How to Recover Voice Memos on iPhone with/without Backup Efficiently

QUOTE "I accidentally hit the delete button on my iPhone and remove some important voice memos, I cannot find them anywhere now, how can I recover deleted voice memos on iPhone?"

The voice memo feature is pretty useful on iOS devices. It can release your hands and save information and conversations on iPhone. Accidental deletion always happens. When you deleted voice memos on iPhone, do not panic, it is not the end of the world. Just learn more about how to recover deleted voice memos on iPhone with/without backup.

Recover Voice Memos on iPhone

Part 1: Recover Voice Memos from Recently Deleted on iPhone

If you just deleted the voice memos on iPhone, you can retrieve the files back in the Recently Deleted album on iPhone. The deleted voice memos will be saved in the Recently Deleted folder for another 30 days. Just recover the voice memos on iPhone back without extra software as below.

Step 1Open the Voice Memos app on iPhone and go to the "Recently Deleted" folder.

Step 2Select the voice memos you want to restore on iPhone and tap "Recover Recording".

Step 3After that, you can check out the deleted voice memos, which will go back to the original folder.

Note :

When you update to iOS 12 or later version, you can auto set the duration to empty the Recently Deleted folder, such as Immediately, After 1 day, After 7 Days or Never.

iPhone recently deleted Voce Memos

Part 2: Restore Voice Memos on iPhone from Synced Devices

If you have synced your voice memos to your computer, you can simply recover deleted iPhone voice memos from iTunes playlists. This method needs your computer, a USB cable and the latest version of iTunes.

Step 1Connect your iPhone to your computer with the USB cable and open iTunes. If you use the Wi-Fi syncing feature, make sure both devices connect to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2Click the Device button at the top left corner and go to the "Music" tab under "Summary".

Step 3Check the box next to the Sync voice memos option and select All from the dropdown list. Once click the Apply button at the bottom right corner, the deleted voice memos will be recovered to your iPhone for free.

Note :

It will overwrite existing voice memos on your iPhone. It is highly recommended that you can back them up in order to avoid data loss.

Sync Voice Memos iTunes

Part 3: Retrieve Voice Memos on iPhone 7 from iTunes/iCloud

If you have already backed up the voice memos on iPhone to iTunes or iCloud, you can also retrieve lost voice memos for free from iTunes backup or iCloud backup as below.

How to Recover Voice Memos from iTunes backup

In order to retrieve the deleted voice memos from iTunes backup, you have to make sure the deleted voice memos are available in an iTunes backup. It is recommended to save the recent iPhone as an iTunes backup.

Step 1Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable and launch iTunes. Wait for your iPhone to be detected and click the Device button.

Step 2Go to "Summary" > "Backups" and click the "Restore Backup" button to restore the iTunes backup to iPhone.

Step 3Choose the relevant iTunes backup and follow the onscreen instructions to restore all the backups, including the deleted voice memos.

Restore voice memo from backup iTunes

How to Retrieve Voice Memos from iCloud backup

When you turn on the auto sync feature of iCloud, the deleted voice memos might be saved to iCloud automatically, you can also restore lost voice memos from iCloud backup according to you requirement.

Step 1Go to "Settings" > [your name] > "General" > "Reset" and choose the "Erase All Content and Settings" option. When prompted, tap "Erase iPhone" and enter your passcode to start the iPhone.

Step 2Once you have started the iPhone from factory settings, you can set it up as a new device until you reach the "Apps & Data" screen.

Step 3Choose the "Restore from iCloud Backup" option. Sign in your iCloud account used to back up your iPhone and choose the proper backup file to recover voice memos on iPhone.

Step 4When you restore iPhone from iCloud backup, you can check the lost or deleted voice memos from the original location.

Restore from iCloud backup

Part 4: Recover Voice Memos on iPhone Directly without Backup

Chances are that you delete voice memos without backup at all. Does it mean you cannot recover lost voice memos without backup? The answer is simple, no. Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery is a versatile and powerful iPhone data recovery to retrieve deleted voice memos from iPhone directly, iTunes back and iCloud backup with ease.

Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery

  • Restore voice memos from iPhone without backup, iTunes/iCloud backup.
  • Preview and select the deleted or lost voice memos to recover.
  • Save voice memos lost by factory resetting, accidental deletion and more.
  • Recover the lost voice memos, videos, contacts, messages, notes, etc.
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How to Recover Voice Memos on iPhone without Backup

Step 1Connect iPhone to computer via a USB cable

Download and install iPhone data recovery, launch the program on your computer. Plug in the iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. It will scan and recognize the iPhone automatically.

Connect iPhone to Computer

Step 2Choose to recover data from iOS device

Select the "Recover from iOS Device" mode from the left side. After that, you can click the "Start Scan" to start to scan iPhone to retrieve the lost or deleted voice memos on iPhone.

Connect iPhone

Step 3Preview and select the deleted voice memos

Choose the "Voice Memos" option under the "Memos & Others" section. You can preview and select the deleted voice memos from the program. Now, you can check your deleted voice memos in detail.

Recover iPhone Notes

Step 4Recover voice memos from iPhone directly

Once you have selected all the deleted voice memos, you can click the "Recover" button to retrieve voice memos from iPhone directly. After that you can saved the files to your computer.


If you just lost voice memos on iPhone due to various factors, such as accidental deletion, system crash and more, you still have chances to recover lost voice memos on your iPhone, even without backup. The article shared 4 easy methods to retrieve the files, from recently deleted folder on iPhone, synced devices, iTunes backup, iCloud backup and even iPhone directly. If you have the same problem, you can pick up the proper method based on your situations. More other questions related to voice memos recovery; you can share more comments in the article accordingly.

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