What is a voice note on an iPhone? How to send it?

Are you a voice note or voice message person? Previously, sending longer voice messages on iPhone used to be a pain. However, Apple consistently listens to its consumers and innovates its design and functionalities.

With the release and update of iOS 16, Apple has now revamped and redesigned the entire Voice Note situation on iPhones.

If you are new to using the voice notes feature, we will talk more about it in this article.

When is the refresh audio message or voice note button in iMessage?

As we mentioned, Apple has revamped the voice notes feature for iOS 16. This also includes shifting the position in the iMessages.

If you’re confused and can’t find it anywhere in the iMessages section, we suggest looking for the microphone icon on the screen. You can find the Voice Note icon in the iMessage drawer.

The Voice Note app on iPhone allows users to directly send a voice message to the intended use without having to type and send a text message. This is extremely useful for users who are busy, driving, or don’t feel like typing long paragraphs.

How to send a voice note on iPhone?

If you’re not a voice note person, it’s pretty common not to know how to send one. You may not understand which buttons to press and where to send the same.

But don’t worry, because we’ve listed all the steps for you:

  1. Open iMessage on your iPhone
  2. From there you can start a new conversation or you can tap on an existing conversation thread with a contact in your iMessages
  3. Once you open the conversation thread, find and hold the record button and start recording your message right there.
  4. When you are satisfied with the message you have recorded, you can release the record button. When you do this you will find two buttons: Play and an arrow pointing upwards.
  5. To listen to the recording before sending it, press Play. If you want to send it without listening, click the other button.


Recording and sending a voice note on iMessage is quite easy. You don’t have to do much, especially when it comes to conversations with your friends and family. Voice notes are also great for giving instructions instead of typing longer texts.

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