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If you’d like to capture thoughts on the go, Apple’s Voice Memos app on an iPhone or iPad is a wonderful way to do it with your voice. But sometimes it can be difficult to quickly find the app on your device. Luckily, there’s an easy way to launch Voice Memos using a Control Center shortcut.

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A Quick Word About Control Center and How To Launch It

Control Center is a collection of shortcuts to commonly used tasks, such as adjusting screen brightness, volume, song playback, and more. It also serves as a way to quickly launch features such as turning on the flashlight or taking a photo.

In the step ahead, we’re going to be adding a shortcut to launch Voice Memos. But first, here’s how to launch Control Center itself.

  • iPhone X or newer/iPad running iOS 12 or later: Swipe down from the top right of the screen.
  • iPhone 8 or earlier/iPad running iOS 11 or earlier:¬†Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. (Control Center first appeared in iOS 7).

How to Launch Control Center on iOS

Add A Voice Memos Shortcut to Control Center

If you’d like to add a small icon to Control Center that will quickly launch Voice Memos, follow these steps.

Open Settings, then swipe down the list until you find Control Center. Tap it.

Select Control Center in Settings on iOS

In Control Center, tap “Customize Controls.”

Select Customize Controls in Control Center iOS

You will be presented with a list of functions you can choose to add to the Control Center.

Swipe down and find the “Voice Memos” option and tap it.

Select Voice Memos to add to Control Center

The Voice Memos icon will be added to the shortcuts list at the top of the screen. If you like, you can rearrange the shortcuts in the Control Center by dragging and dropping them in this list.

Voice Memos is added to Control Center in iOS

Now leave Settings by going back to your home screen or another app.

Swipe the edge of the screen to launch Control Center. You should see the Voice Memos icon (which looks like a wave made up of vertical lines) on the screen.

Tap the Voice Memos icon to launch it.

Select voice memos icon to use it in iOS Control Center

The Voice Memos app will come on the screen.

To record a memo, tap the large red “Record” button at the bottom of the screen. Then speak with your mouth facing your iPhone, at least 6-10 inches away for best results.

Record a voice memo in iOS

To stop recording on an iPhone, tap the red button with the white circle around it. On an iPad, stop recording by pushing the “Done” button on the right portion of the screen.

Stop Recording a Voice Memo in iOS

Voice Memos will then prompt you to give the voice memo you just recorded a label. Type the label you’d like with the onscreen keyboard and hit return.

Naming a voice memo in iOS

In the Voice Memos app, you see a list of recorded voice memos, including when they were recorded and their duration.

To play them back at any time, tap the play button, which is a large black triangle pointing toward the right. The circles with “15” inside them will skip ahead or back in the audio 15 seconds at a time.

Play back a voice memo in iOS

Any time you want to quickly record a voice memo, just launch Control Center by swiping on the screen, tapping the Voice Memos icon, and then you’ll be taken to the app immediately.

How to Remove Voice Memos from Control Center

If you’d like to remove Voice Memos from your Control Center, follow these steps.

Navigate to Settings > Control Center.

Select Control Center in Settings on iOS

Tap “Customize Controls.”

Select Customize Controls in Control Center iOS

Find the Voice Memos entry from the list (with a red minus sign in a circle next to it) and tap it. It will be removed from Control Center.

Select Voice Memos to remove


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