Transcribe voice memos to text on iPhone

The inbuilt voice recorder, Voice Memos app, on iPhone iPad records voice via internal microphone and saves them as audio files in .m4a format. This audio recorder however doesn’t support audio transcription. As a result we need to manually transcribe audios, play the audio from iOS device and type in a text editor like Microsoft Word, Notes or Notepad on our computer. Is there an app to convert those voice recordings to text automatically? Dictation software, smart audio recorders with automated or machine transcription can help us digitize what we say in real-time. See this tutorial to transcribe voice recordings to text on iPhone using Just Press Record app.

In this quick guide, we will show you how to make use of this third-party sound recorder for iOS to quickly transcribe existing voice memos, verbal notes, speech recording, lecture recording captured using the stock Voice Memos app on iPhone.

As we mentioned above, this voice recorder app convert voice into text in real-time, it does not allow us to import existing audio recordings from third-party apps or other recorders to transcribe them. A workaround is to copy your voice memos or speech recordings from the Voice Memos to the output folder of the Just Press Record app, then use its machine transcription to transcribe them. See more details below.

Run Just Press Record. Tap Settings from the bottom right corner, find Storage Location and change it from This iPhone to iCloud Drive. Tap Done button and return to its main interface. Try to record a short voice clip using this recorder app.

just press record app for iPhone - settings

Then open the stock Files app on your iPhone. Browse to iCloud Drive > Just Press Record, you can now see a new folder with the current date as the folder name. What you have just recorded is saved in this folder.

Launch the Voice Memos app, find the recording you want to transcribe, swipe left to show More Actions, tap on it to bring up the actions menu and choose Save to Files from there. Then browse to the above output folder of the Just Press Record app and save the voice memo to it.

just press record app for iPhone transcribe speech, voice to text
just press record app for iPhone transcribe speech, voice to text

Bring the third-party recorder app to the front. You should find the iPhone voice memo from the Recents tab or switch to Browse tab to access the output folder in iCloud Drive and find the imported voice memo or sound recording. Tap on the external recording file to reveal the toolbar below it. Choose Transcribe to convert the voice memo or sound recording into searchable text.

iPhone voice memos transcription tips

  • Connect your device to the internet during the transcription process to use its machine transcription to transcribe your voice memos and recordings online.
  • Make sure to select the correct transcription language from the recorder app’s settings. Otherwise your voice, speech can’t be transcribed accurately.

2 thoughts on “Transcribe voice memos to text on iPhone”

  1. Great tutorial:
    I was just able to move a Watch voice recording (recorded yesterday with the original Apple app) as a file to the “JustPressRecords” folder on iDrive then open it in JustPressRecords and have it transcribed, works fine.
    You just have to follow all the steps exactly as described. (IOS 15.6.1, watch OS 8.6)

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