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Using the Voice Memos app

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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Although the Notes app is great for jotting down quick notes and lists, some people prefer to speak their thoughts and ideas instead of typing them out. For one thing, speaking is much faster than typing in the iPhone keyboard and lets it you get your thoughts out faster. So for those times when you'd rather speak than type, you can use the included Voice Memos app. Now using Voice Memos does require you to have a microphone which isn't a problem for the iPhone or 4th generation iPod touch and later, since they each have a built-in microphone. And the iPhone also ships with the earbud headset that includes a microphone as well. But if you have an older iPod touch, you'll need to purchase a headset with a built-in microphone from Apple or another vendor or you can buy one of several microphones that plug directly into the headset track of the iPod.

Using the Voice Memos app

Although the Notes app is great for jotting down quick notes and lists, some people prefer to speak their thoughts and ideas instead of typing them out. For one thing, speaking is much faster than typing in the iPhone keyboard and lets it you get your thoughts out faster. So for those times when you'd rather speak than type, you can use the included Voice Memos app. Now using Voice Memos does require you to have a microphone which isn't a problem for the iPhone or 4th generation iPod touch and later, since they each have a built-in microphone. And the iPhone also ships with the earbud headset that includes a microphone as well. But if you have an older iPod touch, you'll need to purchase a headset with a built-in microphone from Apple or another vendor or you can buy one of several microphones that plug directly into the headset track of the iPod.

So to use the Voice Memos app, just tap its icon to open it up. Voice Memos are great when you have a sudden idea or if you need to record an interview or lecture or even when your kid says his or her first words. Make sure your iPhone or iPod is hearing you by speaking a few words like "check, one, two". The little VU meter at the bottom of the screen should move as you speak. As long as it moves and it doesn't hit the red, which is a good indication that your recording will probably be distorted, it will capture what you're recording. Tap the red record button to record and start speaking or just point the microphone towards whatever it is you're recording.

It turns out the boss' wife's name is Stephanie not Diana; let's remember that in the future. You can tap the red record button again at any time to pause the recording whether it is to gather your thoughts or during a break in an interview. When you tap record again the recording will pick up where you left off. When you're done recording tap the Stop button. You can view and review all of your recordings by then clicking what was previously the stop button. The icon looks like this little short list. (clip playing) Now you really couldn't hear my recording just now but I'm going to tap Speaker and now I can play it again.

(clip playing) Now if you're on an iPod touch you won't have that speaker button because the iPod touch only has a built in speaker and not an earpiece like the iPhone does, so all sounds will come out of that speaker unless you have headphones plugged in. Now I cleared my throat at the beginning of that recording and I recorded a little too much at the end. Fortunately you can trim your recordings to edit out noises like that at least if they're at the beginning or end of the memo.

Tap the blue arrow to view the details of the memo. And here you can tap Trim Memo and all you have to do here is drag the beginning or end handles of the recording in to trim the beginning or end off. So I will drag the beginning handle in a few seconds. And I'll listen. (clip playing) That was a little too far, just drag out again. (clip playing) So the beginning is pretty good there now just trim out end a little bit.

(clip playing) And once it's trimmed properly ou can tap Trim Voice memo. Now while where in here I'll mention that you can also tap the memo details to tag the memo with a label. And when I go back, I can see the memo label that I just applied. And once you've made a voice memo its not locked onto your phone. You can move it off your device in a couple of different ways. With your memo selected you can tap Share and you can choose Email or Message.

If you choose Email the memo will be attached to a new email message as an M4A audio file, which any recipient will be able to play back with iTunes or QuickTime. Choose Message to send the file as a multimedia text message. Again, the recipient's phone will need to be able to playQuickTime-compatible audio files. Also when you connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer and open iTunes, you can select your device, go to Music and if you sync your music, you can check Include Voice Memos and that way when you sync any voice memos you recorded will automatically be added to a playlist called Voice Memos.

So that's how to work with the Voice Memos app on your iPhone or iPod touch.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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