iPhone: Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone to Computer

The ability to quickly record voice memos on the iPhone is a frequently overlooked feature. Furthermore, figuring out how to import these files from your iPhone to your computer can be tricky. Here are a couple of ways of getting your voice memos off your phone and onto your computer.

The voice memo feature is very interesting. I’ve seen it used from everything to sweet messages to one’s spouse to quick voice recorder for lectures or interviews.

One you have a voice memo recorded, there a two main ways of transferring the voice memo to your computer.

via iTunes

iTunes will transfer voice memos once you enable that setting.

1. Dock your iPhone via USB
2. Click the name of your iPhone under Devices in the left column
3. Click the Music tab
4. Click the checkbox for Include voice memos

how to transfer voice memos using itunes

5. Sync your device
6. Your files will appear under a new Voice Memos playlist

the voice memo playlist in iTunes

7. You can right-click on a memo to perform advanced tasks or gain access to the actual audio file.

If you are having difficulty, several people in the comments below have recommended these additional steps:

- Unplug iphone from the computer after the failed sync
- In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files
- Plug in the iphone & sync again.

Direct Share from Phone

You can also email or MMS the voice memo directly from your phone. If you only have a few files, emailing them may be a good option.

1. From the voice memo screen click the silver button in the lower right corner. This will take you to a list of your voice memos.
2. Select the voice memo you want to share and press the large blue share button at the bottom right of the screen.
3. Select Email or MMS

 

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288 Responses to “iPhone: Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone to Computer”

  1. September 01, 2010 at 4:43 am, Johngstjohn said:

    I have a very large file, lomger than 30minutes. It does not sysnc to the itunes folder adn is too big to email. How do it get it transferred?

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    • May 09, 2012 at 2:44 pm, dave said:

      > well the easiest and less time consuming thing to do is to plug a stereo minijack out of the iphone onto a computer or mix table, play the file and record a new file with a sound program. It saves a lot of time and effort!! Apple makes it difficult to transfer files unless on your own iTunes… so that’s what I did.

      Reply

      • September 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm, beyongo said:

        > excellent idea (patch-cord from iphone to a digital recorder). thanks for the suggestion.

        Reply

    • September 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm, mary said:

      > Hi, sorry this is not a reply to your Q, but from where on this site can I send my own question?

      Also, does anyone know the answer to: itunes will not sync voice memos ( to an ipod) that have been added to a user created playlist, other than the itunes created “voice memo” play list. The voice memo has to be changed to an mp3 file or you have to right click the memo, select “get info” & from options chg v.memo to say “music”, then select “info”tab & change Album & Genre labels from “voice memo” to “music”. What a hassle for many memos! Does anyone know an easier way. Before osi 5.0 voice memos used to sync automatically from any play list to my ipod…it seems that the on slaught of icloud removed this aspect. Going crazy…pleeze help. Even Sr Apple Care supervisor could not make them sync without change the info ot the file to mp3. I think Apple developers forgot about voice memos with osi 5.thx

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    • December 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm, Ronald said:

      David Kirk: your advice worked beautifully. In no time I had my 1 and a half hour voice memo in my computer under the voice memo file in iTunes. After that, I could upload it to my Google Drive and my friends are downloading it easily.

      Thanks for your very helpful advice.

      Reply

      • March 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm, Latimer Selby said:

        How do you upload it to a google drive from iTunes? Would appreciate any advice you can give >

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    • January 19, 2013 at 7:02 am, Vency Sung said:

      > I’ve got a problem in using the latest Itunes in transferring voice memo from iphone to computer. It shows differently from the previous version. When plugging in iphone, I do not find any voice memo folder directly under iphone . Even I have ticked button for included voice memo, no voice files have been transferred to computer. Is there any set up I have to do in a new version of Itunes.

      Please advise and comment.

      Thank you.

      Vency

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      • February 06, 2013 at 3:56 pm, Becky said:

        I have the same problem with the new version. I used to do it this way, but now it’s not available as an option.

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      • September 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm, Shannon said:

        > I’m also having this issue. I record lectures with voice memo on my iPhone and I’d like to upload to iTunes on my MacBook Pro, but I don’t know how! Googling has yet to provide any useful information for the latest software.

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      • February 03, 2014 at 6:06 am, Debo said:

        > My problem is I have a voice memo that notes the time and duration of the recording. Unfortunately, my battery runs down during the recording, so when I try to play back, there is silence and timelime below states 0.00 to 0.00. Does this mean I have no recording?

        Reply

    • February 04, 2014 at 2:01 am, Mitch said:

      > Check out my post on page 39 to see what I did to fix the problem I had with this.

      Reply

    • April 04, 2014 at 3:13 pm, Chris bobob said:

      Easiest way to do large files is to start to send as an email – click cancel – choose save as draft then login to your email account on your PC and voila it should be in your drafts :)
      For me it worked with a 19mb file

      Reply

  2. October 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm, Musa Vienna said:

    i have a record 52 munites long.
    my devices’s voice memos doesn’t move to playlist after do these all.

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    • October 15, 2012 at 2:46 am, Sylvie said:

      I have a 51 minute recording on iPhone voice memo. When I click ‘share’ to send it to another email address – the pop us says “Memo too long, would you like to select a shorter version of this to send ?”

      My question is – What does this mean ? is the recording going to be divided into 4 sections or something ? if its synchronised do I lose any information?

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      • December 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm, Li said:

        When you email a voice memo that is too long, you can email up to 8 minute sections to yourself w/o losing the full version of the memo on your phone. Good alternative if you need to send it now, and sync it later.

        Reply

  3. November 05, 2010 at 7:25 am, Anonymous said:

    Hi have about fifty voice memos on my iphone but it only shows 20 on itunes.

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    • January 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm, Nick Namaste said:

      Try this. It worked for me. I have had to do it more than once over the last few months because the problem recurs, even with the latest iPhone update installed. I found the solution on the web, but I it was not easy, and now I cannot relocate it.

      1. Unplug Iphone from Mac after failed Sync.
      2. In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files
      3. Plug in IPhone & Sync

      The voice memos should be there.

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      • February 04, 2011 at 7:39 pm, Tauriplh said:

        This worked perfectly for me! Thanks!

        Reply

      • February 16, 2011 at 9:03 am, Jason said:

        This worked for me on a 2hr 43min recording of a meeting that I was very keen to get off my old 3Gs onto my 4

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        • December 02, 2012 at 9:06 pm, M. said:

          I’m not able to find the Consolidate option in library! Help!

          Reply

      • February 18, 2011 at 7:13 am, Shaemy Wu said:

        Can this use it for PC? i had tried many times for PC but its doesn’t work. I still cant copy the voice memos from iPhone to PC.

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      • March 05, 2011 at 9:12 pm, Boxingrobo said:

        thanks worked for me on widows vista thanks so much had a recording for 30 mins n a 5 hour sesh thanks again.

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        • May 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm, Mfurdman said:

          It now costs $20

          Reply

          • November 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm, grateful said:

            I tried to follow the steps for the past 2 days, the voice memo just didnt sync. Realised the issue is me not checking the box on the ‘summary’ page of itunes, ‘sync only checked music…’ I checked it and it worked! got my voice memo transferred! yeah!

          • March 27, 2013 at 10:48 am, Rita said:

            I can’t find the check box for summary..

      • March 17, 2011 at 2:43 am, LDC said:

        THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, Nick! After spending lots of fruitless time trying to get it to work, your simple instructions got the job done in a few seconds!

        Reply

      • March 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm, Nkomitsky Wordsmith said:

        Thank you! This was driving me crazy and your instructions worked.

        Reply

      • March 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm, Deby said:

        thank youuuu it did work!!! I’ve been trying to do sync the last 2hr memo (lecture) and i couldn’t! thanks to much!!!

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      • March 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm, Kamilla Astrid said:

        Thanks! You are my hero

        Reply

      • March 26, 2011 at 4:29 am, Baniestrada said:

        I have searched the whole wide web…… and finally a solution! i had many hour and a half recording from church and until now, i have not been able to copy them. thanks alot

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      • March 28, 2011 at 3:29 am, Shezishah said:

        Worked perfectly thanks !!

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      • April 03, 2011 at 6:48 pm, Ben said:

        Worked like a charm for 1hr 7min of music I recorded at the Temple Bar while in Ireland. Would have hated to not be able to get that stuff onto my computer. Thanks!

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      • April 05, 2011 at 2:31 am, Arvinder Khatri said:

        Nick Namaste, Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge.

        Arvinder

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      • April 05, 2011 at 7:19 pm, mp said:

        Perfect! Thanks a Lot!!

        Reply

      • April 07, 2011 at 10:36 pm, rachel said:

        Nick! You rock! Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. Genius.
        Needless to say, this worked magic for me. Thanks again.
        Cheers!

        Reply

      • April 08, 2011 at 1:20 pm, Markcoppock said:

        Major thanks! This is the only thing that worked. Score!

        Reply

      • April 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm, Jane Smith said:

        Thank youuuuuu!!!!!

        Reply

      • May 13, 2011 at 6:53 am, Fisker said:

        Great !

        Reply

      • May 24, 2011 at 4:58 am, Logun62 said:

        Thanks bro it worked!

