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Have you ever wondered why, even though Apple Watch has a microphone and speaker, that there is no Memo app for watchOS? Me too. I use the Memo app regularly and, even if it were just controls to trigger the app on my iPhone, I’d be grateful for Apple Watch support.

Luckily, a clever dev team realized there was a hole to fill and created Just Press Record. It is a simple recording app for Apple Watch that allows you to capture audio, right from your wrist-worn device.

The development team at Open Planet Software told us that, coming in an update very soon, Just Press Record will support Glances and watch Complications.

The app does very little. It records and saves recorded files automatically to iCloud Drive. However, it doesn’t need a bunch of frills and features to be a useful app, which it does, well.

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After you download the app, open it on the iPhone to allow access to the microphone. Then, you can either record from your smartphone, or open the app on Apple Watch, which is where this app gets interesting.

Tap the big red button to begin recording. The app captures audio from your Apple Watch. It isn’t controlling a recording program on your iPhone. In fact, you don’t even need your iPhone to record on Apple Watch.

Even if your iPhone is somewhere else, you can record audio from Apple Watch. When the two devices are connected again, the recording will automatically transfer to your iPhone and then sync to iCloud Drive.

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Files are populated into folders by date, and organized by time. However, you can rename files to make them easier to identify. To rename a file, select it. Then, press and hold the time until the keyboard appears, then delete the time and rename it.

The app is universally available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which is where iCloud Drive syncing becomes very convenient. You can record on one device and play it back on another. On iPad, the app supports Slide Over and Split View. There is even a Mac App version for $4.99 that lets you record from your Mac, which also features additional file formatting options.

Just Press Record costs $2.99. If you have an Apple Watch, and have ever wished for Memo app support, then this one is a no brainer. Download it in the App Store today.

  • diggitydang

    OMG, the sponsored section of this site slows it down SOOOOOmuch on an iPhone. Every time I hit that section, scrolling it has a 3-5 second delay!!! Brutal!!!

    • That_Fruitarian

      I agree and it will force us to start using content blockers.

      • diggitydang

        I guess I’m NOT the only one…

    • What iPhone model are you using? I’m not experiencing any lag on iPhone 6. It loads immediately. Keep me posted. Thanks

      • diggitydang

        Hey Seb. I’m on a 6+… Every post, I read the article and want to scroll to the comments, but as soon as I hit the sponsored posts, it’s like the response time delays for 3 seconds. I swipe and swipe and it’s like I hit quicksand… I do long swipes and it scrolls small amounts at a time. I’m jailbroken but haven’t installed any new tweaks lately. How that helps. I wonder if it’s happened to anyone else.

      • Try deleting website data in your Safari settings. It might do the trick. Again I’m not seeing any lag whatsoever, even on older devices (tried on an iPhone 5) so that makes me believe it is something with your iPhone. Keep keeping me posted 🙂

      • diggitydang

        Actually, that did the trick!!! Thanks Seb!!! Now I can read iDB comfortably again!!! Whew!!! Thanks again and hope I didn’t sound too sourpuss about it!! 🙂

      • No problem. I’m glad I saw your comment. The sad reality is that many people might experience the same issue and blame the site and not realize it’s a problem coming from their device.

      • diggitydang

        Sorry Seb. It seems to be back. Not sure if it’s my phone or what… Resetting Safari helped only the first few blog reads. It doesn’t happen on other sites.

      • That_Fruitarian

        I restored my phone and I’m no longer experiencing any lag. That’s great news!!

  • Derrick Gooch

    Simple mic does the same but free!

  • Chris Wagers

    Sorry to bring up a semi old thread but is it me or can you not play back the recordings on the watch once you leave the save screen on watch.

  • Ronin

    Tell me please how to make records as in background on Apple Watch ? As it was told in general overview this app has such possibility. I can’t find it. Every time when I start to record and then I push the crown to open another app or just face of watch then the record is stopped immediately 🙁

  • Sue Dicker

    Just started to use with Apple Watch. Would like to know if there is a limit to length of recordings. I was recording a meeting but every time I looked down the recording had stopped at varying points. So now there are big chunks missing and my meeting recording disjointed. Any help re this or whether there’s a setting to set max length of recording before it stops. Thanks in advance.