3 Ways to Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone to Mac or PC

The native Voice Memo app on iPhone provides a great way to record meetings and seminars or even make quick audio notes of your ideas on the go. But too many recordings can take up valuable space on your iPhone and slow it down, so it’s useful to transfer voice memos from iPhone to Mac.

There are multiple ways to do this and here, we’ll look at 3 methods that are easy, quick, and, most importantly, free! Let’s begin.

How to Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone to Mac

Integration of Voice Memos app with iCloud keeps your voice notes safe and synced on your Apple devices. Using the steps below, we will ensure that everything is appropriately synced, and you have no issue accessing the voice recordings you make from iPhone on Mac and vice versa.

Make sure your iPhone is running the latest iOS 13, and your Mac is running macOS Catalina. Also, ensure you are signed in with the same Apple ID on both.

  1. On your iPhone: Open Settings app → tap on your name cardiCloud → and turn on the toggle for Voice Memos.Tap on Profile and Select iCloud to Enable Voice Memos on iPhone
  2. On your Mac: Click on the Apple logo from top left → System Preferences.Click on Apple Menu and Select System Preferences on Mac
    Now, Click on Apple ID.Click on Apple Id in System Preferences on Mac
    iCloud Drive Options.Click on iCloud Drive Options in Apple ID on Mac
    Check the box for Voice Memos and click Done.Turn ON Voice Memos and Then Click on Done in iCloud Drive Options on Mac
  3. Now, all your voice recordings from iPhone and Mac will sync.
  4. From Launchpad on Mac, open the Voice Memos app. In a few seconds, you will see all iPhone recordings here.Click on Voice Memos App on Mac
  5. To save it in a pen drive or your Mac’s storage, place your mouse pointer on a recording and drag it to your desktop or a folder.Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone to Mac via iCloud

How to Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone to Mac Without iTunes

We will be using one of the several sharing tools available in iOS 13 Share Sheet to transfer voice memo from iPhone to Mac.

Transfer iPhone Voice Memos to Mac Using AirDrop

Before you begin, turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone and Mac. Also, make sure AirDrop discovery is set to Everyone or at least Contacts Only.

  1. Open Voice Memos app on iPhone and tap on a voice note. Now, tap on three blue dots and then tap on Share.Tap on Three Dots and Then Tap on Share on iPhone
  2. Select AirDrop and tap on your Mac to transfer voice recordings. You’ll find it in your Mac’s Downloads folder.Tap on AirDrop and Select Mac To Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone

Transfer iPhone Voice Memos to Mac Via iCloud Drive

  1. Open Voice Memos app on iPhone and tap on a voice note.
  2. Tap on three blue dots and then tap on Save to Files.
  3. Now, Select iCloud Drive and then tap on Save.Tap on Save to Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone to iCloud Drive
  4. Go to iCloud.com on your Mac (or PC) and sign in with your Apple ID. Next, click on iCloud Drive.Open iCloud.com Website in Browser and Click on iCloud Drive
    Here, you will see the voice recording files, click on it. and then click on the download icon from the top.Donwload Voice Recodring Files from iCloud.com to Mac

Transfer iPhone Voice Memos to Mac Using Email

You can also email the voice recording to yourself or other email accounts.

  1. Open Voice Memos app on iPhone and tap on a voice note.
  2. Tap on three blue dots and then tap on Share.Tap on Three Dots and Then Tap on Share on iPhone
  3. Tap on Mail. Now, wait a few seconds for the voice note to be attached. In the ‘To:’ field type your email address and then tap on blue send icon from top right.Transfer Voide Memos Using iOS Mail App

Note: In step 2, you may use Gmail or any other email app installed on your iPhone.

Transfer iPhone Voice Memos to Mac Using Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc.

  1. Open Voice Memos app on iPhone and tap on a voice note.
  2. Tap on three blue dots and then tap on Share. Now from here, you may add the voice recording to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc. You may also share the file on WhatsApp, iMessage, or other chat apps.Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone Using Third-Party Apps
  3. Now open the service you selected above (Dropbox, Drive, WhatsApp, etc.) on your Mac and download the voice note.

How to Transfer Voice Recordings from iPhone to Mac Using iTunes

This method is not work on Mac running macOS Catalina. Because Finder has replaced iTunes in this version of macOS. And sadly, the ability to sync voice memos is no longer available in the Sync Music section on macOS Catalina. So, if you use Windows PC or earlier macOS version, read on.

  1. Unlock the iPhone and use a proper lightning cable to connect it to Mac or PC.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
    Note: If your iPhone asks ‘Trust,’ tap on it, and enter the password.
  3. Now in iTunes, click on the iPhone icon from top.Click on iPhone icon in iTunes on Mac
  4. Select Music from left sidebar. Enable Sync music and check the box for Include voice memos. Finally, click on Apply from bottom right.Click on Apply to Sync Voice Memos with Music from iPhone to iTunes

Now all your voice memos are transferred from iPhone to iTunes. You can see them in the Songs section. From here, you can drag and drop the voice notes to your desktop.

All Voice Memos are Transferred from iPhone to iTunes

If you want to find all the voice notes in your hard drive:

  • On Windows go to this folder: C:\Users\(your username)\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Voice Memos
  • On Mac go to this folder: You Hard Disk → Users → Your Username → Music → iTunes → iTunes Media → Voice Memos.Find All Voice Memos on Mac Hard Drive

Signing off…

So, as you can see, there are multiple ways to transfer voice memos from iPhone to Mac. Moreover, most of the methods, except the iCloud sync and AirDrop, can be used even on Windows computers.

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Which method do you find the easiest? Share your thoughts in the comments below. In my opinion, it’s the first one.