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With Apple Shortcuts you can create a shortcut to record voice memos from the iPhone using Siri or a link on your iPhone home screen… But where do voice memos go, and where are they stored, after they are recorded using Shortcuts?
Where Do Voice Memos From The iPhone “Record Audio” Shortcut Go?
Even though I didn’t get it at first… It turns out that the Shortcuts app is pretty cool, actually.
But there seems to be a glitch in the Shortcuts app when it comes to using a “Record Audio” Shortcut.
This is a shortcut you can create that can be invoked using a home screen icon or via Siri by saying something like “Record audio”.
The process of starting the recording seems to work, but a glitch happens and voice recordings seem to disappear… Or go to some netherworld that I have yet to locate…
How iPhone “Record Audio” Shortcut Should Work
The iPhone “Record Audio” Shortcut should work by allowing you to tap the “Record Audio” shortcut icon from your home screen or summon the shortcut with Siri by saying “Record Audio” or whatever command you want to use.
But if you use the shortcut from the home screen or via Siri, the recording disappears.
I looked in the Voice Memos app, in iCloud and in iTunes but couldn’t find the recordings I was making.
I called Apple and they couldn’t help me. Then I went to the Apple Store and they confirmed that there’s a software glitch causing the “Record Audio” shortcut to not save the audio (unless you tap the “Play” icon from within the shortcut itself).
iPhone Voice Memo Shortcut Workaround
The solution to this problem is to create a “Record Audio” shortcut with a second command in it to share the audio file. This is a workaround that will cause the audio file to show up after recording via the iPhone home screen or via Siri and allow you to choose where you want to send the voice recording after it’s recorded.
1) Open the Shortcuts App and tap “Create Shortcut” from within the Library:
This will open up the list of shortcuts you have available.
2) Scroll Down to the Record Audio Shortcut
Tap “Record Audio” from the Shortcuts menu then scroll down again to add the second command.
3) Find the “Share” Shortcut and Tap It
Then click the “Settings” icon in the top right hand corner.
4) Add The Name, Add to Siri, and Add to Home Screen From in Settings From Within The Shortcuts App
You can customize the name of the shortcut, the home screen icon, and choose what command you want to use to ask Siri to run the shortcut.
5) Record The Siri Command You Will Use to Summon The Shortcut
You can say something like “Record Audio” or “Record Voice Memo” or whatever you want… Then click “Done”
6) Test The Shortcut
The Shortcut should work now. When you say “Record Audio” to Siri or when you tap the shortcut icon you created on your home screen the Shortcut should run. You tap to start recording and then tap to stop recording.
7) Choose Where You Want The Recorded Audio To Go
Once the recording is done, you will be asked where you want to send the recording.
I chose to save the recording to iCloud Drive…
However, you can choose wherever you want to share it. You can text it to yourself or send it to someone via Gmail or whatever apps you are using on your iPhone.