How to Create Voice Memos on Your iPhone

Have you ever wanted to use your iPhone as a simple voice recorder to take simple notes? Or to record speeches, lectures, or presentations? The iPhone includes a simple app that will allow you to do just that.

The app you’re looking for is called “Voice Memos” and can be found in a folder on your home screen called “Extras”. You’ll note there’s a few other items in here you might be interested in, but today we’re solely concentrating on Voice Memos.

The app is very simple to use: just press the red record button and the app will begin recording whatever you want to preserve.

The volume icon in the upper-right corner mutes playback. When tapped, it turns white.

Note that while you’re recording, the header at the top of the screen will indicate you are doing so. When you’re finished, you can tap the red square stop button.

Seems simple and obvious, right? But now, you actually have a few options. There’s a blue square symbol on the right screen edge. This is the “Edit” button, and tapping it will expose options to Delete or Trim your new recording. Trimming is useful in case you recorded a little too long, or started recording a little too early. Of course, deleting a recording speaks for itself.

Alternatively, you can tap “Done” and save your new voice memo, giving it an appropriate name.

Whenever you save a voice memo, it will appear in the saved recordings list below the app’s main interface. That way you can easily play back any recordings with a simple tap.

When you play back a voice memo, you can share it, edit, or trash it. You can also share your voice memos by tapping the Share button on the left.

Remember, Voice Memos aren’t just for voice memos. Realistically, you can use it for a variety of useful things. For example, if you’re a college student, you can augment your note taking by recording your lectures. If you’re a reporter or writer, you can use it to record interviews, this making it a whole lot easier to remember everything.

Matt Klein is an aspiring Florida beach bum, displaced honorary Texan, and dyed-in-wool Ohio State Buckeye, who fancies himself a nerd-of-all-trades. His favorite topics might include operating systems, BBQ, roller skating, and trying to figure out how to explain quantum computers.