How to Podcast from Your Phone: Voice Memos to Alexa Broadcasts

Record a Voice Memo on iPhone or Android and publish it instantly as a broadcast on Alexa. Your audience will get a gentle notification on their Alexa device (e.g. Echo smart speaker) that there’s an update from you. Then they can say, “Alexa, ask [YOUR SKILL NAME] for the latest update.”

Now you can update your audience on the go with the mic that’s already in your pocket.

Below, we’ll cover:

1) a one-time settings tweak to improve quality
2) simple instructions for recording and publishing your mini podcast to Alexa.

This post has steps for iOS because the vast majority of our customers are on iOS, but the process is similar for Android: record on the Voice Recorder app and drop the recording into the Broadcasts page here.

Upload your voice memo to WealthVoice, then clients get a notification and can play your broadcast by saying, “Alexa, ask [YOUR SKILL NAME] for the latest update.”

With our latest platform update, audio file types .m4a, .mp3, or .wav all work on desktop or mobile on WealthVoice.

1. Turn on Lossless Mode (iOS)

How to record iPhone Voice Memos in Lossless mode for maximum fidelity:

On iOS, the built-in Voice Memos app can capture perfectly fine audio, but you can improve it further. Voice Memos records audio in a compressed format by default, saving storage space but reducing quality. There is an easy one-time fix:

  1. Go to SettingsVoice Memos > Audio Quality and change the quality from Compressed to Lossless (tap Lossless so the checkmark appears next to it instead of next to Compressed). 
  2. Tap Back to save your changes.
Audio Quality is Compressed by default in iPhone settings. Audio Quality is Compressed by default in iPhone settings. Change it to Lossless.

2. How to record a Voice Memo (iOS)

Voice Memos is a native iOS voice recording app that you can use to podcast. Turn on lossless mode for maximum fidelity.
  1. Launch the Voice Memos app on your iOS device.
  2. Hold your phone upright about 6 inches from your mouth at a 45 degree angle with the microphone on the bottom.
  3. Tap the red circle on the bottom to record a new audio memo.
  4. Begin speaking within one second (then you won’t have to edit any dead air time).
  5. When finished speaking, tap the red square at the bottom to end recording.
  6. If you’d like to name the recording, select the recording and tap the ellipsis (three dots) on the left, then tap Edit Recording, and double tap on the name to change the text.
  7. To save to your device’s Files: select the recording, tap the ellipsis (three dots) on the left, then tap Save to Files. Suggestion: Tap the folder icon on the top right and name a new folder “WealthVoice Broadcasts” or similar.

Drop your voice recording into WealthVoice to share your broadcast on Alexa. This is handy for an emergency broadcast or on-the-go updates.

3. How to Upload your Voice Memo to Alexa (Broadcast):

  1. Open your mobile browser (Safari or Chrome) and go to: https://app.wealthvoice.ai/skill/broadcasts/new (login if you haven’t yet)
  2. Add a Broadcast Title (a few words describing what your update is about)
  3. Tap the grey box under Upload Audio Clip to drop your audio file (see the first yellow circle in the screenshot)
  4. Tap Browse to locate and select your recording
  5. Scroll down to choose either Publish Now or Schedule to Publish in the Future
  6. If want to publish immediately, tap the green Publish Now button at the bottom.