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4 Ways to Transfer Voice Memos From Your iPhone to a Windows PC Without iTunes


With a Lightning to USB cable, you can transfer photos from an iPhone to a Windows PC. But what about other files that you can’t transfer that way, such as voice memos? Is iTunes the only method?

The answer is: nope, you can use several alternative methods. So, let’s look at all the different ways to transfer voice memos from an iPhone to a Windows PC without using iTunes.


1. Use iCloud Drive

If you cannot download iTunes for Windows, try out iCloud Drive. It’s one of the services under Apple’s iCloud. It works similar to Google Drive and Dropbox.

First, you need to set up iCloud Drive on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud and follow the on-screen instructions to set up iCloud if you haven’t. Once you’re done, check that iCloud Drive is toggled on in the same menu.

Then, head to the Voice Memos app on your iPhone. Select your recording and tap the three-dots icon. Now, choose Save to Files, select iCloud Drive, and then tap on Save.

On your desktop PC, head to iCloud on your web browser or launch iCloud for Windows. Use the same Apple ID to log into your account. You’ll find your voice recording in the iCloud Drive folder you chose on your iPhone earlier.

2. Use the Google Drive App

Google Drive is one of the best iCloud Drive alternatives for iPhone. So, if you already have a Google account and actively use Google products, Google Drive is a simple way to transfer voice recordings from your iPhone to your Windows computer.

First, download the free Google Drive app and sign in using your Google Account. Then, select your voice recording in the Voice Memos app and tap on the three-dots icon for more options.

Now, tap Share, choose Google Drive from the list of apps, and tap on Upload.

Once the upload is complete, access Google Drive on your desktop web browser to download the recording to your PC.

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3. Use Your Email

If you’re not using any cloud storage services, you can transfer a recording from your iPhone to your PC by using your email.


Again in Voice Memos, tap the three-dots icon on your recording and tap Share to access the share sheet. Choose your preferred email app on your iPhone to upload the voice recording as a file attachment.

Next, simply tap the Exit icon. Your email should automatically save as a draft. Then, log into your email on your PC and download the voice memo attachment from your saved draft.

The only disadvantage of this method is that you can’t upload voice memos that exceed the attachment file size determined by your email service provider. For instance, Gmail limits you to 25MB in attachments per email.

4. Use Messaging Apps

Another way is to send your voice memo to a trusted friend or family member via messaging apps. Let’s use WhatsApp as an example.

Like the other methods above, go to Voice Memos to share your recording. Bring up the iOS share sheet by tapping on the three-dots icon followed by Share, and select WhatsApp from the list. Then, choose your contact, tap Next, and hit the Send button.

Next, head to WhatsApp Web and link your device to your browser. Click on the chat conversation where you sent your recording. Hover your cursor over the voice memo, tap the arrow icon that appears, and click on Download.

This method has the added benefit of automatically converting the default M4A file type of voice memos to the standard MP4 format when you download it to your PC. But if you need an MP3 file instead, check out our guide on how to convert M4A files to MP3 on your iPhone.

Transfer Voice Memos From Your iPhone to a PC Easily

Using iTunes to transfer files involves syncing your iPhone with your iTunes library. But iTunes sometimes lags on Windows. Plus, if you’re not familiar with the interface, there’s a possibility of overwriting and deleting content by accident.

The methods we discussed above utilize a fast, straightforward file-sharing process. As long as you have a decent internet connection, you can quickly transfer voice memos from your iPhone to a Windows PC.

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