How to Record Voice Memos & Audio on your Mac: Help Guide

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Mac features a built-in Voice Memos recorder app that allows users to easily record their voice, a conference, a lecture, a note, a meeting, or any
other audio. Apple has made it really easy to create these voice memos with your Macs built-in microphone, a wired or Bluetooth headphones, or a supported microphone (see this article
microphone is not working: fix).
You can also edit (like trimming) or share your recordings. In this article, I’ll show you exactly how to use the macOS Voice Memos app.

You can also use
to sync all of your voice memos across all your Apple devices.

All MacBooks that supports macOS Mojave and higher features a built-in Voice Memos app.

How to record voice memos on MacBook

Please follow these steps:

  1. On your Mac, launch the Voice Memos app. You can open the app in several ways:
    • You can use Launchpad.
    • You can
      use Spotlight.
    • You can launch the Applications folder and click the Voice Memos app.
    • Or ask
  2. If you are opening this app for the first time, you will see a Welcome screen that says “Welcome to Voice Memos”. This screen gives an introduction.
    Click Continue.
    You might also see the following two popups:

    • One indicating “Voice Memos” would like to use your current location. You can click OK if you want to allow this. When you OK this, your recordings will be
      named alongside the location where they are recorded. Do not worry It’s easy to change this setting by heading over to System Preferences > Security & Privacy
      > Privacy > Location Services. Also, you can disable location-based naming by heading over to Voice Memos > Preferences and then uncheck the “Location-based Naming”
    • Also, you might see a popup stating “iCloud Syncing”. You can turn on this if you want to access your recordings across all of your Apple devices. Again,
      you can change this later by heading over to System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud.
      Voice Memos iCloud.
  3. To start a voice memo recording, click the Record button. And recording will start.
  4. You will see a new screen. This is your recording screen.
    When you are done recording, simply hit Done. If you want to pause your recording, then you can click the pause icon.

Your audio recording will be named with your location, if you enabled this setting. If not, your recording will be named as a “New Recording X”. To rename
your recordings, simply click their names.

Edit a memo

Apple provides multiple editing options:

Trim from the beginning or end

  1. To edit an existingvoice memo, click a recording and then edit.
  2. If you want to edit as you record, simply pause your video.
  3. You can click the trim button.
  4. Now, yellow handles will appear. Drag the yellow arrow. Then click Trim.

Delete a voice memo

  1. Locate and click the voice memo you wish to erase.
  2. Now, click Delete or right-click (control-click) and select Delete.

The deleted voice and audio files will be stored in the Recently Deleted folder for 30 days. You can change this setting by heading over to Voice Memos > Preferences.
Apple offers you multiple options to choose from:

  • After every thirty days.
  • After every seven days.
  • After one day.
  • Immediately.
  • Never.

Replace part of a voice memo

  1. . Identify the recording you want to edit and hit Edit.
  2. Now, click on the red Replace button.
  3. After clicking the Replace button, your recording will be re-recorded.

Share a memo

Here’s how to share your memos:

  • Locate the memo you wish to share.
  • Now, click the Share button.
  • Now, you can share via mail,

See also:
How to Use AirDrop on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac: Guide

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