iPhone voice memos are a simple way to record your thoughts for later. They’re also a great tool for recording
interviews or lectures.
While listening back to the voice memo can help in some cases, it would also be great if you could turn the
voice memo file into text.
The good news is that there are ways to transcribe a voice memo to text!
Keep reading to learn how!
How to Record a Voice Memo on iPhone
The first step is to record your memo with a voice recorder app. If you have an iPhone or IOS device, you won't
need a third-party app from the app store. These devices include an easy voice recorder. In case you have not
done this yet, here’s how recording audio works:
Open the “Voice Memos” app on your phone. Modern iPhones house this app under the “Utilities” folder
Press the large red button to begin recording
Tap the recording waveform to bring up the menu
Then, press “Done” to end the recording
Why Transcribe a Voice Memo?
If you’ve never considered transcribing a voice memo before, you may wonder why this is so helpful. It’s true,
sometimes we just take quick memos for personal notes. In that case, it may not be necessary to transcribe!
However, the built-in voice memo app on iPhones & iPads is incredibly handy for a variety of uses.
Here are some ways you may use the audio memo feature on ios devices:
To record part of a lecture in class so you can reference it later while studying or doing homework.
Detailing a dream or another event you want to remember clearly.
Take notes for a novel or article you’re writing.
Recording an interview for a podcast, research paper, etc.
Meeting notes during a class or business meeting.
As you can see, there are several important reasons to take voice notes. However, if you’re leaving them in
audio format, you may not be getting the best use of them.
For example, imagine that you recorded a class lecture or business meeting. In audio form, the only way to get
the information you’re looking for is to re-listen to the entire thing! With a written transcript, you have
built-in notes to use when studying or writing up a meeting recap. If the transcript includes timestamps, then
you can even use it to find certain parts of the audio to re-listen to!
Manually Transcribing Voice Memos
One option for transcribing voice memos is using a manual technique. Essentially, you would listen to the voice
recording and type what you hear into your notes app, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or another word processor.
If your voice note is very short, then this method may work fine! You don’t need a lot of equipment to do this,
making it a very affordable choice.
However, if you are transcribing an interview, long voice note, or something more complex, then this method
will take an extremely long time. The downside to manual transcription is that you have to spend your time and
energy doing it. If you have long memos or a lot of memos to transcribe, this can eat up a ton of time.
Another option is to pay for a transcription service. But this can get incredibly expensive and still take a
decent amount of time. In most cases, this is not the best way to transcribe
audio in real-time.
The Best Way to Transcribe iPhone Voice Memos
Fortunately, Maestra makes it fast and simple to transcribe your voice memo file to text. Our AI-powered
software includes an automatic audio-to-text
converter. Here’s how you can use it to turn your iPhone voice memo into a written transcript:
Download Your Voice Memo File
The first step is to get your audio file. Select the voice memo you want to transcribe. Click on the three dots
at the bottom left. “Save to Files” or “Share” it to your cloud storage app like Google Drive or Dropbox.
Upload Your File to Maestra
Head to our audio to text converter to
upload your audio file. Sign into your account. You can drop a file from your device, or browse files from
Dropbox, Google Drive, Instagram, and more. We support the most common file formats.
Automatically Transcribe the Audio
Upon uploading your file and selecting the original language, automatic transcription begins. You won’t need to
worry about any part of transcription! You can also choose to include timestamps and speaker tags, which is
ideal for interview content, podcasts, and more.
Review and Export
Your automatic transcription finishes in minutes! When it’s done, make any adjustments you’d like with our
advanced editor. Then, transport the transcription file into your format of choice (PDF, DOCX, TXT, etc.)