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How to record, transcribe, and dictate audio

Recording audio in Diarly adds a dynamic layer to your journaling experience. Whether you're using an Apple Watch or directly inputting into the editor, Diarly's seamless integration makes audio recording straightforward and accessible.

How to record audio in Diarly

To start recording, you have a few options, depending on your device:

  • Using slash commands: On any platform, you can use the slash command /audio.
  • On iPhone and iPad: When editing an entry or note on iPhone or iPad, tap the microphone icon above the keyboard.
  • On Mac: Go to the menu bar, choose Format > Insert Audio Recording, or use the shortcut ⌘⇧A (Command Shift A).
  • On Apple Watch: Open Diarly on Apple Watch. At the bottom, select which journal you want to attach the entry to, and then tap on New Recording to start recording.

How to transcribe an audio recording

After recording an audio note, you can easily transcribe it:

  1. Tap the menu icon in the top right of the audio note.
  2. Select "Add transcription to entry".

The transcription will appear below your entry, keeping the original audio intact.

Using Apple Dictation for text input

In addition to audio recordings, Diarly supports Apple Dictation for text input, allowing you to dictate your journal entries.

  • On iOS: Tap the microphone icon on the iOS keyboard to start dictating. Your spoken words will be converted into text in your entry.
  • On Mac: Choose Format > Start Dictation from the menu bar to begin dictating directly into your Diarly entry.