How to Record a Podcast on Your iPhone in 6 Steps

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Whether you want to record your podcast on the go or don’t want an expensive studio setup, your iPhone can make it easier to pursue your podcasting dreams.

Our step-by-step guide on how to record a podcast on an iPhone is the perfect place to start. We’ll also cover the essential iPhone podcast gear, iOS podcast recording apps, and bonus tips.

Let’s dive straight in.

TL;DR – How to Record a Podcast on an iPhone

Starting a podcast on an iPhone and feeling overwhelmed?

Let’s break the process into these 6 steps.

  1. Plan your podcast episodes
  2. Choose your recording app
  3. Set up your recording space
  4. Pick your recording method
  5. Start creating your podcast
  6. Edit and upload your podcast

More on this later in the blog.

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Can I Record A Podcast On My iPhone?

Absolutely yes!

If you want to become a podcaster without investing in an expensive setup, your iPhone will do the job. You only need an iPhone, a recording app, and simple podcasting equipment to record a podcast.

We’ll go into this in more detail in the next sections.

Essential iPhone Podcast Equipment for Recording

You might not know where to start with so many recording tools available. But don’t worry!

We’ll take you through the 4 must-have items for your iPhone podcast setup.

1. iPhone

You’ll need an iPhone, obviously. You can start with whatever iPhone you currently own. However, if you’ve had it for a while, you can also upgrade to a latest model.

An up-to-date iPhone has high-quality built-in mics with noise-reduction features to pick clear audio. Plus, you can record an HD video podcast on your iPhone.

2. External Microphone(s)

You can level your audio quality with an external mic tailored to your iPhone.

Remember, though, that you might need an adapter to plug in your headphones and mics on your phone and use them together. An example of a suitable adapter is the Rode AI-Micro.

With that in mind, your microphone should:

  • Connect seamlessly with your iPhone model via a 3.5mm jack, lightning port, or wirelessly.
  • Be travel-friendly, durable, and easy to set up, yet deliver high-quality audio to allow you to podcast on the go.
  • Capture audio from all directions, suppress background noises, and produce a clear sound.

Just to mention a few, here are some iPhone microphones to consider — Shure MV 88 and Rode VideoMic Me-L.

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3. Headphones

You (and your guests) should always wear headphones to hear the audio, adjust sound levels, and monitor external noise as you record.

Headphones also prevent echo and audio bleed, which are unwanted sounds your microphone picks up from other mics.

Before you get a pair, look for headphones that:

  • Are lightweight with padded cushions and an adjustable fit to provide comfort for long recording sessions
  • Come with sound isolation capabilities to block out outside noise like traffic and fan
  • Are compact and foldable, ideal for travel
  • Have less audio delay.

Some solid headphone choices include Audio-Technica BPHS1 and Shure SRH940.

4. Podcast Recording App

Although you can use the pre-installed ‘Voice Memos’ app on your iPhone, you can opt for podcast-specific apps on the App Store.

Your recording app should possess these qualities:

  • User-friendly dashboard that you can easily navigate
  • All-in-one recording and editing capabilities so you don’t have to install multiple apps
  • Remote podcast recording and the ability for multiple guests to join
  • Mobile app to record on the go
  • Support for local recording instead of recording everyone over the internet
  • Various recording video quality, including HD and 4K

Keep reading as we explore the best iOS recording apps in the next section.

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Best Podcast Recording Apps for iPhone

Not all podcast apps are created equal.

Speaking of which, if your aim is to build a community, you should use Hello Audio to repurpose your existing content into engaging private podcasts.

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While you do that, let’s introduce our list of the 3 best podcast recorders and their key features.

1. Spotify for Podcasters

Spotify for Podcasters Homepage

Rebranded from Anchor, Spotify for Podcasters is a popular platform where podcasters create and share content.

Let’s look at some positives and negatives of this app.


  • Free-to-use and ideal if you have limited knowledge of creating and managing podcasts
  • Easily record, edit, and distribute your content on various platforms like Spotify, Google podcasts, Apple podcasts, and more
  • Add tracks, effects, and transitions into your recordings
  • Lets you host unlimited episodes
  • Record with remote guests
  • Makes it easy to monetize the podcasts.


On the flip side, Spotify for Podcasters:

  • Has poor recording tools
  • Lacks in-app editing and video recording features
  • Spotify takes a cut of the ad revenue
  • Solo and group recordings can’t exceed two hours
  • No ownership rights to your content.

2. GarageBand

GarageBand Homepage

Similar to Spotify for Podcasters, GarageBand is free. It’s only available on iOS devices, including iPhones.

Here are the top features and downsides of GarageBand.


  • Allows multi-track recording (record each guest on their own track)
  • Has built-in editing functions to trim audio, arrange audio clips, mix tracks, and add music
  • Simple and user-friendly interface compared to some apps like Audacity
  • Supports MIDI recording
  • Ability to redo or undo your edits.


  • Doesn’t support remote and video recording
  • Has limited advanced features and is not ideal as professional software.

3. Audacity

Audacity Homepage

Audacity is free, open-source, and compatible with all operating systems, including Windows, Linux, iOS, and more.

That being said, here’s what the app has to offer.


  • Record live with your mic
  • Great for pro podcasters
  • Provides high-quality audio, including 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit.


