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How to Synchronize iPhone Voice Memos with the iTunes Library


When I started looking for ways to transcribe the voice memos located on my phone I quickly discovered that voice memos were only stored on the iPhone and not synced to iTunes.

Unfortunately this is the default setting in iTunes for these precious recordings. In this guide I will show you how to change that setting so that your Voice Memos are available on your iPhone and iTunes for your listening pleasure.

Sync Voice Memos to iTunes

You need to have your iPhone plugged in to your computer with iTunes running before proceeding.

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1. Click on the iPhone under Devices in the left pane of the iTunes window.

2. Click the Music tab in the main application window.

3. Make sure that Sync Music is enabled and check Include voice memos.

Note: If Sync Music is disabled you will need to enable it in order for this to work.

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4. Click Apply to save the changes and sync your iPhone to iTunes.

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A. Once synced, you will be able to click on the Voice Memos playlist and listen to the voice memos on your computer.

If you have any comments or questions please use the comments form below.

Software/Hardware used: iTunes 10.2 and an iPhone 4 running iOS4.3.

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Originally posted Feb 11, 2010

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  • Julianne60

    How can I email a voice message that has been synced to iTunes?

    • Gilberto J Perera

      All you have to do is located in on your computer. If you’re on a Mac,
      right-click the voice memo and then click Locate in Finder. If you’re on
      Windows I believe it says open file location or similar. Once the window
      opens containing the voice memo you wish to send you can right-click and
      choose email from the list of options, if available. Otherwise copy the file
      to a location like the Desktop or the Documents folder and add it as an
      attachment in a new message.

      Hope this helps.

  • Elizabeth

    Get the downloadable program for your computer called “iPhone explorer”. It works perfectly and I had no problems at all.

  • שי עגיב

    but how can i DOWNLOAD the files to my PC ????

    • Gilberto J Perera

      When you synchronize the files they will be stored in your iTunes library…

    • שי עגיב

      got i! tnX ALL!!!!

  • bel

    how to I get my voice memos off my ipod video into itunes? I cant seem to find a include voice memos button on itunes!