How to Save Voice Messages to Voice Memos on iPhone With iOS 17

With iOS 17, saving voice messages as memos on your iPhone is easier than ever. The new “Audio Messages” feature lets you access saved voice messages anytime for future reference.

This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to seamlessly save incoming voice messages as voice memos. By following these simple instructions, you’ll be able to preserve important audio messages and listen to them later when needed.

What is Save to Voice Memos on iOS 17?

iOS 17 introduces an intuitive new feature – the ability to save voice messages directly to the Voice Memos app. This provides a simple way to catalog and access audio clips previously sent through the Messages app.

With Save to Voice Memos, users can now preserve meaningful voice messages for long-term storage and convenient playback. Whether it’s a loving message from family, an inspiring speech, or important work instructions, voices messages can now be saved and referenced anytime.

While you can save any voice message you’ve sent to another person, the feature does not allow saving clips received from others. Once saved as an “audio message”, the clip can also be backed up to iCloud for extra redundancy.

Also Read: How to Enable Audio Message Transcriptions on iOS 17

How to Save Voice Messages to Voice Memos on iPhone With iOS 17

Before saving voice messages to memos, ensure your iPhone meets these prerequisites:

  • Your device must be updated to iOS 17. To check, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Download and install any available updates.
  • Adjust your Audio Message settings so messages don’t expire. Go to Settings > Messages > Audio Messages and select the “Never” option under Expire.

With those set, here are the steps to save a voice message:

  • Open the Messages app and select the conversation with the voice message you want to save.
  • Long press the voice message until a pop-up menu appears.
  • Tap “Save to Voice Memos” in the pop-up menu.
  • The voice message will now be saved as an audio file in the Voice Memos app.

How to View the Saved Voice Memos?

Once you’ve saved a voice message from the Messages app, accessing it again in Voice Memos is simple:

Open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone.

Tap on “All Recordings” to see a list of all memos.

Look for recordings with the prefix “Audio Message” – these are your saved voice messages.

The name of the sender will also be shown next to each voice message recording.

Tap on any “Audio Message” to play it back.

The most recently saved voice message will be at the top of your Voice Memos list for quick access. With just a tap, you can listen again to important voice messages that you’ve preserved for future reference.

What Messages Can be Saved, and What Cannot?

The Save to Voice Memos feature allows preserving voice messages you have sent to others. However, it does not permit saving any incoming voice messages received from someone else.

When you long-press a voice message you sent, you will see the “Save to Voice Memos” option. This saves your outgoing clip as a memo.

But for received voice messages, long-pressing does not show the saving option. There is currently no way to directly save voice messages from others within iOS 17 Messages.

How to Backup Voice Memos to iCloud?

Once you’ve saved important voice messages as memos, you can also backup them to iCloud for safekeeping and universal access:

  • Go to Settings and tap on your profile name at the top.
  • Select the “iCloud” menu.
  • Tap on “Show All” to view the full list of apps.
  • Turn on the switch next to “Voice Memos”.

Enabling the iCloud backup for Voice Memos will automatically sync all your saved voice message memos. This provides a redundant copy accessible from any iOS device logged into your iCloud account.

Final Words

Being able to save meaningful voice messages is a game changer. With just a few taps, you can now catalog cherished audio clips from loved ones or important instructions from work as permanent voice memos.

No more worrying about losing the emotional or practical value of voice messages. iOS 17’s Save to Voice Memos feature lets you conveniently convert sentimental or helpful voice messages into accessible audio keepsakes.

Update to iOS 17, and securely backup voice memos to the cloud for extra peace of mind. With this new feature, you’ll never again regret not preserving a voice message. Go make some audio memories to cherish forever!

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Lara Reyans is a Senior Editor & Content Strategist at The Mac Pinch, based in London. With a strong focus on privacy & security, iOS & Android operating systems, streaming, consumer technology, social media, and ride-sharing companies & technologies, Lara brings a wealth of expertise to the team.

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