7 Tips to Recording Audio on Your Phone

Recording audio can be a challenge on your phone, but many times, it can be the most efficient use of your time. Use these tips to help you record audio masterpieces.

1. App & Upload

Voice Memo, Smart Voice Recorder, and OneNote are some of the many apps used for recording audio. Using your phone to record makes it convenient for sharing your work. Most apps save your audio as a file once you hit the end button on the recording. Once you have a file you want, you can upload it to your email, text message, or social media.

We recommend backing up your files to your cloud or google drive to ensure nothing gets lost in the future. Make sure to delete unwanted recordings. Ridding yourself of unneeded files will save you storage space for content you actually do want.

2. Practice

A big mistake that many people make when trying to develop a recording is to just do it one time. Take the time to write out what you want to say or make bullet points of the main ideas you want to cover before starting. Practice out loud before you start to be more comfortable with the material. Practice will help you to get your message across clearly and in a shorter amount of time.

3. Location Location Location

You phone is designed to record omni-directional sound. This makes it difficult to record quality sound, unless the sound is very close to your phone. Background sounds can overwhelm your intended audio. Make sure that you choose to record in a place that is quiet. Many sounds such as a refrigerator, people talking, or a busy highway can be difficult to edit out in post production.

4. Listen

Record a piece of audio that is completely silent before starting. Listen to the playback to identify any unwanted background sounds that were picked up and find out how you can eliminate them before starting your work.

Listen to yourself on the recording. Are there specific points where you want to emphasize what you say? Consider the inflection that you use to convey your point. Make sure that you are coming across clearly. Check to make sure that you do not sound muffled or too loud for the speakers. Have other people listen to your recording to get constructive feedback.

5. Consider External Mics

The headphone jack on your phone is designed to be used as a microphone. Having an external microphone can allow you to pick up the sound you desire. Your phone’s microphone could develop a tinny quality when your voice bounces off the walls around you.

Using an external microphone can help focus on the correct source and quality of sound. A lavalier microphone (lapel mic) is an ideal microphone if you are recording one person talking for an extended period of time. However, many external microphones require additional adaptors to be phone compatible.

6. Don’t Move Around

A blunder that many people make while recording is trying to readjust the recorder, get closer to something, or walk around. Your recording is going to pick up additional noises from your movement, creating a distraction.

If you see something that needs to be fixed, stop the recording, fix problem, and start over. Doing it right the first time will make a high quality impression on your listeners.

7. Set Airplane Mode

When recording audio on your phone, you can run into many problems regarding unwelcome interruptions. The vibration from a new text message, an incoming call, or an email alert can all impact your ability to record quality audio. Setting your phone to airplane mode before recording will allow you to disable all network communication without disabling your voicemail.