So, you’re looking for the best guide to recording audio on your iPhone? Congratulations, you’ve found it!
Whether you’re recording an important meeting, a lecture, a conversation with friends or a lightning bolt idea, this article will get you up and running quickly.
In this article, we’ll cover:
Voice Memos lets you organise your recordings into folders and add ‘Favourites’, which make it easier to find them:
To mark a recording as a Favourite:
To ensure that Voice Memos records at the maximum resolution of 24-bit/48 kHz.
Head into Settings—>Music—>Audio Quality—>Lossless Audio. Add Voice Memos to Control Centre.
Tap Settings—>Control Centre—> and add it from the More Controls section. Voice Memos will be available in ‘Control Centre’ simply by swiping down from the top right of your screen or (if you have an older iPhone) up from the bottom.
Tap ‘Edit’ on the ‘All Recordings’, select the file, and tap the ‘Trash icon at the bottom right of the screen.
You can recover deleted files in Voice Memos by heading to the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder. Visit the ‘All Recordings’ page. Tap the arrow in the top left corner to arrive at the Voice Memos home screen.
In addition to Apple’s Voice Memo apps, hundreds of third-party apps will let you record audio on your iPhone. So, whether you want to record a conversation, a meeting, your music ideas or anything else, there’s an app perfectly suited for you.
So here are five of the best to get you started!
Best For - Musicians and those looking for FX and lots of export options.
This free recording app is one of the best ways to record audio on your iPhone. With a classic valve amp look, a vast range of input and output options, bookmarks, 15 effects and advanced waveform editing, this is an excellent choice if you’re looking for something with more features than Voice Memos.
Best For - Journalists and professionals who need a straightforward mobile audio workhorse.
This app is designed with radio journalism in mind, but Hindenburg Field Recorder is perfect for almost any audio recording. Easy to use, with clear metering, built-in compression and straightforward editing, this is an excellent alternative to Voice Memos.
It’s one of the more expensive mobile audio recording apps. But, if you’re looking to record a conversation on the iPhone, it’s a top-notch tool for the job.
Best For - Minimalists who want a simple, clean audio & call recorder.
With a distinctly retro feel, this app is super simple to use and carries just enough features to be valuable. Record for as long as you have device storage space and
upload to the cloud. Call recording is well integrated (with a subscription) and allows recording incoming and outgoing calls. The ability to secure recording with a passcode is an excellent security bonus.
Best For - Office workers, productivity enthusiasts & busy information gatherers.
Evernote is a swiss-army knife for document and media file management. Flexible features, powerful search, sharing, clipping and tagging make it a valuable
work and productivity space. Record audio directly into your documents. Connect it to your text, photos, schedules, links and calendars. It’s free, powerful, and incredibly useful.
Best For - Professionals, seeking high-quality transcription, & recording
Notta uses AI to remove the pain of manual transcription. Letting you create a voice to text transcription of any conversation. You can upload audio or video files and have them turned into full-text transcriptions within minutes.
Timestamps and search allow you to find the essential parts. The app can also translate text into 42 different languages.
You can record Skype and Zoom and share the results immediately. The app also syncs your recordings, transcripts and Google Calendar events across your devices, creating an effective and versatile audio productivity tool.
Using Notta to turn an audio recording into text could not be easier:
While recording, you can add an image in real-time to add context or to illustrate a relevant point:
To listen to any single moment or portion of the recording:
Another incredibly innovative aspect of Notta is the ability to share specific sections of an audio transcript with other users:
As a rule of thumb, 101 minutes of uncompressed stereo audio recorded at a standard of 44.1KHZ requires around 1GB of storage space. So the more storage space you have available on your device, the longer you can record.
Using a compressed format will result in the audio taking up less space on your device, but this will also mean the audio is of lower quality. If you’re low on storage, following the tips in this guide will help.
Here’s a list of the most valuable reference material we unearthed whilst researching for this article:
Apple’s Voice Memo’s guide.
Hindenburg Field Recorder video guide
Notta user guide.
Voice Record Pro guide
Evernote audio guide
iMore article on best external iPhone microphones
All of the apps featured in this article fit their particular audience exceptionally well.
So, there you have it! The best way to record high-quality audio on your iPhone in 2022. Thanks for reading, and if you enjoyed this article, please feel free to give it a share!