How Can I Save Recorded Memos From an iPhone?

by Tammy Columbo Images

If you use the iPhone Voice Memo app to record lectures, audio clips or even just quick notes for yourself, you may already save and share your memos. However, the Voice Memo app went through a redesign for iOS 7 in mid-2013. Though the look and feel of the app is a bit different than previous versions, the functionality is basically the same. You can save your recorded voice memos in the Voice Memo app, and then send them to yourself or share them with other recipients via iMessage or email. You can also now use AirDrop to transfer the recordings to another device.

Step 1

Tap the Voice Memo icon in the iPhone home screen to launch the Voice Memo app.

Step 2

Tap the “Record” button to capture the memo. Tap “Stop” to stop recording.

Step 3

Tap “Done.” The File Name prompt displays.

Step 4

Type a name for the memo, and then tap “Save” to save the recording. The memo lists under the recording controls.

Step 5

Tap the new recording in the Memo list to open the clip in Play mode.

Step 6

Tap the “Share” option to open the Share menu.

Tap “Message” to send the memo via iMessage to yourself or another recipient. Type the iMessage address, and then tap “Send” to send the memo. Tap “Email,” and then enter an email address to send the memo via email. Tap “AirDrop,” and then tap the receiving device to send the memo via AirDrop transfer.


  • Information in these steps applies to the iPhone 5 running iOS 7. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other models of the iPhone or versions of iOS.


  • You can transfer your voice memos to your computer using iTunes. Check the “Include Voice Memos” check box in the iTunes Sync Music screen when configuring your synchronization settings.


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About the Author

Based in the live music capital of the world, Tammy Columbo continues to work in the information technology industry as she has done for more than 10 years. While living in Austin, Columbo has contributed to high profile projects for the State of Texas, Fortune 500 technology companies and various non-profit organizations. Columbo began writing professionally in 2009.

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