Before we start explaining you how to find the original audio files of your voice recordings on the disk, we’d like to mention that you can save your voice notes in a much easier way — using drag and drop.
If this doesn’t fit you, you can read the second paragraph and find the location of original .m4a-files on the disk on your MacOS Catalina or Big Sur.
If you ask me why search for them, I can say that first you can use this pre-installed app to make some narration and then you may want to use your audio files in FinalCut.
How to Save Voice Memos as Files in Desired Location
- Launch the Voice Memos app.
- Record a new memo or locate an existing one in the left pane of the Voice Memos app window.
- Minimize all other windows to be able to see the empty area of your desktop if you want to save a voice memo to the desktop.
(Alternatively, open the Finder if you are eager to save a voice memo in some folder. Also, make sure both Finder and Voice Memos windows are not maximized at the moment).
- Hover your cursor over the memo you wish to copy and make sure the cursor displays as the arrow (otherwise – if you point your cursor at the text – MacOS would think you opt to edit the current memo’s name instead of dragging it).
- Hold down a voice memo, drag it to the desktop (or a folder in the Finder) and finally drop it.
You’d better watch the video below.
Video Guide: How to Copy Voice Memos as Files
Where Do I Find Voice Memos Files on My Mac with MacOS Catalina and Big Sur?
Well, okay, if you’re reading this, you probably want to know where voice memos files are stored on MacOS Catalina.
First things first, the path is the following:
But I can warn you right away: you are likely to fail in finding any of them if you search for recording names in Finder. Why? Because displayed names are not file names when it comes to your recordings in Voice Memos.
Besides that, in MacOS Catalina and Big Sur the com.apple.voicememos folder is hidden.
Follow the steps to locate the files:
- open the Finder.
- in the search field in the top right corner of the window type com.apple.voice.
- select This Mac to search in.
- click on com.apple.voicememos folder in the results:
- you should see the Recording subfolder.
We advise that you drag and drop it to your favorites on this step. From now on you will always be able to quickly reveal your voice memos as m4a files in your Finder.
- now you can go to the Recordings folder and see all your voice memos as .m4a-files:
As it turned out, things haven’t changed too much since MacOS X Mojave and you still can find your audio recordings as files on the disk.
You can also create a Macintosh HD shortcut on your desktop and try to find the com.apple.voicememos folder manually.
Maybe, Apple will make it easy to find in the future. But we think, adding the Recordings folder to your Favorites is the best option.
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