How to Upload Voice Memos From My iPhone

By Aaron Parson

The built-in Voice Memos app on the iPhone not only records memos and includes a basic trimming tool, but it also allows you to share your recordings without having to use a computer. Pick a memo and open the Share menu to send a recording over the Internet via email, through a text message or directly to a nearby device using AirDrop.

Step 1

Open the Voice Memos app and select a recording from the list or press the "Record" icon to create a new memo.

Step 2

Press the "Share" icon, which looks like a square with an arrow. The Share menu offers three options for uploading memos: AirDrop, Message and Mail. Unlike using the Photos app, you can't share voice memos through Facebook or Twitter. To send a memo to several people or use more than one type of sharing, return to the Share menu after sending the memo once.

Step 3

Tap a person's name to send a voice memo to another iOS device in the same room using AirDrop. After you select a person, the recipient needs to press "Accept" to open the memo.

Step 4

Choose "Mail" to attach a memo to an email as an M4A file. Fill in the "To" address, write a message in the email and press "Send." Windows and Macintosh computers can play M4A files without additional software, so you can email memos to anyone, even if your recipient doesn't own an iPhone.

Step 5

Pick "Message" to send a memo using a text message. If you write to another iOS user, your phone sends the message using iMessage for free. If not, the message uses an MMS text message. You can message memos to any type of phone that supports MMS, but the recipient's phone must support M4A audio files to play back the memo.

Tips & Warnings

  • To turn on AirDrop, swipe up from the bottom of each phone's screen, press "AirDrop" and choose "Everyone." You can also choose "Contacts Only" to restrict AirDrop connections, but with this option you won't see people who aren't signed in to iCloud. AirDrop requires iOS 7 or above, and you need to enable both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for it to work.
  • In addition to sharing memos directly from your iPhone, you can sync them to your computer using iTunes. Connect your phone with the USB cable, run iTunes and select your iPhone. Open the "Music" tab, check "Include Voice Memos" and press "Apply." After you sync a memo, right-click it in the iTunes library and choose "Show in Windows Explorer" to locate the M4A file on your computer so that you can upload it to the Web or attach it to an email.