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Voice memos are a great way to quickly record your thoughts. It’s easier than wasting time typing and worrying about punctuation. Let’s make taking voice notes with your Android phone as fast as possible.

Google has a great voice recorder app, but it’s exclusive to Pixel devices. Samsung has its own voice recorder app for Galaxy devices. We’ll show you the fastest ways to get into these apps and start recording.

How to Take Voice Notes on a Samsung Galaxy Phone

Samsung Galaxy phones come with a very good voice recorder app out of the box. Obviously, you can just open the app to use it, but for even faster access, we can place a widget on the lock screen.

To get started, swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Quick Settings tiles. Tap the gear icon to open Settings.

Then scroll down to “Lock Screen”.

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Select “Widgets” in the lock screen settings.

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There are some useful widgets that you can choose from. Make sure to activate “Voice Recorder”. You can also tap “Reorder” to adjust the order of the widgets.

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Now let’s use the widget. Turn off the screen and then wake up the phone so you can see the lock screen. There are two ways to display the widgets: touch the clock or slide it down.

Tap or swipe down on the clock.

The widgets will appear and you can tap the red record button on the Voice Recorder widget to start taking a voice memo.

Tap the red button to record.

While recording, you can also pause, stop or cancel with the widget.

Act while you record.

That is the fastest way to take a voice memo on a Samsung Galaxy device.

How to take voice notes on a Google Pixel phone

Google Pixel phones come equipped with an impressive app recorder . May transcribe your voice to text and you can access your recordings from the cloud . For quick access, we’ll add the Recorder app to the Quick Settings panel.

First, swipe down twice from the top of the screen to fully expand the Quick Settings panel. Tap the pencil icon to edit the tile layout.

The tiles at the top of the screen are already in the Quick Settings panel. Find “Recorder” in the bottom section and long press it to drag it to the top section.

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Tap the arrow in the top left corner to finish.

Tap the arrow when you're done.

Now you can simply open the Quick Settings panel and tap on the “Recorder” tile to start a voice memo.

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The Recorder app will launch immediately and start recording. From there you can pause, delete and save.

Act while you record.

That’s the fastest way to take a voice memo on a Google Pixel device! These methods are perfect for removing all the barriers that stand in the way of expressing your thoughts. If you are looking for a simple method to take text notes, Google Keep is also a great option .

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