voice memos on watchOS 6

In watchOS 6, Apple Watch picks up a number of new features, including the ability to record Voice Memos. Similar to the existing Voice Memos app for iPhone, the app lets you make and listen to voice recordings, and joins other new apps on Apple Watch, including App Store, Noise, Cycle Tracking, and Books.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How to use the Voice Memos app on Apple Watch

To experience the Voice Memo app on your Apple Watch:

  1. Tap on the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to see all your apps.
  2. Select the Voice Memos app.

    Find Voice Memos app on Apple Watch

  3. Choose Tap to Record.
  4. Record your message.
  5. Tap the End button when you're finished recording.

    voice memos record Apple Watch

How to find and listen to your recordings

You can find your recordings within the Voice Memo app across all your Apple devices that are logged into the same iCloud account.

On Apple Watch:

  1. Tap the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to see all your apps.
  2. Select the Voice Memos app.

  3. Click on your recording in the Voice Memos app.
  4. Tap the Play icon to listen to your recording.
  5. Select the forward or back button to move your recording by 15 seconds.

    play voice memo on Apple Watch

  6. Tap the ... button to delete the recording.

Try some new bands

Looking for a new Apple Watch band? Check out these two low-cost options:

Marge Plus leather band ($11 at Amazon)

This leather band is soft and features beautiful white stitching for a great accent. Comes in a nice variety of colors.

JETech Metal replacement band ($20 at Amazon)

Get the metal band look for a lot less than Apple's first-party option with this band from JETech.

Coming soon

Apple plans on releasing watchOS 6 this fall alongside new versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS. The new version of watchOS 6 supports the Apple Watch Series 1 through Apple Watch Series 4.

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