How to send a voice memo using iMessage

How to send a voice memo using iMessage

The built-in Voice Memo app can be handy for recording lengthy thoughts or instructions. After finishing your Voice Memo you can easily share it with someone else as an iMessage or SMS. Once they receive it they'll be able to play it directly through the Messages app.

How to send a voice memo through iMessage on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Voice Memo app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the voice memo you'd like to send in order to expand it.
  3. Tap on the Share button.
  4. Now tap on the Message icon.
  5. Type in the name of the person you'd like to send it to and select them.
  6. Now tap on the Send button.

How to send a voice memo using iMessage

If the recipient isn't using an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, but another smartphone like Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, or even a feature phone, they won't be able to receive an iMessage but might get the file anyway as an MMS message. If they do, whether or not they can play the audio will depend on what kind of file formats their device supports. (Voice Memo files are in .m4a -- or mp4 audio format.)

How to get more help with iMessage

If you're having issues getting iMessage to activate, get more help at the iMore forums, and for more tips, check out:

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to send a voice memo using iMessage


Seems like a cool feature, but... If you're going to go to that much trouble, why not just call the person? If they answer, you can tell them what you need to tell them. If they don't answer, leave a voicemail. Seems we sometimes overthink things.

It's funny how Apple talks about how things "just work" or how easy it is to accomplish a task on the iPhone. How come we can't send this from the messages app itself, along with your location? I think Apple should look further into this. I know the issue was addressed in iOS 6 with email and how you always had to go to your photos app first to share a photo. Hopefully Apple implements a fix for messages like this in the future.

Wow didn't even know I can do this.. Actually some of these built in apps on the iphone are useless...It would be nice to delete some of these built in apps.

If someone sends you a voice memo in a text message is there an app or a way to put that on your phone from there without having to sync?

That works! But, it's a little bit contrived way to do it. It's much easier to send voice recordings using voice broadcast apps like voxling. Also I think whatsapp now supports real time voice chat.