Record, store, and play back audio in Evernote

Record, store, and play back audio in Evernote
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Record, store, and play back audio in Evernote

You can record and store an audio recording directly into Evernote. With audio recordings you can record and recall the details of:

  • A meeting with colleagues
  • A class lecture
  • Memories of a family member's musical recital
  • An important speech

Record audio in a note

  • Mac

    The new Evernote for Mac
    1. Create a new note or open an existing note.
    2. Click the Insert button (blue plus sign), then click Audio Recording. Recording starts automatically. You can type and record at the same time, but if you leave the note, the recording will stop and save.
    3. When you're done, click the Stop button to stop recording and save the audio to your note.
    Older version of Evernote for Mac
    1. Create a new note or open an existing note.
    2. Click the microphone button from the formatting bar. You may need to click the double arrows at the end of the toolbar to reveal more options.
    3. Click Record to start recording. You can type and record at the same time, but if you leave the note, the recording will stop and save. A red dot will appear on the Evernote menu bar icon to indicate that a note is currently recording.
    4. When you’re done, click Save to stop recording and save the audio to your note.
  • Windows

    The new Evernote for Windows
    1. Create a new note or open an existing note.
    2. Click the Insert button (blue plus sign), then click Audio Recording. Recording starts automatically. You can type and record at the same time, but if you leave the note, the recording will stop and save.
    3. When you're done, click the Stop button to stop recording and save the audio to your note.
    Older version of Evernote for Windows
    1. Create a new note or open an existing note.
    2. Click the microphone button from the formatting bar. You may need to click the double arrows at the end of the toolbar to reveal more options.
    3. Click Record to start recording. You can type and record at the same time, but if you leave the note, the recording will stop and save. A red dot will appear on the Evernote menu bar icon to indicate that a note is currently recording.
    4. When you’re done, click Save to stop recording and save the audio to your note.
  • iOS

    The new Evernote for iOS

    1. Create a new note or open an existing note.
    2. Tap on the blue plus sign icon, then tap Audio. Recording starts automatically.
    3. When you're done, tap the stop icon to stop recording and save the audio to your note.

    Older version of Evernote for iOS

    1. Create a new note or open an existing note.
    2. Tap the More button (box with plus sign) on the editing toolbar, then tap Record Audio. Recording starts automatically.
    3. When you're done, tap Done to stop recording and save the audio to your note.
  • Android

    The new Evernote for Android

    1. Create a new note or open an existing note.
    2. Tap on the blue plus sign icon, then tap Audio. Recording starts automatically.
    3. When you're done, tap the stop icon to stop recording and save the audio to your note.

    Older version of Evernote for Android

    1. Create a new note or open an existing note.
    2. Tap the paperclip button from the formatting bar, then tap Record Audio to start recording.
    3. When you're done, tap the stop button (square inside a circle) to stop recording and save the audio to your note.

Note: Maximum recording length is limited by the total size of the note. Basic customers can record up to 25MB per note, Plus customers can record up to 50MB per note, and Premium customers can record up to 200MB per note. The size of an audio recording will vary depending on the content of your recording and your device.

Tips

  • On the new version of Evernote for Mac and Windows (v10.12 and above), if your audio recording surpasses the total note size limit, you will have the option to save it as a local file.
  • Warning: If your audio recording on a mobile device or an older version of Evernote for Mac and Windows surpasses the total note size limit, your note will not sync to Evernote.
  • You can type inside Evernote as audio is recording.
  • If you have a pre-recorded audio file, you can drag the file right into Evernote to create a new note or drop it into an existing note (Mac and Windows only).
  • If you want full control over the audio file size or recording quality, you might want to record on a different program to adjust and edit, and then attach it to a note.

Frequently asked questions

What formats are supported for audio attachments?

Most common audio formats are supported, including .mp3, .mp4, .flac, and .wav.

What format are my audio recordings saved as?

Some versions of the app save audio recordings as different file types. Refer to the table below.

App Recorded format
New Evernote for Mac .webm (Opus audio)
New Evernote for Windows .webm (Opus audio)
New Evernote for iOS .m4a (AAC audio)
New Evernote for Android .aac (AAC audio)
Legacy Evernote for Mac .wav (GSM audio)
Legacy Evernote for Windows .wav (GSM audio)
Legacy Evernote for iOS .m4a (AAC audio)
Legacy Evernote for Android .amr (AMR-NB)

Are there any limitations with audio recording playback?

Yes, there are a few limitations between operating systems and the old and new versions of Evernote.

  • Audio recorded on new versions of Evernote is not supported on older versions of Evernote.
  • Audio recorded on older versions of Evernote may not play back on older versions of Evernote.
  • Audio recorded on older versions of Evernote for Mac or Windows will not play back on the new Evernote for Android or iOS.
  • Audio recorded on the new Evernote for Mac or Windows will not play back on the new Evernote for iOS at this time.

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