How to Voice Record on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Voice recording on Mac is a handy feature that allows you to capture audio for various purposes. Whether you want to record a podcast, create voice memos, or even dictate text, Mac provides an easy and efficient way to do it. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of voice recording on Mac using the built-in Voice Memos app.

Step 1: Launching the Voice Memos App

First, open the Voice Memos app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or search for it using Spotlight (Cmd + Space).

Step 2: Setting up Microphone

Before you start recording, make sure your microphone is properly set up and functioning. Connect an external microphone if needed or check that your built-in microphone is enabled and selected as the input device in System Preferences > Sound.

Step 3: Starting a New Recording

To start a new recording, click on the red circle button at the center of the Voice Memos window. Alternatively, you can also use the shortcut Cmd + R.


  • Position yourself close to the microphone: For better audio quality, sit close to your microphone and ensure there are no obstructions between you and the mic.
  • Avoid background noise: Find a quiet location for recording to minimize background noise that may affect the clarity of your recordings.

Step 4: Pausing and Resuming Recording

If you need to pause your recording temporarily, click on the pause button (two vertical lines) in the lower-left corner of the Voice Memos window. To resume recording, click on the same button again.

Step 5: Finishing and Saving the Recording

To stop recording, click on the stop button (square) in the lower-left corner of the Voice Memos window. Once you stop recording, a new entry will be created in the list on the left-hand side of the app window with a timestamp.


  • Add labels and descriptions: To make it easier to find your recordings later, you can add labels and descriptions by right-clicking on an entry and selecting “Edit” from the context menu.
  • Trim unnecessary parts: If you want to remove any unwanted sections from your recording, select an entry, click on “Edit,” and then use the trim controls to adjust the start and end points of your audio.

Step 6: Sharing Your Recording

If you want to share your recording with others or use it in another application, you can do so easily. Right-click on an entry in the Voice Memos list and select “Share” from the context menu. You’ll have options to share via AirDrop, Mail, Messages, or other compatible apps.

That’s it! Now you know how to voice record on Mac using the Voice Memos app.

Whether it’s for personal or professional use, capturing audio has never been easier. So go ahead and start recording!

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