Where are audio recordings stored on Android?

Android devices provide built-in storage to save various files like photos, videos, audio recordings, downloaded files, and more. Understanding where audio recordings are stored by default on Android and how to configure the storage location is important for easily managing your recordings.

This article will cover the default storage locations for audio recordings on Android devices. It will outline the different storage options available, how to find your recordings, configure the desired storage location, manage storage space, share recordings, and back them up. The goal is to provide Android users with a comprehensive guide to efficiently managing audio recordings.

Default Storage Locations

By default, audio recordings made on Android devices are typically stored in the device’s internal storage. The specific default location can vary depending on the app being used to record audio and the Android device manufacturer.

For example, recordings made with the built-in Voice Recorder app on Pixel phones running stock Android are stored in the /sdcard/Recordings folder. Samsung devices store Voice Recorder app recordings under internal storage at the path: Phone/Voice Recorder.

Third party recording apps like Dolby On use the phone’s internal storage as well, often under an app-specific folder like /sdcard/DolbyOn. The Dolby On app does allow users to change the default storage location from internal to external SD card from within the app’s settings [1].

In summary, Android’s internal /sdcard storage is the most common default location for saving audio recordings. But the specifics can vary based on device, OS version, and recording app used.

Storage Options

There are a few different options for storing audio recordings on Android devices:

Internal Storage: This is the built-in storage on the device itself. All apps have access to a private folder on internal storage to save files. However, the amount of internal storage can be limited, especially on lower-end devices.[1]

External SD Card: Many Android devices support expandable storage via an external SD card. This allows you to store substantially more audio recordings. However, newer versions of Android limit app access to external storage for security reasons, so this may not be an option anymore.[2]

Cloud Storage: Services like Google Drive allow you to store recordings in the cloud rather than directly on your device. This gives you unlimited capacity, but requires an internet connection to access your files.

The best option depends on your specific needs. Internal storage is easiest but capacity is limited. SD cards provide more local storage if supported. Cloud storage gives unlimited capacity but requires internet access.

Finding Recording Files

Here are some steps to locate and access your audio recording files on an Android device using the My Files app or a file manager app:

Using My Files App

  • Open the My Files app on your Android device. This is typically pre-installed or can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
  • Navigate to the Audio folder.
  • The Audio folder contains all your audio recording files saved on the device. Tap on a file to play it.

Using a File Manager App

  • Install a file manager app from the Play Store, like Files by Google or FX File Explorer.
  • Open the app and navigate to the folder where your audio recordings are saved.
  • The default location for audio recordings is usually in internal storage > DCIM > Audio. Tap on a file to play it.
  • You can also search for audio files using the app’s search function.

Using a file manager gives you more flexibility and control to access and manage your recordings across different folders and storage locations.

Configuring Storage Location

By default, most audio recordings made on an Android device are stored in internal device storage or on an SD card if one is installed. However, it is possible to configure the default storage location in app or device settings.

Within recording apps like Voice Recorder or third-party recording apps, look in the app’s settings to see if there is an option to change the storage location. For example, in the Voice Recorder app, go to Settings > Storage location and select between Phone storage or SD card [1].

You can also change the default storage location for all media files in your device’s system settings. Go to Settings > Storage and select your SD card. Choose “Set as default storage” or “Format as internal” to make the SD card the default [2].

Setting the storage location in device settings will change the default location for all apps. However, some apps may still allow you to override this and choose a custom storage location in their own settings.

Managing Storage Space

As audio recordings take up storage space on your Android device, it’s important to regularly manage your storage to ensure you don’t run out of room. Here are some tips for managing storage space for recordings:

Offload recordings to the cloud – Services like Google One and Samsung Cloud allow you to backup your recordings to the cloud so they don’t take up local storage space. You can then access the recordings anytime from the cloud.

Move recordings to external SD card – If your Android device has an SD card slot, you can move recordings to an external SD card to free up internal storage space. Just make sure to configure the SD card as expanded internal storage or portable storage first.

