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iPhone Audio Message Not Working? Here’s How To Fix it

iPhone Audio Message Not Working? Here’s How To Fix it

Unable to record or send audio messages on your iPhone no matter what you do? Can’t listen to voice messages even after restarting the app? 

One simple way to fix the audio message issue is by turning off the sound recognition. Here’s how::

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone
  2. Tap “Accessibility”
  3. Select “Sound Recognition” > toggle it off

If this doesn’t solve the problem, however, read on for other approaches that often work. 

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Why is my audio message not working on my iPhone?

1. Turn on iMessages

To send audio messages from your iPhone to other Apple devices, you need to turn on iMessages. 

To turn on iMessages on your iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > Messages
  2. Toggle iMessages on

2. Turn off Sound Recognition

If you already have iMessage enabled and still can’t send audio messages, you may have the sound recognition feature turned on. 

The sound recognition feature stops you from recording or sending voice messages. Therefore, you need to turn it off in order to send voice messages. Here is how to turn sound recognition off:

  1. Go to setting > “Accessibility” 
  2. Tap Sound Recognition
  3. Switch the toggle off

3. Restart your iPhone

If you have followed the above steps without success, try restarting your iPhone:

  1. Press and hold the home and power button at the same time. If you are using an iPhone X or later model, simultaneously press and hold Power and Volume Up button.
  2. Slide the power button icon to the right to turn your iPhone off.
  3. After about 40 seconds, press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo on your screen.

Now try and send audio messages again to see if the issue is fixed. 

4. Reset your iPhone settings

If the above methods still don’t work, it may be time to reset all settings on your iPhone. Before proceeding with this method, you need to know that all your settings, including network, privacy, and location, will be reset to factory default. 

To reset all settings on your iPhone:

  1. Enter Settings > General
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Transfer or reset iPhone.”
  3. Select Reset > a pop up will appear
  4. Select “Reset all settings” and enter your passcode to continue

After following these steps, your iPhone will restart. Now try to send an audio message again – chances are it will now work. 

See also: How To Check Text Messages While Talking On The iPhone?

Why can’t I hear my audio messages on iMessage?

You can listen to audio messages on iMessage either by raising your phone to your ear or by enabling the speaker. 

To enable the “Raise to listen” feature on your iPhone, you need to:

  1. Enter Settings > Messages
  2. Scroll down to the audio messages section
  3. Toggle on “Raise to Listen”

By default, the audio from voice messages in iMessage goes into the ear speaker – the one you use when putting your phone on your ear for a call. 

When the speakerphone is disabled, the small speaker icon next to the voice message will look white/grey.

So if you’re in a crowded or noisy place, you may not be able to hear audio messages. Even if you can, the volume will be pretty low. 

You can solve this by simply tapping on the small speaker icon next to the voice message to enable the speakerphone.

Why does my iPhone turn off when I listen to voice messages?

It’s not a defect if your iPhone’s screen blacks out whenever you listen to voice messages. When you are on a call or listening to voice messages, your iPhone may turn off due to the proximity sensor. 

Whenever you bring your phone close to your ear while listening to a voice message, your iPhone screen is intended to turn off while the audio message keeps on playing. 

The proximity sensor may also be triggered and cause your screen to turn black if you have something placed on top of your device. 

To prevent this from happening, turn the “Raise to listen” feature off:

  1. Go to Settings > Messages
  2. Scroll down to the Audio Messages section
  3. Turn “Raise to Listen” off

How long of a voice memo can I send on iMessage?

There is no limit when it comes to recording a voice memo on an iPhone. You can record for hours as long as you have enough battery and memory space on your iPhone. 

Typically, 1 GigaByte of storage on iPhone allows you to record 1hr41m of audio. 

If you have limited space on your iPhone, you can save your recordings in cloud storage e.g. in iCloud. Doing this will free up memory space on your iPhone and enable you to record longer voice memos.

If you iCloud is getting close to capacity, consider upgrading your iCloud storage plan. To Upgrade iCloud storage:

  1. Go to Settings > [Your Name]
  2. Tap iCloud > Manage Storage > Change Storage Plan

How do you send a voice message by text on iPhone?

To send a voice message through text on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Open the messages app
  2. Select the recipient
  3. Record the message > tap upward-facing arrow to send 

Note that you can only send a voice message from your iPhone to other Apple devices using iMessage. To send audio messages to non-iPhone users, you need to use the MMS service, which allows you to send media to non-iPhone users (charges will apply). 

To send an MMS, first make sure your MMS messaging is turned on. 

  1. Open Settings > Messages
  2. Scroll down to find MMS Messaging
  3. Switch the toggle on

Now follow these steps to share an MMS with your contacts:

  1. Launch the Voice Memos app
  2. Select “All Recordings” and tap the one you want to share as an MMS
  3. Tap on three dots > select Share
  4. Choose Messages > select the recipient > tap Send

How do I send an audio message on iMessage?

You can follow this step by step process to send your voice message through iMessage:

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.
  2. In the messages app, start a conversation by selecting a recipient you want to send a voice message to. Or enter an existing conversation thread.
  3. Inside the conversation, to the right of the input box, you can see a microphone icon. Tap and hold this icon to start recording your voice message. 
  4. You can release the microphone button when done recording your whole message. 
  5. Three buttons are displayed in the text input box: an upward-facing arrow, a play button, and an X.
  6. To listen to your voice message before sending it, press the play button. Otherwise, tap the upward-facing arrow to send your voice message. 

It’s important to note that the voice messages in the iPhone gets deleted 2 minutes after the recipient listens to them. 

If you want your voice message to remain in the chat history, you can tap on the “keep” option under your voice note. 

You can also forward your voice messages to other iPhone users in your contacts as follows:

  1. Tap and hold the voice message you want to forward and click on more
  2. Click on the bottom right arrow
  3. Select the recipient and hit send

See also: How To Send Text To All Contacts On iPhone?

How do I send a voice memo from iPhone to the messenger?

The voice memos app on your iPhone lets you easily record personal notes, lectures, etc. But how can you share those voice memos with someone on Facebook messenger? 

Follow these steps to send a voice memo from iPhone to Messenger:

  1. Open voice memos app
  2. Tap on All recordings > tap the recording you want to send
  3. Click on the three dots > select “share”
  4. Choose Messenger in the list, select the recipient, and hit Send

How do you listen to audio messages on iPhone speaker?

To listen to voice messages on an iPhone, you can either:

  • Press the play button to hear it on the loud speaker
  • Use the “Raise to listen” feature to hear in in the ear speaker

If you want to listen to the voice message through the ear speaker, turn on the “Raise to Listen” feature following the steps mentioned in the section “Why can’t I hear my audio messages on iMessage?”.

If your audio messages are playing very low on your iPhone, it’s likely because they are not being played on your iPhone speakerphone. Tap on the small speaker icon next to the audio message to listen to the message on the speakerphone: