How to Send Audio Messages via Message/iMessage from iPhone & iPad

If it’s Whatsapp or WeChat, you get to send something in every format: video, photo, audio etc. But how do you send audio messages in the default Messaging app?

Even though there are several clients like Whatsapp, iMessage still rules supreme when it comes to communication between iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and Mac users. Let’s accept it: iMessage is far more expansive and easy to use than Whatsapp. And the fact that Mac has iMessage makes it even better.

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For all its glory, iMessage only lets you send photos by default (as far as media content is concerned). From within the Messages app, you can only send a photo that you just took or from the camera roll.

How to Send Audio Messages via iMessage from iPhone

But from other apps, integration has allowed for sending audio messages too. So if you’re looking to send an audio message through Message / iMessage, here’s what you need to do:

Step #1. Open the Voice Memo app.

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Step #2. Record your message.

Step #3. Once you’ve recorded the message, it appears right on top of the list of all the voice memos you’ve got.

Step #4. Tap on the ‘blue’ icon right next to the voice memo.

Step #5. Now tap on Share.

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Step #6. Select Message.

Step #7. Alternatively, you can also tap on a voice message from the list and hit Share directly. Again, select Message.

Step #8. A new Message with the audio attached opens up!

Send Audio Messages via iMessage from iPhone

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If the recipient uses iMessage, the message is sent as an iMessage. If not, the message goes as MMS and charges apply.

So the next time you want to send an audio message to someone who’s using iMessage (or who doesn’t have Whatsapp installed), there’s a way you can get it done.

The message gets sent as an .m4a file.

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  1. Here’s the problem. Ever since I did the stupid ass upgrade to iOS8, I get this dumbass error message that says “Preparing Failed “name of voicenote” is being optimized for sharing at this time.

    What the heck is up with that?

    It’s really frustrating because there are voicenotes of me singing that I am trying to send someone. And then when I am finally able to send it as an attachement, there is NO attachment. bleh. Can someone please explain this pain in my arss issue? I have tried looking on Apples Support Forums and there are TONS of people having this same issue, but absolutely NO resolution.

  2. I’m using iOS8 and want to send a voice recording to an established thread in imessage. Is that possible? I can’t find anything on google in that regard.

    • Tap and hold on the microphone icon to record a voice message. If you are done with recording, release the microphone icon and tap on upward button to send a voice recording.

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