How to Save Audio Messages on iPhone and iPad in iOS 14

Privacy matters a lot for Apple. That is why there is no native call recording feature on the iPhone, to date. Similarly, by default, all audio messages in iMessage are set to expire automatically after two minutes. But, if you are wondering, here is how to save audio messages on iPhone and iPad.

The thing you need to understand before we start…

There are two ways to save (or keep) iMessage audio messages. Frankly speaking, the term ‘save’ here does not mean you can save it in the Files app or export it to any other app. ‘Save’ here simply means preserving the audio messages from being deleted automatically.

So, one method is to keep only those audio messages that you choose, and the rest will be deleted after two minutes. And the second is to keep all audio messages forever. Take a look at both and use the one you prefer.

How to Save Specific Audio Messages in iOS 14 on iPhone and iPad

This feature will only work if your iPhone audio message settings are set to expire after 2 minutes of playing it (which is the default).

  1. Open the Messages app and tap on a conversation
  2. Send an audio message. Immediately you will see Keep below the audio note you just sent. Tap on it, and this particular audio message will not be deleted after two minutes.Tap on Keep to Save Audio Message on iPhone

Now, let us talk about the audio messages that you receive. Once you get an audio message, play it by tapping the triangle button. After you play it, you will see the word Expires in 2m. Once around 30 seconds pass, you will see an additional option – Keep. Tap on it to save this audio message.

Now, after two minutes, this particular audio message that you received will not get deleted. Rest will.

How to Save All Audio Messages on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap Messages.Open Settings and Tap on Messages on iPhone
  3. Under AUDIO MESSAGES, tap Expire.
  4. Choose Never.Save Incoming Audio Messages on iPhone

Now, all audio messages that you send and receive will not be deleted. They will be ‘saved’ in the conversation, just like other texts, images, and videos. You can play it anytime.

That’s all, mate!

Signing off…

Now, you may be wondering about the Save option that appears if you long-press an audio message. Well, before iOS 12, you could tap it, and the audio message would get saved in the Voice Memos app. As of now, just like the appendix in a human body, it seems to do nothing. Apple may remove this option in iOS 14 or restore its former function. Let’s wait and see.

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