How to transfer Voice Memos from iPhone to Mac: 7 Easy ways

Written By Rachel Reviewed By How-to iPhone Mac 8 Min Read

Using voice memos on iPhones is incredibly handy – whether it’s capturing spontaneous ideas, recording lectures, or saving important conversations for future reference. While they reside securely within our iPhones, there are times when you wish to share these audio snippets with others or transfer them to Mac to free up some storage space.

Transferring voice memos is a pretty straightforward task. This article explores different ways to transfer voice memos from iPhone to Mac.

  1. Sync your voice memos via iCloud
  2. Send voice memos via AirDrop
  3. Email voice memos
  4. Share your voice memos via messaging apps
  5. Transfer Voice Memos using Files app
  6. Use other Cloud storage
  7. Transfer voice memos using third-party apps

1. Sync your voice memos via iCloud

With iCloud, you only need to enable syncing of voice memos between your iPhone and Mac to transfer voice memos.

Once synced, you can access the voice memos from the iCloud Drive.

Enable iCloud syncing of Voice Memos on your iPhone

Before using iCloud to transfer voice memos from iPhone to Mac, you must first enable iCloud syncing of voice memos on your iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings → Tap your name.
  2. Tap iCloud → Select Show All to expand the selection.

    Open Settings, Click on your Name, Select iCloud, and choose Show All
  3. Scroll down and toggle on Voice Memos.

    Scroll down and Toggle on Voice Memos

Enable iCloud syncing of Voice Memos on your Mac

You should also enable voice memo syncing on your Mac.

  1. If it’s your first time using Voice Memos on your Mac, open Voice Memos.
  2. A popup window will ask if you want to enable iCloud Syncing. Click Enable

    Open Voice Memos and click Enable on the pop-up

If you’ve been using Voice Memos on your Mac for a time, here’s how you can enable it:

  1. Click the Apple menu → System Settings.

    System Settings option in Apple menu
  2. Select your Apple ID account at the top.
  3. Click iCloud → iCloud Drive.

    Go to iCloud Drive
  4. Double-click Apps syncing to iCloud Drive.
  5. Search for Voice Memos and enable it.

    Double click Apple syncing to iCloud Drive and Turn on Voice Memos

If you can’t find Voice Memos, go back to the iCloud menu → Select Show More Apps under Apps Using iCloud → Toggle on Voice Memos.

2. Send voice memos via AirDrop

AirDrop is one of the easiest ways to share files within the Apple ecosystem. To send a voice memo via AirDrop:

  1. Open Voice Memos on iPhone → Go to All Recordings.
  2. Tap on the voice memo you want to send → select the three-dot icon.

    Go to All Recordings, select your desired recording, and click on three dots
  3. Select Share → AirDrop → Select your Mac. If you can’t see your Mac, ensure both your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on for both devices.

    Choose Share and select AirDrop

If you want to send multiple voice memos via AirDrop:

  1. Open Voice Memos → Go to All Recordings.
  2. Tap Edit.

    Select All Recordings and Tap Edit
  3. Select all the voice memos you want to send.
  4. Tap the Share button on the lower left side of the screen.
  5. Select AirDrop.

    Select multiple Recordings you want and tap the Share icon at the bottom left corner

3. Email voice memos

For voice memos with a more formal purpose, such as meeting minutes or seminar recordings, you can send them directly to the intended recipients from your iPhone using email.

The process of sending a voice memo is similar to when you AirDrop them.

  1. Open the Voice Memo app → Go to All Recordings.
  2. Select a recording → Tap the three-dot icon.

    Go to All Recordings, select your desired recording, and click on three dots
  3. Choose Share and tap the Mail app or any other email service app on your iPhone. 

    Choose share and select Mail

Once you do this, the recording will be attached to the email. After that, you can mail it to your email ID or another desired contact.

Open the email on your Mac and download the attachment to save it.

4. Share your voice memos via messaging apps

If you don’t want to send them via email, you can move voice memos via messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber.

  1. Once you select the recording → Tap the three-dot icon → Share.
  2. Select your preferred messaging app and choose whom to send the voice memo to.

    Select Share and choose Messeging app

5. Transfer Voice Memos using Files app

The Files app on your iPhone is another built-in app that lets you sync your files across all your Apple devices.

It also enables you to save different media files on your iPhone, making it a suitable mode of choice for transferring voice memos from iPhone to Mac.

To save a voice memo to Files:

  1. Open Voice MemosAll Recordings.
  2. Select the voice recording and tap the three-dot icon.
  3. Choose Save to Files
  4. Save your file in the iCloud Drive and tap Save.

    Select Save to Files and save to your Google Drive
  5. Once you’ve saved the voice recording in Files, you can use your Mac to find the file. Open Finder and tap iCloud Drive on the sidebar. Look for your voice memo and save it in your preferred folder on your Mac.

This method is also convenient if you intend to save multiple voice memos. On the Voice Memos app, tap Edit and choose all the voice memos you want to send. Select Share → Save to Files.

6. Use other Cloud storage

Aside from iCloud, you can also use other cloud storage services on your iPhone, like Google Drive and Dropbox. Not only do these cloud storage have their dedicated apps, but you can also easily access them via your browser on Mac.

While you can access this cloud storage from your iPhone browser, uploading files using this mode may not be possible.

Instead, download the iOS app of the cloud storage you’re using.

  1. Go to All Recordings → Select a voice recording.
  2. Tap three-dot icon → Choose Share.
  3. Select the cloud storage app of your preference and upload it. Once done, you can open the drive on your Mac’s browser and download the file.

    Tap on Share option and select Cloud

7. Transfer voice memos using third-party apps

You can also use third-party data management apps to help send voice memos from iPhone to Mac or Windows PC.

Some apps you might consider include Mobikin or Dr. Fone Wondershare.

Wrapping up…

Above are different ways to transfer voice memos from your iPhone to your Mac. Most of these techniques leverage the built-in features of your iPhone and Mac, eliminating the need for additional downloads; there are also other third-party apps should you wish to explore other means to transfer outside the ecosystem.

While some are ideal for individual transfers, options like AirDrop and the Files app excel at handling bulk transfers. Do you have a preferred method? Let us know in the comments below!

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By Rachel Contributing Writer
Rachel, an experienced Apple technology writer since 2021 and a long-time user since 2003, began her journey with a silver iPod Classic. Currently, she owns an array of modern Apple gadgets. At iGeeksBlog, her expertise shines through in the crafting of comprehensive how-to articles, informative guides, and well-curated roundups.
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