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3 Easy Ways to Back Up Your iPhone Voicemails

Nancy Messieh 02-12-2016

If you’re a stickler for a tidy iPhone, the voicemail What's New in iOS 10? Everything Coming to Your iPhone This Fall Here's what features you can expect to see added to your iPhone when iOS 10 finally lands. Read More folder can be a nightmare. Thankfully, you can actually backup voicemails to your computer, with several cloud-based and offline options available to iPhone users.


Method 1: Share Button

The easiest way to save iPhone voicemails is to open up the voicemail itself and tap the iOS share button. You can then save the voicemail to your iCloud Drive or email it to yourself.

If you have an online storage app on your phone like Dropbox, you can also save the file there. The voicemail is saved as an m4a file. This feature is only available to iPhone users running iOS 9 or later, and you can only save voicemails one at a time, so it can be a little tedious.

To see the process in action, watch the video below:

Method 2: Transfer With iTunes

If you don’t want to avoid the cloud altogether, you can transfer the files to your computer using iTunes, but that requires a two-step process.

First, tap the iOS share button and tap the Voice Memos icon. This will save the voicemail to the native iOS voice memos app.


Second, hook your phone up to your computer, open up iTunes, and sync your phone. If you haven’t used the Voice Memos app on your phone in the past, a new Voice Memos tab will appear under On My Device in iTunes and you should be able to find your voicemails listed there, and you can play them back directly in iTunes.

The physical files should be located inside your iTunes Music folder, inside a newly created folder called Voice Memos. If you want to, you can cut/copy those voicemails to anywhere on your computer.

To see this method in action, check out the video below:

Method 3: Third-Party Apps

If you’re not a fan of iTunes but still want an offline method to save voicemails to your computer, you can use a third-party app that allows you transfer files to and from your phone.

iMazing is one app worth the try. A single iMazing license is $39.95, a license for 2 computers is $49.95, and a family license for 5 computers is $69.95. While it’s pricey, iMazing does offer users a free trial so you can decide if it’s worth the money. (In the free trial, you will only be able to export one voicemail, but the trial version will definitely give you a sense of how the app works.)

The first time you use iMazing the app will take a while to back up your phone, but once that’s done, under the voicemail tab, you should see all of your voicemails on your phone. You can then select multiple voicemails at the same time and export them to a folder on your computer.

See how it works in the video below:

Do you know of any other methods to add to this list? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Data Backup, Voicemail.

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