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Description of App

*** ALL NEW - Support for Apple Watch, start/stop recordings right from your wrist! ***

SimpleMic is the fast and elegant audio recorder that makes capturing sound on your iOS device a delightful experience. Now featuring iCloud Drive sync, it has never been easier to collect all your audio on all of your devices!

Completely redesigned from the ground up for iOS 8 and with usability in mind, SimpleMic takes advantage of the entire screen to provide gesture based controls atop a beautifully presented user interface. Swipe left or right to start recording and you'll instantly be treated to a vivid glowing level meter as the microphone captures crystal clear audio. Swipe up or down to reveal three different recording modes, each taylor made for specific real-world situations. Ever needed to start recording as soon as the band starts playing or the lecturer speaks? "Sound Activated" mode will quietly wait until the microphone picks up enough sound, then will quickly start recording, even capturing audio from a few seconds prior to make sure you get a perfect recording every time. How about that annoying rattling sound you used to get at the start of every audio recording, you know, that familiar sound of your device being set on the desk after you tap the "record" button and place it down? We hate that too, which is why we also built a "No Motion Activated" mode. Just swipe and place your device where you need to, SimpleMic will wait for it to be completely still for a few moments before starting your recording. No more click-clacks or thuds, just the sweet sounds of your beautiful voice. Finally, if you can't waste even a split second, enable the "Record on Start" option to start recording automatically when you launch the app.

But the awesomeness doesn't stop once you're done recording, SimpleMic is as functional under the hood as it is above. Dive in to the recordings list to access and manage all your audio in one place. Every recording gets tagged by date and geo location, but you can easily choose your own label and add notes. And most importantly, SimpleMic offers some of the most comprehensive sharing and uploading functionality of any such app on the market today. Every recording is stored in iCloud and thus backed up and secure. If you need to get audio files off of your device, we have you covered there as well, all of your recordings will be available on your Mac running OS X Yosemite in iCloud Drive. Or, upload/open the audio files directly to Email, SoundCloud, Dropbox, Evernote, or any other app on your device that supports opening audio files.

All these great features and much much more…


• Beautifully designed, gesture-based user interface makes it a breeze to effortlessly record audio.
• Gorgeous glowing level meter gives a dazzling realtime representation of your audio.
•3 recording modes help you capture great sounding audio anytime, anywhere.
• "Record on Start" option to start recording automatically when app launches.
• Record any device audio, including audio produced by other apps.
• Automatic geo-tagging as well as custom labels and notes.
• iCloud Drive syncing.
• Upload directly to Email, SoundCloud or Dropbox
• Send recorded audio to other apps installed on your device (including Evernote, GDrive, and MS Sky Drive).
• 3 audio quality settings.
• Multiple app color themes included, with the ability to unlock even more.
• Fully optimized for VoiceOver users.

We truly believe we've created the most efficient, functional, yet beautiful audio recorder for iOS and sincerely hope you'll agree. Get SimpleMic today!



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Accessibility Comments

This app takes a little practice, but the developer has done fantastic work regarding VoiceOver accessibility.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

I think this is a fantastic app, and in-app purchases are offered for additional functionality.

Developer's Twitter Username



3 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Moopie Curran 6 years 5 months ago



Submitted by Kevan on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Just played with this app a little.
When in the recordings list, the play button only appears to be active for the first selected recording. Delete the recording, or select another one, and the play button seems to vanish until you go back and re-open the recordings list.
Also, sharing to other apps and uploading is only available in the premium version, which is an in-app purchase. So this app is free, seemingly only if you want to record and save the recordings in the app, doing nothing else.

Submitted by Niall Gallagher on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

Hi Kevan,

I have asked the developer and original recommender of SimpleMic.
Regarding upgrade, I think the additional price is worth it for the extra functionality.

