The Apple Watch does so much that it’s easy to forget about some of the most basic features. This includes using the built-in microphone to not only take calls, but also record voice memos, right on your wrist.
Using the Voice Memos app
You can take a quick sound recording with the Voice Memos app that is pre-installed on your Apple Watch. This requires the counterpart iPhone Voice Memos app. If you can’t find it, you most likely have deleted it. download it again from the App Store (free) and add it to your Apple Watch.
You’ll then find the Voice Memos app in the main menu, which can be accessed by pressing the Digital Crown. Could you add the app to the base of your Apple Watch or as a Complication on a watch face for even faster access. You can also tell Siri to “take a voice memo” to quickly open the app.
Once opened, you will see a red record button. Tap it, speak, then tap it again to save your recording. Once you’re done, you can swipe left on a recording to quickly delete it, or tap it to play it on your watch.
Recordings are automatically transferred to your iPhone
Just like screenshots taken on your Apple Watch, the recordings will automatically transfer to your iPhone. Open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone and you should see the recording there waiting for you. You may have to wait a bit for especially long recordings.
From here, you can tap on a recording and use the ellipsis “…” icon to organize, share, or upload the recording to a location of your choosing. The recordings will be in M4A format and are remarkably small considering how decent the quality is (around 1MB for a minute clip).
all kinds of uses
the apple watch it’s handy for taking recordings anywhere you have an idea that you can’t be bothered to write down or annotate. You can embed these files in notes or documents, or transcribe them later.
This functionality is also useful for recording conversations, meetings, or other interactions. Just be aware of the privacy laws in your country before you start recording people without their knowledge!
You can record surprisingly usable audio with an Apple Watch, which can be useful for small video projects. If you don’t have a lavalier microphone that you can connect to the speaker, it is relatively easy to sync the M4A audio with a video you recorded on your iPhone using a free app like iMovie. To make things easier, start both recordings, then clap your hands (on camera) so you can match the audio to your footage in post.