How to Record Audio with the iPhone

Between the default apps on the iPhone and everything that’s available in the App Store, your phone is capable of a lot.

But if you’ve ever tried to record audio around you, like some music, or if you wanted to create a voice note for yourself, then you may have been wondering how to do that.

Our tutorial below will show you how to record audio on an iPhone by using the Voice Memos app that is available on the device by default.

How to Use the iPhone’s Voice Memos App to Record Audio

  1. Open the Voice Memos app.
  2. Touch the Record button to start.
  3. Tap the Record button to stop.
  4. Select Done.
  5. Name the recording and tap OK.

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Have you ever been listening to something and wished you could record it with your iPhone?

Or maybe you have an idea that is difficult to write down, so you want to be able to record yourself talking about it instead?

You can do this with a default app on your iPhone 5 called Voice Memos.

This app is included with every iPhone 5 by default, although it is hidden in a location that you might not know about.

You can scroll down to check out our guide to recording audio on the iPhone to learn how you can start recording audio directly to your phone.

The iPhone’s screen recording tool is really helpful, but you might have an audio problem. Our guide on how to get sound on screen recording can show you how to fix this.

How Do You Record Audio on the iPhone? (Guide with Pictures)

The tutorial below was written on an iPhone 5 that is using the iOS 7 operating system.

If you have an iPhone 5 and your screens do not look like this, then you might need to update to iOS 7. You can read this article to learn how.

You can also record audio on an iPhone that is running an earlier version of iOS, but the instructions are a little different. You can learn how to record audio on an iPhone using iOS 6 instead.

Step 1: Open the Voice Memos app.

If you cannot find it, it might be in a Utilities or Extras folder, as in the screenshot below.

open the utilities folder

You can then select the Voice Memos app from there.

open the voice memos app

Step 2: Touch the red Record button at the center of the screen to begin recording audio.

This app uses the microphone on your device, so you can point the part of the iPhone into which you typically speak at the source of the audio.

how to record audio on the iphone 5

Step 3: Touch the red Record button again to stop recording audio.

touch the stop button to stop recording

Step 4: Touch the Done button.

touch the done button

Step 5: Type a name for your audio recording, then touch the OK button.

name the recording, then touch OK

Now that you know how to record audio on your iPhone using the Voice Memos app, you will be able to do this whenever you encounter a situation where you would like ot record the sound around you.

Note that you cannot use this app to record the audio from a voice call on the device.

Did you know that you can create your own folders, like the Utilities one pictured above? Learn how to create app folders on the iPhone and give yourself another level of organization on your device.

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