When a brilliant idea hits, you should document it immediately so it's not forgotten. Whether or not you have pen and paper handy, your Apple iPhone or iPad gives you access to powerful, yet easy-to-use apps: Voice Memos (iPhone) or VoiceRecorder (iPad) can record voice dictation or audio with just a few taps on the device's screen. Jason R. Rich explains how to use your device's built-in microphone and software to record and save notes, ideas, directions, and more.
In this article, you'll discover how to transform your Apple iPhone or iPad into a powerful but intuitive audio recording and dictation tool, which can be used to record, play, and share ideas, meetings, lectures, memos, or other audioanytime or anywhere, using only your mobile device.
As you'll learn, your audio recordings can also be shared with other people or transferred to your computer to be played, edited, shared, or archived. These capabilities are offered via the Voice Memos app for the iPhone and the VoiceRecorder app on the iPadboth of which were created by Apple and are part of the iOS 4.2 operating system.
The Voice Memos and VoiceRecorder apps are designed for ease of use. These apps transform your mobile device into a powerful digital audio recorder that provides one-button recording.
From your device's home screen, tap on the Voice Memos (iPhone) or VoiceRecorder (iPad) program icon. When the app loads, the screen displays a large microphone (Figure 1 shows the VoiceRecorder).
In the lower-left corner of the screen is the Record button. Tap on it once, and your device will begin recording, using the microphone that's built into your iPhone or iPad. Tap on the record icon a second time to pause the recording. To resume recording, tap on the record button again. To end and save a recording, tap on the icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.
The meter at the bottom of the screen indicates how well the audio is being picked up by your iPhone or iPad's internal microphone as you're recording. Ideally, you want the indicator to point somewhere in the middle of the gauge as you're recording, in order to ensure good quality in the playback.