How to Transcribe Voice Memos on iPhone

Do you like using the voice recording feature on your iPhone to capture your thoughts and ideas? It's a valuable tool that enables you to record audio while on the go. 

But have you ever thought about converting these voice recordings into text?

Let's look at how to transcribe voice memos on your iPhone. Whether you choose voice-to-text software, Siri, or manual transcription, we have solutions. 

Join us as we reveal clever approaches to converting your voice notes into written text on your iPhone.

Method 1: Transcribe voice memos on iPhone using the Notta app

You can also easily transcribe your voice memo using the Notta iPhone app:

Step 1: Find your recording in the app and tap ‘More’ (three dots in the circle).

find your recording in the app and tap more

Step 2: Tap ‘Share’

transcribe voice memos on iphone using the notta app tap share button

Step 3: Tap ‘Notta.’

transcribe voice memos on iphone using the Notta app share to notta

Step 4: Notta will open, and it will show a notification that your voice memo is transcribing. Click ‘OK.’

transcribe voice memos on iphone click on the ok button

Step 5: Tap on your transcript.

click on the transcription that was just created

Alternate method using the Notta App:

You can also use the Notta app to import your recording from the Files app. Here’s how to do it in three easy steps:

Step 1: Find your recording in the app and tap ‘More’ (three dots in the circle).

find your recording in the app and tap more

Step 2: Tap ‘Share.’ Scroll down and tap ‘Save to Files.’ Choose the location you’d like to save the recording to.

tap share and tap save to file

Step 3: Open the Notta app and tap ‘New’ (+). Tap ‘Import Files’ then ‘From my files’. Navigate to the location you saved your recording to and select it. Notta will transcribe your file shortly.

open notta app and tap new

Method 2: How to transcribe voice memos on iPhone with Siri

Transcribing a Voice Memo to text is also very simple using Siri. However, with this method you won’t be able to use the voice memos already saved to your device. 

You will have to record the voice memo into the notes app. First we will make sure Siri Dicatation is enabled on your device.

Step 1: Open Settings and tap ‘General.’

open setting and tap the general button

Step 2: Scroll down and tap ‘Keyboard.’

scroll down and tap keyboard button

Step 3: Scroll down to ‘Enable Dictation’ and make sure that it is on.

enable dictation switch

Step 4: Open the Notes app and create a new note.

open the notes app and create a new note

Step 5: Tap the microphone icon and begin speaking. Siri will type the words on the page.

siri typing words on the screen via voice to text

Method 3: How to transcribe voice memos on iPhone with Notta Web App

Transcribing voice memos on your iPhone is made easy with the help of Notta’s online tool. We’ll begin by uploading the voice memo from the “Voice Memos” app on your iPhone to Google Drive:

Step 1: Find your recording in the app and tap ‘More’ (three dots in the circle).

find your recording in the app and tap more

Step 2: Tap ‘Share’

transcribe voice memos on iphone using the notta app tap share button

Step 3: Scroll over until you see ‘Google Drive’ and tap on it.

transcribe voice memos with Notta web app share to Google drive

Step 4: Tap ‘Upload.’

an arrow pointing to the Upload button

Step 5: Log in to Google Drive on your computer and find your recording. Click ‘More actions’ (3 vertical dots). 

log in to google drive on your computer and find your recording click on more actions button

Step 6: Click ‘Share.’

google drive share button

Step 7: Change “General access” to “Anyone with the link” then click ‘Copy Link.’

copy Google Drive link

Step 8: Login to your Notta dashboard and click ‘Import Files.’

import Google Drive files button

Step 9: Paste the Google Drive link and click ‘Upload.’

upload from Google Drive to notta

Step 10: Close that window and click on your transcript.

click on the transcript that was just created

Method 4: How to Transcribe Your Voice Memos on iPhone Manually

Transcribing your voice memos manually can be quite time-consuming. Sometimes, it's the only option you have. However, it's pretty straightforward. You just need your iPhone and another device with a Word document.

1. Start playing your voice memo.

2. Type the words that you hear into the Word document on the other device.

3. Go over your document and proofread it to make sure every word is correct.

It does take some time and effort to accomplish this task. Don't hesitate to pause and restart your recording to make sure you're getting each word.

Using a professional transcription service

There are also experts who will manually transcribe your voice memos for you. A transcriptionist can get your transcript done faster than typing it out yourself.

They also understand various dialects and accents. This can be a huge help if you're speaking in a second language, but you need to transcribe it.

They also have special equipment that helps them do their job much faster. If you have to reach an important deadline, it can be very beneficial.

They usually start pricing at around $1.60 per word. The amount you pay will usually depend on:

  • The experience of the transcriptionist

  • How fast you need the transcription back

  • How clear the audio is that you are sending in

Choosing the Right Transcription Method

If you can avoid getting stuck doing it the hard way, do it. It's best to leave manual transcription to the pros. This can get expensive as you have to transcribe more and more voice memos.

Siri can be great for transcribing short notes, but you'll have to unlock your screen after a long pause. Then you'll have to reactivate Siri's voice to text. This can either be a minor or major inconvenience, depending on the project.

It's best to go with dedicated voice-to-text software like Notta. Notta will transcribe your voice to text with 98.86% accuracy. It's also very simple and user-friendly.

Sign up for a free account with Notta today and transcribe your voice memos on your iPhone with ease.

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