Sending a recorded message in the iMessages app

Sending a recorded message through the iMessages App:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for March 9, 2020

You can record a voice note using the Messages App

Don’t have time to tap away and send a long message to one of your friends?  No problem.

You can record a voice note using the Messages app, so your friend will receive an audio clip.  It saves you time on long messages and also gives them the personal touch of hearing your voice.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap on an existing conversation with the person you would like to send a voice note to.

Tap and hold the microphone button and begin speaking into your phone’s microphone.

Swipe upwards to the quick send button (looks like a message bubble with an arrow in it).

If you mess up while recording, swipe your finger to the left in step 4 instead of upwards to cancel the voice message.  Just tap and hold again to start the recording over.

When running VoiceOver:  Perform a one finger double tap gesture on the “Compose” button, which is located in the right top corner on the main Messages screen.  Or if you are in a message string: swipe right until you get to the “Record Audio” button.  Perform a one finger double tap and hold gesture and keep your finger held down, and immediately start talking.  Lift your finger when you are done talking. The “Send” button will announce, and perform a one finger double tap to send the voice recording.

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Here is further description on sending recordings within the text messages app:

Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap on an existing conversation with the person you would like to send a voice note to: or tap the Compose button to send a new message.

Type the name of the person who will receive the recorded message, in the “To” field of the new text message.  Then navigate to the iMessage” field, but do not open the message edit field.

The Send button is always directly to the right of the Message Edit field. However, in the case of iMessages, when there is no text in the Message Edit field, the Send button is not a Send button at all. Instead, it says, Record Audio”. If you wish to record your voice or other background in a message, locate the Record Audio button to the right of the Message Edit Field, then, double-tap and hold on it to record. Speak, sing, do whatever you want. Just make some noise. When finished, lift your finger. If you only find a Send button, not a Record Audio button, make sure that you are sending the message to an Apple device user who also has iMessage enabled, and that there is no text, not even a space, in the Message Edit Field.

After you have finished recording, swipe left and right through the available options. You can listen to your recording, delete it, find out the recording length. And of course, send the message with the recording

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