How to Edit Voice Memos on an iPhone

by Lara Webster

The voice memo feature on your iPhone uses the built-in microphone to capture short audio clips. Listen to your audio or send it to a contact directly from your iPhone in just a few seconds. While it is not possible to edit the middle of a voice memo on the iPhone, trimming the beginning or end of the memo is very easy. Edit your voice memos to save space on your iPhone, and categorize the memos to stay organized when you are on the go.

Tap the blue "Voice Memos" icon on the iPhone's home screen.

Tap the silver button in the lower right corner of the screen to open a list of your memos.

Tap the blue ">" that appears immediately to the right of a voice memo's recording length.

Tap "Trim Memo." Use the slider to edit the memo. Tap and hold your finger on the left end of the slider and move it to the right to trim the beginning of the memo. To trim off the end of the memo, hold your finger on the right side of the slider and move it to the left. A small bubble will appear above the slider indicating the exact second in the memo at which you've placed the end of the slider. For example, if the memo is 60 seconds long and you move the right end of the slider back to 00:50, you will trim off 10 seconds.

Tap the "Play" icon, just to the left of the slider, to preview the edited version of the voice memo. Tap "Trim Voice Memo" to save the edited memo.

Edit the category of any voice memo by tapping the ">" icon and then the box at the top of the screen that shows the date and time the memo was created. Select a new category from the list or select "Custom" to create your own category. Tap the "Info" ribbon and then "Voice Memo" in the top left corner of the screen to navigate back to the list of memos and save the new category.

About the Author

Lara Webster has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been featured on Relationships in the Raw, The Nursery Book, Spark Trust and several travel-related websites. Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in mass communication and media studies, both from San Diego State University.

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