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9 Voice-Recorder Apps That Won’t Miss a Second

Why carry a separate voice recorder when you have a number of options in the palm of your hand? From basic to full-featured, these apps are sound choices.
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9 Voice-Recorder Apps That Won't Miss a Second

A good voice-recorder app is essential for a journalist. I was loyal to Griffin iTalk until it stopped being supported, so I asked my colleagues at PCMag what they use. Some of the answers were surprising (the standard-issue Voice Memos on the iPhone), some led people to realize they’d been relying on the same-old app for years, and some caused people great distress (Evernote was a favorite until its price hikes).

Of course, you don’t need to be a journalist to make use of voice-recording apps. They’re useful for podcasters, students, private investigators, audio note takers, and sometimes just the plain paranoid. Yes, there are separate digital recorders, but why carry two gadgets when you already have all these options in the palm of your hand?

The apps featured below are free or relatively low-cost and range from basic, easy-to-operate apps to those with a full range of features that even pros will appreciate. If we missed your favorite, let us know in the comments.

  • Voice Memos

    Free (iOS)
    The built-in Voice Memos app that comes with iOS is used by many on staff at PCMag. It’s super basic but you can trim recordings while saving the original. Send files through AirDrop, text, and email. Save them to Google Drive and Dropbox, add them to Notes or Todoist, copy them to Slack, or share them through other apps like Signal and WhatsApp.
  • Rev

    Free (iOS, Android)
    Transcribing is awful, especially listening to your own voice. Rev offers a low-cost and reliable transcription service that’s handled by humans, but it also has a recording app. You can trim the recording as well as email and save it in Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive. The app can record in the background, which is especially handy. For those who use Rev’s transcription services, the best feature is that you can press the Transcribe button to submit your file.

  • Voice Recorder & Audio Editor

    Free, Premium $ 4.99 (iOS)
    Voice Recorder & Audio Editor in its free form is a basic voice recorder with as much storage as your device allows. You can share recordings via email, text, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat. The premium version offers transcription using speech-to-text technology. It also lets you add notes to recordings and gives you an ad-free experience.
  • Voice Record Pro

    Free, Premium $ 6.99 (iOS)
    There are a lot of pro features in Voice Record Pro. You can record in AAC, MPEG, and WAV formats; edit recordings; apply effects including pitch, reverb, and distortion; and export and import to Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Box Cloud, and iCloud Drive; as well as export to SoundCloud and FTP servers. The premium version has the same features without the advertising.
  • Otter Voice Notes

    Free, Premium $ 9.99 monthly or $ 99.99 yearly (iOS, Android)
    Otters are adorable creatures. Otter is an agreeable app that transcribes live recordings. Otter has many of the features other apps on this list have, but the live transcription makes it unique and is a valuable tool for those with accessibility needs. You get 600 minutes for free every month; go premium for 6,000 minutes.
  • Easy Voice Recorder Pro

    $ 3.99 (Android)
    Easy Voice Recorder Pro might get its easy rep from the tiny widget that acts as a one-tap record button on the desktop. Recordings can be set to MP3 or AAC and automatically uploaded to Google Drive or Dropbox.
  • RecForge II

    Free (Android)
    RecForge II records in mono or stereo, lets you skip silences, start recording at a scheduled time, convert to several file formats, and export to a variety of cloud storage services. You can also use the app to extract sound from videos.
  • Evernote

    Pricing depends on Evernote plan (iOS, Android)
    If you already have Evernote, then you can utilize its recording feature by opening a note and clicking the microphone icon. Customers with the basic plan (free) can record up to 25MB per note, those with the premium plan ($ 95.88 per year) can record up to 200MB per note. You can’t edit or send the recording, however.
  • Say&Go

    $ 2.99 (iOS)
    If you just want an app that handles a few quick notes to self, Say&Go is the way to go. The second you open the app, it starts recording. You can set it to capture messages from 4 to 75 seconds, which can be set to automatically save to Dropbox or Evernote or get emailed to you.
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