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How to save audio messages on iPhone, or export them to your computer

Taking control of your iPhone audio messages

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Saving iPhone audio messages

Audio messages are a convenient, quick and easy way to talk with your contacts. Whether your hands are tied, you'd like to send a more personalised message, or you just need to do a quick "info-dump", you may consider sending an audio message.

An audio message is simply a recording of your voice that you can send as part of your iMessage conversation. So rather than typing out or reading a message, you can instead record your message and listen to audio messages from others.

In this article, we'll take a deep dive into audio messages on iPhone. We'll cover how to use them, how to save them, and how to export them to your computer.

Quick Jump to:

  1. Sending audio messages from iPhone or iPad
  2. How to stop your iPhone/iPad automatically removing your audio messages
  3. Save audio messages to your Windows PC
  4. Save audio messages to your Mac

Sending audio messages from iPhone or iPad

To send an audio message, follow these steps...

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the conversation you wish to send a message to.
  3. To the right of where you would usually type a reply, instead tap and hold the voice icon.
  4. You can now record your message.
  5. Release the voice icon to stop recording.
    • Tap the 'play' icon to preview your message.
    • Tap the 'x' icon to cancel and delete the recording.
    • Or tap the upward pointing arrow to send your audio message.
Sending an audio message on iPhone
Sending an audio message on iPhone

How to stop your iPhone/iPad automatically removing your audio messages

If you've sent audio messages before, and then looked back at our conversation, you may have thought "where did my iPhone audio messages go?" Yes, by default the Messages app will automatically delete audio messages after just 2 minutes.

Once they're gone, they're gone - but you can save the audio messages to keep them saved and stored on your device.

To keep a single audio message, tap "Keep" underneath an audio message to prevent it from being automatically removed.

Keep an audio message on iPhone
Keep an audio message on iPhone

If your device is using a version previous to iOS12, you also have the option to save audio messages to the Voice Memos app.

To do this, tap and hold an audio message, then choose "Save".

If you'd like to keep all your sent and received audio messages, you can prevent your iPhone from deleting them. This will also mean that you won't need to manually choose to "Keep" each message. Here's how...

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and select "Messages".
  3. In this list, under "AUDIO MESSAGES" tap "Expire".
  4. Finally, choose "Never" to ensure that your sent/received audio messages are never automatically removed from your device.
Set audio messages never to expire
Set audio messages never to expire

Save audio messages to your Windows PC

Since you can't install the Apple Messages app on Windows, you'll need a third-party solution to access your messages and save them to PC.

TouchCopy is a superb program which empowers you to be able to access all content on your iPhone/iPad/iPod when you connect it to your computer.

With TouchCopy you can access all sorts of information including Music, Messages, Contacts, Photos, Call Logs, Notes (and more!) and copy just what you need to your PC.

Extra: TouchCopy can even access WhatsApp conversations, and copy your WhatsApp audio messages!

For the scope of this guide, we'll take a look at how to view iPhone/iPad messages on your PC, and how to copy them - including attachments like Audio Messages - to your computer. Let's get started...

  1. Download and install TouchCopy on your PC.
  2. Open TouchCopy and connect your iPhone/iPad with your PC using your USB cable.
  3. Open the Messages section and select the conversation containing your desired audio message.
    • You can listen to your audio message through TouchCopy by clicking "Click to listen" on your desired item.
  4. Optional: Filter to only show the messages you want to copy by using the "Set Date Range" feature.
  5. Click "Copy Messages" to export your conversation and all attachments to your PC.
  6. Choose the folder on your PC where you'd like to save the files to, and click "OK".
Viewing iPhone audio messages using TouchCopy on PC
Viewing iPhone audio messages using TouchCopy on PC

TouchCopy will save your conversation as a HTML file to your selected location on your PC. You can double-click this HTML file to open your conversation in your default web browser.

You may also notice that a second folder was created alongside your HTML file containing any attachments in the conversation - this includes any images, videos and of course those all important audio recordings. So if you'd like to copy the audio file from this location, and share it via email or another message you can certainly do that.

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The free TouchCopy demo download allows you to connect your device and view all your Messages and other content. The demo is limited to copying 100 music tracks, so to unlock copying of Messages and loads more, you'll need to purchase a licence.

Save audio messages from iPhone/iPad to your Mac

If you have a Mac, you'll probably already know that you can use iMessages directly on your computer.

This is a fantastic feature which allows you to sync your iMessages so that you can access your iPhone/iPad conversations on your Mac.

For the purposes of this article, this is especially useful because it enables you to listen to audio messages and even save them to your Mac's hard drive.

Before you start, you'll need to ensure that you have set up iMessages on your Mac with the same Apple ID that you use for your iPhone/iPad.

How to save audio messages to your Mac...

  1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. Select the conversation containing your desired audio message.
  3. Right-click the audio message, and click "Copy".
  4. Launch Finder and open the location on your Mac where you would like to save the file.
  5. Right-click inside the folder and choose "Paste item".
Save audio messages to Mac
Save audio messages to Mac

Listening back to your saved audio messages on your Mac is easy. The messages will be saved as .caf or .amr files which Macs support by default. So you can simply right-click such a file, then "Open With" QuickTime Player.


We hope you found this guide useful to understanding and taking control of your audio messages.

Remember that audio messages will automatically be removed from your devices after a short time unless you choose to keep them.

If you'd like to back up your audio messages to your computer, you can do so using Messages on Mac or TouchCopy on PC!

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