How to Transcribe Voice Memos on iPhone & iPad

What to Know

  • Apple doesn't offer a way to transcribe a voice memo, but you can use a third-party app to transcribe Voice Memos.
  • We recommend the Transcribe app, which is simple to use and provides accurate transcription. 

Apple doesn't offer a way to transcribe Voice Memos, but we'll show you how to use a third-party app to transcribe voice notes from an iPhone or iPad. This way, you can easily get transcriptions for your brainstorms and recorded meetings!

How to Transcribe iPhone Voice Memos  

Once you've learned how to record a Voice Memo on your iPhone or iPad, you'll probably wonder, "Can Apple Voice Memos be transcribed?". The answer is yes, Voice Memo transcription is possible! However, it's not a straightforward process. You'll need to download a third-party app to transcribe Voice Memos. There are several Voice Memo transcription apps out there, and some of them are free! For this article, I'm using the Transcribe app, a top-rated transcription software for Voice Memos on iPhone (it also works for videos, meetings, and other transcription needs). You can convert voice memos to text for free for the first fifteen minutes with Transcribe, and $4.99 an hour after your free trial. To begin, download Transcribe from the App Store.

  1. Open the Voice Memos app and tap the recording you want to transcribe.

    tap iphone voice memo to transcribe
  2. Tap the More icon.

    tap more icon on iphone voice memo to transcribe
  3. Tap Share.

    tap share to share voice memo to transcription app
  4. Swipe left across the list of apps and tap the Transcribe app. If you don't see Transcribe, tap More and tap it under Suggestions

    tap transcribe app to transcribe voice memos
  5. Change the Language if you don't want the one offered, then tap Transcribe.

    tap transcribe to transcribe voice memos
  6. Open the Transcribe app.

    tap transcribe app to see voice memo transcription
  7. Tap your Voice Memo transcription in the list.

    tap voice memo transcription to read transcript
  8. Tap the Share icon to export the transcription (you'll need Transcribe Pro to export as a PDF, DOCX, SRT, OR JPG). 

    tap share icon to share ios 17 voice memo transcription

Now you know how to transcribe Voice Memos on an iPhone or iPad! Be sure to check out our Free Tip of the Day for more great Voice Memos tutorials!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.