How to Use Voice Memos on iPhone: The Complete Guide

The ability to record audio and save it to your phone is a useful feature, whether you want to record a classroom lecture, show off your singing skills, or simply record a message to remember later. Well, the native iPhone Voice Memos app can help you easily record audio using the device’s built-in speaker and microphone. In this article, we will show you how to use voice memos on iPhone.

In addition, Voice Memos offers much more than just recording and saving audio. You can increase the audio speed, improve the quality, skip silent parts and do more. This comprehensive guide will focus on exploring all the features so you can get the most out of Voice Memos. Let’s start by learning how to record audio.

How to record audio on iPhone

Step 1: Open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone. It is present in the Utilities folder in your application library.

Start the program

Step 2: Click the red button below to record audio.

step 3: To pause the recording, touch the black line at the bottom and drag it up. Finally, press the pause button to temporarily stop the recording.

Step 4: To restore the recording, click the Restore option.

step 5: When you are done recording, click on the red icon as shown to stop recording.

That’s all you need to do to record audio in Voice Memos. Your audio will now be saved. We’re sure you’ll want to listen to it as soon as you finish recording. The next section will show you how.

How to play a voice memo

Step 1: Start the Voice Memos app.

Step 2: In the All Recordings section, tap any recording and press the play button.

Press the play button

step 3: If you want to go forward or back, tap on the round icon on either side of the play/pause option.

Fast forward or rewind

Listening to recorded audio in Voice Memos is pretty easy. Also, audio files recorded on your iPhone are named “New Recording”, “New Recording 1”, “New Recording 2” and so on by default. You can rename a voice memo to make it easier for you to find the one you’re looking for.

How to rename a voice memo

Renaming audio files is quite simple. All you need to do is open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone and long press the name of an existing audio. This will allow you to edit the name. Now rename the entry.

Long press to rename

Well, here’s how you can rename audio. But what if it consists of an unwanted part that prevents you from sharing it with someone? Well, you can easily trim the audio. Read the next section to learn how.

How to trim or remove parts of recorded audio

Trimming audio is a great way to remove unwanted parts from a recording. The Voice Memos app on the iPhone makes this pretty easy.

Step 1: Start the Voice Memos app.

Step 2: Tap the audio you want to trim and tap the equalizer icon on the left.

Voice memo options

step 3: Now click on the crop icon and use the yellow slider to select the part you want to edit.

Step 4: If you want to keep the selected part of the audio, click Trim. Alternatively, click Delete to delete the selected part.

Using the above tools, you can trim or remove parts of the audio. But instead of doing that, what if you want to replace the unnecessary part of the audio? There is an option called “Replace” and here’s how you can use it.

How to replace parts of recorded audio

Step 1: Launch the Voice Memos app and tap on the audio you want to edit.

Step 2: Now tap on the equalizer icon.

Voice memo options

step 3: Play the audio until the part you want to replace starts, then click Replace.

Replace entry

Step 4: You can now record audio for replacement and press the pause button when it is added.

Replace part of the record

This way you can edit parts of the audio in the recording. Next, you have tools to edit the audio quality. This can help you compress or even improve the sound quality.

How to change sound quality on iPhone

Step 1: Go to the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Voice Memos.

Voice notes in settings

step 2: Now click on Sound Quality.

Compress voice memo

step 3: You have two options – lossless and compressed. Select the Compressed option to keep your audio recording as small as possible.

On the other hand, you can choose Lossless for the highest recording quality. However, this will increase the file size.

Compressed and lossless

Now that you’ve compressed your audio, you may feel the need to improve the quality. Improved playback options help you do this without increasing the file size. Read the next section to learn more.

Use advanced playback options on iPhone

Step 1: Launch the Voice Memos app on your iPhone and tap the audio recording you want to edit.

Step 2: Click on the icon with three dots.

Three points

step 3: In the pop-up menu, click Edit Entry. In this section you will find several options. Let’s look at them one by one.

