Voice recording apps for iPhone, iPads and Apple Watches give you the flexibility to record conversations or conduct an interview from the comfort of your home and from a safe distance.

In addition, they can be a cost effective way to get started as a podcaster, musician, singer, journalist, voiceover artist or similar voice/audio based professions during these tough times.

We have no affiliations with any of these apps.  So, this is an unbiased list of the best free and paid voice recording apps for iPhone to help our clients and readers alike.

Let’s get started:

1. Voice Memos

Cost: FREE! (Comes pre-installed in your iPhone)

Works on: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

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You don’t need to go Apple’s app store to install this.  All iPhones come pre-loaded with Voice Memos.  Just look inside the “Extras” folder on your home screen and there it is.

Super simple and straightforward to record.  Just hit the big red record button and off you go.  Once it starts recording, you can pause and resume recording too.

Apple updates this app with almost every new iOS release adding new features.

It works on Apple Watch so you can capture new recordings from your wrist.


  • Comes pre-installed and works on your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
  • You can pause and resume recording
  • Allows you to trim and edit your clip
  • You can choose compressed or uncompressed audio formats
  • Label recordings based on your location automatically
  • Sync to iCloud
  • Share recordings via AirDrop, Mail, Messages


  • Basic audio editing tools
  • Can’t share large audio files
  • It won’t record phone calls

2. Voice Record Pro


FREE to install and use (with ads).

$6.99 or £5.48 to remove ads.

Works on: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

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Its paid version has no advertisements, so one less headache.  It lets you record voice and on-site sounds at unlimited length with configurable quality.

Furthermore, this app can record directly into compressed audio formats like MP4, MP3 etc. along with the usual uncompressed formats like WAV.

In addition, it has the convert function for all supported formats.

That can be handy, for example if you want small file sizes to quickly upload and transfer to websites for audio transcription or add to your cloud storage when you’re on the move.


  • Works with all major cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, iCloud etc.
  • You can export to SoundCloud, your FTP server, or a web based script.
  • Send your audio recordings via Bluetooth to other devices.
  • Download and upload to PC using built-in web server and Wi-Fi.
  • Share your recorded clips on Social Media or Upload to YouTube.
  • Extensive Audio Editing Features includes adding sound effects and equalizer control.


  • $6.99 to remove ads!
  • No audio transcription options