How to Record Your Voice on an iPhone

You want to capture an interesting conversation with a colleague or save a passing thought, but you have no idea how. Don’t fret! The iPhone features tons of impressive capabilities such as the recorder or the Voice Memos app that comes pre-installed on all Apple’s mobile devices. This unique feature allows you to easily record audio memes, edit notes by trimming them down, label audios for quick retrieval, and save your idea for later – all with a few taps.


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While it’s easy to use an iPhone to perform most of the common tasks such as ordering pizza, detecting heartbeats, or hailing cabs, recording your voice isn’t as easy as pressing a button on the device. To get things rolling, you’ll need to install a separate app. A quick search on the web will return thousands of different recorder apps in the App Store that claim to show you how to record voice on iPhone, and while many of them promise exceptional quality, very few live up to expectations.

If you’re wondering how you can record meetings, notes, yourself singing in the bathroom, or any other type of audio on your iPhone, here are the most recommended methods.

Let’s get started.

Using the Rev Voice Recorder App

Whether you want to record meetings with clients, conduct interviews with marketing executives, or capture every detail in a college lecture, the Rev Voice Recorder app can deliver crystal-clear audios in a matter of minutes. Furthermore, the idea of having your recordings on-hand in MP3 format, being able to transcribe the speech to text, and sharing the file to your team on the app helps save time and reduce your workload.

The Voice Recorder app will organize all your recordings in one place so that it is easy to locate them when you want to send them for transcription. Similarly, it will be easy to view your delivered transcripts directly from the app. You can download the app on Apple’s App Store.

How to Record Your Voice on an iPhone with Rev

  1. Go to Apple’s App Store and download the Rev Voice Recorder app on your device.

  2. Launch the app and tap the “Record” button to start the recording.

  3. Speak audibly into your iPhone’s microphone – to be clear enough, make sure the device is as closer to you as possible. Further, ensure that the screen shows that the audio is being recorded.

  4. Whenever you want to stop the recording, tap the “Pause” button.

  5. Click “Preview” to replay the recorded sound and listen to every bit of the whole audio. Use the same interface to fast forward, rewind, and play the audio whenever you want.

  6. Click “Download” to get your audio file or delete to remove the file if you didn’t like the first audio.

Obviously, there is a lot of recordings by tapping here, but it’s worth the effort in the end.

How to Record Your Voice on an iPhone

Transcribing an Audio File on Rev Voice Recorder App

The voice memo app that comes with the iPhone is an awesome tool for recording quick audios with good quality. However, you will have a hard time ordering transcription from the Voice Memo app compared to Rev’s voice recorder app, which makes the process a bliss. With this app, you can record, edit, store, and manage high-quality audios from meetings, interviews, webinars, presentations, and more.

To transcribe audio on Rev Voice Recorder app, follow the following steps:

  1. Launch the Voice Recorder app on your iPhone.
  2. Locate the voice recording you wish to transcribe on your phone.
  3. Copy the audio file to our Voice Recorder app. To do so, tap the dotted lines (…) on the audio you have chosen then click “Share…”
  4. On the share options, select “Copy to Recorder.”
  5. The file should now be ready for transcription on the Rev Recorder app
  6. Before submitting your order, play the audio to make sure you’re using the right audio.
  7. Tap the transcribe button to start the transcription process.
  8. A checkout window will pop up. Go ahead and confirm the details of the transcription then submit your order.
  9. Your transcript should appear in the app’s interface once it’s done. At this point, you can share your file with your team via email, text message, Google Drive, Evernote, or Slack.

How to Record Your Voice on an iPhone and Transcribe the Audio

Using the Rev Online Voice Recorder

Need an online voice recorder that doesn’t require you to download an app? Rev has you covered for that also! Open up the Safari app on your iPhone and go to the Rev Online Voice Recorder.

  1. Click the “Record” button to record audio.
  2. Speak into your device’s microphone and make sure the animation shows that audio is being recorded.
  3. Click “Pause” whenever you wish to stop the audio.
  4. Click “Preview” to play back your audio with a waveform, where you can listen to your entire recording. You can fast forward, rewind, and play your audio in this view.
  5. Click “Download” to get your MP3 file download. Click the trashcan icon if you’d like to delete your recording and start over.
  6. You have your recorded MP3 file!

Using the Voice Memos App

The Voice Memos apps on your iPhone make audio recording easy and quick with the help of the built-in microphone. You can even use an external microphone or supported headset if you want. Depending on what you want, you can customize the voice recording with editing tools such as trim, replace, and resume.

Despite being one of the handy tools you need on several occasions, the Voice Memos app is repeatedly one of the most overlooked featured of the iPhone. It has all of the basic needs you require to record great audios for your personal and professional needs. Furthermore, you can even edit and share your recording with colleagues.

Also read Rev’s guide to transcribing iPhone Voice Memos.

Here’s how you can record audio on your iPhone using the Voice Memos app:

  1. Launch the Voice Memos app
  2. Start by locating the Voice Memos app on your iPhone. Go to the “Extras Folder” and tap the “Voice Memos app” icon, which resembles an image of an audio graph.
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  4. Tap the “Record” button (round red) to start audio recording. Once done, tap the red record button again to stop recording. If you need to pause the recording for any reason, tap the red “Pause” button, then tap “RESUME” once you’re ready to continue recording.
  5. When you’ve finished recording with the file, hit the “Done” icon.
  6. Save it to the Voice Memos page and assign a name.
  7. Now that the audio is saved to your iPhone, you can decide to play it over again, re-record, edit, or even trim it down to the desired length. If you don’t like the voice, you can as well delete it in a matter of seconds. If you’re satisfied with the recording, you can share the audio with colleagues or transcription service.

How to Edit, Trim or Delete the Audio

  1. To edit, tap on the “new recording” then tap the three blue dots. Go ahead and tap “Edit Recording.”
  2. Once you tap to edit, you can trim your audio by clicking the blue box with some dots and lines on the upper right corner.
  3. The Trim options allow you to crop off the unwanted section. Drag the slider to the left to trim from the beginning, and to the right to trim the end.
  4. Click “Trim” to remove the sections you want.
  5. Tap “Save” once you’re done trimming.
  6. If you’re not happy with the audio, you can click the “Delete” button. This removes the entire recording from your iPhone. Tap “Cancel” to go back to the previous interface without changing the audio.

Share the Audio Recording

It’s easy to share saved audio recordings with anyone else either through messages, email, Google Drive, Slack, and or even save it to iCloud Drive. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Apple’s Voice Memos app, tap on the memo and select the audio recording you intend to share. Then hit the blue share button that is located below the play button.
  2. Select the method you would want to share your memo from Message, Emails, Slack or Google Drive
  3. That’s it. Your files should be shared successfully.

Record Your Voice on the Go

Of course, there are other different methods of recording audio with an iPhone, but we have outlined the best. While the Voice Memos app works great for basic voice recording, you may want to look for a high-quality recording app. If you’re looking for the highest-quality recording possible for transcription, however, the Rev Voice Recorder is hard to beat.