Voice Memos App In iOS 12: The Ultimate Guide

The Voice Memos app is one of iOS stock apps, and it’s being given a makeover in iOS 12 version. While it wasn’t bad in the previous versions, the latest update can manage to transform both a useful recorder and audio editor without changing its interface. Recording files now even are uploaded to iCloud, which makes it easy to import recordings whether you are using an iPhone, iPad or Mac. Here is the ultimate guide of the Voice Memos app in iOS 12.

How to make a simple recording in Voice Memos app

Basically, you just launch the app, tap on a big red circle at the bottom of the display, start recording and then press the big button when you are done.

You recording file will immediately be saved with the title “New Recording”, and you can play these files quickly just by tapping on them and hitting the Play button.

If your phone supports 3D Touch, you can start a new recording with Force Touch on the app icon and choose “New Recording” option.

How to make complex recordings in Voice Memos app

In iOS 12, there are a few more options in the Voice Memos app, if you’d like to keep recording when using the same file once it’s paused.

  1. Open the app and swipe up from the black bar with a red circle.
  2. If you swipe up only a small amount, there will be a stop button with the file name, a timer, as well as a waveform.
  3. Next, swipe up on the black bar all the way and you will see the current time, a detailed waveform, and a Pause
  4. Hits the Pause button to stop recording.
  5. Next, tap on the Resume button to start recording again.
  6. There is also an option to trim this clip with the tool in the upper right corner.
  7. When you finish, click on Done, and the file will automatically be saved.

How to edit a Voice Memo

Voice Memos app provides two primary methods of editing voice files. Apart from recording over something with the “Replace” tool, you can also trim them and insert new audio into the file.

Replace existing audio with new audio

It’s a useful tool when you need to replace a single phrase for clarity in a recording. To do so:

  1. Go to the file list and choose your file.
  2. Tap on the More Options menu in the lower left corner
  3. Choose Edit Recording option
  4. Scrub through the waveform with the blue marker until you reach the point that you end recording.
  5. Hit the big red Replace button to start recording.
  6. Hit the Pause button to stop recording.
  7. Scrub back to the position that you started the replacement and tap on Play to hear how it works.
  8. Click Done when you finish.

Also see: How to use Voice Memos app on MacOS

Trim/ delete a Voice Memo

If you only want to save a specific part of a recording, or just want to delete sensitive information before sharing the file, you can do it with ease using Voice Memos app.

  1. Open the app and go to the file list.
  2. Choose your desired file
  3. Tap on the More Options menu in the lower left.
  4. Choose Edit Recording option
  5. You will also see the same menu as before, but you need to hit the blue Trim tool in the upper right. The waveform interface will then open.
  6. At the bottom, there will be a waveform with the full length of the file.
  7. There is then a bracket over the entire waveform along with arrows outward.
  8. Pull in the edges of audio that you want to work with, and you will see options to either trim or delete files.
  9. Tap on Trim to remove everything except the selected audio.
  10. Tap on Delete to delete the selected files.

When you are done, tap on the Save button at the upper right corner.

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