If your iPhone usage is anything like mine, then you probably use voice memos for all sorts of tasks from making lists to taking notes to  recording snippets of songs (for later identification) – I use the voice memo app for everything.

But sometimes you’d really like to have these voice notes on your computer. Like the other day while commuting, I had a great idea for a presentation that I was supposed to do and I quickly went on to sketch out the idea using the voice memo. Later, I transferred it to my computer and transcribed the parts I needed. Very handy!

Today, I will share two quick ways to transfer voice memos from the iPhone to your Windows or Mac computer.

Method 1

You don’t always need to transfer all of your memos to your computer.  You probably wouldn’t want to transfer the voice memo with your grocery list. You only want the important memos.

Using thee Share feature allows you to save the memo via email, Dropbox, Google Drive or similar apps  installed on your iPhone. I think email is the easiest way, since most of us have email available on our phone and PC.

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That works fine for individual memos, but what if you  do you do if you want to transfer all your voice memos to your personal computer?

Method 2

This method uses iTunes and is as easy as the first one. iTunes is installed by default on Mac OS but if you are on Windows then you will have to install it yourself. You can download it from here.

To start, connect your iPhone to your Mac or Windows computer using the iPhone USB charging cable. Open iTunes and you will see your phone listed on the left panel. If this is the first time that you are connecting your iPhone to your computer, then you will need to unlock your iPhone and tell it to ‘trust’ your computer. This can be quickly done by tapping ‘Trust’ on the prompt that will appear when you connect the iPhone.

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next, just right-click on the name of your phone in the iTunes sidebar and select the ‘Sync’ menu option. Once iTune prompts you that there are new voice memos click on “Copy voice memos” to save them all on your computer.

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To access those memos navigate to C:\Users\NAME\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Voice Memos in Windows Explorer. Or on a Mac, go to  /Users/NAME/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Voice Memos in Finder. The voice memos are stored in the MP4 format and can be played using common players like iTunes or VLC.

~ Yogesh