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HT1386 Voice Memos

10281 Views 28 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2013 1:01 PM by voicememoman RSS
  • ChiDeb Calculating status...
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    Nov 18, 2012 11:06 AM (in response to Cellista18)

    I have since noticed that my voice mail messages are now appearing in my "Recently Added" playlist. While I'm glad they are showing up (again?), I'm dismayed there was no easy answer offered. There is no instruction telling us that voice memos will appear there. Also, I'm unable to delete the memo. It seems that any item, big or small, mistake or intentional appears in the "recently added" playlist without option to delete.

  • Matt W (TechnicalMac) Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 10:36 AM (in response to ChiDeb)

    "Recently Added" is s smart playlist and you cannot manage (delete or change) anything from within that playlist. You should be able to switch to your *music* library and search for the memos in question and find them there. This is where you can edit or delete them.


    You can also create your own "Voice Memos" smart playlist if you do not have one now. You should be able to google how to create a smart playlist for voice memos. It involves the creation of a smart playlist to pick up the genre "voice memo."

  • belnbst Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2012 1:52 PM (in response to pacruice)

    I was able to resolve this issue by trying something that no one suggested.


    When I hooked up my phone to iTunes, I right clicked on the iPhone tab (left menu) and it offered me several options, one of which is to Sync.  After I did this rather than the big Sync button on the bottom right corner, it synced every single one of my voice memos (even the long ones which were over an hour long).  It's also the tab that has the back up which is super important if you want your data saved if something goes wrong with your phone.  It's very handy to do both these regularly.


    Hope that helps anyone having the issue of long memo's not saving.  It saved me.

  • SKMartin Calculating status...
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    Dec 11, 2012 8:53 AM (in response to pacruice)

    Hi there,


    I'm having trouble with my voice memos too. Up until yesterday they were working fine and now, even though the record button works, the stop button does not and I can only pause them. Worse again is that the button to go into the menu to view all voice memos is not working so I can't play them from my iPhone and nothing new is saving to my iTunes. Please help!

  • patrickdennis Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2013 2:19 PM (in response to allamadhu)

    There seems to be a problem physically syncing if you are using iCloud to backup and update notes, apps, address book etc. My phone no longer syncs if physically plugged in, so I can't get the hundreds of voice notes, short or long, that I create over the course of every couple of months off of the phone. I've tried to change the update method but no luck so far. And to email all the files to myself is impractical. Does anyone have a work-around for this issue to physically transfer the files to my computer for archiving and organization? Appreciate any help anyone can give.

  • Athelas loraiel Croatia Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 3:18 PM (in response to patrickdennis)

    I tried deleting voice memo list, renaming name of author to new iphone's name,

    recording 40 secs memo (it is the only one syncing), reconnecting and restarting itunes several  times,

    now Im trying two memos in a roll and sync with right mouse button sync from iphone menu....nothing helped so far...

  • Athelas loraiel Croatia Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 4:03 PM (in response to Athelas loraiel Croatia)

    I managed to see the memos with iexplorer program, demo on the net available. But it doesnt allow full rebuilding of itunes in demo mode.

  • cjz11 Calculating status...
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    Jun 13, 2013 10:23 AM (in response to pacruice)

    My ipod was originally synced with another computer (that I don't have access to) and I'm trying to now download voice memos from the ipod to my computer. I am using the manually manage music and videos so I can add music without erasing everything from the ipod, but the voice memos are not syncing onto my computer. If I sync the music (by going to the music tab in itunes when my ipod is connected to my computer) will the voice memos be erased off the ipod too?  How can I get them onto the computer?

  • cjz11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 13, 2013 3:08 PM (in response to belnbst)

    YAHOO!  Thanks beINbst - it worked!  Wow, that was easy.  Thank you so much! 

  • Jaioie1 Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2013 6:07 AM (in response to pacruice)

    If none of the stated options work, you can also try to reset your iTunes sync history by going to the icon looking like a cogwheel on the bottom left or by going to


    Windows: Edit, prefrences, devices....and under the device backup box there should be an option allowing you to reset sync history

    Mac: iTunes, prefrences, devices........

  • Fran Iturbe Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2013 1:02 PM (in response to Jaioie1)

    Hello, I'm having having trouble syncing my voice memos with iTunes but in a oppsite way. I mean, I upload my voice memos to iTunes just fine but it won't dowload back to my iPhone more that 30 audio recordings... Why?


    I record a lot of voice memos recordings for scratch ideas so i keep a pretty big playlist of voice memos that I organice on iTunes. For me is very useful because with this application every time I sync my iPhone the recordings appear on iTunes. But when it comes to get them back on my phone it won't get downloaded more than 30 recordings. Even when that playlist has hundreds of voice memos.

    Is not that I am out of space at all... this are very tiny pieces of audio. Still have more than 9Gb empty.


    Could somebody help me with this weird issue?


    I have not upgraded my phone to IOS7 yet... may be this could make a difference...



  • voicememoman Calculating status...
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    Oct 6, 2013 2:09 PM (in response to Fran Iturbe)

    I have exacty the same problem, have 300 odd memos on my itunes but when I sync only 36 will upload to my iphone 5s.  Someone please help.

  • Fran Iturbe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 12:49 PM (in response to voicememoman)

    Bump again...

    Voicememoman and I share the same trouble but no one seems to be able to suggest a solution?

    By the way, I just upgraded to IOS7... same thing

  • voicememoman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 1:01 PM (in response to Fran Iturbe)

    Not ideal, but what i did to sort the problem was go where the voice memos were residing on my PC.


    Somewhere like C drive/users/(my account)/music/itunes media/voice memos. 


    I then copied the whole file to my docs folder.  Went into each voice memo and re-named it what ever it should be called. 


    Then went into itunes and imported the folder and made it a playlist in my music. 


    I now have my 300 odd voice memos, but in my music as a play list.

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