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How To Transcribe iPhone Voice Memo To Text In Minutes

How to record voice and other sounds on iPhone using Voice Memos app
How to share voice memo with other users and transcribe a record
How to transfer my voice memos to Windows or Mac

Imagine the following situation. You are driving, the traffic is busy, and you urgently needed to write down some idea, thought or phone call. Fortunately, you have iPhone at hand, but typing on the keyboard in such conditions is not comfortable and safe. The way out is to dictate the note on the recorder.

iPhone owners have probably used Voice Memos app before. With the built-in microphone, you can quickly record a voice memo, create a reminder or something else important to you. The perfect solution to voice recording for spontaneous situations – your smartphone as it is always with you! The quality of the sound recording is very decent, and you can save and send audio files to other iPhone or Android-devices users, Mac computers or PCs based on Windows.

Voice memos simplify our life in many aspects. You can save not only sudden thoughts while walking down the street, but also use Voice Memo app as a full-fledged tool for your work. Record the most important events, such as meetings or business negotiations, interviews or lectures. Go ahead and write down a shopping list or a long telephone conversation.

And now imagine, as long as you talk, your pocket assistant will not only write down your speech but also converts it into text in minutes. Great!

And what about the quality of the recording, you ask. The built-in iPhone microphone catches the sound even at some distance, but for better quality, it is better to keep it close. Alternatively, you can use the headphones, which are also equipped with a built-in microphone while driving a car.

How to record voice and other sounds on iPhone using Voice Memos app.

Voice Memos application is often underestimated, but it provides the easiest and most convenient way to record audio through the iPhone microphone.

  1. Open Voice Memos app on your iPhone.
  2. Press the red button to start recording, and then press again when you finish recording.
  3. If you’re satisfied with your memo, click on “Done”.

If you need to delete or crop a recording, click the appropriate button to open the editing tools:

  1. Name your audio file and save it.

How to share voice memo with other users and transcribe a record

You can send audio via email or in a message. And also transfer the file to PC or Mac.

  1. Open Voice Memos app on your iPhone and select the file you want to share.
  2. Click on the icon in the form of a square with the arrow up.
  3. Choose how you want to share the recording (using “Messages”, by e-mail, add to “Notes” or through third-party applications like Skype). Many people prefer to leave voicemails instead of typing. This has its charms – you may describe your thoughts in details and use this memo in the work once it`s transcribed…

Another way to save your voice note – through the File Manager (available on iOS 11 and newer).

If you’re curious about how to transfer voice recording from iPhone to a Mac or Windows computer, read on in this article.

The audio file is sent in .m4a format and is compatible with almost any player in every modern operating system. By the way, this format used for mobile ringtones, which means that you can record a call signal using Voice Memos app.

Please note, that you can use the above application only on the iPhone and for some reason, it does not exist on the iPad. Mac users can make voice memos with QuickTime, which are also saved in .4a format.

As you saw, the default recorder is pretty good, but you can try any Voice Memos alternative from our new article here.

How to transfer my voice memos to Windows or Mac

When using iPhone as a voice recorder, you will have a question sooner or later – how to transfer recorded memos from a mobile device to a computer?

To transfer records from Voice Momos app, or any voicemails you have done before, you can use iTunes for Windows or Mac. Everything happens in the same way as when you do music synchronisation:

  • Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer and open iTunes.
  • Go to the device page. And open the Music section.
  • Check “Include voice memos”.
  • Click Apply and wait for your device to synchronise with the computer.

Now you can open Voice records in iTunes from the corresponding playlist, which is created after synchronisation:

Of course, iTunes is very convenient in use: this method allows you to transfer voice memos to the background, and also store them in an easy-to-access place. But if you want to move your audio recordings to someone else’s computer, then the method using iTunes will not work for you. In such cases, it is better to use alternative managers for iOS such as iTools or iFunBox.

Transcribing your voice notes online

Operating with a ton of voice notes on a computer is much easier, especially if you’ve had a long interview that needs to be edited. Just as your iPhone has helped you to record voice quickly, automatic Audext transcriber converts your notes into text within minutes.

And you can do it in one moving.

Log into your Audext account and select a voice memo you want to transcribe from the computer:

(download screenshot)

Voilà! Now you have your voice note in the form of correct text with a minimum of glitches, even if you recorded it in a noisy place. Edit the material right in the Audext workspace, listen to important points, make corrections and send friends or co-workers:

(how-to-share screen)

But what to you do, if you have no laptop at hand and one huge conference record, which must be edited for a corporate blog urgently? No problem. Just do all of the above and download your voice memo from the iPhone to your personal Audext account to transcribe.

(a screenshot of the download from the phone)

Verdict: recording and transcribing voice memos via iPhone is very convenient.

Especially if you live in the abyss of events, business meetings, permanent work with other people or are simply immersed in your thoughts.

Today you learned how to record important moments of life using the pre-installed Voice Memos app for iPhone. This is a solution to save your time and energy, which you can try at least now. Take the habit of recording audio, instead of typing on the keyboard. The rest Audext will do for you – transcribe all the voice memos online!

Katrin Deres


Katin runs her own podcast show, and interested in best ways to transcribe audio recordings into text.

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