One of the benefits of using iMessage is that you can send and receive audio messages alongside texts, emojis, and photos. However, by default, these messages are deleted after two minutes when you're finished listening to them - making it difficult to retrieve them in the future.
The good news is that you can still save audio messages on your iPhone in other ways, including by copying them to the Files app, and exporting them to a computer or email. Having access to these files is crucial, so knowing where they are can be a huge help.
Previously, when you chose to 'Save' or 'Keep' an audio message, it was saved in the Voice Memos app, as well as being stored inside of the message thread that it was sent to. This made a lot of sense, as it prevented the Voice Memos app from getting too cluttered up, and meant that you could easily find audio messages within the context of the conversations they were sent in.
Now, however, Apple has decided to change this. Instead of keeping audio messages in the Voice Memos app, they are now only saved within the Messages app. This makes them much harder to locate in the future, so it's worth taking the time to know where they are and how you can access them.
If you have accidentally deleted an audio message or voice memo from your iPhone, you can recover it by using a powerful data recovery tool like FoneDog iOS Data Recovery. This tool is capable of recovering various types of data, including audio messages and voice memos, from your iOS device or iTunes/iCloud backup in just a few simple steps.