Voice Memos

I use my iPhone to record interviews. I also regularly record songs that my band is working on at practice. The iPhone’s native Voice Memo app works great for simple access to the features I need. Of course, after recording something, I certainly don’t want to delete the memo. But I also don’t want to keep it on my device, taking up space. Instead, I sync the memo with iTunes or email it to myself so I can store it and remove it from my iPhone.

If you are wondering how to transfer voice memos from iPhone to computer, or wonder where they went when you synced them, we’ve got a quick tutorial to help you out…

It has been a while since we’ve done one of these basic tutorials, so we want to remind you that we recognize this information is common knowledge to many of you. If you are already familiar with how to move voice memos to your computer and know where they are stored, rest assured that we don’t mind if you skip this article. We feel confident that there will be a number of readers who don’t already know about voice memos syncing and will be glad we posted this basic tutorial.

Transfer voice memos via email

Probably the easiest way to transfer a voice memo is to do so via email. The one problem with that is you can only send one memo at a time, so if you wish to transfer multiple memos, you will have to repeat the process several times, or you can just skip to the next section where we explain how to transfer memos to computer using iTunes.

Step 1: Launch the Voice Memos app and select the memo you want to transfer. Then tap on the Share icon, as seen on the screenshot below.

transfer memo via email

Step 2: From there, you have several options. You can select to send the memo via email, but you can also send it via SMS, or even via AirDrop if you are nearby your Mac. For this tutorial, we select to send this memo via email.

Step 3: A new email will be automatically populated with the memo file. Simply type in your email address, or the email address of your preferred recipient, then send the email.

email memo

How to sync voice memos with iTunes

Exporting voice memos to your computer is a lot simpler than you may realize. It requires you to connect your iPhone to iTunes. There is not much more after that. In the few steps listed below, we will show you how import voice memos into iTunes. Note that the process is exactly the same whether you own a Windows PC or a Mac.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2: Open iTunes on your computer and select your device in the top header (the icon that looks like an iPhone).

Step 3: Select “Music” from the tab options in the sidebar.

transfer voice memos to computer

Step 4: Select “Sync Music” and then select “Include voice memos.” This setting will extract your voice memos and load them into iTunes.

Step 5: Click “Apply in the bottom right corner of iTunes. iTunes will then sync with your iPhone and download your voice memos to your computer.

How to find voice memos in iTunes

Once you’ve synced your voice memos with iTunes, they will be added as a specific category called, “Voice Memos.”

Step 1: Select the “Music” icon from the top navigation bar in iTunes, then select Playlists from that top navigation bar.

find voice memo in itunes


From there, you can play the memos, but you can also drag and drop them to your computer’s desktop and put them in folders, or share them via email for example.

Finding your voice memos on your Mac or PC

If you have a PC, you can find your voice memos in this folder: C:\Users\(your username)\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Voice Memos

If you have a Mac, you can find your synced voice memos here: Macintosh HD > Users > (your username) > Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Voice Memos.

That’s all you have to do to sync your voice memos to your computer so you can store them there instead of your iPhone.

Note that if you delete a synced memo from iTunes, it will stay on your device. If you delete a synced memo from your iPhone, it will be copied back on it next time you sync with iTunes again.

  • shooter2009

    (FOR PC)

    Plug phone into computer
    Open iTunes
    Open MyMusic
    Open Voice Memos
    Right click on the Voice Memo you want to copy
    Select “Copy”
    Navigate to where you want the sound file to be, e.g., a folder on your computer


  • Jim Sheridan

    I just used the FonePaw iOS Transfer that mayjohnson suggested. It was the only thing that worked for me! Very grateful as I had 30 voice memos.

  • Inge108

    I agree. So frustrating!

    • JanSTHLM

      I agree also. SO irritating. Crazy hard to operate. And the file name issue… If I copy a file and paste it on my PC the name will not follow.

  • Inge108

    HELP!!! I followed all the steps. The only difference was that I got warnings like “If you press ‘ok’ it will delete all files from your iPhone” or something to that effect.
    After syncing, I don’t find any voice memos on my iTunes. Nor do I find anything in that secretly hidden folder on my Mac. Did I lose all my voice memos from the last four years? HELP!!!

  • Pickens

    I was struggling with this for a long time and found a very simple solution that worked for me… FonePaw iOS Transfer! It instantly got my large audio files off my iPhone.

