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How to use Voice Memos in macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave introduced Voice Memos, a feature borrowed from iOS. The same feature will be available in the upcoming macOS Catalina. As you might guess from its name, it allows you to record voice memos.

Conveniently, they’re synced in iCloud and available on all your macOS and iOS devices.

To open Voice Memos, go to your Applications folder and double click its icon. Conversely, you can ask Siri to “Open Voice Memos.”

You’ll notice that Voice Memos says it “would like to use your current location.” If you click “OK,” the memos will be named with the location where they’re recorded.

Voice Memos Location

To record a memo, click the red Record button. To pause, hit the Pause button. To resume, hit the Resume button.

If you click the Resume button, your Mac will continue recording the memo where you left off.

Under the Voice Memos Preferences, you can choose whether to delete recorded memos immediately, after one day, after seven days, after 30 days or never.

Voice Memos Record

You can also choose “compressed” or “lossless” audio quality. Compression reduces the size of an original file up to ten times. During processing, lossless compression rips audio files so that they reduce in size, but no quality is lost. If you want to save space on your Mac’s drive, choose “compressed” If you want the best audio quality, choose “lossless.”

After a recording is saved, you can select it to play or make edits, such as renaming or trimming.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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  • What’s a “memo”? Like between “Remember to take out the garbage doofus!” and War and Peace?

  • Is there a way to live a voice memo about a date and time in future and have it alert you ? It would be like using calendar …I have difficulty with using calendar,not the easiest to master.