How to Send Audio Messages using Messages App on iPhone or iPad

If it’s Whatsapp, 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.

In early days 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. But now just like WhatsApp, you can send the recorded voice message from iMessage.

How to Record and Send Audio Messages via iMessage from iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Open Messages App → Select receiver’s name.

Step#2. Tap on the Microphone/Analog icon in the text field.

Tap on Microphone Icon in Message App on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Tap and hold to record message → Once you are done with recording the Audio message tap on Up Arrow to send the message.

Send Audio Message from iPhone or iPad Message App

The message gets sent as a .m4a file.

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.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.


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