  • Josée-Renée

    uploading to google drive works aswell, you just need the app on your device.

  • Will Pflaum

    i just lost a bunch of audio files by following the itunes instructions — ituned deleted my recordings when I selected SYNC MUSIC … shit

  • Nasaka

    Do you have idea, why I can’t see all my voice memos in iTunes. In iTunes I see the last 15 voice memos but in the phone I have about 20

  • Juhász Sándor

    Thank you! Just deleted the voice memo from the phone as well! It was very fckn useful. I love how simple Itunes works. All the functions are very easy to remember. I lost my whole music library from my iphone only 5 times. Synchronization is the most amazing thing I ever tried, and probably the most logical way to transfer files between the phone and the computer. Its also logical that the way of the synchronization is computer -> phone, because the new content you need to store on the phone is on the computer. <3

  • Idontwannabeme

    Both don’t work since my phone cant even mail shit

  • Luke Liebzie

    I find this very useful. Good job. I was not happy that I might have to buy a voice recorder for my voice memos. This has saved me a lot!

  • Michael

    I clicked to include the voice memos, but it will only put some of them on my computer. It won’t put the ones I need on the computer though. How do I make it put the ones I need on my computer?

  • Kathy Beery

    I have voice memos where the dates are important. The year transports, but not the actual date. How can I get the exact date to transfer?

    • MonsterBansheeRage3D

      You cannot. iTunes does not store anything other than the year. You can, however, put the date into either the “comments” section or edit the “song title” with the needed info.

  • Gloria Moore

    I don’t have a folder that shows up as voice memos. I did look and the box is checked for “include voice memos.”

  • Balen

    I suggest you to transfer the voices via Shareit app which is available for both Windows and iPhone. You will need to install Shareit in your PC and your iPhone as well.
    Enjoy 🙂

  • malibro


  • Superman

    iTunes is cancer, i do NOT want it on my PC

  • Tom Osborne

    Thank you so much, Lory! I know this posting is three years old, but it helped me! Your instructions were the first ones I saw that mentioned simply e-mailing the memos to myself, which I was able to do easily (it took a while for the transmission, it wasn’t instantaneous). When I opened the e-mails at this end and clicked on them, they automatically went to iTunes. I had to hunt around a bit to find them, in my case they were found under “Songs” under the names “Voice Memo 1”, “Voice Memo 2”, etc.+ It was a simple matter to connect my iPhone to my computer and then drag the voice memos from iTunes back onto my iPhone, this time accessible under “Music as “songs”.

    I was afraid to try that syncing method, because of the warnings of everything being taken off just to tow along the voice memos (which actually were piano recordings for practicing singing songs i was going to be performing next week). It seems that that is exactly what happened to people. What I was afraid of was that syncing the contents on my iPhone would override the contents on iTunes. I have tons more music on my iTunes than were on my iPhone, so having the iPhone to override what was on iTunes was a risk I couldn’t chance. I still don’t know if that was what would happened.

  • Susan Tucker Johnston

    This is fabulous!! Simple and straight to the point…. directions anyone can follow and you take the stress out of straining my brain! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • reciprocalhokie

    OK. Now how do I export a copy to my desktop? WHY CAN’T I DRAG AND DROP ANYMORE!!!!!!!

  • freespirit

    Thanks Lory Gil for this really clear helpful article – just one
    question: what if you dont want to email or sync voice memos to iTunes? I
    would find it much more convenient to keep them in a totally separate
    folder. The only problem is the clear names and dates I give the voice
    memo files when on my iPhone do not translate well if you just drag them
    across. So my question to everyone: is there a generally recommended
    dedicated App to transfer voices memos to computer?

  • john

    Thank you so much for this information. I am an Android user and it is certainly more intuitive. I was asked to help someone with an iPhone and this article was invaluable. Thanks again.

  • SAM Bangalore

    I am glad to see there so many of you on my boat of Voice memos. They take up so much memory space. I am feeling grateful to read this solution on your web site. I will try it out now!

  • air up there

    Apple Icloud is a complete BS all my music has to be deleted so that i can save my recorded file…

  • Haley DeHart

    Im sorry but this no longer works, i can play these voice memos through itunes but it wont let me click and drag them onto my desktop ;(

  • Slam

    Apple’s security policies prevent iPhones to be used with any file.