        Reply

      • May 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm, Kirsten Norfield said:

        Hi,

        I have tried this along with the example above and still I cannot find my voice memos in itunes.  Getting seriously worried now and find it very frustrating;  It is to large to e-mail etc.

        any other ideas you seem to be a man in the know?

        Reply

        • August 03, 2012 at 7:41 pm, DeloreanFanatic said:

          I am having the same issue! I would really like to find out why this isnt working…..>

          Reply

          • October 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm, Memo-problem said:

            We had the same problem, however new memos recorded did transfer, so it was only like 5 memos we could not find on the computer. We then found a tip that told us to trim the memos. So we trimmed a few seconds off in the end, and the phone formats it as a new memo, which transfered to the memos playlist on the computer. Finally a solution that worked. Hope it can help others with similar problems.>

          • January 18, 2013 at 5:23 am, jen said:

            > Trimming the message along with all of the other advice worked! Thank you!!!

      • May 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm, Chanmoss said:

        hi i love you

        Reply

      • June 22, 2012 at 2:08 am, Lori said:

        Thank you so much!

        Reply

      • July 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm, Kim said:

        > Worked perfectly for me. Thank you so much! The meeting I recorded was too long to email or message.
        Cheers!

        Reply

      • July 24, 2012 at 9:23 am, F Bueller said:

        Yes!!! This worked. Thanks so much!

        Reply

      • July 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm, Amy said:

        This worked, but first I had to upgrade my iphone before it would sync. Thanks!

        Reply

      • August 01, 2012 at 11:05 pm, lizzzcast said:

        > Thank you so much!!!!!!!! I do a podcast off my iPhone and needed to get the voice recording into my iTunes so I could post it!!!!!!!! Thanks again!

        Reply

      • August 17, 2012 at 6:40 am, AutumnLion85 said:

        This totally worked! Thank you!

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      • September 06, 2012 at 4:58 am, Richard Davis said:

        I was skeptical that I could simply sync with iTunes, and then use the Consolidate feature as a final means of retrieving the voice mails. I was very concerned that “Consolidate” would mess up my iTunes Library

        I was also was concerned that I had more than 5 recording way longer than one hour, and I had a total of 42 recordings on the iPhone.

        WOW! All 42 recordings were transferred over in their entirety, with no need to Consolidate, and without having to resort to special software that allows special access to files.

        How very simple. Sure am glad I came here. MANY THANKS!

        Richard

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      • September 13, 2012 at 4:48 am, Anonymous said:

        > Bingo

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      • October 03, 2012 at 10:39 am, Ciccio said:

        Didn’t work for for me. I cannot yet get synced a voice memo file that I can clearly see on my iPhone but I cannot see on my Mac. Furthermore, on my iPhone voice Memo app, I see that the list of the voice memos contains just one item, while on my iTunes application, if I click on iPhone->Voice Memos, I see 3 items…
        So, I need to delete from the iPhone two ghost memo voice items and sync one item to my Mac. I did even a reset on the iPHone holding down the home-off button until I saw an Apple logo… Any idea?

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      • October 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm, JF said:

        Yes! This worked for me too.
        Thanks!

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      • November 08, 2012 at 11:26 pm, Mike O said:

        Having a bloody nightmare with this, iv’e tried all the above and it doesn’t seem to get it. Apparently apple products aren’t completely compatible with each other!? :-/
        The only thing left is to record them into music software which will take hours of time that i don’t have! :-(

        Any programs that can sync better perhaps?

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      • November 09, 2012 at 10:52 pm, mama said:

        Hi…any other ideas? I followed the directions to the letter and no luck. Previous files had transferred no problem but I’m trying to move an almost 2 hr recording and some very brief ones. Any other suggestions? Thanks!
        >

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      • November 21, 2012 at 11:20 am, RamC said:

        > Thanks much. This worked. Include Voice memos checked. I did not even wait for consolidate files to complete. Stopped it immediately because I did not want duplicate copies of all my media. Closed iTunes and re-opened and it auto synced. I see my voice memo on my laptop.

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      • December 07, 2012 at 5:04 pm, Sandy said:

        Wow. This worked perfectly. Thank you!

        Reply

      • December 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm, Freed at last said:

        You know what?! I believe all these “thank u” comments R really not enough to thank U! God bless U buddy! God bless U! I really pray that God will solve a GREAT problem of yours as U did for us…

        Reply

        • December 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm, David Kirk said:

          Thanks for the kind words. The whole reason we are here is to help others…

          Reply

      • January 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm, Cary Bazalgette said:

        >Tried it. Doesn’t work! Some of my voicemail files are over an hour long: I’m using the iphone for research interviews. What’s annoying is that they USED to synch to iTunes but iTunes (which, like a supermarket trolley, has a mind of its own) has suddenly taken to NOT synching some files, starting with my oldest – and longest – file (my baseline interview). I would be very happy if I could import these files to my PC but haven’t found out how to do this yet….

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      • March 27, 2013 at 11:19 am, Rita said:

        did all of that… still does not transfer.
        I am desperate. I need to listen to transfer my voice memos. I recorded lectures as long as 1 hour and they are taking a lot of space on my iphone.
        Why can’t I get them transferred… ?? So frustrated

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        • July 04, 2013 at 9:54 pm, ramesh said:

          i dont have a mac – i cant transfer to a pc – i have several files and I am struggling – what is the way out of this mess – really sad to see so many people having difficulties and apple is totally ignoring them>

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      • May 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm, patmcg17@aol.com said:

        This didn’t work for me. And I’ve no idea what it actually did. As far as I know nothing happended. My iphone is plugged into my computer. But it doesn’t show up on my desktop. My iTunes is synced to my ipod. My iphone isn’t synced to anything and has no music on it. I just want to put a voice memo from my phone onto my computer. But the memo is 1 hour and it will only transfer the first 8 minutes again and again. Help please

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  4. November 25, 2010 at 12:54 am, guest said:

    Thanks a lot for your detailed and pictured description! I spent 1 hour trying to look on different helps of Apple and – nothing about such a simple procedure. Apple didn’t bothered to include pictures and I stupidly looking om Music folder under the device name…

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  5. December 12, 2010 at 1:36 am, Globe_chix said:

    My iphone is synced with a different library, so when it asks me to sync with this library it asks if I want to erase things as well? Is it still safe to transfer my voice memos or will they be deleted before they are transferred? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    • December 13, 2010 at 2:13 am, Anonymous said:

      I suspect you will only be able to sync with your original library.

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      • December 22, 2010 at 12:17 am, RG said:

        if that is not an option as i don’t have access to the old laptop what do i do?

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        • December 22, 2010 at 2:38 am, Anonymous said:

          Email each one to you would be a manual method. Alternatively, you might want to try one of the “mount the iphone as a disk” programs that exist. I’ve never used them so I can’t recommend one.

          Reply

          • April 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm, Katie said:

            > Wow, thanks so much for posting solutions!
            I think my problem is that I have synched first to a computer I know longer have. Booooo.
            Could you recommend a third-party solution?
            Once at an Apple store, they used a 3rd party option online and it worked. Only the store was already closed by the time the person w/ knowledge was located. I didn’t write down or save the website. Any ideas? The nearest Mac store is an hour away… No options on Apple support for this, that I found…

  6. December 19, 2010 at 11:17 pm, Guest said:

    Once I get them into my iTunes, how do I get them off my phone?

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  7. January 19, 2011 at 3:36 am, Aaron R. said:

    Very helpful, thanks Davak

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  8. January 21, 2011 at 6:19 am, Antinetcentral said:

    I also own an Olympus voice recorder. You attach it to your computer, and you drag the files off the drive onto your desktop, folder etc. The iphone is a joke as far as transferring stuff off of it. Apple should be ashamed. I will never buy anything from iTunes period. I will prob never use the music, photo, video functions of this asinine device. Total garbage.

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    • March 07, 2011 at 9:49 pm, Paulskiart said:

      agree !! whata a joke !!

      Reply

    • May 06, 2011 at 4:12 pm, LadyV said:

      Hey quick question, Who Asked you?? I believe Nick posted this to help those who need it. Im not a fan of apple, but just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean you have to trash talk them here.

      Yeah its hard to get stuff out of their devise but you know what, no matter all the comments you make about their product, they are still gonna be banking money, why?? because their products are worth it. Thats why everyone has an iPod, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Macs…etc…. and no one has yet beat them.

      And yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but also when asked.

      So just an advise, before you trash talk a company, take a look at the statistics.

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      • October 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm, iDave said:

        No question was asked. Apple locks all stuff&the blind addicts keep buying it’s totally overpriced stuff. Hey i”m a i4 user, no worry, but this voicememoISH really is a pain in the a. Things DONT simply work as Apple promotes, it needs LOOOONG blogs, hence this one. I use itunes for NOTHING and it’s busy with a kind of backup now for 3 hours, just to get out ONE voicerec. Totally Garbage +1.>

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    • June 21, 2012 at 3:53 am, Zxen said:

      > I totally agree. I HATE my macbook and my iphone because of the file folder system. the whole system is a toy for children. im going back to PC as soon as possible.

