How to Put a Voice Memo on a Flash Drive

The Voice Memos app records sounds directly from your iPhone's microphone.
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Unlike music files, which are exclusively managed through iTunes, Apple's Voice Memos app allows you to copy individual sound files directly to another device, including an external storage device such as a flash drive. Backing up your memos in this way is an excellent way of keeping important memo files safe. You can also use the flash drive to transfer memo files between computers, as the Voice Memos app saves files in the fairly common M4A format.

Open the Voice Memos app, and then select the memo you want to put on the flash drive from the list.

Tap the “Share” button, and then select “Email” from the pop-up box. The app opens a blank email with the memo file attached.

Enter your own email address into the To field, and then click the “Send” button to mail the file to yourself.

Open the email on your computer, and then save the attachment. Different mail programs or websites use different processes for saving attachments, but most allow you to right-click on the file's icon and select “Save” or a similar option.

Connect the flash drive to your computer, open the folder you saved the memo file to in your computer's file browser, and then right-click on the saved memo file and select “Copy.”

Open the flash drive's folder, and then right-click inside it and select “Paste” to paste the memo file to the flash drive.

  • Information in this article applies to the Voice Memos app included with iOS 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.

Andy Walton has been a technology writer since 2009, specializing in networking and mobile communications. He was previously an IT technician and product manager. Walton is based in Leicester, England, and holds a bachelor's degree in information systems from the University of Leeds.