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I'm trying to get all my voice memo's, with their original name, onto a external hard drive.

(My filenames are all just the date of the recording).

(I was able to find this script for Windows, but not sure if there's something similar I could do on a Mac)

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I named the memos on my iPhone, in the Voice Memo's app, but when I locate them on my hard drive on my computer, they all have default names that are just the date created.

E.g. 20230405-23234.m4a instead of "Math Lecture April 4 2023.m4a" for example.

And I have 1500+ Voice Memo's which are very important to me, and I need to search through in the future.

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  • How many voice memos do you have (the solution might be different depending on the number being small or big)? And to get the complete the picture: you renamed the memos on the iPhone, transfered them to the Mac and now they have just a default name?
    – nohillside
    Commented Dec 15, 2023 at 8:48
  • @nohillside thanks for your reply - correct, I named the memos on my iPhone, in the Voice Memo's app, but when I locate them on my hard drive on my computer, they all have default names that are just the date created. E.g. 20230405-23234.m4a instead of "Math Lecture April 4 2023.m4a" for example. And I have 1500+ Voice Memo's which are very important to me, and I need to search through in the future. Commented Dec 15, 2023 at 19:53
  • please edit the question to add this.
    – nohillside
    Commented Dec 15, 2023 at 20:28
  • @nohillside I have updated the post to include these details. Commented Dec 15, 2023 at 20:42

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To rename Voice Memos on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Voice Memos app.
  2. Find and select the recording you want to rename.
  3. Right-click (or Control-click) on the recording.
  4. Choose “Rename” from the context menu.
  5. Enter the new name and press Enter.

This should allow you to rename your Voice Memos on your Mac easily.

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  • No, I mean rename on the computer. They're all saved as strings of numbers (ie. "20230405-2235234.m4a" instead of "Math class April 4 2023.m4a", like I labeled it on my phone.) I'm trying to create an external backup with all my .m4a files (Voice Memos), so I can access them easily, independent of 3rd party tools like iTunes, etc. Commented Dec 15, 2023 at 19:51

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