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  9. January 27, 2011 at 1:31 am, Try_m3h said:

    I agree that Apple is NOT userfriendly. If windows had a comparable product, I would not hesitate to switch with windows

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  10. January 28, 2011 at 1:56 am, Rozhimi said:

    Apple iTunes is PAIN IN THE ASS. It is a product of an aged mind marred by mental chaos, lack of structural thinking and heavy effects of LSD and other drug use. The aim of the iTunes idea is to plague the user and have pleasure in it. Th iTunes is and the whole iPhone syncing business is clearly the enemy of the man.

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    • March 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm, blueshift said:

      I believe you are a troll, sir. If you dislike iTunes so much, why do you have an iPhone of an iPod? If you do not have one of those devices, why are you here?

      Reply

      • May 20, 2011 at 12:52 am, I_need_it_696 said:

        I have an Ipod  so does that make it different,  Can I say that I hate Itunes and the way it syncs………….  why not sync the photos as well?  why do I have to transfer them directly through windows ?  (or mac somehow i assume)

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      • June 08, 2012 at 12:30 am, Bud Ryerson said:

        Please, sir, no name calling. The moderator should delete this comment.

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  11. January 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve tried a couple of ways–email, the “organize library” option–and I can’t get a 58-minute file to appear in any list. It’s a voice memo on the iPhone, but doesn’t download or sync and is too large to mail. Is there a way to move the file or recategorize it so I can move it to the computer?

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  12. February 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm, GS said:

    I’ve discovered a way to get a large voice memo off of the phone and onto the computer. If you click and drag that file from the iphon>voicememos it will not drag… BUT… if you use your playlists menu in itunes and drag the voice memo from there, it will drag!!!

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    • March 02, 2011 at 2:53 pm, Krm27 said:

      This does not work with my iPhone 4. When I add my 42 min. voice memo to playlist, it only adds 8 minutes of the recording to the Playlist — same limit that applies when you try to e-mail it.

      Reply

    • April 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm, NM said:

      Thank you! After 30 minutes of fruitless fiddling, this worked – cheers, really appreciate it!

      Reply

    • May 22, 2011 at 10:32 am, RM said:

      Beautiful – it actually worked! unbelieveable … 

      Reply

  13. February 13, 2011 at 8:31 am, MCP said:

    Thanks for the help. You saved me a lot of time, otherwise I would have to send 8min parts through email of two 1hour interviews.

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  14. February 22, 2011 at 5:00 am, 070x070 said:

    Also look at Summary tab while your iPhone is connected – there are some Options below. Uncheck checkbox where it says “Sync only checked songs and videos”. It might help too.

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  15. February 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm, Ijinferno said:

    if you want to get your voice memos off your iPhone and you manually sync your music, plugin the iPhone and do a File->Sync “iphone name”.
    This wont touch your music library as usual but the first stage of the sync is to backup files and apps from the phone to the PC. Once this is complete go to your “My DocumentsMusiciTunesiTunes MediaMusicUnknown ArtistUnknown Album” folder (or the equivalent if using Windows 7) and it saves a copy of the voice memos in there for you.

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    • March 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm, Alsdhf said:

      now THIS is a good idea

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    • March 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm, b0bble said:

      was only able to snyc 2 memos out of the 26 that i have…. is it becos the older memos have been tranferred in another computer that’s why they do not appear?

      Reply

    • March 30, 2011 at 6:23 am, hwyhobo said:

      Now, this is the way to do it!

      Reply

      • September 03, 2012 at 5:56 am, Rockin and Rollin said:

        This is the way to do it, if you can search and are even a little tech savvy. For Mac users. Back up your Iphone Search Itunes from your hard drive, find the music, find the voice memo folder it is usually the date that your recorded, but you can listen to them anyway. Copy it to your desktop and Bang! There are many ways to get it on to your library. I had to fiddle with it for 3 minutes and Pow! Done. Sweet!

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  16. March 06, 2011 at 4:33 am, Bee Eze said:

    Hello my Tech Friends… I’m trying to Sync my New iPhone 4 to my Apple Mac Book but I am having a very difficult time. Somehow, it is not accepting the download for iTune 10. As a result, I am unable to start any form of sync.. Please, please somebody help me!!!! I recorded a few conversation via the the Voice memo but will need to have this downloaded to my Apple Mac Book.. Thanks, Bee Eze.

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  17. March 15, 2011 at 3:45 am, Jennylml said:

    not all voice memos that I can copy out, I used this to record my lesson (around 90mins) but out of 8 voice memos, I only manage to copy out 3, the balance can hear from iTunes or iPhone but not able to extract it to my computer … :

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  18. March 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm, Weblevnf8 said:

    I am completely distraught!!! I have tried everything here to pull off my phone and nothing is working….large file and cannot get it off my phone I cant even listen to it on my phone …shows a recording time of 1hr and 20 min but when I go to listen ….nothing AND I cant get it on my computer…any ideas?

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    • March 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm, Anskim said:

      im totally in the same boat. help me!

      Reply

  19. March 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm, Gailgirl said:

    Thank-you so much! Voice Memos showed up in my playlist and I was able to see everything I recorded over the last 3 days from a trombone workshop and recital series. Think I’ll burn a CD to email because it would be too large to send otherwise. The Apple support…. wasn’t. My gratitude goes out to you for sharing this info.

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  20. March 30, 2011 at 6:22 am, Steve Murgaski said:

    I’m considering transferring my memo the hard way. Buy a patch cord; plug one end into the iPhone headphone jack, the other end into the “line in” jack on my laptop; play the memo on iPhone, and record it with a recording program like GoldWave. That would take an hour, but I’ve now wasted three hours trying to transfer it through iTunes.

    Apple’s paranoia about copyright makes them design really absurd products. I can’t wait for some reasonable company to design something like an iPhone which doesn’t keep me from accessing files that I created myself.

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    • June 21, 2012 at 4:08 am, Zxen said:

      > If I had to rerecord my recordings I would be there for a while. I document my ideas and my phone has over 200 voice memos on it, most of them 5 – 27 hours duration. iTunes has deleted original manuscripts, inventions, everything in the past. I really think this is the worst software interface I’ve seen since I started building XT computers back in 1989.

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  21. March 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm, Mieow said:

    Cool! This is great tips! Thanks! :)

    Reply

  22. April 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm, ell'kaay. said:

    none of this worked for me, i have a new ipod touch and a 20 minute recording on it. the recording wont play on the ipod, but its still there, and when i sync my ipod to my computer my other memos appear, but not that one? any help?

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  23. April 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm, Jegreenfield said:

    I tried to sync – 5 or 6 times – even tried to create the Voice Memos playlist myself hoping it would magically deposit my little 30 second voice memo in the playlist. no….

    I finally had success with email (after the 3rd try) – and now I have memo.amr on my desktop, which plays in Quicktime. But shouldn’t I be able to get it into my iTunes library? I can’t find anything on an amr file in iTunes help or iPhone help. I am ferlumpt.

    Reply

  24. May 12, 2011 at 11:33 am, Jaydog said:

    Hi- I’m still working with the ancient 3G phone, 8 gig….anybody remember? I love the feature that allows me to e-mail a voice memo right to my transcriber, but it seems I have to break them into 2 min. segments. On my old 3GS that I drowned, I could e-mail 8 min segments. I want to e-mail from the road, not download to I tunes. Can anybody help me out on this? Is there another app for my old phone, or a way to compress while I’m out on the road? I’d like to send larger memos from the phone itself. Thanks, Jason

    Reply

  25. May 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm, esther said:

     I have lost a lot of time trying to tranfer voice moemos from iphone 3G using all the methods you already suggested and it doesn t work. I really need some help

    Reply

  26. May 15, 2011 at 8:11 am, NMP said:

    Hey Guys…
    Iv’e been following all advices listed on this thread but NONE seems to work in my case. When sync’ my iphone (4) to my Itunes, no ‘voice memo’ folder pops-up?
    And furthermore, under iphone ‘sync music’ include voice memos is tabed –   although i can’t seem to sync music from ‘selected playlists’ but only entire libary, and when trying it says that all music will be deleted and replaced with my itunes libary?
    Anyway…Have a 30 min. long interview that is to big for email – so if anyone could be so kindly helping me, that this interview is very important, thanks….

    Reply

  27. May 19, 2011 at 8:02 am, Victoriafogarty15 said:

    hi. I need this urgently…. i have recorded 2-4 minute voice memos on my phone and i want to burn them onto a cd for my dad cuz its his brithday tomorrow. It says the recording will no tplay through windows media player and it will burn on the cd but when i go to play it it says disc error… PLEASE HELP ME!!!! 

    Reply

  28. May 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm, Nbdoig20002000 said:

    I’ve got a playlist full of voice memos but only on my phone (my iTunes library was deleted by someone trying to ‘fix’ my computer) if i sync my iPhone to my mac, will the voice memo playlist be transferred over to the library? or will everything in the library take priority to the iPhone and delete the playlist from my phone?

    Reply

  29. June 03, 2011 at 1:50 pm, Philboid Studge said:

    When I check the boxes as indicated in instruction #4, I get a warning that says all the existing content on the iPhone will be replaced with the data that’s in iTunes.  I definitely do not want to do that.  So now what ?

