Record and sync Voice Memos on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPod

Learn how to record Voice Memos and transfer them from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPod to iTunes on your computer.

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Record a Voice Memo

You can record Voice Memos on an iPhone or iPod touch using the device's internal microphone. You can also record Voice Memos using a compatible headset on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPod.

Using an optional accessory, you can also create Voice Memos on these iPod models:

  • iPod nano (7th generation, 6th generation, 5th generation, 4th generation, and 2nd generation)
  • iPod classic (160 GB Late 2009, 120 GB)
  • iPod (5th generation) running iPod Software 1.1.2 or later.
    When recording voice memos on iPod (5th generation), recordings longer than 2 hours will be spilt into 2 hour segments.
  • iPod with color display running iPod Software 1.0 or later
  • iPod photo running iPod Software 1.0 or later
  • iPod (Click Wheel) running iPod Software 3.0 or later
  • iPod (dock connector) running iPod Software 2.1 or later


Follow the steps below to record Voice Memos on an iPhone or iPod touch or a non-iOS iPod.

On an iPhone or iPod touch

  1. Go to Voice Memos.
  2. Tap Record  or press the center button on your headset to start a recording. 
  3. Tap the same button to pause and resume the recording. If you need to adjust the recording level, move the microphone closer to what you’re recording. For the best recording quality, the loudest level should be between –3 dB and 0 dB.*
  4. Tap Play  to the left of Record to preview the recording. To reposition where the preview starts, drag the recording level display left or right.
  5. If you want to record over part of the recording, drag the recording level display to position where you want to start recording, then tap Record.
  6. To trim the excess from a recording, tap the Trim icon  , then drag the red trim handles in the recording level display. Tap the play button to check your edit. Adjust the trim handles until you're happy with your edits, then tap Trim. 
  7. Tap Done to save the recording.

To mute the start and stop tones, use the device's volume buttons to turn the volume all the way down.

To use another app while you’re recording, press the Home button, then open the other app. To return to Voice Memos, tap the red bar at the top of the screen.

*Recordings that use the built-in microphone are mono, but you can record in stereo using an external stereo microphone that works with the iPhone headset jack, Lightning connector, or 30-pin Dock Connector. Look for accessories marked with an Apple "Made for iPhone" or "Works with iPhone" logo.

On a non-iOS iPod

  1. Connect a microphone or Apple iPod Earphone to your Voice Memo-supported iPod.
    On iPod (5th generation), connect the microphone to the dock connector.
  2. The Voice Memos menu or screen appears.
    With iPod nano (5th generation) you can use the built-in mic and choose Extras > Voice Memos.
  3. Select Record or Start Recording to record.
    On iPod nano (5th generation), press Play/Pause or the Center button to start recording.
  4. Hold the microphone a few inches from your mouth and speak. To pause recording, select Pause.
    When recording voice memos on iPod nano (4th generation) or iPod nano (5th generation), selecting the Center button while recording will create chapters.
  5. When you're done, press the Menu button and then Stop and Save.
    On your iPod nano (4th generation) and iPod nano (5th generation), you can also label your recording with one of the provided labels.

Sync Voice Memos

To sync (transfer) your Voice Memos to iTunes on your Mac or PC, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPod to the computer that you normally sync with.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Find and click on your device.
  4. In the sidebar on the left side of iTunes, click Music.
  5. Select Sync Music.
  6. Select "Include voice memos."
  7. Click Sync. New voice memos are added to your Music Library in the Voice Memos playlist.

After you sync your Voice Memos to iTunes, you can play them on your computer or sync them to another iPhone or iPod.

Voice memos recorded on your iPhone or iPod touch can only be transferred to iTunes once. If you transferred the voice memos on your iPhone or iPod touch to iTunes previously, or if they were originally recorded on a different device, they won't transfer to iTunes when you sync Music in iTunes. This includes voice memos shared to your iPhone or iPod touch using AirDrop or Mail Drop.

Voice Memos recorded on a non-iOS iPod are saved in a Recordings folder on iPod. If you turn on Disk Mode on iPod, you can drag Voice Memos from the folder to your computer to copy them to your desktop or another folder on your computer.

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