Have Your iPhone Voice Memos Disappeared? How to Get Them Back (iOS 12 Supported)

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Have you had problems with your voice memos after upgrading to the latest version of iOS 12/11? Many people have been reporting that their voice memos have been disappearing as soon as they upgraded to a new version. This problem goes way back to the iOS 12/11 upgrade and has been happening for a while now.

While there are some troubleshooting processes you can try to fix the problem, you may want to start by getting your memos back. This is what we are going to be dealing with in this article: how you can easily and very quickly get your voice memos back.

3 Ways to Retrieve Voice Memos from iPhone with/without Backup

Part 1: If You Haven't Made Any Backups to iCloud or iTunes

The worst situation we can image is that the voice memos are lost and there is no backup file either on iTunes or iCloud. Well, there is still hope for you yet, because iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery can help you get the data back directly from the iOS device. We must point out however that this is only possible if the data hasn't already been overwritten. So it is important that you stop using the device as soon as you discover the memos are missing to avoid overwriting them.

About iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery

  • It can recover files in 20+ types of data from iPhone/iPad/iPod, safely and quickly.
  • It can directly recover data from your device as long as it has not been overwritten.
  • It can selectively recover your wanted files, like voice memos in this article.
  • It allows previewing data before recovery. This can help you better find the target file.
  • It can also extract data from iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
  • Fully support iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6/6s/5 running iOS 12.1/12/11/10.

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How to Recover Missing Voice Memos without Backup

Step 1.Launch the program. From the primary window, click on "Recover from iOS device" and then click on "Start."

Recover Missing Voice Memo without Backup

Step 2.Connect the device to the computer using USB cables. You will be required to choose the type of data you want to recover (in our case, choose "Voice Memo" under "Memo & Others"

select voice memos

Step 3.Wait for a few minutes to scan your device.

 Connect the device to the computer

Step 4.When the scan is complete, preview the recoverable voice memos and select the missing voice memo. Click "Recover" and select a file path in the popup that appears.

recover lost voice memos on iphone

Part 2: If You Have Made a Backup in Advance

If you are lucky to have backed up voice memos in iTunes/iCloud, things will become easier. All you have to do to get them back is simply restore the device. To do this, you can either use the official way to restore voice memos to iPhone, or use iMyFone D-Back mentioned above. Each method stands out for reasons, and in the following part, we will discuss in detail.

1. Get Missing Voice Memos Back by Restoring the Device

First, make sure you have backed up voice memos with iCloud/iTunes, then follow these simple steps to do it.

iTunes Restore Voice Memos:

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer and then connect the device using USB cables.

Step 2. Select device when it appears in iTunes and then select "Restore Backup" in iTunes.

Step 3. Choose the most relevant backup and click "Restore" to finish.

Get Backed Up Voice Memos by Restoring your Device

iCloud Restore Voice Memos:

Step 1. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

Step 2. Enter the passcode and confirm to erase iPhone.

Step 3. Then select Restore from iCloud backup. Login your iCloud account and select the backup file. Wait for the whole restore process finishes.

restore voice memos to iphone using icloud

But you may noticed that both iTunes and iCloud will erase the current data on your iPhone replace it with the backup files. If you don't want to lose the data and just need to get a few voice memos back, you might as well employ the services with the iPhone backup viewing tool iMyFone D-Back.

2. Extract Disappeared Voice Memos from Backup using iPhone Backup Extractor

Unlike other programs, iMyFone D-Back iMyFone D-Back will go a step further and actually help you extract the voice memos from the iTunes or iCloud backup file to computer. Here's how you can do that. But first, download and install the program on your computer and let's get started.

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2.1 How to Recover Missing Voice Memo from an iTunes Backup

Step 1.Launch the program and from the main window, select "Recover from iTunes Backup" and then click on "Start."

Launch the program

Step 2.Select the iTunes backup file that likely contains the missing voice memo and then click "Next".

Select iTunes Backup

Step 3.Select "Voice Memo" as the file type you would like to recover.

select file types

Step 4.Once the scanning process is complete (be patient, it could take a while), browse the recovered data to select the missing memo and then click "Recover."

select the missing memo

2.2 How to Recover the Missing Memo from an iCloud Backup

If your voice memo is in an iCloud backup file, follow this simple guide to get it back without having to restore the device completely.

Step 1.From the main window, click on "Recover from iCloud Backup" and then click on "Start."

Recover from iCloud Backup

Step 2.The next step is to sign in to your iCloud account. Enter your log in information to do so.

sign in to your iCloud account

Step 3.The program will detect all of the iCloud backup files on that account. Click on the one that may contain the memo and then click "Next" to download the file.

choose icloud backup

Step 4.Select "Voice memo" since this is the file type we want to recover.

Select the files you wish to recover

Step 5.Once the download and scanning process are complete. Select the missing memo and then click "Recover."

 Recover the Missing Memo from an iCloud Backup

Part 3: Pros & Cons of Each Method to Recover Voice Memos

Here we have compared the features of 3 methods mentioned above. As it's clearly showed, using iMyFone D-Back is more convinent and will save a lot of trouble. However, if you don't mind data loss, it's also feasible to choose the official way.

iTunes/iCloud Restore
Selectively recover voice memos on iPhone
No data loss/overwrite on the device
Preview files before recovery
Support up to 20+ files types
Backup file required
Official and free way
Fast and easy to use

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