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How to Record a Voice Memo on an iPhone in the background

Especially students, journalists, musicians and business people can appreciate the native “Voice Memo” functionality the iPhone provides by default. Check out the “Voice Memo” iPhone app on your Home Screen or search for it via Spotlight to record speech, music ideas or a meeting. The nifty little trick we’re about to show to you will make this feature even more useful in daily life.

How to record audio on iPhone

Open your “Voice Memo” app to begin. Make sure that the audio source is nearby and position your iPhone so that the main microphone (at the bottom of the device) points towards it. If you are recording a music concert, it might be more beneficial to point the mic away from the sound source, in order to reduce distortion due to high input volume. To use an external microphone that is connected via AirPlay or Bluetooth, simply tap the symbol in the top right corner. This will allow you to select an input source from a list of available items.

To start a new recording, press the red button at the bottom of the device. Your iPhone will display a waveform visualization of the input volume to guide you as to how ideal your recording conditions are. To stop your voice memo recording, simply hit the red button again (now shaped like a stop symbol). Your iPhone will then prompt you to name the recording, save or discard it.


How to multitask while recording audio on iPhone

Voice Memo > Record > Home Button > Status Bar (red) > Stop

Here’s a nifty trick. You can keep the recording going and multitask meanwhile. This will allow you to open up a map, your notes, or even a book you are summarizing and discussing on your audio recording.

Simply press the Home Button while recording and the iPhone will keep recording the microphone input. When you are done, tap the Status Bar at the top of the screen to get back to your Voice Memo app. From there, you can stop the recording and save it as outlined above.

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