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iOS 16 Changes How You Record and Send Audio Messages on Your iPhone — Here’s How It Works Now « iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks


To record an audio message in the Messages app on iOS 15, press and hold the audio message button in the text input field of the conversation. Then you can release to preview before sending or swipe up to send right away. That is no longer the case on iOS 16 for iPhone.

The audio message button in the text input field was replaced by a new Dictation button on iOS 16, so using that to send an audio message would get you nowhere. If you long-press Dictation’s microphone icon, iOS will indicate that the audio messages button has been moved to the app drawer. Even if your app drawer is hidden, iOS will unhide it to show you the new button.

The change will also appear on iPadOS 16.1 for iPad, which is still in beta.

Using the Audio Messages app

When you open the new Audio Messages app in the app drawer, the interface replaces your keyboard. You can swipe up or double-tap the expand icon to display the timeline, then swipe down or double-tap the collapse icon to minimize the view. In both views, you can send an audio message in two ways.

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Option 1: Tap to record

  1. Tap the microphone button to start recording.
  2. Tap the stop button when you’re done.
  3. Tap the play button to preview the audio message before sending it, the X icon in the text input field to delete the recording, or the send button in the text input field to send the audio message.

Option 2: Long press to record

  1. Press and hold the microphone button to start and continue recording. While holding it down, the microphone button becomes a send button.
  2. Release your finger over the send button when you’re ready to send the audio message right away, or slide your finger out until the send button becomes an X and release to ignore the recording.

Receive audio messages

When it comes to receiving audio messages, nothing has changed. You can still tap play or raise your iPhone (see below) to listen to the audio message. The messages will disappear after two minutes unless you tap “Save” to save them, which will appear for both the sender and recipient. It is also possible to disable ‘Expired’ in the Messages settings to remove the two-minute limit.

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To enable Raise to Listen, go to Settings -> Messages, scroll down to the Audio messages section and turn on ‘Get up to listen’. Once enabled, you can bring your iPhone to your ear to listen to incoming messages. After you listen to it, Raise to Listen changes to Raise to Talk, allowing you to bring your iPhone to your mouth and record a response.

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