    Reply

  30. June 04, 2011 at 2:45 am, Dri said:

    Do you want to download voice memos to your PC? No matter how big.
    Install Iphone Explorer . Go to the folder: Root Directory/User/Media/Recordings . Drag them to your Desktop and  be happy!

    Reply

    • September 01, 2012 at 10:42 am, tomjam said:

      YESSS! This finally worked for me. Other solutions here did not. Thanks!>

      Reply

    • September 18, 2012 at 3:25 am, Dmartinez said:

      Thank you, three hours later and I went down the page until I came to yours and this works!!!
      >

      Reply

  31. June 05, 2011 at 9:55 pm, Stephen said:

    You da bomb!
    Much thanks

    Reply

  32. June 06, 2011 at 7:29 am, Iheartprint said:

    Did you finally figure it out?? Im need a lecture recording from my phone and i cant even listen to it or transfer it to my macbook pro! please someone help!

    Reply

  33. June 06, 2011 at 7:29 am, Iheartprint said:

    Did you finally figure it out?? Im need a lecture recording from my phone and i cant even listen to it or transfer it to my macbook pro! please someone help!

    Reply

  34. June 07, 2011 at 9:57 am, TouchCopy said:

    If you can’t get iTunes to transfer your voice memos, there’s a program called TouchCopy which can do this for you. It also transfers your iPod/iPhone music, SMS, voice mails, contacts and more

    Reply

  35. June 07, 2011 at 5:10 pm, Jennifer Dellapina said:

    What a weird little quirk! But it worked like a charm, thanks GS!

    Reply

  36. June 11, 2011 at 2:24 am, Kenjingdesign said:

    This is just so COOL,  got this step from Nick Namaste

    1. Unplug Iphone from Mac after failed Sync.
    2. In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files
    3. Plug in IPhone & Sync

    tqvm

    Reply

  37. June 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm, Ferdousalamtaz said:

    Thanks a bunch. worked for me in windows.

    Reply

  38. June 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm, Ferdousalamtaz said:

    Thanks a bunch. worked for me in windows.

    Reply

  39. June 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm, Nicoelx said:

    THANK YOU Kenjingdesign THIS WORKS!!!

    Just try it!

    Reply

  40. June 23, 2011 at 5:31 am, Tlmillerpdx said:

    This worked! Thanks so much!

    Reply

  41. June 23, 2011 at 5:31 am, Tlmillerpdx said:

    This worked! Thanks so much!

    Reply

  42. July 20, 2011 at 1:09 am, Yourteach said:

    Thanks worked like a charm for me too!

    Reply

  43. July 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm, LJ said:

    Unfortunately, this did not work for me. I am completely going insane!

    Reply

  44. August 01, 2011 at 4:55 am, Jeff Wonchul Oh said:

    Thank you it worked for me on Vista as well. I spent tons of time to make it but I couldn’t until I read your simple instruction Nick. What a brilliant :)

    Reply

  45. August 17, 2011 at 10:01 am, rafaela said:

    life saver! :) thanks

    Reply

  46. August 21, 2011 at 10:35 am, ohbrooke said:

    NICK! Thank you – this finally worked after what you said:

    1. Unplug Iphone from Mac after failed Sync.
    2. In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files
    3. Plug in IPhone & Sync

    Reply

  47. August 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm, Gil said:

    worked perfectly…Thanks for this post!…

    Reply

  48. September 08, 2011 at 3:07 am, iro said:

    posted before, not solved i guess.

    My iphone is synced with a different library, so when it asks me to sync with this library it asks if I want to erase things as well? Is it still safe to transfer my voice memos or will they be deleted before they are transferred?

    would consolidating help?
    please help me, this is very urgent and important, i can’t risk to lose this record.

    (apple should be ashamed of theirselves for this stress their causing!!!!!)

    Reply

  49. September 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm, Clayton said:

    Thank you Nick!!! You’re my hero! : )

    Reply

  50. September 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm, DG said:

    correction: I should say that on my computer finder in itunes there is a voice memos folder now under my name (artist). The folder called so and so’s iphone only appears when the iphone is connected to the computer under the music tab “Artists”. And I believe before I synced I checked the box next to that. and also of course had ‘include voice memos’ under ‘sync music.’ So I’m hoping this keeps working.

    Reply

  51. September 30, 2011 at 7:03 am, Hendra said:

    Geez, Dude. It works alright! Thanks.

    Reply

  52. October 04, 2011 at 5:12 pm, jim said:

    GS…. Thank you.

    Reply

  53. October 12, 2011 at 5:58 am, Eduardo Nagata said:

    I could copy my recordings of 2 hours thru iexplorer.
    to go to folders: ROOT/PRIVATE/VAR/MOBILE/MEDIA/RECORDINGS and then just copy the files into my computer… Thank you Dri for telling about this program

    Reply

    • June 20, 2012 at 10:44 am, ubicuitate said:

      > thank you very much Eduardo Nagata. it worked perfectly for my 3g with iexplorer !

      Reply

  54. October 18, 2011 at 1:13 am, Robert said:

    see comment of “Nick Namaste said on January 28, 2011″ – I finally managed to get big voice memo file to my PC, thanks Nick.

    Reply

  55. October 19, 2011 at 8:28 am, StigMik said:

    Thank You Nick Namaste – I used Your hint and it worked perfectly.

    Here is what Nick Namaste suggested:

    Try this. It worked for me. I have had to do it more than once over the last few months because the problem recurs, even with the latest iPhone update installed. I found the solution on the web, but I it was not easy, and now I cannot relocate it.1. Unplug Iphone from Mac after failed Sync.
    2. In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files
    3. Plug in IPhone & SyncThe voice memos should be there.

    Once again Thank You Nick Namaste.

    Reply

  56. October 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm, Donna said:

    Hi, I’m trying to copy a 7 hour lecture from my iPhone 3GS, but it will not work and will not sync with iplayer. Please can you advise me of how I can transfer this.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Rgds

    Donna

    Reply

  57. October 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm, Donna said:

    Hi, I’m trying to copy a 7 hour lecture from my iPhone 3GS, but it will not work and will not sync with itunes. Please can you advise me of how I can transfer this.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Rgds

    Donna

    Reply

  58. October 29, 2011 at 8:32 am, AJ said:

    Thanks to Nick Namaste said on January 28, 2011 it works i followed his instructions and was able to download all of my voice memoes some of them were more than an hour.

    Reply

  59. October 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm, Jennifer said:

    This was over an hour and I felt so foolish when I figured it out.

    Go to device, scroll all the way down on the ap tab.

    Click the ap the memo is in

    Download it to your computer.

    DUH.

    Reply

  60. November 01, 2011 at 10:23 pm, slimreturns said:

    Works to a point. When it asks me if I want to import my voice messages into my iTunes Library, it says it has copied them all, but then the program freezes during the “organizing files” process.

    Reply

  61. November 05, 2011 at 7:51 pm, guest said:

    Thank you all!!! I tried all your suggestions and I’m not sure which one worked, but I think it was the one suggesting to unclick “Sync only checked songs and videos”. I am too old for all this. I wish my iphone would just sync like my old ipod. I’ve lost a lot of stuff. I’m still not even sure how to get just what I want on there. It would be so nice if Apple would make a few of these things easier, but I do love a lot of things about my iphone. I am just really technically challenged.

    Reply

  62. November 11, 2011 at 9:14 am, WW said:

    Nick thanks a bunch. Worked like a charm!

    Reply

  63. November 12, 2011 at 8:13 am, KerriAyling said:

    To Nick:
    THANKYOU darlin, the consolidate files fix worked and all my voice memos are now imported to iTunes.

    To the Apple Haters:
    You and Windows truly deserve each other. I’ve been using Apple products since the Apple IIe and spent my life recording music on their professional gear. You have no idea how stupid you sound when you diss these products, especially the dork who is so anti iTunes. I recommend that you try to locate a suitable Windows alternative and fuck off and use it with my blessing. As for me, I’m constantly astonished at this technology, the creativity never ends, and I feel lucky to be alive in such exciting times.

    Reply

  64. November 14, 2011 at 7:14 am, Nora said:

    Hi, I deleted from my iTunes library a voice memo I have on my phone and now, no matter how many times I try to sync my phone with iTunes, that ONE voice memo (lecture) I mistakenly deleted will NOT transfer back to my iTunes… any help would be greatly appreciated!

    :)

    Reply

  65. November 24, 2011 at 8:13 am, Ozcan said:

    Thank you for guidance Nick, I have tried to transfer my files couple times, now I copied all of my voices to my laptop. They are working now…

    Reply

  66. December 04, 2011 at 3:10 pm, Kojo said:

    Nick: THANK YOU! Had been trying to figure this out for 30 minutes before I found your post.

    Reply

  67. December 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm, Lokula Gandhi said:

    Hi David,

    Thnx a lot!

    Reply

  68. December 17, 2011 at 1:26 am, snowyee said:

    Hi guys, Have follow Nick’s steps for the voice memo but unable to transfer all my voice memos over to itunes? It only able to transferred 10 voice memos out of 20..

    Anyone can help?

