Some of the apps on your iPhone probably get used every day. Things like Messages, Mail, and Phone are some of the most commonly used apps on the device, and almost everyone is at least somewhat familiar with them.
But there are some other iPhone apps, like Voice Memos, that are a little less popular. However, it is a very useful app for people that need to record audio.
To record an iPhone voice memo, you just need to open the Voice Memos app, then tap the record button.
But if you use voice memos a lot, you have likely accumulated a lot of files within the app. These files can take up space and may be something that you would like to remove if you are low on storage.
You can delete a voice memo on an iPhone 13 by opening the Voice Memos app, swiping to the left on the voice memo file that you want to delete, then touching the red Delete button.
This action moves the voice memo to a “Recently Deleted” folder, where you will have the option to delete it from the device permanently.
Our tutorial continues below with additional information on working with the iPhone 13 Voice Memos app and some other ways that you can do things like delete multiple voice memos at once, or delete the Voice Memos app entirely.
How to Remove an iPhone 13 Voice Memo
- Open Voice Memos.
- Swipe left on a memo to delete.
- Tap Delete.
Our guide continues below with more information on removing voice memo files from your iPhone, including pictures of these steps.
How to Get Rid of a Voice Memo on an iPhone 13 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.4.1 operating system.
Step 1: Open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Swipe left on the voice memo that you would like to delete.
Step 3: Tap the red Delete button.
This will move the voice memo to the “Recently Deleted” folder in the Voice Memos app. If you tap the blue arrow at the top-left corner of the Voice Memos app, it will take you to the top level of the app, where you will see an option for Recently Deleted. If you open that folder, you can tap Edit and Delete all to delete everything in this folder permanently.
Alternatively, you could tap Recover All to restore all of the deleted voice memos.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about deleting iPhone voice memos.
More Information on iPhone Voice Memos
The steps in the article above assume that you are trying to delete a voice memo that you have created.
If you are trying to delete the entire Voice Memos app, that is slightly different.
In earlier versions of the iOS operating system, it wasn’t possible to delete default apps, like Voice Memos. Thankfully that has been changed in newer iOS versions, like iOS 15.
To delete the iPhone 13 Voice Memos app you must find the app, tap and hold on it, then choose Remove App. You can then select the Delete app option to remove it from the device, or you can select Remove from Home Screen to get rid of the app icon on the Home screen, but keep it in the App Library.
If you decide to delete the Voice Memos app you can always re-download it from the App Store later.
While our article has focused on deleting a single unwanted voice memo, you can also delete multiple voice memos at once.
To delete multiple iPhone voice memos you must open the Voice Memos app, select edit at the upper right corner of the screen, tap the circle to the left of each recording to get rid of, then tap the trash can icon.
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