Voice Recorder


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Use Voice Recorder in your Galaxy S4 to record or play voice memos.

Tap Voice Recorder on the Applications screen.

Recording voice memos with Galaxy S4 voice recorder

Tap  to start recording. Speak into the microphone at the bottom of the device.

Tap  to pause recording.

Tap  to finish recording.


Playing voice memos with Galaxy S4 Voice Recorder

Select a voice memo to play.

  •  : Trim the voice memo.
  •  : Adjust the playback speed.
  •  : Pause playback.
  •  /  : Skip 60 seconds backwards or forwards.
  •  /  : Skip to the previous or next voice memo.

To send a voice memo to others, tap Share via, and then select a sharing method.

Managing voice memos with Galaxy S4 Voice Recorder

In the list of voice memos, tap  and select one of the following:

  • Share via: Select voice memos to send, and then select a sharing method.
  • Delete: Select voice memos to delete.
  • Settings: Change the voice recorder settings.
  • End: Close the voice recorder.

Saving Galaxy S4 vocie recoder files with contextual tags

In the list of voice memos, tap Settings → Contextual filename → On.


  1. I been using voice recorder for awhile with no problem, but today I press the record button and got a popup message saying “Unable to start a new recording. Other applications already recording”. Ive tried disabling , restarting, force stoping app but nothing works. I wonder if its got something to do with 4.4 update.

  2. wudini007 says:

    Yeah, I contacted Samsung but they tried but nothing worked. Didnt want to do a factory reset but had to, and it fixed the problem. Thanks

  3. How do you title your voice recordings?

    • Open the voice recorder app, tap menu key, tap settings, you can use contextual filename.

      You may also manage the files manually with My Files app.

  4. My saved voice recordings have disappeared. I can not find them on the phone. Anyone else have this problem or know how to recover them?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yes, apparently my phone was low on memory and deleted them to make space. Does anyone know if I can use a recovery program to get them back?

    • It’s not worth the hassle. No data recovery service provider can guarantee anything. The charge is usually very expensive.

      Backup is the real solution of something is important.

      The phone should never delete your file. It may clean is own caches only.

      Anyway, did you connect the phone to a pc to check the files carefully?

  6. I am very interested in finding out how to retrieve voice recording that were accidentally deleted please help!

    • There are no easy to recover deleted files. You’d better to check with local data recovery service providers if they are really important. None of them can guarantee anything, although the charge is expensive.

  7. Elsabe Botha says:

    I need to transfer my voice recordings from my S4 to my pc and then put it on a cd for backup. Unfortunately the cd is not in a readable format. Which format is it written on my samsung and which media player app do I need to get this done. Pls help

    • Voice recordings are written in m4a format. Almost all media players can play it. If you cannot play it in pc, you can try vlc player.

      If the CD is corrupted, then you probably have no choice. Did you add the recordings as individual files or convert them to the cd audio?

      Anyway, you should check the cd took see whether you can see individual files?


  8. Greg Peller says:

    “I recorded a very important voice message and it went to 26.5 MB, but phone’s Gmail will not allow anything to be sent over 20MB….I am bedridden and disabled and have no computer available at all…this message is extremely important and it will not allow me to trim the message because all it does is create another copy of the same file…what do I do? Thank you.”

    • Upload the file to your Google Drive, then share the file with your friends. You just need send them the link. If you are using Gmail, you can also choose attach file from Google Drive.

      Google Drive is probably installed in your phone already. If not, install it from Play store.

  9. Deidre Egglefield says:

    how long does the voice recorder run?

  10. Prabhpreet Singh says:

    My Voice recorder keeps on recording with not actul recording the sound.
    like i keeps on recording for 1 minute but when i play that file it gives sound for 10 seconds or 15 seconds and then mute for rest of the seconds.
    please help

    and sometimes it gives error while recording that “unable to start a new recording………”

    • For the unable to start a new recording error, it is very likely caused by OK Google detection. You may turn of OK Google hot word detection in All apps–Google Settings–Search & now–Voice–OK Google detection, Turn off Always on.

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