There are no options for Voice Memos application to specify path to save.

Searching for the recording name also did not reveal any file in Finder.

I wish to edit the audio file in Audacity but I need to find the saved file first.

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    Something to add...i found an easier way to get the recording as file. Simply drag and drop the file to desktop. – Koder Nov 17 '18 at 15:18
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    stupid little program, isnt it – Lucas Pottersky Jun 12 '20 at 12:37
  • @Koder you're legend – LittleZero Mar 25 at 4:11

.m4a files created by Voice Memos can be found at

$HOME/Library/Application Support/com.apple.voicememos/Recordings

Inside that folder is an .m4a file of the actual recording, prefaced with a string of numbers. The file is not saved with the name you give the memo in the interface, unfortunately.

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The Voice Memos interface allows you to send the audio file through Messages, Mail, or export it to Notes or AirDrop:

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    This no longer works....that folder does not exist. Anyone have a new solution? see image. – Revival-USA Jan 24 '19 at 0:17
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    From your screenshot, I can see you’re using the wrong path. Use /Users/your_username/Library/Application Support/com.apple.voicememos/Recordings I’ve updated my answer to be more specific. In Unix pathnames, ~/ represents the root level of your user account. – IconDaemon Jan 24 '19 at 10:35
  • It's the Library folder under your home folder, not under the root /. – cakraww Nov 20 '19 at 22:55
  • I don't have that folder. I'm using Catalina – whamsicore Feb 7 '20 at 23:04
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    I can confirm I see this in Catalina. ll $HOME/Library/Application\ Support/com.apple.voicememos/Recordings – flow2k Mar 28 '20 at 23:16

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