Just Press Record 4+

Record. Transcribe. Sync‪.‬

Open Planet Software

    • 3.1 • 44 Ratings
    • $4.99



Just Press Record is a simple, professional audio recorder that features speech-to-text transcription and iCloud syncing across all your devices.

The ideal tool for musicians, journalists, podcasters, students, lecturers, audio professionals, businesses or anyone who needs to capture audio at home, on the move or in the studio.


Play back and record on all your iOS devices, your Apple Watch and your Mac – giving you ultimate flexibility on how you use your recordings. Just Press Record for iOS / watchOS is a separate purchase available from the iOS App Store.

Choose to save your recordings in a local folder on your Mac or in iCloud Drive for instant access from your other devices.

TRANSCRIBE (requires the latest version of macOS)
Turn speech into text with support for over 30 languages. Set your preferred language independently of your Mac’s language setting. You can format your text as you record with punctuation commands.

See everything at a glance including the current input device and a level meter so you can start recording straight away. The Just Press Record icon in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen is ideal for when you need to kick off a recording quickly. We've also added support for the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro and support for Dark Mode.

Use your Mac's built-in microphone or an external audio interface or USB microphone. Record in stereo or mono - ideal for voice recordings.

Press and hold the M key during a recording and your microphone will be silenced. As soon as you release the M key your mic will be live again. Perfect for when you need to cough!

With unlimited recording time you can record just about anything, so long as you have enough storage on your Mac or iCloud!

Files are saved by date and time and can be easily renamed and arranged in Finder so you can locate your files easily.

Recordings can be saved to uncompressed AIFF or WAV files for maximum quality or to iTunes AAC format to save space.

• Transcription requires a good, clean audio signal. Avoid recording in noisy environments and ensure the microphone is positioned close to the source.
• Just Press Record for iOS is available as a separate purchase on the iOS App Store.

What’s New

Version 19.2

* Adds support for Big Sur and M1 Macs.
* Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

MikeSooch ,

Playback interface is pretty poor

I’m a journalist who uses recording apps a lot and saw good ratings for the iOS and Watch versions, and it indeed works well on those devices. I was hoping, however, that the Mac OS version would allow me to access my recordings for my own transcription (so far the transcription function on the iOS version has been mediocre at best). It’s a lot easier to transcribe using a Mac OS interface than having to repeatedly reach for the iPhone. The problem is, the playback interface on the Mac is nearly worthless for me. There’s a play/pause button, but nothing else. At least the iOS version has 10-seconds-forward and 10-second-reverse buttons, which are invaluable for transcribing my own recordings. It appears that the design of the Mac version is geared more for the recording side than the playback side. I’m sure I can find a method of playback that gives me the functionality I need, but it’s too bad that the actual app doesn’t have that.

AMCCpinkprincess ,

High quality voice recordings, lacking in productivity features

I have used Just Press Record for a few years on my phone and watch. It's a MUCH better voice recording quality compared to apple's default app for my choir needs. A win there.

I was hoping though to use the app on my watch in my preschool classroom for easy note taking. I liked that it transcribed notes I took on my watch so beautifully on my phone. However, the productivity pretty much ends there.

I just bought the mac app thinking I would be able to use my watch to take dictaton and then get on my mac to copy and paste transcripts into my notes on my teacher documentation charts.

First problem: there is no manual sync feature, so I can't sync prevously taken recordings on my watch/phone after switcing to icloud storage from in app storage. Secondly, when I open a file on my mac from finder, it opens in apple music first. And in the app, I have to go to the menu bar and then open to find the in app finder. I want a similar interface on the mac that I see on iphone where I can see the record button and a list of my previous recordings all together and I can jump from note to note quickly to copy transcription, rename file, etc.

I dream of the day I find an app that I can dicate a note on my watch and it ends up beautifully in a transcribed note on my macbook. Today is not it, but maybe this app could get there one day. In the meantime, I wasted $5 of my money.

Varin57 ,

Basic functions

Until apple opens up the api for siri on the mac I guess we're stuck with ios transcription. I haven't tried it yet but I'm hoping with a better microphone, the transcriptions might actually reflect the recordings. Issues I've had so far, I didn't see an undo button which stinks if you type something by accident. Also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, build in dropbox support instead of just icloud. I have no desire to subscribe to yet another service. I have the space on my dropbox but icloud will just get eaten away since apple only gives 5gb per account instead of device. Definately discourages buying multiple devices. It's not the best app on mac or ios but it's also one of the only ones like this.
update: things to change/enhance as I come across them: 1. Dropbox support so I don't have to pay the crazy apple cloud prices. It should be 5gb per device not account. 2. When I select the recording and open in the app, I would like to be able to resize the window.

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