How to Send & Receive Audio Text Messages on Your iPhone

How to Send and Receive Audio Text Messages

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Within the Messages app, you can send and receive audio messages with other iPhone users. This lets you send brief recordings of music, a voice birthday message, and more. One of my best friends and I enjoy sending audio recordings back and forth, having a full conversation using audio messages. The audio messages you send also disappear after a set amount of time unless the recipient taps Keep. Sending and receiving audio messages is a fun way communicate with your voice without being on the phone. Here’s how to send and receive audio text messages.

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To send an audio text message from your iPhone:

  • Open the Messages app and start or continue a conversation thread.

  • Press and hold the microphone icon to the right of the text entry box to record. 
  • Speak your message.
  • Lift your finger to end recording.
  • To hear the message playback, press the playback arrow.

  • To delete the recording, press the X.
  • To send the message, press the up arrow.

How to listen to an audio message you received on your iPhone:

  • Press the play button on the recording.

  • Once you’ve listened to an audio message you've received or sent an audio message you've recorded, you can choose to keep it, even if you have chosen to have audio messages otherwise automatically deleted after two minutes.
  • Just tap the word Keep that appears for a time under the message.
  • Audio messages you choose to keep must be deleted manually.

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Abbey Dufoe is a freelance writer and a web producer at a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ. She's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the Apple Watch). She tweets and blogs about the earth and the Internet on Twitter at @abbeydufoe and at abbeydufoe.com.