How to Record Voice Memo on MacBook Pro and Air with Easy Steps

QuickTime Player used to be the default audio recording on Mac computer. If you have updated to the macOS Mojave and later, you can get some native iOS installed on your Mac computer, such as Voice Memos, Stocks, Home, News and more. Thus, you can use your Mac computer as a recording device to record voice notes with the built-in microphone, supported headset, AirPods or external mic.

How to Record Voice Memo on MacHow to Record Voice Memo on Mac

You can record a voice memo on a Mac computer to make a copy or take notes. The Mac Voice Memos app is popular with students, journalists, bloggers, musicians and more. Even though there is no iPhone or portable voice recorder, you can still record your thoughts and impressions as audio recordings on Mac. If you want to use Voice Memos on Mac, you need to install the latest Mac OS update first.

Part 1: How to Record Voice Memos on Mac with Apple Voice Memos App

Just like what you can do with the Voice Memos app on iPhone, you can record and edit voice memos on Mac for free. It might be slightly different to record voice memo on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air running macOS Mojave and above. You can read and know more about the default voice recorder for Mac app.

How to Record a Voce Memo on Mac

Step 1Open the Voice Memos app from the "Application" folder.

Step 2Click the record icon on the bottom left to start recording voice memo on Mac.

Step 3Click "Pause/Resume" to skip the unwanted voice recording.

Step 4Choose "Done" to stop recording audio on Mac.

Step 5The new voice memo recording will be in the left pane within the Voice Memos app. Choose the file and click "Play" to play voice memo on Mac.

Step 6Click "Share" to share a recorded voice memo with any method you like.

The saved voice memos will be saved as M4A. If you want to play the M4R files on most devices, you had better convert the voice memo into MP3 firstly.

Record a Voce Memo on Mac with Voice Memos App

How to Edit the Voice Recording on Mac (Rename/Trim/Delete…)

Step 1Choose a saved voice memo from the list. Then click "Edit" on the top right corner.

Step 2Double-click on the name of the voice recording. Type the new name for the voice memo recording. Tap "Enter" to rename a voice memo on Mac.

Step 3Click "Trim" to access the audio trimmer. Drag and drop the trim slider to extract the audio clip you need. Click "Save" followed by "Done" to trim voice memos on Mac.

More details about editing voice memos, please check it here.

Trim Voice Memos on Mac

Step 4Choose the voice memo you want to delete. Hit "Delete" on your keyboard. Click "Delete" to delete a voice memo on Mac.

Delete Voce Memo on Mac

Step 5Select "Preferences" from the "Voice Memos" drop-down menu. You can set the clear deleted frequency and audio quality in the "Voice Memos Preferences" window.

Voice Memos Preferences

Where Are Voice Memos Stored on Mac Mojave

When you record voice memos on Mac, the recording files will be saved into the default output folder automatically. Where do voice memos go on Mac? Well, you can enter the following command in the "Go to Folder" to find voice memos on Mac.

/Users/your_username/Library/Application Support/

Find Voce Memos on Mac

You may need: How to Record Voice Memo on iPhone

Part 2: Alternative Way to Record Online Audio and Voice Memos on Mac without Time Limit

Some people complain that the Apple voice memo stops working suddenly. If you want to bypass the limitations of the Voice Memos app, you can turn to Apeaksoft Screen Recorder for Mac for help. Compared with Voice Memo, you can record video and audio on Mac with the original quality from any online and offline sources. Actually, you can get more features to record audio on MacBook Air and Pro.

Main Features of the Mac Voice Memos Alternative

Apeaksoft Screen Recorder for Mac

  • Capture on-screen activities with webcam videos in customized screen size.
  • Record streaming audio, online audio and microphone voice in high sound quality.
  • Record voice memo on Mac in any length by setting scheduled task.
  • Save the recorded audio in MP3, WMA, AAC, M4A and other formats for easy playback.
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How to Use the Alternative App on Mac to Record Voice Memos

Step 1Free download, install and launch the Mac audio recorder. Click "Audio Recorder" to record voice memo on Mac only.

Screen Recorder Interface

Step 2Trigger on "Microphone" to record your voice. Make sure the speaker is close to your Mac computer. You can adjust the microphone volume as you like. If you want to record internal audio and microphone voice simultaneously, you need to turn on "System Sound" too.

Audio Recorder Interface

Step 3Click "REC" to start recording sound on Mac. You will be prompted to control the audio recording via hotkeys. Well, you can also pause and resume the process manually.

Show Audio Hotkeys

Step 4You can record voice memo on Mac as long as you can. But if you want to control the audio record length, you can click the clock icon on the top.

Audio Length

Step 5After finish recording, you can preview the voice memo recording file immediately. There is a built-in audio clipper on the bottom left. At last, click "Save" followed by "Next" to get the voice recording file.

Save Audio

If you want to record webinar and other online meetings, you can choose "Video Recorder" within the screen recorder for Mac instead. Generally speaking, Apeaksoft Screen Recorder is your one-stop solution. You can record gameplay, streaming video, online webcam video and many other on-screen activities without lagging. In a word, you can record voice memo on Mac without time limits here, as well as other video and audio activities.

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