How to Send an Audio Message on iPhone: Best Easy Guide

How to send an audio message on iPhone

Text messages can be a difficult way to express feelings or emotions at times. You can always phone someone if you have anything important to say to them, but an audio message is less intrusive and far more handy (and faster) to send or listen to. Using the Apple Messages and Voice Memos applications, you can record and share an audio message. In this article, we will explain how to send an audio message on an iPhone, how to listen to these audio messages, and how to share them with non-iPhone users.

How to Send an Audio Message on iPhone

Using Messages App

If you have much to say in a text message, typing it out may take some time. Additionally, autocorrect poses a risk of typing errors. However, you can be very specific with your message to your recipient by sending a voice message through the Messages app. 

Here’s a guide on how to send an audio message on your iPhone:

  • Get your iPhone’s Messages app open. Select the conversation to start it if you already have one going with the recipient. Otherwise, press the New Message button in the upper right corner and type the recipient’s name in the To field.
  • Tap and hold the audio icon in the lower right corner of the text message box. Hold the icon while voicing your message. Release your finger once you’re done.
  • To hear your message, tap the play button symbol in the gray area on the right. Tap the X to the left of the message to cancel or re-record it. 
  • To send your voice message, tap the up arrow in the gray space to the right.

When your message is seen by the receiver, they hit the Play button to start listening.

Disadvantages of Using Messages App

The following are a few drawbacks to using Messages for voice messages:

  • You cannot presently send voice messages from an iPhone to an Android phone using the Messages app.
  •  Audio messages immediately disappear two minutes after you finish listening to them by default. Your receiver can choose to keep your message by selecting Keep, or they can stop it from expiring by navigating to Settings > Messages.

Consider sharing your message via Voice Memos if your intended receiver doesn’t have an iPhone or you want to prevent the potential expiration of your audio message.

Using Voice Memos

The Voice Memos app is great for recording audio notes, meeting speakers, and more. Because you can simply share an audio recording from the app, this is a viable alternative to the iPhone’s Messages app.

  • On your iPhone, open Voice Memos and tap (but do not hold) the red Record button at the bottom. 
  • Give your message. As you speak, the duration of the recording will be displayed.
  • When you’ve finished your message, press the red Stop button.
  • The recording appears at the top of the screen. You can listen by tapping the Play button.
  • To share, tap the three dots next to the recording’s name.

Tap the existing title and write in the new one to rename the recording before sharing it.

  • Choose Share.
  • From the Share Sheet, select a sharing option. You can send the audio message by text message, email, or a shared storage service like Dropbox, depending on your iPhone’s sharing choices.

When you send a recording from Voice Memos, it is saved as an M4A file. So your receiver can open it in whatever audio player they have and listen to it.

With voice messages on your iPhone, you can rest your fingers, say anything you need to say, or let your relatives hear your children say hello.

How to Listen to and Respond to a Recorded Audio Message

If you receive an audio message, you can tap play or just raise your iPhone up to your ear to listen. You can also send an audio reply by raising your iPhone.

Lower your iPhone and then lift it to your ear to respond with an audio message. You should hear a tone before recording your response. Lower your iPhone, then hit the blue arrow symbol to send the voice message.

Raise to Listen may be enabled by going to Settings -> Messages, scrolling down to the Audio Messages section, and turning on “Raise to Listen.” After you’ve turned it on, you may hold your iPhone up to your ear to listen to incoming messages. Raise to Listen will change to Raise to Talk after you listen to them, allowing you to bring your iPhone to your mouth and begin recording a response.

How Can I Use My Voice to Compose Text Messages on My iPhone?

First, activate iOS voice dictation. Tap and hold the microphone icon on the keyboard in the Messages app to record your message.

Why Can’t I Send Audio Messages on my iPhone?

If you don’t have access to consistent WiFi or cellular data, you won’t be able to send audio messages to others. As a result, you must determine whether your network is stable enough to use this feature. Turning airplane Mode on and off can sometimes help you troubleshoot your network.

Can You Share Audio with Non-iPhone Users?

You won’t be able to share an audio file using the iPhone Messages app. However, you can share audio with iPhone users using the Voice Memo App. You can send the audio file by text message, email, or a shared storage service like Dropbox, depending on your iPhone’s sharing choices.

How Do I Send Audio From My iPhone to WhatsApp?

Unfortunately, there is no straightforward way to send a file from your voice memo app to WhatsApp, but here’s an interesting way to solve the problem:

Send the Voice Memo file as an email to an email address you’ve configured on your phone.

If you hold down on the file icon in the email with the file, you should get a few choices.  “Open In Whatsapp” is one of them.  Tap it, and it will ask you to select a contact to email it to.

When you tap on a contact, you will be asked if you wish to send the file. Simply press yes to send the message.

How Do I Turn on Audio Sharing on My iPhone?

You’ll need a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running the most recent version of iOS or iPadOS, as well as compatible wireless headphones.

How to Begin Sharing

  • Connect your iOS or iPadOS smartphone to your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or Beats headphones.
  •  Tap the AirPlay button in the Control Center, the Lock Screen, or the app you’re listening to on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap the Share Audio button.
  • If your friend has AirPods or AirPods Pro, place them next to your device and open the lid with the AirPods inside the case. Hold your device close to your friend’s AirPods Max. If your friend has Beats wireless headphones, pair them with your device and hold them close to it.
  • Tap Share Audio when you see your friend’s headphones appear on your screen
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