I recorded a long and important voice-memo on my old iPhone which is not synced anymore to any iTunes. I wanted to retrieve the memo using the advice here, however choosing Sync Music in iTunes brought up this warning:

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I tried to click Sync Music and the capacity bar at the bottom indeed indicated that all music, and presumably the voice memos too, would be deleted next time I sync the iPhone (the blue Audio bar was completely gone). I immediately reverted.

How can I retrieve the voice memos?

The other options in the question linked above include:

  • DropVox - which costs money and forces me to have a DropBox account
  • Macroplant iExplorer - which is a freeware that doesn't work for me

Try this way of syncing. You can also manually update songs if you don't want to lose songs.


Another option would be to email them to yourself.

  • Thanks for posting an answer, Easley! Can you please summarize the contents of the link you posted. Links have a tendency to disappear over time, leaving a non-answer for those who may find this down the road. Thank you! – daviesgeek May 22 '12 at 17:02
  • The email option is best, but if you have lots of memos, get a program to archive / save them. On OS X, I recommend HoneView by ecamm. – bmike Apr 13 '13 at 11:08

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