    Reply

  69. December 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm, Tanya said:

    Yep, I had the same problem. I manually open each voice memo (which was ignored by iTune) in iPod (in my case 4) and click “Trim Memo”. In opened new poped up menu I choose “Trim Voice Memo” without any real changes and re-sync. All “updated” and previously ignored voice messages appeared in my iTune Voice Memos. The longest memo I had – 1 hour 57 min +
    so, should work ;) Only paint, you have to do it manualy.
    Good luck.

    Reply

    • June 03, 2012 at 3:01 pm, silver said:

      > Thank you Tanya Trimming the memos and Itunes will really see your recording guys!!! Thanks again Tanya!!

      Reply

  70. December 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm, Tanya said:

    Nick: THANK YOU! You are the friend :)

    Reply

  71. December 28, 2011 at 9:57 am, glokay said:

    I was using QuickVoice when the Apple voice memos was not working for me on my iphone 3, my son one time was able to transfer these with much effort to itunes, but I no longer have his ready assistance; anyone know how to make sure i perform this.

    Also, how do you put any voice memo back on your phone to listen to again?

    Reply

  72. December 31, 2011 at 3:50 am, sarupu said:

    its work for me, thanks Namaste:

    Nick Namaste said on January 28, 2011 Try this. It worked for me. I have had to do it more than once over the last few months because the problem recurs, even with the latest iPhone update installed. I found the solution on the web, but I it was not easy, and now I cannot relocate it.1. Unplug Iphone from Mac after failed Sync.
    2. In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files
    3. Plug in IPhone & SyncThe voice memos should be there.

    Reply

  73. January 03, 2012 at 1:28 pm, Stephan said:

    If some of the items do not sync, give it a custom label, plug in and sync. That (however strange) worked for me.

    Reply

  74. January 08, 2012 at 8:34 pm, Gerard said:

    @ Jennifer : The standard voice memo recorder doesn’t show up in this list

    Reply

  75. January 12, 2012 at 10:41 am, GZ said:

    I followed the instruction above with the pictures to sync the voice memoes, then used the instruction from GS who said on February 11, 2011, and it worked. I dragged the 2hr13min recording from the voice memo under the playlist to my drive. Many thanks to GS.

    Reply

  76. January 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm, Ruth in New Jersey said:

    May God bless StigMik for posting this fix and Nick Namaste for figuring it out!!! AppleCare tried to help me for over one hour; while I waited to be transferred to a senior advisor, I “googled” my problem, came upon this site, followed StigMik’s instructions and it worked like a charm. I did wait until the AppleCare representative came back on and told him that I had found an answer. Very gracious and patient people at AppleCare.

    Reply

  77. February 03, 2012 at 12:31 pm, Johnny said:

    I have the voice memo box unchecked (I do not want to copy the voice memos from my phone to my computer) but yet it still copies them to my iTunes . What can I do to change this?

    Reply

  78. February 11, 2012 at 12:04 am, Michael McLean said:

    thanks mate, you are a legend

    Reply

  79. February 29, 2012 at 12:09 am, dve said:

    The tip by ljinferno worked beautifully! I have spent a long time trying to find a way to transfer my voice memos without deleting my music on my itouch 2nd gen, which is not synced with my computer (had to reformat and backup file was corrupt…) THANK YOU!

    Reply

    • September 16, 2012 at 9:30 am, umairaz said:

      thanks to yous, it worked for me

      Reply

  80. March 08, 2012 at 5:11 pm, Sean said:

    Sometimes it syncs the memos and sometimes it doesn’t. the latest one is 2h and 24m long and only took the first 5 min from it but the other ones were same length and it copied the whole thing over. How do I get the whole thing over every time?

    Reply

  81. March 09, 2012 at 7:36 pm, Cat said:

    Thank you so much!!!!

    Reply

  82. March 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm, Glenn said:

    Thank you SOOOOOOO much!!!!!!

    Reply

  83. March 14, 2012 at 8:27 am, Teymur said:

    Thank you! The trick with consolidate files worked

    Reply

  84. March 17, 2012 at 10:22 am, P-Dogg said:

    To copy files to you mac all you need to do is:

    Right click on the memo file in itunes and select ‘copy’.

    Click on the main itunes “Music” library and select ‘paste’ from the edit menu. This will copy the file into your itunes library.

    You can now drag and drop the file from the itunes library into desktop.

    Reply

  85. March 18, 2012 at 10:22 am, Tracey said:

    This article is useless. I could get them to show up in my phone area on itunes as the screenshot shows, but can’t *transfer* them to my pc which pretty much pretty much DEFEATS the title of your freaking article. Thanks for nothing. I just synced my ENTIRE library for *nothing* Thanks.
    Your info (or lack thereof) on right-clicking for all these options to get to the actual file (which is what I freaking need) is vague to say the least.

    Reply

  86. March 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm, Jeff said:

    Thanks! This worked wonders!!!

    Reply

  87. March 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm, apple hater said:

    this is opposite. transfer files from pc to iphone. I want to transfer files from iphone to pc!

    Reply

  88. March 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm, HAPPPY GIRL said:

    OMG! THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE LIBARY WORKED LIKE A CHARM!

    I was upset for a good hour before I came across this posting. Oh Happy Day!

    Reply

  89. April 15, 2012 at 9:24 am, ana said:

    Hi there,
    I did everything like you said and I can see the memos but cant move them anywhere… There are 50min long so cant email them either, too long. Now, how can I save them on a seperate file on my computer? The copy/cut option doesnt work..
    I need to do it urgently, please help
    Ana

    Reply

  90. April 17, 2012 at 1:52 am, Fern said:

    Hi

    When I try to do this, it says that all of the content of my phone will be replaced with the content from my iTunes library. I do not want this to happen because I just bought a new Mac Book and it is completely empty, while all of my files, (music) and most importantly my voice memos are on my phone.

    I don’t want to risk losing these voice memos from my phone. is there no other way to back them up? it scares me whenever it says it will delete the contents on my iPhone.

    Reply

  91. April 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm, Jimmy fae the Rigs said:

    Thanks Man,

    As a quick ref. this helped a heap. 50 minute long clip into iTunes no sweat!

    Cheers

    Jimmy

    Reply

  92. April 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm, Sonny said:

    I follow the steps to sync my voice memos to my itunes but I keep getting a message which says that as my phone was previously synced to a different library, my media files will be lost – does this include voice memos?

    Reply

  93. April 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm, ayesha said:

    sir,i have a problem plz tell me how to shift contect list with complete contect detail on i phone 4s from a nokia mobile?

    Reply

  94. April 27, 2012 at 6:12 am, Ron E said:

    David — THANK YOU! the two recordings I particularly wanted didn’t appear after checking the include voice memos. So I tried your 3 step: unplug iphone; consolidate files in library; sync again — worked perfectly.

    Reply

    • April 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm, David Kirk said:

      Glad I could help!

      Reply

  95. April 29, 2012 at 9:42 am, Anja said:

    Hi,
    thanks for going into this but none of the steps have worked for me. I’ve had a lot of issues with iPhone lately and getting frustrated at this point. First I had a bug in my library or something, because iTunes wouldn’t start up anymore. So I backed up the library folder to my external (so I won’t loose all my podcasts again) and re-installed iTunes. Then I went to add all the music again from the backup folder I’d done. After that, obviously, I got the error that my iPhone was synced with a different library. But I decided to take some time yesterday to just face up and sync it yesterday, but the voice memos are still not shifting. I added some of my old ones from last year to the library, they were in the backup. I’ve renamed the playlist to something else as well, but when I do the steps outlined it still won’t copy my new voice memos over to my library. ‘Condsolidate Files’ didn’t work either.
    Do you have any other idea maybe?
    Thanks

    Reply

  96. May 01, 2012 at 3:40 am, sowjanya said:

    Hi,

    I have tried this along with the example above and still I cannot find my voice memos in itunes. Getting seriously worried now and find it very frustrating; It is to large to e-mail etc.

    any other ideas you seem to be a man in the know?

    Reply

  97. May 01, 2012 at 6:01 pm, Gina said:

    THANK U, THIS WORKED RIGHT AWAY!
    If you are having difficulty, several people in the comments below have recommended these additional steps:
    - Unplug iphone from the computer after the failed sync
    - In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files
    - Plug in the iphone & sync again.

    Reply

  98. May 03, 2012 at 8:55 am, Iphonegirl said:

    Thanks so much. So quick an easy! You saved my project :)

    Reply

  99. May 06, 2012 at 11:49 pm, Therese Baumgart said:

    Can anybody tell me what program or app to buy for my Iphone 4S in order to make a 2 hour voice recording, then email it to myself and someone else? I can make the recording in Voice Memo and Quick Voice, but can’t email it. Thanks for any help.

    Reply

    • June 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm, ilya said:

      > Help! I can make the recording in Voice Memo and Quick Voice, but can’t email it.
      Thank you!

      Reply

  100. May 08, 2012 at 5:22 pm, Cary said:

    Only small (under 2min) files transfer for my phone. IPhone won’t even play a 30min file on my phone. Any suggestions on getting it off my phone, other than those mentioned in the comment thread about consolidation?

    Many thanks in advance!

