Apart from the SMS feature, the Messaging app gives you several ways to communicate with others , This includes audio messages. You can send a voice recording via iMessage by long pressing and speaking on the microphone icon to the right of the input field. By default, however, these audio messages self-destruct after two minutes. This is not good if you want to archive them.
Once an audio message expires, it's gone forever ̵
Before we disable the self-destruct feature for audio messages, you should know what audio messages behave by default. To create an audio message on an iOS device, first tap and hold the microphone button, speak your message, and then release it. If you want, tap the cloud icon with the up arrow. Otherwise, tap (x) to delete it and try again.
- Sending audio messages: When you send one through iMessage, a two-minute timer will start immediately for you with the default settings, but for the other person. For people chatting, the two-minute countdown will start as soon as they arrive have completely intercepted the message, unless they have changed their settings. Recipients can hear a voice message by tapping on the playback or directing it like a telephone call with the ear against the upper speaker.
- Receiving audio messages: When you receive an audio message from someone else, the two-minute timer starts as soon as you hear the voice message completely. You can listen to a voice message by tapping on the playback or directing it with your ear against the top speaker like a phone call. Underneath a warning appears with the message "Expires in 2m" after the entire message has been intercepted. When the two minutes have elapsed, the audio message will be forever deleted from your device. It will be deleted for the person who sent it two minutes after sending, unless it has changed its settings.
Below is an audio message I received (left) that was automatically deleted from my conversation two minutes after I sent it (right). Note that audio messages only work in iMessage chats – the microphone button does not even appear in SMS / MMS text conversations.
Note that audio messages behave similarly in the news app for macOS. The only difference is that you tap the microphone to record, rather than press long, and can not raise to hear.
Although you only have two minutes before an audio message expires, you can save it as long as you are fast. Once you have completely intercepted or sent a received audio message, the option "Retain" appears below it. Tap it and the audio message will be permanently stored in this conversation thread. Any other audio messages you receive or send will destroy you unless you want to keep them as well.
Alternatively, if the message is a received message, you can use Raise-to-Listen or by tapping on "Play," then remove the iPhone from your ear or tap the Pause button. The message will look like it was only partially played. When you exit the app or switch the iPhone to sleep mode, it plays as if you did not play it at all.
Below is an example of a self-destructing audio Message sent by me (left) is saved with the option "Keep" in the conversation thread (right).