Voice memos on the iPhone: tricks for faster listening (from iOS 15)

The voice memos app on the iPhone and iPad helps to quickly and easily note down thoughts by voice input, speak a text idea or record an interview. Thanks to the current iOS or iPadOS version, additional tools can now be used to listen to the individual recordings. Should text spoken too fast run slower or do you want to play long memos faster? Both are possible! Sections in which there is silence can be automatically skipped to save time. How to do that, I'll show you here. Do you have any other tips and tricks? Then leave a comment!

If you want to play voice memos faster or slower on the iPhone and iPad, you can do so with the right options. In addition, sections of silence can be skipped and interference can be reduced. Here you can find instructions with screenshots.

If you want to play voice memos faster or slower on the iPhone and iPad, you can do so with the right options. In addition, sections of silence can be skipped and interference can be reduced. Here you can find instructions with screenshots.

Play voice memos on iPhone faster or slower

If you have recorded a voice memo on the Apple mobile device and selected it in the corresponding app, you will see a controller symbol to the left of the playback tools. This consists of three horizontal lines, each with a circle. Tap on this symbol and a small menu will open with which you can adjust the playback of the voice memo. 

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Under "Playback speed" you can drag a slider to the left towards the turtle to slow down the playback, or move the slider to the right towards the rabbit to trigger a faster playback. The next menu item is “skip silence” and once activated it ensures that sections of the voice memo in which nothing is said are skipped. The last menu item "Optimize recording" ensures that echo effects and background noise are reduced.

Recommended reading: Official Apple guide on the subject

Trim audio files on the iPhone or iPad with the free app

The Voice memosapp from Apple lets you trim recorded voice memos, conversations and other audio. However, audio files that do not come from this app cannot be edited with it. However, if you want to trim audio or extract a specific section from an audio file, there is a free third-party solution for the iPhone with iOS and the iPad with iPadOS: Audio trimmer. In the linked post you will find all information about the app as well as the link to download it from the official app store.

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