Edit entry

1. Skip the silence

Turn on Skip Silence to skip or remove all silent parts in your audio recording. This means that your sound will remain continuous and without interruptions, if they were during the recording.

Skip the mute switch

2. Increase speed

If you want to increase the playback speed, the Voice Memos app offers you an easy-to-use slider. Oddly enough, they have a hare and a tortoise that show speed increases and decreases. Drag the slider to effectively increase or decrease the playback speed.

Playback speed

3. Improve your writing

If you want to improve the sound quality and remove background noise, enable Enhance Recording. We were very impressed with how this option greatly improved the quality of the audio recording.

Record enhancement switch

The above options will help you improve your audio recording. Once you’ve used these features, here’s how you can manage your audio recording. This involves saving, sharing and deleting the file.

How to save voice recording on iPhone

After you stop recording, the audio file will be automatically saved in Voice Memos. But if you want to save the audio to your files or separate them into folders, here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Start the Voice Memos app.

Step 2: Tap on the audio recording you want to save and tap the icon with three dots.

Three points

step 3: Click “Save to files”. This will save the entry to Files.

Save to files

To divide audio recordings into different folders in the program, you can create new folders.

Step 4: Open the Voice Memos app and tap the Back icon. This will bring you to the main screen of the program.

Click Back

step 5: Now click on the add folder icon in the lower right corner.

New folder

Step 6: Name the folder and click Save. We have created a folder called Favorite Audios.

Folder name

Step 7: To move recorded audio to this new folder, tap the audio you want to move and tap the three-dot icon.

Three points

Step 8: Select “Move to Folder”.

Move to folder

Step 9: Select the folder you created to move the audio to.

Select Folder

This way, you can save audio recordings in Files on iPhone and even move them to different folders in the Voice Memos app to easily sort your audio files. Once you’ve edited and saved your audio files, you can even share them. The app itself has options to make it easier.

How to send a voice memo on iPhone

Step 1: Start the Voice Memos app.

step 2: Tap the three-dot icon on the audio recording you want to share.

Three points

step 3: Now you have all the possibilities to share audio in different programs. As you slide, you can select the program you want to send the audio file with.


This way you share the audio file with other users. Once you’ve shared a file, you may not feel the need to keep it on your iPhone. In that case, you can easily use the delete option to delete the recordings from the Voice Memos app.

How to delete a voice memo

Step 1: Start the Voice Memos app.

step 2: To delete an audio recording, click the trash can icon in the recording menu. That’s all you need to do to delete a voice memo.


step 3: If you accidentally deleted an audio recording, don’t worry. First, go to the main screen of the Voice Memos app.

Click Back

Step 4: There is a recently deleted folder. With this folder, you can easily recover deleted audio file.

Recently deleted

There you go – this was a complete step-by-step guide on how to use Voice Memos on iPhone. If you follow all these steps, nothing will stop you from efficiently recording high-quality audio files. Take a look at the FAQ section below to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions about Voice Memos on iPhone

1. Is Voice Memos free on iPhone?

Yes, Voice Memos is absolutely free for iPhone.

2. I accidentally deleted the Voice Memos app. What am I doing?

You can easily install it back from the App Store. Find the official Voice Memos app in the App Store and install it like you would any other app.

3. Is there a limit to the number of voice recordings?

No, you can record as many voice memos as you want, as long as you have enough memory on your device. Also, there is no time limit.

4. Can you record audio with an external microphone?

Yes, as soon as you connect the microphone to the iPhone, you can record a voice memo with it.

Record audio on your iPhone with ease!

Here’s how to use Voice Memos on iPhone to record high-quality audio. We felt the need to write a guide for this app as we use it regularly and it’s really handy. And all the features in this guide will make you a pro at recording voice memos on your iPhone. If you want to explore other apps for more functionality, check out our list of the best audio recording apps for iPhone. Happy recording!