  • Lack of multitrack recording feature
  • Doesn’t support video and remote recording
  • Doesn’t support MIDI recording.

5 Tips For Podcasting With an iPhone

Before you jump into recording podcasts from your iPhone, let’s discuss some tips to follow:

  1. Test-check the recording app: Test the app to ensure you capture audio and use it correctly. Also, check the audio levels before recording.
  2. Mount your phone: Keep your iPhone shake-free to avoid your mic picking vibrations or movements.
  3. Place your mic correctly: Position your microphone 2 to 8 inches away from your face and ensure your phone is pointed at your mouth to improve your audio sounds.
  4. Recharge your phone, batteries, and equipment: This is necessary to avoid anything cutting off during your session.
  5. Keep your voice audible and natural: You must speak slowly, pause, and shift the tone to add expression. Plus, use a conversational tone so your listeners can understand and relate to you.

As we wrap up, don’t forget to put these tips into practice. The next section will cover how to do a podcast on an iPhone.

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How to Record a Podcast on iPhone in 6 Steps

Wondering how to create a podcast on iPhone?

Produce a studio-quality podcast with these 6 simple steps.

1. Plan Your Podcast Episodes

While you may enjoy recording impromptu, you should plan ahead to make sure your podcasting runs smoothly.

Here’s what to do in the preparation stage:

  • Generate fresh podcast ideas to keep your audience engaged
  • Plan your podcast scripts ahead of time
  • Consider the length and duration of the episode
  • Prepare interview questions and create pointers for discussion for guests to appear on the show

2. Choose Your Recording App

Recording on your iPhone requires downloading an iOS podcasting app. As discussed above, some recording apps like GarageBand double as editing apps.

Once installed, make sure:

  • Your iOS recording software is up and running
  • Check if your microphones and headphones are seamlessly connected to the app
  • Do an app test to make sure everything is working

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3. Set Up Your Recording Space

Your next step is to set up your basic recording equipment — iPhone, headphones, microphones, and stands.

Keep these pointers in mind:

  • Find a quiet place with minimal disturbances and noise. Still, you can soundproof the recording environment.
  • Place your mic at least 2 to 8 inches from your mouth to achieve good-quality audio.
  • Experiment with all your equipment to find what angles work best for your setup.

With these items in place, you’re ready to start podcasting.

4. Pick Your Recording Method

Try to pick a recording method that suits your situation.

You can either choose:

  • In-person Recordings: If you are recording a live podcast, you can use recording software or record your podcasts locally without an internet connection.
  • Remote Recording: Your guests can click a button to join the call online from their devices. Use conferencing apps like Zoom or Google Meet to record remote and video interviews.

Remember to send your participants guidelines for recording.

Alternatively, use a remote podcast recording app like Spotify for Podcasters to capture high-quality audio of your guests in different locations.

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5. Start Creating Your Podcast

Once you’re settled in, you can start recording your podcast.

Here are some things to do during the recording session:

  • Monitor your volume levels
  • Make sure to take breaks throughout the recording
  • Try to stay still and avoid moving things around
  • Mute your mic when your guest is speaking

6. Edit and Upload Your Podcast

Once you’re done recording, you can start fine-tuning the episode tracks on the app.

Follow these steps to edit your podcast:

  • Choose apps that allow you to record and edit podcasts, like GarageBand
  • Add effects, improve the audio, or move sections around
  • Edit out unnecessary words and extended pauses
  • Elevate your podcasts by adding intros, outros, transitions, and music
  • Lastly, don’t over-edit your recording

When your files are ready, upload them on popular listening platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and more.

Note that some recording apps can also automatically publish your content from your phone.

As you’ve seen, recording a podcast is as simple as that!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Still have questions?

Here are the answers to some FAQs about how to make a podcast on an iPhone:

Can You Edit a Podcast Directly on Your iPhone?

Yes, you can make basic edits to your podcast directly on your iPhone. Mobile recorder apps like GarageBand have built-in editing features to use on your iPhone.

Are there Any Limitations to Recording Podcasts on an iPhone?

Yes, there can be limitations to recording podcasts on an iPhone.

First, there’s limited storage on your iPhone. Second, you might need additional tools like headphones and an external microphone to record studio-quality sound.

How Can I Optimize iPhone Settings for Clearer Podcast Audio?

Here are simple settings you can do to optimize your iPhone recordings:

  • Go to settings and turn your phone noise cancellation on to reduce background noise.
  • Access your iPhone control center to mute your phone or turn on airplane mode to avoid the mic picking up incoming vibrations.
  • If you’re using the Voice Memos app on your iPhone, go to settings to turn on ‘Lossless’ and toggle on ‘Enhance Recordings,’ which improves audio recorded in Voice Memos.


Now that you know how to make a podcast with iPhone, it’s time to get to work.

Start by planning your podcast episodes and picking your recording app. Then, set up your recording environment and choose your recording method. Lastly, create, edit, and upload your podcast.

Remember, you don’t have to create your podcast from scratch.

With Hello Audio, you can turn your best audio or video content into private podcasts in minutes.

Plus, Hello Audio offers automation features like tags, pre-and-post-roll content, and detailed listener analytics to help you harness the power of podcasts.

Try it for free today to connect with your audience on the go, generate quality leads, and build your brand.

Nora Sudduth - Hello Audio Co-Founder

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