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J Vucich Level 1 (65 points)

After the iOS6 install I noticed that all of my voice memos had been deleted. My entire list is blank. Has anyone else had this issue and if so, how have you been able to correct and or restore the memos.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • garvkapur Level 1 (0 points)

    Same happend with me! Lost all my voice memos after updating to iOS 6! I'm pretty sure they are gone and can't be recovered

  • Farazm Level 1 (0 points)

    Same here I am so choked!!!!!!!! I didn't recieve a warning that all my voice memos where going to be deleted prior to the start of the instalation!!! I hope apple figures out a way to restore the voice memos!

  • J Vucich Level 1 (65 points)

    I did find that all of my voice memos had synced to iTunes. They were placed in a special playlist titled "Voice Memos", go figure. I should mention that I recently synced my iPhone on Sunday night (it is now Wednesday night). As such, all of the memos were saved.


    Not sure if this helps anyone else out, but I was fortunate enough to find them withing iTunes.



  • Lear Pilot Level 1 (15 points)

    Add me to the list of being beyond pi&&ed at this!!!


    I am PAYING Apple to back my phone and iPads

    To the Cloud.....and don't plug my phone to a computer anymore to backup.


    Are my missing voice memos somehow backed up in the Cloud????


    Between this and the Map app, this is the biggest failure I've had with Apple in my more than 12 year relationship with the company. Absolutely, ridiculously unforgivable.

  • legendre Level 1 (0 points)

    this is especially disappointing. I'm a singer/songwriter, and had so many unfinished songs recorded on there. is there no way apple can resolve this issue?

  • Nkdms Level 1 (0 points)

    I lost all my voice memos without any warning during installation which I think is unnaceptable...I am waiting to see if apple can give me a solution.

  • Scott_et Level 1 (0 points)


    Download iExplorer, open in applications, connect your phone, go into media, go into recordings, all the .m4a files are your recordings. I simply drag and dropped into itunes. Problem solved.

  • Sk8Dreams Level 3 (855 points)

    I second Scott_et's suggestion.  iExplorer is worth it.

  • wintersong Level 1 (10 points)

    I have posted a slightly more detailed walkthrough of Scott_et's suggested recovery process here:



    This may be more helpful to you if your experience mirrors mine, in that the recordings were no longer on my phone itself, but rather found in the backup file stored on my computer. Good luck!

  • atthetone Level 1 (0 points)

    This also works: Connect the iPhone to a PC running Linux. The iPhone will show up and you will see folders, one of them is called Recordings. This is where I found mine even though the phone doesn't know them anymore.

  • Nkdms Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried atthetone's solution, the Linux one, and it works fine for me. I found all my voice memos and then I backed them up just in case.


    Apparently this is a iOS6 bug and Apple has to do something about it.

  • CECILYGAMBRELL Level 1 (0 points)

    THIS WORKS FOR RECOVERY OF LOST VOICE MEMOS (following software  update)!!!


    Hello my friends of lost memos, I too experienced the horrific incident of all my memos gone following a software update. I  wanted to say; I followed Scott_et instructions -- downloaded  iExplorer -- it was jiff fast, and you don't have to buy the program to recover your memos, you can recover/copy/transfer  through the demo version.  And wintersong's instruction are spot  for a quick  process.


    Best of luck to you all, I know your pain, there is a cure. 


    Thank you Scott_et and wintersong for the info, you are both saintly saints!

  • jo33ddi3 Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you friend! I've learned my lesson.....I hope

  • matrixxzero Level 1 (130 points)

    This is why computer geeks always say "backup, backup, backup"


    If you had set your device to sync over wifi, then your memos may be in iTunes as a backup.


    Unfortunately, I do not believe that music and voice memos are part of the iCloud backup unless you arranged for larger data storage and manual storage.


    If you subscribed to iTunes Match, all your music would be safe in the cloud but I am not certain about voice memos even though they are part of the music library.


    This is why before I upgrade I always make a backup first, and after the upgrade restore I restore from backup to get everything back on the new device.


    I hope that you are able to find your files on your computer or at your last backup


    EDITED TO ADD: But you all are right. This is something that Apple should address.


    Message was edited by: matrixxzero

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