If you have intentionally or accidentally deleted voice memos on your iPhone, there may be a number of different reasons why you would want to recover them.
Maybe you made a note of something important like a great idea for your work or a name for your new cat, dog, or even child. I have made voice memos of everything from a new song idea to a noise my car was making so I could show the mechanic when I brought it to the shop.
Chances are a voice memo might not be as important as a crucial financial or word document, but it might have sentimental value that is also hard to replace. This article is going to how you a few different methods to recover deleted voice memos on an iPhone.
Method 1: Via Recently Deleted
The first option for recovering any deleted voice memos on your iPhone is to check the Recently Deleted feature. This feature is similar to a Trash Bin on a Mac computer.
It is a location that will store files you have deleted for a certain amount of time before they are permanently removed from your phone. If you delete a file from your phone such as a voice memo, it will be stored in the recently deleted folder for 30 days and you can recover it during this timeframe.
To easily recover a deleted voice memo using the recently deleted folder follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Voice Memos app. You will see a screen of all the voice memos you have recorded on your iPhone. Scroll down to the bottom of this list and you will see the Recently Deleted folder.
Step 2: Tap the Recently Deleted folder.
Step 3: Locate the voice memos you wish to recover.
Step 4: Tap on the file in question and hit Recover.
Your voice memo will now be recovered back into the voice memo app.
Method 2: Using iCloud Backup
Another method you can use to recover any deleted voice memos from your iPhone is through an iCloud backup.
If you have recently created an iCloud backup of your iPhone, you can access the backup and restore your phone to the status it was in before the voice memos you are missing were deleted.
In order to accomplish this backup restore, you have to erase all of the content and settings of your phone. This may seem like a drastic measure, but if you really need the missing voice memo for whatever reason, it may be your only real option if it is not in the recently deleted folder.
If you complete backups to the iCloud regularly, this process is pretty easy and you will be able to restore your phone back to how it was very easy.
To restore your phone to an iCloud backup follow these steps:
- Go to Settings
- Click on Reset
- Click on Erase All Content and Settings
- Restart your phone
- You will go through the welcome screens and navigate through all of that until you see the Apps & Data screen
- Click on Restore from iCloud Backup on the Apps & Data screen
- Sign in with your Apple ID
- Navigate to the Choose backup section and select a backup to use that is near the date of when your voice memo was deleted but at an earlier date
- Your iPhone will then restore all data and settings to this date and your voice memo should be recovered
Method 3: Using Data Recovery Software
If your missing voice memo is not in the Recently Deleted folder and you do not have an iCloud backup, you do have another option. You can use a third-party iPhone data recovery software to attempt to locate the missing file.
These types of programs are easily available and also to navigate and can offer help in recovering a variety of missing files that you might be looking for in addition to your voice memos. The software can also be used on multiple devices in addition to your iPhone.
Some of these data recovery software programs have an initial fee you have to pay to download them while others offer a free version or at least a free trial period.
If you are simply trying to recover a voice memo or two, you can probably use a free version and it will help you navigate the steps necessary for recovery. Once downloaded, all you need to do is follow the onscreen prompts or instructions to begin the recovery process.
Voice memos on iPhone can be really handy and useful and even though they are oftentimes not the most important files you have, if you can easily recover any of these that you might need, you should be able to. Just like any other type of file you have, they can be important for different reasons.
What do you use the Voice Memo app for most often? Let us know in the comments below.