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How Do I Import an m4a File Into Voice Memos?

I have an m4a file in Finder. I use iCloud to back up across all my devices. I am trying to import this one m4a file into Voice Memos.

The voice memo is a family memory and I’d like to put it with all the other voice memos so that it’s all in one place. Plus, I would like to learn how to do this. It was easy in the past where iTunes synced all files, but I like iCloud synching better :) for the rest.

Comments: 5 Responses to “How Do I Import an m4a File Into Voice Memos?”

    4 years ago

    There isn't an obvious way to do this, but it can be done. Today we've got Voice Memos apps on both iOS and macOS. And if you are using iCloud, then these sync. So you can record on your iPhone and then see the recording show up in Voice Memos on your Mac, and vice versa.

    You'd think you could just drag and drop an m4a file into Voice Memos on your Mac and it would import it and then sync. But that functionality seems to be missing.

    However, the recordings are stored in your home folder in Library/Application Support/ To get there, use the Go menu in the Finder with the Option key held down and select Library. Then dig down into Application Support, and then Recordings.

    Now put a copy of that m4a file into that Recordings folder. Then check to make sure it is there in Voice Memos on your Mac. Restart that app if you had it running already/ Try playing it. The app should incorporate the file into its library.

    Then just wait a bit for iCloud to sync and you should find it in Voice Memos on your other devices as well.

    Ash Shah
    4 years ago

    I did the above, but it didn't work. Is there a way to search for the file on iCloud?

    Ash Shah
    4 years ago

    I clicked on the file that I moved to and then Recordings, and it opened in Apple Music i.e. iTunes.

    4 years ago

    Thanks so much! This workflow worked for me. My only note is that I went to Finder > Go > Go to folder > and then typed the path as ~/Library/Application Support/

    Michael Baier
    3 years ago

    I was able to drag and drop the file directly from Finder into Voice Memos on Mac. It then immediately uploaded to iCloud and populated onto Voice Memos on my iPhone.

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