    Reply

  101. May 09, 2012 at 4:35 am, DLAKE 4 PREZ said:

    Cool. It looks like I’m finding the info I was looking for on this website. However, take a second look at this sentence: ‘One you have a voice memo recorded, there a two main ways of transferring the voice memo to your computer.’ it’s all wrong, with grammatical errors. If I was your editor… you might be fired. DLAKE 4 PREZ

    Reply

  102. May 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm, epic said:

    Do you have to BUY your voice memos on iTunes?

    Reply

  103. May 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm, Liz said:

    Brilliant sourcing of … –In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files–
    WINNER!!! … & lifesaver ; )

    Reply

  104. May 14, 2012 at 11:41 am, Faruk said:

    how do i transfer the memo from itunes onto my pc storage? I don’t have any options when i right click on the memo… please help

    Reply

  105. May 16, 2012 at 12:38 am, Big Red said:

    My itunes interface does not include the choices you have shown above. In fact the sync tab only has the top two choices and is greyed out so I can ‘t change anything. What do I do if I want to access my voice memos?

    Reply

    • June 06, 2012 at 6:16 pm, Julia said:

      > I have synched half of my voice memos. I would like to sych them all. Thoughts? Also i would like to save my voice memos transfered from itunes into my documents – thoughts?

      Reply

  106. May 17, 2012 at 2:21 am, Jill said:

    Ive done everything on this walkthrough, and after I didnt work I did the File>Library>organize ect… and it still is not working. I dont get the memo playlist. Help?

    Reply

  107. May 18, 2012 at 7:39 am, Joe said:

    how do i download an e-mail from I phone4s to my PC ?

    Reply

  108. May 20, 2012 at 2:16 am, Not Important said:

    Thank You so much. This was truly helpful to me and to my school projects. :)

    Reply

  109. May 20, 2012 at 7:34 am, EM said:

    this has been very helpful. thank you

    Reply

  110. May 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm, Eric said:

    How long did it take for your file to load onto your phone so you could listen to it? I recorded a one and a half hour file this morning and I it wil not load! I think the loading process was interrupted because my iPhone put itself to sleep in the middle of the scrolling circle doing its thing. This is very disappointing given my effort in creating the recording. Any thoughts/tips?

    Reply

  111. May 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm, Sven said:

    I figured out another way to do it! Mine was syncing up to a few weeks ago and when I double clicked on the button on my iPhone it allowed me to close the app from running in the background. When I hit sync it went over to my computer right away!

    Reply

  112. May 25, 2012 at 7:10 am, yasmin said:

    the itunes is shwing me a massge that if you want to sync and erase or cancel … ???!! what to do with this ?>

    Reply

  113. May 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm, H said:

    This doesn’t work for me: it syncs all my music but the voice memo playlist does not appear. I unchecked/checked the box a few times, but it doesn’t help.

    Reply

  114. June 05, 2012 at 6:48 pm, Arian said:

    Thanks Nick
    It works

    Reply

  115. June 07, 2012 at 8:18 pm, mazen said:

    thank you so much
    it helped me a lot

    Reply

  116. June 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm, Tiffany said:

    I have a voice memo thatI have saved to my itunes, but now how do I save it to my pc so I can email it to someone?

    Reply

  117. June 19, 2012 at 2:53 am, Debbie said:

    I have sync’d my Voice memo to my computer. If I want to burn it onto a CD, is it a mp3 or another application someone can listen to it with? or do I have to translate it into a audio program of some kind?
    I want to burn a cd so it can be transcribed.

    Please help.

    Reply

  118. June 24, 2012 at 7:15 am, csyf said:

    Hi, I’m transfer iTunes from C drive to D drive and I cann’t sync my voice memo after it even had try many times. Anyone can help?

    Reply

  119. June 25, 2012 at 12:39 am, Joanie said:

    Oh my gosh! Thank you so much. This totally did it!!! woohoo!

    Reply

  120. July 09, 2012 at 9:06 pm, Nicky said:

    I have the same problem as Eric, above. If a phone call comes through whilst doing a voice memo, it cuts out. Then the voice memo appears in my voice memo list in the app on my phone (including the correct duration in the list) but when I hit play, it doesn’t play. I’ve tried syncing all my voice memo files into iTunes, but the file doesn’t come across. Is there any way to recover that file, or is it completely corrupted by the interrupting call? It was a very important interview and I’m afraid I’ve lost it forever! Any help would be much appreciated.

    Reply

  121. July 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm, Dominique Rizk said:

    You are the best!!!
    Finally someone knew it

    Reply

  122. July 18, 2012 at 1:20 am, VoiceMemo Guy said:

    HI All.

    I had the same problems as you all did. Do the Consolidation step AND also make use you turn off WiFi before syncing! IF you turn it off and only connect your iPhone via USB cable, it will work a charm!

    Reply

  123. July 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm, John said:

    I tried for about an hour before I figured out you HAVE to close out Voice Memo from running in the background on your phone before it will show up in your computer’s iTunes under your iPhone’s music list. Then it should sync as long as you have selected “sync Voice Memos” in iTunes and you have followed earlier instructions with regard to “Organize Library” in the iTunes file menu. I also turned off syncing by Wifi, although I don’t know if that made any difference.

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  124. August 01, 2012 at 2:35 am, Lena said:

    At first the above technique did not work. What I did was UNcheck the memo box, clicked apply, went back and checked the memo box, clicked apply and it worked. Goofy I know but it worked.

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  125. August 01, 2012 at 3:03 pm, Jiap said:

    It work! just like what he say my voice memo was 1h 30mn easy!
    Thank you

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  126. August 05, 2012 at 7:03 pm, Jen said:

    This worked perfectly for me — thank you — I had some valuable stuff I was worried about losing!

    Reply

  127. August 08, 2012 at 9:48 am, Lizzy said:

    Hi,

    I am also trying to get a large voice memo off my iPhone. I tried to Sync the way you have described but it says:
    ‘Are you sure you want to sync music? All exisiting songs and playlists on the iPhone will be replaced with songs and playlists from your iTunes library.’
    .. but I’m trying to get stuff OFF my iPhone, not ONTO it…

    Any ideas??

    Thanks very much.

    Reply

  128. August 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm, Udee said:

    Thank you sooooo much!

    Reply

  129. August 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm, Nannaq said:

    Great thread but not working! I have a memo 48 min on my iphone3gs which will not play on the phone nor be sync to my MacBook. I have tried the consolidating trick – not change and I cannot find the memo in the iPod playlist to drag to a playlist.
    Any good ideas?

    Reply

  130. August 26, 2012 at 10:40 am, kirsten said:

    Those people who did all the steps and could not find the memo, this is another step.
    click on the ‘summary’ tab and check all settings.
    especially the ‘manually manage songs and video’ and the ‘ convert audio of …. to …kps ‘ boxes, the voice memos should appear.

    Reply

  131. August 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm, Idora said:

    my iphone and ipod voice memos won’t appear on my playlist in itunes. i have a lot of voice memos. what should i do ?

    Reply

  132. August 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm, James said:

    This works, although it didn’t work the first or second time. I shutdown my PC and then tried it all again and it worked. But agreed, Apple have not made this easy to do!

    Unplug iphone from the computer after the failed sync
    - In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files
    - Plug in the iphone & sync again.

    Reply

    • October 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm, Suzanne said:

      Nick, this did not work for me. All my voice memos transferred except the two I really need: one is 46 minutes and the other is 24 minutes. These are also the two most recent memos, recorded Oct. 11, 2012.

      Any other suggestions? Can’t figure out why all but these two transferred!

      Reply

  133. September 04, 2012 at 11:14 am, Tina said:

    Thank you so much David for sharing this info. I was able to transfer the voice memo and was able to make it as my ringtone too. It’s my husband’s voice :-)

    Reply

  134. September 05, 2012 at 1:26 am, amad said:

    Thank you2, suffered a bit on how to transfer the record (working purposes).
    All can be done with google, thanks all.
    another knowledge added to me.

    Reply

  135. September 07, 2012 at 7:52 pm, Charles said:

    So was trying to get a long voice memo off an Iphone for my wife’s college class that was synced to an Itunes library on a computer that no longer exists. Thought I’d sync it to my computer but got spooked by the “will erase your IPhone” warning as it was critical this not be lost. Anyone know if will delete the voice memos in that situation?

    Sounds like even if it had synced, I would have had to do the “consolidate” process anyway since it was over 30 minutes. Tried the File mneu -> sync option mentioned above, but while it seemed to be copying something very quickly, it wasn’t the files I needed. Confirmed that by searching the whole Itunes media folder by the file name.

    Options I was thinking about:
    Old school duplication, play the file audibly from the Iphone and just rerecord the thing.
    Plugging a headphone in/out cable to the iphone then to the computer mic port as suggested above.
    Since the file showed in Itunes on the phone but just wouldn’t let me transfer it, I thought of playing the file in Itunes and using something like Freecorder to record the audio internally in the computer.
    And lastly, I ended up getting DiskAid, and since my wife is a college student, the license was free. It took about 5 mins to go through the whole “getting a registration key” process and then a couple minutes later it was done. Found it in a Google search. That’s all I’ve used the program for so I can’t say one way or another anything else about it, but it worked great for that single use.