Delete old recordings – Review your recordings periodically and delete any you no longer need to free up storage space. This is an easy way to clear large chunks of storage space.

Use storage manager – Android has built-in storage manager tools to help you identify large files you can delete. For example, on a Samsung device you can go to Settings > Device care > Storage to see your largest files.

Uninstall unused apps – Uninstalling apps you no longer use can recover significant storage space. Be sure to delete associated app data as well.

Sharing Recordings

There are a few different ways to share audio recordings from your Android device with others:

You can share recordings directly through messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Google Hangouts. Just open the conversation in the app, tap the attach button, select the “Audio” option, then choose the recording file you want to send. The recipient will receive the audio file which they can play within the messaging app.

Another option is sharing through social media. You can post an audio recording on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. by uploading the file when creating a new post. The audio will be embedded so followers can listen directly on your profile or feed.

You can also transfer audio files to another device via file sharing apps like SHAREit, Xender, Dropbox, Google Drive etc. These allow you to quickly send the recordings over wifi direct, Bluetooth or by uploading to cloud storage that can be accessed from other devices.

Lastly, you can connect your Android phone to a computer and simply copy/paste the audio files over USB. The recordings are usually saved in the Music or Audio folders on internal or external storage.

So in summary, Android offers flexible options for sharing audio recordings through messaging, social media, file transfers or USB file management.

Backing Up Recordings

It’s important to regularly back up your audio recordings so you don’t lose them if your phone is damaged, lost, or stolen. There are several ways to back up recordings on Android devices:

One option is to transfer recordings to a computer or external hard drive using a USB cable or cloud storage service. When connected to a computer via USB, Android phones will show up as a drive where you can copy recordings. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox allow you to upload recordings from your phone for cloud storage and access from other devices.

You can also configure automatic backups to services like Google Drive or Dropbox so new recordings are automatically copied to the cloud. In your phone’s settings, look for backup options to enable this.

Some Android manufacturers like Samsung have their own cloud services like Samsung Cloud. You can back up recordings to these manufacturer clouds in phone settings if available.

Third party apps like iMyFone D-Back also allow backing up recordings and other media to a computer for safe keeping.

Regularly backing up important audio recordings is recommended to avoid losing them if anything happens to your Android device.

Encrypting Recordings

Android offers various options for encrypting and password protecting sensitive audio recordings to keep them private and secure. Here are some ways to encrypt recordings on Android devices:

Use built-in encryption – Many Android devices have native file or full-disk encryption features. Go to Settings > Security > Encryption to configure and encrypt recordings. Encrypted files can only be accessed if the device is unlocked with the proper PIN, password, or pattern.

Third-party apps – Apps like Cryptomator, AxCrypt, and Boxcryptor allow encrypting recordings with a password. The encrypted files can only be played back after entering the password in the app. Some paid options provide advanced security features.

File compressors – Apps like RAR for Android and 7-Zipper compress recordings into encrypted archive files secured with a password.

Programming libraries – Android’s Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA) and Conscrypt provide cryptographic libraries to programmatically encrypt files in Android apps using AES, RSA, etc. File-Based Encryption details Android’s encryption APIs.

Overall, utilizing Android’s built-in encryption or trusted third-party apps are the easiest ways to securely encrypt audio recordings. Proper encryption prevents unauthorized access to sensitive recordings if the device is lost or stolen.


In summary, audio recordings on Android devices are stored in a few default locations, depending on the app used to record and your device settings. The most common storage spots are the Music folder for recordings made with the built-in Voice Recorder app, the Movies folder for recordings made with the Camera app, and Google Drive if you have Web & App activity enabled. You can customize the storage location in your app or device settings. When managing storage space, remember to back up important recordings, and you can also encrypt sensitive recordings for extra security. With multiple storage options available, you can easily save, access and share audio recordings on your Android device.

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