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iOS 14 allows you to create folders for iPhone voice memos to keep all of your recordings organized – here's how to do it

  • You can create folders for your iPhone voice memos, starting with iOS 14, to organize your recordings if you have many stored on your device.
  • To create folders, use the "New Folder" icon on the new Voice Memos home page.  
  • New recordings are stored in the current folder when you start recording, but you can also move recordings into folders using a swipe gesture or the "Edit" button at the top of the screen. 
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The iPhone's Voice Memos app is a handy tool for easily dictating memos and even capturing interviews and conversations. Until recently, though, there was no way to organize your library of memos. But, starting with iOS 14, you can now create personal folders for voice memos. 

How to create folders for iPhone voice memos

1. Open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone.

2. If the app opens to the All Recordings page, with a list of all your memos, tap the arrow at the top left of the page. This will take you to the new home page which displays your folders – currently, it will only show one folder: "All Recordings."

3. Tap the "New Folder" icon at the lower right corner. In the pop-up window, give the folder a name and tap "Save."

You've now created an empty folder in the My Folders section of the page, into which you can move existing recordings or make new ones.

How to record new iPhone voice memos in a specific folder

Voice memos are automatically stored in whatever folder is open when you tap the Record button.

If you are on the All Recordings page when you start a recording, you'll find the completed recording in the All Recordings folder, which always shows all your voice memos regardless of whether you've organized it into a different folder. 

If you open one of the personal folders and tap "Record," the memo will be automatically stored in that folder. 

How to put iPhone voice memos in folders

You can move memos one at a time or in a group to a personal folder. 

To move a single memo from the All Recordings folder:

1. Open the Voice Memos app and go to the All Recordings page, if you're not already there.

2. Find the recording you want to move and swipe it to the left only until you see the swipe options appear. Don't swipe all the way, or it'll go to the trash. 

3. Tap the blue folder icon.

4. In the "Select a Folder" pop-up, tap the folder you want to move the recording to.

To move a group of memos from the All Recordings folder:

1. Open the Voice Memos app and go to the All Recordings page, if you're not already there.

2. Tap "Edit" at the top right of the page.

3. Tap each memo you want to move.

4. Tap "Move" in the lower left corner of the screen.

5. In the "Select a Folder" pop-up, tap the folder you want to move the recording to.

Related coverage from Tech Reference:

  • How to use pinch-to-zoom in the Voice Memos app on an iPhone to precisely edit and trim recordings

  • How to download Voice Memos from an iPhone in 3 different ways

  • How to listen to audio news stories on your iPhone's Apple News+ service

  • How to turn a video into an audio file on your iPhone using a third-party app

  • How to listen to audiobooks on your iPhone using the Apple Books app

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