    The one thing that DiskAid did do was show how ridiculous it is that Apple doesn’t make their devices more user friendly. The program starts and there is everything on the phone in neat folders. What’s Apple’s point in forcing us to use Itunes for absolutely everything and specifically, just the library it is synced to? I don’t want to sync it. Too much trouble. Just let me drag and drop what I want and leave me alone.

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  136. September 23, 2012 at 1:31 am, Bruno Gomes said:

    Open ITunes in your computer, go into your computer’s Voice Memo playlist. “Right click” on the Voice Memo file, and choose to create AAC version of the file. This file is finally going to show up as music.

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  137. September 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm, sue said:

    memos can be sent in small versions and itouch lets you select the no. of minutes you can send from the memo recording. I send my 30 mn recording in 4 parts.

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  138. September 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm, sue said:

    memos can be sent in small versions and itouch lets you select the no. of minutes you can send from the memo recording. I sent my 30 mn recording in 4 parts, in 4 emails

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  139. October 04, 2012 at 3:02 pm, Steve said:

    Hi, I have spent hours now reading about this glitch and possible solutions. I continue to have similar problems with

    1. Not all of my Voice Memos recorded on my iPod Touch show up on my iMac desktop iTunes. In fact, after a certain date, none show up.

    2. Inability to transfer/email/share large Voice Mail files (some are 3 hours +)

    When I go to Music : Synch under Devices on Imac, it says:

    “Are you sure you want to sync music? All existing content on the iPod “Steve’s iPod” will be removed and replaced with songs and playlists from your iTunes library.”

    Well, I do not want to have all existing content removed and replaced on my iPod Touch, because I would potentially lose the Voice Memos.

    Any suggestions are GREATLY appreciated.

    Steve

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  140. October 10, 2012 at 4:21 am, wc2000 said:

    anyone trying to find voice memos that are too large to email. Once you’ve got them showing up in itunes, right click>get info – that will show you where on your computer you can find them

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  141. October 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm, Lizi said:

    I’ve tried to consolidate the files, it will do it, but when I tried again it would not allow me to check the box to include the voice memos! I tried also the MMS, but nada!

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  142. October 22, 2012 at 8:51 am, Daniel said:

    In iTunes, just right click the voice memo and select “Show in windows explorer”
    NO HASSLES!! :D

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  143. October 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm, 00i. said:

    Merci.

    Straight to the point, Helpful.

    Reply

  144. October 29, 2012 at 11:44 am, Kat said:

    ONLY thing that worked for me transferring an hour long voice memo from iPhone 4S to Windows Vista was Dri’s suggestion:

    Do you want to download voice memos to your PC? No matter how big.
    Install Iphone Explorer . Go to the folder: Root Directory/User/Media/Recordings . Drag them to your Desktop and be happy!

    I am totally happy. Save yourself any more time and hassles and install it. Just heed the warning not to alter or delete anything on your iPhone from within the program or you run the risk of screwing up your device.

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  145. November 08, 2012 at 1:46 pm, ET said:

    Very helpful! You helped me out with organizing my interview data! I’ll check out the rest of your site.

    Reply

  146. November 08, 2012 at 3:05 pm, rick said:

    documentes and settings\ur_user_name\my documents\my music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Voice Memos

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  147. November 14, 2012 at 8:44 am, Nikki said:

    This erased all the voice memos from my phone!!!!!! Totally lost them now. Not a great solution!

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  148. November 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm, DennisP said:

    Windows 7 IPhone 4S here: connect IPHone, open Itunes if not opened. wait for autosync to finish or sync.

    keep phone connected. open dictator :) go to list memos. right arrow. shorten memo, dont really shorten. wait for it to be ready. go back to itunes sync and wait.

    this might happen cuz u dictated stuff before u used itunes sync the first time. just a guess

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  149. December 02, 2012 at 9:09 pm, M. said:

    I cant find the consolidate button in Library. Help!

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  150. December 04, 2012 at 3:45 am, George Chuah said:

    Hi everyone, all this while my Voice Memos were transferring from my Iphone 4s to itunes with out any problems. I can even transfer my voice memos to my iPod classic too from iTunes. Problem now is that I can see the voice memos (NEWLY recorded) in my iphone 4s ONLY. But when connected to iTunes. The file wont show up in the voice memo play list (under DEVICE)….
    I have all those Voice Memos playlist checked.
    Im currently using iMac using OS Mountain Lion. iTunes 11.
    on iphone it is the latest 6.0.1

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  151. December 04, 2012 at 3:47 am, George Chuah said:

    Hi everyone, all this while my Voice Memos were transferring from my Iphone 4s to itunes with out any problems. I can even transfer my voice memos to my iPod classic too from iTunes. Problem now is that I can see the voice memos (NEWLY recorded) in my iphone 4s ONLY. But when connected to iTunes. The file wont show up in the voice memo play list (in my DEVICE).
    Currently im using iMac Mountain Lion. iPhone 4s with iOS 6.0.1.
    Please help me guys… thanks for the solution…

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  152. December 07, 2012 at 5:25 pm, Kym said:

    THANK YOU! Quick, easy and to the point! THANK YOU. Your a life saver! I love the INTERNET!

    Reply

  153. December 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm, ISA said:

    FINALLY!!

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  154. December 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm, Sunny said:

    Recently updated I-phone and was told I would not lose old quick voice messages, but when I just checked just now I couldn’t even open Quick Voice on old Apple I phone. So depressed. My father passes this year and his voice messages where on there. Phone had not been synched to a computer before getting new phone. PLEASE HELP.

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  155. January 08, 2013 at 7:38 pm, Kristiina said:

    Hey!

    I want to sync my iphone but it doesn’t allow me. It says that if I sync it, my whole itunes library will sync to my iphone, but I don’t want that. How can I sync my iphone without moving all of my music to my iphone?

    Thanks!

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  156. January 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm, Henry said:

    Um, why does it say barenaked ladies on your iPhone drop down!

    Reply

    • January 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm, David Kirk said:

      It’s the name of a music group.

      Reply

  157. January 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm, patrick said:

    Nothing works. I told it to include voice memos, and a voice memo playlist appeared in my itunes with no memos in it. So I did the consolidate thing and plugged my iphone in and synced it but nothing changed. Then I deleted the voice memo playlist to see if it would reappear if I synced the iphone again, but now it won’t come back no matter what I do. Prease herp

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  158. January 17, 2013 at 2:22 am, sL said:

    When I go to click “sync music” in itunes, it tells me it will erase all the music on my iphone and replace it with my itunes library…but unless i sync it won’t allow me to upload the memos…
    how the eff can i get these recordings off this thing without also losing all my music??
    thanks!

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  159. January 28, 2013 at 11:15 am, May said:

    I have 15 voice memos in my phone. File sizes are quite lagre (total 16 hours long) and I can’t send them out via email. I can see all files under the tab “On this iPhone” when phone is plugged to computer but it synced 5 files only. I’ve also tried the recommended method (In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files) but it doesn’t work. My computer is Window 7 and my phone is iPhone4S with iOS 6.0.1. Please let me know whether above method to snyc is applicable for my software versions. Also please advise if there is another method to transfer voice memos from phone to computer. Thanks.

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  160. January 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm, sdfulbright said:

    I thought being able to record my lectures with my ipod was a great feature but now after a year I am suffering hours and hours and hours of frustration as this unit sometimes backs up my voice memos and at others not. It stores some of the memos on my computer and some not completely randomly in a folder here or there. Nothing is consistent and so I waste time trying to get voice memos to upload and trying to make archivable folders of the recordings by subject just trying to find the files. Is this an Apple product really? The company that was all about friendly user interface? Is there some reason why we can’t simply access folders on our ipod and drag them to itunes or to any folder of our choosing? Why is this completely dysfunctional itunes software trying to rob us of our OWN recordings? The most recent stupidity I have to suffer is that the itunes software is stopping the back up for over capacity. I don’t want to download everything in itunes to my ipod, I want to upload a few voice memos to the damn computer! So typical of a company for whom greed has overtaken the very reason they had a market edge to begin with. At this point I am so turned off that rather than spend money I might have spent to upgrade to an updated iphone (as if banishing free unlimited data time was not enough to dissuade us) I think I will purchase a more sophisticated and user friendly recording device.

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  161. February 08, 2013 at 1:39 am, Dan said:

    Been trying to transfer an important 16 minute memo for two HOURS now. None of the options work. This is my wife’s phone and this is why I have Android. This is absolutely terrible…something that should be so simple Apple makes so hard. In my Android…I just navigate to the folder and drag and drop files anywhere I want. Ridiculous.

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  162. February 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm, Shiloh said:

    Thank you so much!!

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  163. March 09, 2013 at 3:56 pm, bleh said:

    Still doesnt work

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  164. March 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm, Rita said:

    I have followed the instruction to transfer my long voice memos to my Itunes on my PC, however, after clicking on music tab, it does not let me click on voice memos.. It does not allow me to click on none of the options… What is happening?

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  165. March 27, 2013 at 10:46 am, Rita said:

    I followed all the steps, however the voice memos have not been transferred to my PC…
    Can you help me?

