Whether you’re recording a voice message as a reminder of that million dollar idea or catching a snippet of a new song you know you’ll forget, the iPhone and iPad’s Voice Memos app is the perfect tool.

The Voice Memos app is free, and it ships with every iPhone and iPad that Apple sells. That makes it the obvious choice for recording audio. Just like Apple’s other first-party apps, the Voice Memos app has just enough power to get the job done without making things complicated. Recording audio and then sharing it is the most common use for the app, and we’re going to show you exactly how to do it.

Recording Audio Using the Voice Memos App

Open the Voice Memos app to get started and then tap the big red “Record” button. You can’t miss it.

To pause the recording, tap the white pill button and then tap the “Pause” button. Once paused, tap the same button to resume your recording. You’ll also see a waveform of your recording in this screen.


Tap the “Done” button when you have completed your recording.

How to Play an Existing Recording

It’s no good recording these things if you never actually listen to them, but thankfully that process only requires a couple of taps. Open the Voice Memos app and tap the recording you want.

Once selected, tap the black “Play” button and the recording will begin playing.

How to Share Recordings

One of the most popular uses for recordings is to share them with other people, and it’s super simple to do that. Get started by opening the Voice Memos app and selecting the recording that you want to share.

Tap the three horizontal dots—otherwise known as the “More” button in iOS—and then tap the “Share” option.


Finally, select how you want to share the recording.

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