Record and Transcribe with the Power of Your Thumb

The Modern Dictaphone

Gone are the days of dedicated devices.

Now, with just a tap on your iPhone, you can record messages and effortlessly send them for transcription straight to your email inbox.

For iPhone users, the Shortcut app comes pre-installed since iOS 13 (released in September 2019). There’s also a macOS version available.

Tap the icon to download the shortcut for your iPhone and iPad.

Configure Shortcut

Access Shortcut Settings: Tap the 3 dots in the top right corner of the "Record & Send To" shortcut
Update the email address: Change the "No Name" placeholder to your address
Add to Home Screen: Add the shortcut to your Home Screen for quick access

And that’s it!

You now have a new app on your iPhone: a dictaphone with built-in transcription.

You can even configure the Action Button to launch the Shortcut directly! This super handy feature lets you transcribe with just a thumb press 👍.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What is transcription process?
Each audio file is tested, transcoded, and then transcribed using the Whisper model from the OpenAI API.
How long does it take to get a transcript?
The processing time for your transcript will depend on the length of the audio file. Typically, shorter voice messages can be transcribed quickly using OpenAI speech-to-text API.
What are the maximum file size for transcription?
Note that our transcription service has a file size limit of 20 MB.
What is the maximum duration you can transcribe?

We currently have a file size limit of 20MB. Given that most voice messages are encoded with a constant bitrate and a single channel (mono, no stereo), we can calculate the maximum duration of a file using the following equation:

Duration ( seconds ) = File Size ( bits ) Bitrate ( bits/second )

Applying this equation to our 20MB limit and a bitrate of 64 kbps (commonly used by the iPhone recorder app), we arrive at a maximum duration of approximately 43 minutes and 41 seconds. To easily calculate durations for different file sizes and bitrates, you can use our audio duration calculator.

Do I need to transform the audio before sending it to my email address?
No, this is not necessary. will automatically transcode your audio file upon receipt into the format expected by the OpenAI API.
Can ChatGPT transcribe audio to text?
Yes, ChatGPT can transcribe audio to text, but there are more specialized AI models specifically designed for this task, such as Whisper. Whisper is a state-of-the-art transcription tool that offers higher accuracy and efficiency in converting audio to text. If you're looking for the best results in audio transcription, Whisper is the ideal choice.
Why transcription over email?
Our email-based automatic transcription service is designed to break down barriers and provide universal access to voice message transcription. By leveraging email as our input and delivery method, we're making it easy to automate and integrate with existing platforms. Since email is an established communication method, it's likely to persist, offering longevity.