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  166. March 27, 2013 at 11:12 am, Rita said:

    Can’t get it to work. It shows the voice memos item in my itunes, but it is empty.
    I tried everything… Please help.

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  167. March 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm, Mike said:

    I seem to have had some different luck.

    I followed these instructions from start to finish, and had them show up in my iTunes, so that did work. I wasn’t able to perform any advance functions with them in the itunes library though, so i ran through the instructions one more time and followed the last steps concerning those having difficulties, and POOF my voice memos were gone. I’m talking disappeared. luckily i backed up my phone and am in the process of retrieving them, but I have no idea why they vanished. I’ve never had files on my phone disappear from syncing before.

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  168. April 02, 2013 at 6:21 pm, Elliot said:

    iPhone fifth generation memos too long to be emailed. That’s annoying is also another complaint that I got is when I tried to send email pictures they’re upside down

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  169. April 02, 2013 at 6:23 pm, Elliot said:

    Emailing pictures and they’re upside down that’s got to be one of the most annoying things that I have ever seen plus large voice memos email over 13 minutes long and there too large to be emailed both of the two things I think that are bugging me right now. iPhone 5th generation

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  170. April 05, 2013 at 1:50 pm, Wanda said:

    is there an app or program that will transcribe voice memos collected on the I-Phone 4

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  171. April 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm, Michaeal A Fox said:

    I’ve got “Quick Voice” but it will not send anything. I’ve tried repeatedly. I also have a pc, if that matters… and when I sync my phone the recordings I made don’t even show up. Very frustrating.

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  172. May 09, 2013 at 4:51 am, Eva said:

    I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t seem to understand the sync concept…
    I have a bunch of voice memos on my iPhone which I want to transfer to my computer/mac/hard disk.
    When I check the “Sync Music” checkbox in iTunes in the Music section, a warning pops up:
    “Are you sure you want to sync music” All existing content on the iPhone will be removed and replaced with songs and playlists from your iTunes library.”

    Well I don’t want my content on the iPhone be removed and replaced with songs and playlists from my iTunes library, I just want to back up my voice memos!
    Transfer by e-mail is no option since there are several voice memos larger than the permitted mb to send by e-mail. I just can’t understand why one would sync his whole library all the time because of backing up a few files?

    Some time ago I found some third party software for transferring pictures to pc without iTunes, but don’t find anything for mac.

    Thanks in advance.

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  173. May 09, 2013 at 4:53 am, Eva said:

    Ps. The options “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” and “Notify me of new posts by email” in the reacion form would be more logically placed before the “Submit comment” button. Thanks.

    Reply

  174. May 16, 2013 at 2:56 am, Austin said:

    Helpful advice. Not sure why I didn’t find the share button.

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  175. June 04, 2013 at 4:24 am, Calinere Drn said:

    Really thanks, i have just tried, and it works. I often use iStonsoft recently, and it is also good. Now, i have two methods to use, thank you again!

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  176. June 06, 2013 at 1:46 pm, Anu Gunn said:

    1. select the voice memos you want
    2. right click to make a playlist
    3. go back into regular itunes (not your iphone)
    4. copy and paste into your Finder folder

    this just worked for me. iTunes is sooooooo annoying!

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  177. June 06, 2013 at 3:40 pm, Nick said:

    I have a LOT of voice memos that are important for my work. I’ve never synced before and am worried it will delete what’s there along with the old music. Is that an issue?

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  178. June 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm, annette said:

    i have been trying to get a 35 minute recording off my iphone4 but i can not locate it anywhere but on my phone. I have tried to share it to my email/ text (an MMS option does not occur on my phone) but its too long. i tried copying what was stated above but the option of ‘recordings/voice memos’ was not even available. i’ve tried itunes and icloud but nothing seems to help. please help. ive read comments below but nothing can work as im unable to locate file. HELP

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  179. July 16, 2013 at 3:50 am, Cristine said:

    Thankyou so much. Tried everything. This worked! Appreciate your help with this article David.

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  180. August 01, 2013 at 7:44 am, Orli said:

    why i cant change the “include voice memos”? I mean there’s have “V” but i cant change anything…

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  181. August 13, 2013 at 2:16 am, Joy said:

    Thank you so much, it works well

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  182. August 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm, mike said:

    my device doesn’t show up on the left column- so frustrating and transfer from USB- no support with that.

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  183. August 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm, mike said:

    My device doesn’t even show up on the left column in iTunes- nothing shows up in left column on iTunes. What up with that? Running latest version. Further transfer with USB. No support with that.

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  184. September 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm, Sheryl said:

    Thanks.

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  185. October 18, 2013 at 10:30 am, K. said:

    Im running into an issue when I follow your directions.
    I get a message

    “The iPhone “*Iphone” is synced with another iTunes library. Do you want to erase this iPhone and sync with this iTunes library?
    An iPhone can be synced with only one iTunes library at a time. Erasing and syncing replaces the contents of this iPhone with the contents of this iTunes library. ”

    But this is the only computer I use and my icloud syncs up some information daily. So why is it not recognizing my phone all of the sudden?

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  186. October 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm, Randal said:

    thanks for the help, its a shame apple makes it so hard to do simple stuff.

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  187. November 07, 2013 at 12:05 am, Tehanie said:

    Excellent idea I have 3-hours meeting minutes recorded in my Iphone, how can I transfer at the same
    time with words in my mac pro. I need your help.

    thanks a lot.

    Reply

  188. November 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm, Lene Rybner said:

    would you know how to transfer larger files – interviews of about an hours length? I have used soundcloud, which is clever, but the uploading from my I phone to my pc strand every time I try – I guess because the sound file is too big. I guess i can edit the sound file, but I would love a simpler way, if this is possible.

    Thanks

    Lene

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  189. November 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm, njabulo said:

    I am having the same issue, but my recording is 2hr 48m 30s. The scroll bar at the bottom reads
    0:00 on both sides, the slider does not work, nor does any sound come out. Did you find a solution
    to the problem? I am going to to try and get into contact with Apple tomorrow and see if they have
    a solution. If anyone else out there knows how to correct this issue, please let me know. Thank
    you

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  190. January 05, 2014 at 2:24 pm, LB Skelton said:

    Okay, guys. Try this. To transfer your voice memos, plug in iPhone to computer. Open Finder window on Mac. (Make sure in Finder Preferences under Sidebar tab that your computer and Hard Drives are checked under Devices. Close preferences) If that is done look in the Finder window you opened for Devices in the Sidebar and click on your computer name. It will open and you should see your iPhone listed as a folder. Open, go down to Recordings folder and all your voice memos are there in m4a or wav file, even if they don’t show up in iTunes. They are listed by the date created. You can either create a desktop folder and drag files there, or you can double click to add them to iTunes. You’ll have to rename them what you originally did on your iPhone. So, no extra software needed. It’s all on your Mac. Sorry PC folks. Haven’t explored that, yet.

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  191. January 05, 2014 at 2:40 pm, LB Skelton said:

    Just discovered that after I copied all my files from Recordings, I closed all windows and my iPhone showed up on the desktop as a drive. Now I can even drag photos, also. Unplugged it and plugged back in and it still shows up. Pretty little blue desktop drive with stick people on it. What a beautiful sight!

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  192. February 04, 2014 at 1:59 am, Mitch said:

    Ok so after 1 1/2 hours of looking and tinkering this worked for me. Go to the iTunes drop down bar at the top left hand side of iTunes -> Click on “Preferences…” -> Click on the tab “Devices: -> Check the box that says “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically. Then follow the steps described on this page under “via iTunes” stopping at step 5 to check and see if the memos have shown up. If not complete the additional steps described after step 7. After completing these steps the voice memos playlist (which I did not have when I started and couldn’t get till this point) and all my voice memos showed up in my iTunes. I hope this helps fellow iPod and iPhone users.

    Son of a huge tech geek,
    Mitch

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  193. February 12, 2014 at 6:46 am, Alexander said:

    I have lots of voice memos in my iphone 4S, which I would like to transfer to my Macbook air. Pls give the direction on this.
    Thank you and regards

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  194. February 24, 2014 at 11:20 am, Christine said:

    Hello,
    I have 167 voice memos which I would love to get saved om my pc. I have tried to do what you suggest with the library but when I plug the iphone in, nothing happens. The playlist “voice memos” remain empty.
    I really really hope you can help!
    Kind regards
    Christine

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  195. February 24, 2014 at 11:26 am, Christine said:

    Hi again
    I forgot to click the “notify me” when you have an idea of what to do with my problem regarding saving voice memos to pc.
    I hope you will use this “comment” to your answer, so that I cen see it:-)
    Many thanks and looking forward to any help you can give.
    Christine

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  196. March 05, 2014 at 2:09 pm, Sinead said:

    Unable to transfer files from voice memos to iphone 4s. Clicked on voice memos, clicked on sync, no files in voice memos under playlist. Why?

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  197. March 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm, Stephanie said:

    Hey guys, David’s advice of making the voice memos sync to the iTunes library works perfectly. Once you’re at the Voice Memo playlist, just select, and ctrl/ command c to copy those memos that you want into another folder — quick and simple :)

    Reply

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