Where Do Voice Messages Save on iPhone?

After they are sent, voice messages will be saved within the conversation they were sent or received. However, keep in mind that it will auto-delete after two minutes unless you Keep it. You can also copy and paste these messages to another app for safekeeping.

While texting is often sufficient for communicating with friends, family, or coworkers, there are some times when I find that sending a voice message is more effective. This could be for giving instructions, feedback, sending notes, or simply just explaining something.

You may only need to listen to this voice message once, but there are some times when you may want to save it to refer back to in the future. As a result, it is important to know where these messages are saved, and how to easily locate them.

Key Takeaways

  • Voice messages will be saved right in the message conversation where they were sent or received.
  • However, these voice messages will auto-delete unless you elect to Keep them, or have changed your settings to ensure that they aren’t set to expire.
  • You can also move these voice messages to other apps (such as Notes or Files) in order to better organize them and/or keep them safe.

Where do Voice Messages Save on iPhone?

When you save a voice message it will remain in the messaging conversation where it was sent or received. Simply navigate to the spot in the conversation where it was sent/received, and you should see a bubble and be able to listen to it as many times as you want.

However, it is important to keep in mind that voice messages will expire two minutes after it is listened to for the first time. So you need to take steps to prevent this deletion if you want to listen to these messages hours, days, or weeks later.

How Can I Prevent Voice Messages from Being Deleted?

If you want to prevent the voice messages from expiring after the two minutes is up, you have a few options. The first is to use the Keep feature. Once you have located the audio message, you should see “Keep” written right below it, and then just need to tap it to save the message.

While you can simply click the Keep button on each message, there is a chance you forget or don’t do it quickly enough, which could lead to the message being lost. Thankfully, there is another method that permanently ensures these messages don’t expire.

To save your voice messages from expiring going forward, you need to go to Settings > Messages. When in this menu, you need to scroll down to the Audio Messages section. Once here, simply change the Expire option from After 2 Minutes, to Never.

Change to never if you want to ensure they don’t expire.

Moving Voice Messages to Another App

While the messages being saved within the message conversation keep them around and ensure they are not automatically lost, it also isn’t the most convenient or secure place to keep them.

It is not only annoying to scroll through and find the right one, but if you were to delete the conversation by accident, you could lose the messages. Instead of this, you can consider moving your important voice messages to another app, such as Notes or Files.

To do this, you simply need to locate the audio message, long-press it, and then select Copy from the list of options provided. Then, head to your app of choice and paste the audio message there. It should remain there permanently, so you can listen to it whenever you want.

In addition to voice messages you send to others, there are also voice memos that you can record for yourself.

These are easy to locate after you’ve recorded them as they remain in the Voice Memos app and you can easily listen to them there. If you cannot find this app, it might be tucked into a Utilities folder.

Final Thoughts

Whether you want to save instructions from someone else, or a vocal note that you yourself recorded, voice messages are a wonderfully helpful and convenient feature.

I hope my guide about where these messages are saved, and how you can find them, has been able to assist you and let you get the most out of this feature.

What sorts of messages/information do you find easier to send over a voice message than a text message? Let me know in a comment.

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