How to Record & Generate Live Transcriptions in Notes iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15

How to Record & Generate Live Transcriptions in Notes iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15

When it comes to note-taking, Notes, Reminders, and Voice Memos have always been the go-to apps for Apple fans. However, one long-standing downside is that you have to transcribe memos yourself. You can’t convert them into Notes or Reminders automatically. That is, until WWDC 24.

Apple announced that the Notes app in iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS 15 Sequoia will come with live audio transcriptions. Basically, you can record and generate transcripts in real time. What’s even cooler is that you can migrate them to other apps. As of Developer Beta 1, you can only migrate from Notes to Journal, but it won’t be surprising if more apps get support.

Here’s how to enable it on your Apple device.

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Before anything else, please note that live audio transcriptions are still buggy in the Developer Beta stage. I, like many other beta testers, are having trouble getting the transcript preview to expand. If the feature doesn’t work for you too, the only option is to wait for Developer Beta 2 or Public Beta 1.

How to Record & Generate Live Transcriptions in Notes iOS 18 and iPadOS 18

Time needed: 5 minutes

Live audio transcriptions on iPhone and iPad are perfect for taking notes, setting up daily reminders, and transcribing phone calls. Follow these steps to enable it:

  1. Open the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Tap the New Note icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

  3. In the tools bar at the bottom of the screen, select the paperclip icon > Record Audio.

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  4. Tap the red button to start and stop recording.

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  5. Select Done to exit the voice recording tool.

  6. Wait for the transcript preview to appear, tap the recording, and then select the quotation marks icon at the bottom-left corner of the page.

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How to Record & Generate Live Transcriptions in macOS 15 Sequoia

You’ll find live audio transcriptions on Mac helpful when transcribing your work calls or recorded class lectures.

  1. Open the Notes app on your Mac.
  2. Select the audio wave icon in the toolbar at the top of the window.
  3. Click the red button to start and stop recording your voice memo.
  4. Wait for your transcript preview to appear and then tap the quotation marks icon in the bottom-left corner of the window.
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    Image Credits: Peter Akkies

To be fair, the transcriptions are fairly accurate and reliable. The big issue as of the Developer Beta stage is the feature isn’t at 100 percent capacity yet, so there are (a lot of) times that it’ll glitch. That said, patience is a virtue. WWDC 24 revealed several new features, from a redesigned UI to Apple Intelligence, so there’s plenty to look forward to apart from live audio transcriptions.

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