How to Send Large Voice Recordings on iPhone

Modified Dec. 10, 2023, 9:19 p.m.


Whether it's a detailed explanation for work or a lengthy voice note to a friend, the question arises: how do you efficiently send these large files without compromising on quality?

In this article, I'll guide you through the most effective methods to send large voice recordings on your iPhone, ensuring that your message is heard loud and clear.

Use iCloud Drive for Seamless Sharing

One of the most straightforward methods is using iCloud Drive. It's integrated into your iPhone and offers a hassle-free way to share large files. Simply save your voice recording to iCloud Drive and share the link with your recipient. They can access it regardless of their device, making it a versatile option.

Utilize Mail Drop for Larger Files

For recordings that are too large to send via email, Apple’s Mail Drop is a lifesaver. It automatically uploads the file to iCloud and sends a link to your recipient. They can then download the recording within 30 days. Mail Drop can handle files up to 5GB, making it perfect for lengthy recordings.

Compress Audio Files

Sometimes, reducing the file size is the way to go. You can use various apps available on the App Store to compress your voice recordings. While this might slightly reduce the quality, it often strikes a good balance between file size and clarity.

Use Third-Party Cloud Services

Services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or WeTransfer offer another solution. Upload your recording to these platforms and share a download link with your recipient. Most of these services offer a free tier with ample storage for large files.

Send the large Recordings by Wi-Fi

Many sharing applications allow you to send any files via Wi-Fi. As far as both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can share any file between both, even if the other device is not an Apple one. There are many applications available on the AppStore, I personally use the File Transfer app.


Sending large voice recordings on an iPhone doesn't have to be a headache. With options ranging from iCloud Drive and Mail Drop to third-party cloud services, you're equipped to share your recordings no matter their size. Remember, choosing the right method depends on the file size and your recipient's preferences.



Maxime Levesque is a technical engineer with more than 5 years of professional experience. He is an expert in computer and phones, mostly on Apple products. Maxime is also the founder of TechBrowser.

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