Neal Augenstein

iOS 7 update: How to turn your iPhone into a microphone

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Just say no to old-fashioned phone interviews.

With a few simple steps, a reporter or newsmaker can record near-studio-quality audio on an iPhone, using the built-in Voice Memos app.

The interface for iOS 7 is different than previous versions, but the principles remain the same.

In iOS 7, you can now email up to 15 minutes of audio – a big improvement over previous versions.

If the file is too large to email, Voice Memos allows basic trimming, in the Edit function.

iOS 7 has a very nice new Edit feature – the option to Save As New Recording, or Trim Original.


  1. please show the steps to do actual editing of the memos.

    Been trying many times and still cant trim that 1 second off my recordings. Frustrating!!!

    • Hi. I’ll do a demo soon. In the meantime, try this. Instead if thinking of deleting that extra second you don’t want, you highlight and save as new the part you DO want.

      Specifically, choose the file you want to edit. Press Edit. Press that strange looking shape on the right. Use the red and blue ‘handles’ to isolate the audio you want to keep. Hit Trim, then Save as New Recording.

      Let me know if that works!

  2. […] UPDATE (1/17/2015): WTOP’s new engagement app is available for download, in iOS or Android. Click here to see how the app is an easier alternative to VoiceMemo. […]

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