Where Do Saved Audio Messages Go? [Answered 2022]

BY Sourav


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Are you confused about where saved audio messages go on your iPhone? If yes, here’s the guide for you.

With iMessage, you can send and receive audio messages. Finding them can be tricky because they used to get stored in Voice Memos earlier. But they’re no longer saved there after an update.

When someone sends an audio message, you may want to keep it to hear in the future. If you don’t know where do saved audio messages go, this article will tell you how to find them and even export them to another app.

Where Do Saved Audio Messages Go on iPhones?

By default, audio messages are saved in the iMessage app on iPhones. They’re not sent to a different folder and you can’t find them in the File app.

However, iPhone deletes the audio messages automatically two minutes after you listen to them to save space. To prevent them from being expired, you need to choose to keep them within two minutes after listening.

But the setting was different earlier. When you choose “Keep” to save an audio message sent to you, it got stored automatically in the Voice Memos app along with the remaining conversation in that text thread.

Now, the audio messages will be only in the iMessage app, inside the text thread from where the message was sent originally.

Unless you export them somewhere else, the location of the audio message remains in the messages app.

How to Save Audio Messages on iPhone?

If you want to save audio messages on the iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Open the iMessage app.
  2. Open the message thread where the audio message is.
  3. Select the audio message to play it.
  4. Immediately after playing the entire audio clip, tap the Keep button below.
  5. Now the audio message will be kept in that message thread so you can listen to it anytime.

You can take extra steps to keep the audio messages automatically so that they don’t get deleted or expire. You can do that by changing the iPhone settings. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Messages.
  3. Scroll down to find the Audio Messages section.
  4. Select Expire.
  5. Change the settings from After 2 minutes to Never.

From this instance, your sent and received audio messages won’t be expired. They’ll be permanently stored within that message thread unless you delete them. Apart from changing your iPhone’s settings, you can save the audio messages to your Mac. But sometimes iMessages stop syncing with Mac due to several reasons. In that case you can check here to fix iMessages not syncing between iPhone and Mac.

How to Export Saved Audio Messages Outside iMessage?

You can easily export saved audio messages to another app, or email with some quick steps.

Unfortunately, you need to repeat the steps for every audio message to export as it’s not possible to export all messages at once.

To export saved audio messages outside the iMessage app, follow these steps below:

  1. After selecting “Keep” to save the audio message permanently on your device, press and hold the message and select Copy.
  2. Open the Notes app and create a new note.
  3. Tap the blank note to get options. Select Paste from the options.
  4. The audio message will be embedded on that note.
  5. You can export this note along with the audio clip to a different app or email.

Since you can’t export the audio message directly to another location, copying it to a note and export the note is the easiest way.


While you may think the saved audio messages are in the Voice Memos or Files app, this is no longer the case. Rather the audio messages get stored within the Messages app inside the message thread.

Hopefully, this article has helped you to find out your saved audio messages. If yes, share it with others. Thanks for reading!

About The Author


Sourav’s been working as a freelance writer and blogger for over five years. She is a firm believer in big dreams and realizing them. Her work has been published in Women On Writing, Be a Freelance Blogger, Make a Living Writing and Brazen Careerist among others