Kind regards,


Submitted by MJ on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I purchased the premium version of this app and am experiencing the same reported issue with the play button. Also have not located the audio quality settings control. I have contacted the vendor but have not yet received a response. Would be nice to see these issues resolved as this appears to be a very useful app.

Submitted by Ken Downey on Friday, July 31, 2015

Not perfect, but it definitely has potential. I bought it just to support another dev who recognizes how easy it can be to make an app accessible.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Friday, July 31, 2015

I use ht recording and tw recorder. I might try simple mic again, although have so many apps in my tool belt that do the same thign there's no point. I'll probably loose track of where I put it in my organised mess. Lol!

Take care to all.

Submitted by Niall Gallagher on Saturday, August 1, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

Hi All,

I received the following reply from the developer of SimpleMic on Twitter.

Nick Bonatsakis, @NiallJG91 @ke7zum Sorry to hear you guys have been having issues. I'm totally on it, expect an update soon.

Can't wait for the update, and the developer stated he will be working on more accessibility focused apps in the near future.

Kind regards,


Submitted by Niall Gallagher on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

Hi All,

I'm delighted to tell you that the developer of SimpleMic has resolved the mentioned issue in an update.
The developer has also been very responsive to the feedback regarding adding new VO specific features.

What's New in Version 1.4.3:
This version includes a handful of important fixes for Voice Over users. Thanks for continuing to use and help us improve SimpleMic!

Kind regards,


Submitted by KE7ZUM on Sunday, August 9, 2015

A very quick question. Someone used simple mic to record a message and upload to someone's facebook messenger thing. I cannot figure out how to do this. And the app is easy to use to. Lol. Any advice here?

One other observation. I locked the screen And the recording stopped. Is it possible to record in the background? Just a suggestion.

update: I found and enabled message. I had to click the second more button from the bottom. Anyway doing that shows me a screen saying I have to log in to send messages. I have no clue what that tmeans, as I'm already logged in to facebook messenger. Do I enable this through the settings app on iOs? I'm guessing so. Except I can't find a place to do this. I'm a bit stumped, and I should not be as I know I'll kick myself after I find out how to do this. Googling is not helping either here, not this time.

Take care all.

Submitted by Moopie Curran on Saturday, August 15, 2015

I just discovered this app and really love it! The thing that I love the most is when I have a wired headset and I'm listening to music, it doesn't stop the music when I make a recording. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the ability to listen to music while making a recording is virtually unheard of in iPhone recording apps. Now that I can make recordings and keep music playing, I think I will use the simple mic app on a regular basis.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, August 15, 2015

Interesting If I put the app in the background for me it stops recording. I love the app but only use it for short things where I can keep the app in the foreground.

Take care.


I am using SimpleMic on my iPod Touch, and recording continues when the app is in the background.
One thing that I have done is turned on Background App Refresh in General Settings.
SimpleMic doesn't have an entry in the Background App Refresh list, but having it on seems to rectify the issue.

Kind regards,


Submitted by Jessica Brown on Saturday, January 2, 2016

Does this app record from the apple watch mic or does it just act as a remote for the iPhone telling the iPhone to record using it's own mic? Thanks and hope this makes sense.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Friday, March 2, 2018

I bought this app both to use for jam sessions and wonder a few things.
The first thing is: when in the no motion and the sound activated, it doesn’t make a sound when recording.
2 - is there a way to get into the settings? I find a little help button in the top right of the screen but I cannot find a settings button.
3 - is the apple watch accessible? I just wonder and I think it can record on the watch now but I can use it as a remote if I can.
Thanks for any answer.

Submitted by JC on Wednesday, August 11, 2021

I've noticed that simple mic hasn't been updated since last year, so does that mean no more updates?

Submitted by Firefly on Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The subject pretty much says it all. I bought this app today, after discovering this topic, and I absolutely love it! I think this will be very useful with my podcast. Question though, when I use the no motion activated feature, is there a way to cut out background noise? Thanks in advance and if the developer is still listening, great job!