Voice Recording on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Voice recording on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is really simple and useful.

Taking a voice note on your Samsung Galaxy S4 is really easy. The built in Voice Recorder, though simple, packs all of the options and tools you need for capturing audio.

  1. Open the Voice Recorder app.
  2. Tap the record button at the bottom in the middle. 
  3. Tap pause to delay recording, then the record button again to continue recording to the same file.
  4. Tap the square stop button to finish recording. 
  5. Tap the x button to delete the current recording. (Recording controls are also available via the notification tray; swipe down from the top of the screen from anywhere outside the app to pause, stop, or cancel recording, as well as go back to the app.)

Samsung Galaxy S4 voice notes

Completed audio files are stored in an .m4a format under /storage/emulated/0/Sounds in the file system, though you can access them directly from the Voice Recorder app to share wherever you like. Just tap the arrow in the bottom-right to see saved voice notes, and tap each file name to listen (at increased or reduced speed if you like). You can also trim audio files from the playback section at the bottom of the screen. A long press on the recording name will bring up management options such as file renaming, sharing, deletion, and setting as ringtone. There are a bunch of helpful settings you can tweak too. Tap the menu key and hit Settings. From there you can toggle GPS-based filenames and change recording quality and volume. Alternatively, you can store voice notes alongside written ones in the S Notes application. 

That's about it! If you're having any problems with Voice Recorder on the Samsung Galaxy S4, leave a comment!


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How to take a voice note on the Samsung Galaxy S4


In a lot of ways, this is a preparation for the S5, assuming the methodology doesn't change in the new device. 

When I use the voice recorder on my Samsung S3 mini, it records fine (even better with an external mic), and I can save the file. However when I hit share and try to email it to myself or someone else via gmail, it looks like it has been sent but the audio file doesn't arrive in my or my friends email. It doesnt appear as a sent file either on gmail. Any ideas how to solve this? Searches on the net came back with nothing referring to this. Also I cannot find a setting on gmail that limits the size or types of files sent from this account. The phone was connected via wifi and mobile when I was trying this out so I had reasonable band width. The file was only around 15 seconds long so I assume it was not huge (probably an mp3 file i am guessing say 2mg atmost)

Hey, I am having problems with this recorder. I have recorded audios in meeting and trainings and then I have tried to place them in iTunes to allow me to record them to a cd. But when I try to copy them, it won't work. Any suggestions on how I take these audio recordings from this app to iTunes and copy them to a cd?

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Thanks, Jim:-)

Hi, I have an S4 updated to version 4.2.2. A couple of days ago I was trying to back up all the .m4a files I had made using the Voice Recording app talked about in your article. Somehow, all of the files vanished without any message or warning. Everything else on my phone is intact. I have been trying many different options to try recovering the files, but so far: no success. As a precaution, I have kept my phone in airplane mode to prevent overwriting. Any advice on recovering the files? I will make sure to have a backup in the future, but the files I lost are important to me. Thanks in advance.

Did u ever get a response to your question? I'm having a similar issue with some files that have disappeared. Not sure if I ran out of space and now its just deleting them to make room for new recordings. Not sure. If they are archived somewhere. I'd like to know how to retrieve them. Please let me know if you got a response. Thank you