• Make a recording. Tap the record button or press the center button on your headset. Tap the record button again to pause or resume. To save the recording, tap Done.

Recordings using the built-in microphone are mono, but you can record stereo using an external stereo microphone that works with the iPhone headset jack, or with the Lightning connector (iPhone 5 or later) or 30-pin dock connector (iPhone 4s or earlier). Look for accessories marked with the Apple “Made for iPhone” or “Works with iPhone” logo.

  • Adjust the recording level. Move the microphone closer to what you’re recording. For better recording quality, the loudest level should be between –3 dB and 0 dB.

  • Mute the start and stop tones. Use the iPhone volume buttons to turn the volume all the way down.

  • Multitask. To use another app while you’re recording, press the Home button and open the other app. To return to Voice Memos, tap the red bar at the top of the screen.

  • Listen to a recording. Tap the recording in the list, then tap the play button. Tap the pause button to pause.