How to Record Voice Memos on iPhone (2 Best Options)

QUOTE “I want to record a lecture on my iPhone X with more than 40 minutes, but I do not know how long will voice memo record on iPhone. How to record voice memos and audio files on iPhone?”

Voice Memos app of iPhone allows you to record voice, a speed or any other ambient audio within the built-in microphone. If you have no idea about how to record a voice memo on iPhone, you can find about the detailed process from the article. Moreover, you can also get the detailed information about the time limitation and best alternative methods from the article.

How to Record a Voice Memo on iPhoneHow to Record a Voice Memo on iPhone

Part 1: How to Record Voice Memos on iPhone 12/11/XR/XS/X

When you need to record voice memos on iPhone as a message, you only need to tap the “Record” icon in Message app. If you want to save the voice memos or further edit the files, you should use the Voice Memos app to record any voice.

Record a Voice Memo on iPhone

Step 1Open Voice Memos app on your iPhone or ask Siri to open it.

Step 2In the Voice Memos app, tap the red record button to start recording a voice memo on iPhone.

Step 3Tap the black area to control the recording, which you can pause or resume the whole process.

Step 4When you get the desired voice memo file, you can tap the stop button to save it.

Then you can easily save the voice memos on iPhone directly or email it to others.

Voice Memo

Edit a Voice Memo on iPhone

Step 1When you get the recorded voice memo on iPhone, you can listen to the audio file.

Step 2Tap the three dots icon in front of each voice memo, which enables you to “Edit Recording”, “Duplicate” and “Share”.

Step 3Choose the “Edit Recording” option. Tap the blue crop icon to get the desired part of the recording voice memo on iPhone.

More details about editing the voice memos can be found here.


Part 2: Best Alternative to Record a Voice Memo on iPhone

No mention about the time limitation, the audio quality of the voice memos and other interruption should be major restrictions for recording voice memos on iPhone. What should be the best alternative to record a voice memo on iPhone? Apeaksoft iOS Screen Recorder is able to mirror and record iPhone screen on computer. It enables you to record voice memos on iPhone without any restriction, even record phone calls on iPhone.

iOS Screen Recorder

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Mirror iPhone to computer wirelessly and safely without USB cable.

Stream and record voice memos, videos and other data from iPhone.

Record voice memos on iPhone without time and size limitation.

Support iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7 with the latest iOS 14.

Step 1Launch the iPhone recorder on PC

Download and install the Apeaksoft iOS Screen Recorder. Launch the iPhone recorder on your computer. It is the Wi-Fi network mirroring software with AirPlay or Screen Mirroring feature.

WelcomeStep 2Enable Airplay or Screen Mirroring

Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen to open “Control Center” on iPhone, you can tap on the “Screen Mirroring” and select the “Apeaksoft iOS Screen Recorder” to enable the mirror feature.

WIFI AirplayStep 3Tweak the recording settings for audio

Choose the “Settings” option, you can record the videos with 1920x1080 Full HD, or even use the password to stop others from connection iPhone. You can record the whole computer screen or iPhone screen only.

SettingStep 4Record a voice memo on iPhone

Once you mirror iPhone to computer, you can click the right circle button to record a voice memo. You can adjust the volume, pause and resume the recording, turn off/on the microphone, adjust the size of the recording window.

MirrorStep 5Save the voice memo file on computer

You can check out the saved voice memos in the Output folder. Just preview the files and click the “Start Export” button to save the recorded voice memo files on your computer as MP4 format.

Export Recording

After recording a voice memo, you may want to make the voice memo into a ringtone.

Part 3: How Long will Voice Memo Record on iPhone

The recorded voice memos are in MPEG-4 file format by the file extension M4A. As a compressed file format, it requires roughly a megabyte of storage space, 500KB storage space per minute voice memo recording. When you need to record a voice memo on iPhone, you should pay attention to the capacity of iPhone, especially for a long lecture or meeting on iPhone.

Besides, you should also make sure there is enough power to record the whole lecture or meeting. Of course, use the Airplane mode is necessary to avoid iPhone voice memo stop recording.

You may need: How to Record Voice Memo on MacBook Pro and Air


When you need to record a voice memo on iPhone or have a simple editing on iPhone, it is an easy process. In order to record a long lecture, or even further edit the files, Apeaksoft iOS Screen Recorder is the ultimate solution you can take into consideration. Moreover, you can learn more about the maximum length for the recorded voice memo files.

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