How to Save Voice Memos on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Voice memos are a great way to quickly capture and save your thoughts, ideas, or important information. If you’re using a Mac, saving voice memos is a breeze. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to save voice memos on your Mac.

Step 1: Open the Voice Memos App

The first step is to open the Voice Memos app on your Mac. You can easily find it in your Applications folder or by using Spotlight search.

Pro tip: You can also use the Launchpad to find and open the Voice Memos app.

Step 2: Record Your Voice Memo

Once you have the Voice Memos app open, click on the red record button located at the bottom left of the app window. You can use an external microphone or your Mac’s built-in microphone to record your voice memo.

During recording, you’ll see a waveform representing the audio being recorded. This visual feedback can help you gauge the volume and quality of your recording.

Step 3: Stop Recording

When you’re done recording your voice memo, click on the square stop button located next to the record button. The recording will automatically be saved as a new voice memo in the Voice Memos app.

Step 4: Rename Your Voice Memo

By default, voice memos are named with a timestamp indicating when they were created. However, you can easily rename them for better organization and easier access later on.

To rename a voice memo, simply right-click on it in the list of recordings and select “Rename” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can also select a recording and press “Return” on your keyboard to enter rename mode.

Step 5: Save Your Voice Memo

Saving your voice memo ensures that it’s stored securely on your Mac’s hard drive. By default, voice memos are saved in the Voice Memos app and can be accessed at any time.

However, if you want to save a copy of your voice memo to a specific location on your Mac, follow these steps:

  • Select the voice memo you want to save.
  • Click on the “File” option in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  • Choose “Export as File” from the drop-down menu.
  • Select a destination folder where you want to save the voice memo.
  • Click “Save.”

Step 6: Access Your Saved Voice Memo

Once you’ve saved your voice memo, you can access it whenever you need it. If you saved it within the Voice Memos app, simply open the app and locate the recording in the list.

If you saved it as a file in a specific folder, use Finder to navigate to that folder and find your voice memo file. You can then play it using any media player on your Mac.


Saving voice memos on your Mac is a simple process that allows you to keep important audio recordings organized and easily accessible. Remember to record your memos using the Voice Memos app, rename them if needed, and save them either within the app or as files in specific folders.

Using these steps, you’ll never have to worry about losing or forgetting important voice memos again. Start saving your valuable audio recordings today!

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