

    Wow! Really?! Open an app? Press a Record button?


    Thanks for embedding the images in the story. I don’t think I ever would have figured that one out; especially without the red arrows!

    • Bozo the Clown
      May 4, 2016

      JGG, you’re a real know-it-all eh? I bet you think you’re really clever with that comment eh? You thought about that one for a few minutes did ya? You know everything there is to know about Voice Memos and recording your voice with iPhone eh? You’re a real genius JGG, I look forward to reading your free genius newsletter JGG, where can I sign up??

  3. Doug
    May 4, 2016

    If you don’t like the icon, just do what I do. “Hey Siri, run Voice Memos”

    • Bozo the Clown
      May 4, 2016

      You can also tell Siri on iPhone to “Record a new voice memo” which will open the app immediately

      • Triggs
        September 4, 2017

        That is the most useful comment I have yet read, thank you! It might seem obvious to some people, but the point of advice is that when you need it, it’s cos the answer isn’t obvious to you.

    • avenged110
      May 4, 2016

      I don’t like the icon, but mine still looks beautiful since it’s the one from iOS 4.1.

  4. SMF
    May 5, 2016

    I like all tips. I never use voice recording but realize it could be very useful. However when I tried to play it back, I could barely hear it even though volume was up high and I had spoken into the phone when it was quite close to me. I have noticed that I rarely hear the phone when someone tries to call me so I am wondering if there is something fundamental about the speaker system in my phone. I do have a protective cover on it. Could that be an issue?

    • Jim
      May 5, 2016

      Yes big time

    • Jeff
      May 5, 2016

      Yes, iPhone protective cases can diminish both the ability of the microphone to record sound, and the ability for the speakers to project volume. That applies to the screen-covering protective screen shields as well.

      Additionally, iOS has several different volume levels for different functions, so be sure you turn up the volume (using the buttons on the side of the iPhone) when you’re in the actual Voice Memos app as well – you may see the sound volume increase here despite being turned up elsewhere. The volume in iOS is a bit of a mystery, since there doesn’t seem to be a single indicator for controlling all volume output… oh and if you use headphones they have yet another different volume level too.

  5. Nick
    May 5, 2016

    I use the app all the time and find it quite useful. I also enjoy your newsletter as it is very helpful.

  6. teddy
    May 6, 2016

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  7. Karen
    May 19, 2016

    My Apple Watch used to show the miles and it doesn’t any longer I restored it and still no miles what am I doing wrong

  8. Danielle Vincent
    October 17, 2016

    I’ve got a very nice microphone and it still seems to use the iPhone built-in microphone by default. It isn’t a bad microphone, but I wanted to us my external mic just so I could have better control over the sound quality. Any recommendations? I couldn’t find anywhere to change that preference.

    • Dave
      October 17, 2016

      Plug the microphone into the AUX headphone port and it should pickup automatically, like the earbuds have a microphone in them for example.

      • David
        August 27, 2017

        I’ve got the same problem – lapel mic records for video but not for memo. Other recording apps also only work with internal mic.

  9. JackHammer
    December 5, 2016

    Well, I wish someone would come out with the tips and tricks for voice recorder. Because if your settings are off like with screen shut off it seems to sometimes halt the recording or pause it.

    Like for a real world setting I want to record an interview. But when you are doing life things you want to use your hands and just put the thing in your pocket and record and then shut it off when your done with the tutorial. Like if someone was teaching me how to do something but I wanted the recorded audio of the steps. If the phone shuts off because of a timer or a notification does anyone have any experience in getting around that?

  10. Margin
    December 11, 2016

    Some hints for real dummies who want to record something but like me do not know how to download this wonderful voice memos app or what their I-tunes password might be:
    – It is not an App that you download from somewhere
    – It is probably on your iphone already
    – It is probably hidden in Utilities
    – IE in with the calculator
    It has only taken me half an hour to figure this out. Now I wish I could remember what it was that I wanted to record.

    • Patrick
      December 16, 2016


    • Novice User
      March 29, 2017

      Thanks Margin. I just use my phone for the absolute basics (phone calls, texts and photos), so your hints saved this “dummy” from some time-wasting frustration. Much appreciated!

  11. Robbie
    December 14, 2016

    “The resulting audio quality is quite good,”

    Having used Voice Memos to record both a conversation and also some live music, I think the quality is appalling (like telephone call quality).

    Do you know, is this a limitation of the built in microphone, or is it the Voice Memos app stripping out any low and high frequencies to compress the file size smaller?

  12. dianne smith
    December 18, 2016

    the red dot just shimmies when I tap it and there is no recording, what should I do?

  13. Jean
    January 26, 2017

    This saved my skin. I had a homework assignment that needed to be submitted orally and I could not find a way to do it. From this instruction, I was able to hook up to my voice voice memos instantly and had it all done and the homework submitted in about ten minutes’ time. Thank you!

  14. Shyam
    February 23, 2017

    You must be joking. That is a lot of words and effort to justify a disaster

  15. Won Y Kim
    February 24, 2017

    I use voice memo.
    while I am recording, phone call came then automatically stopped recording and I continued recording.
    after finished recording I tried to save whole duration 1st part and 2nd part together.
    but 2nd part that 15min duration is not saved because I tapped undo.
    I was found 1st and 2nd part that recorded well.

    this is very important record.
    can you advice how to save 2nd part accidentally deleted?

  16. Cindy
    July 4, 2017

    How long can you record something?

  17. Gary Leon
    September 22, 2017

    Thanks for taking the time for making this tutorial, really appreciated. I always capture audio with a web-based software calls Acethinker Audio Recorder, It is a free online tool that lets you record audio right from the browser. Share it here as an alternative method.

  18. Barbie
    March 9, 2018

    I did my frist recording. And deleted accidentally. How can I retrieve it

  19. David S
    April 13, 2018

    I have the same question as Cindy – how long can it record? Are there any “gotchas” for a long (say 2 hour) recording?

    I’m going in for a medical procedure and would like to record the audio during that time (I may be asleep). I also want to record what the doctor tells me afterwards. Would the iPhone going to sleep after a period of unuse (display off, locked mode) cause the audio recording to stop? I think with even a modest amount of compression (or even no compression), there should be plenty of room on the phone for 2 hours of audio.

  20. Redmond R.
    April 15, 2018

    When recording something on voice memo, how to pause a recording, and come back in a few seconds, without STOPPING it and having to record again, and again? I record much off my desktop computer on sales, etc. and cull the best tips in 20 second bursts, so want to PAUSE the recording, but I can’t find a place to pause…………….Thanks!

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