iPhone Voice Memo -> Obsidian

Hi folks, just wanted to quickly share something I worked on today.

This works on any iPhone that supports Apple Shortcuts.

I know there are some other people who have tried similar things, but I could never find something that has the 3 following properties:

  • it should reliably transcribe audio
  • it should be practically transparent (don’t want to interact with another app)
  • should also add a summary of you

Here’s a small demo on how you actually use it (sorry no sound):

If there’s enough interest i might go a little bit of detail how i did the apple shortcut but the gist is:

  1. Get file from share clipboard
  2. Send to openai whisper
  3. get transcription and send it to ChatGPT to format the text & summarize
  4. save on iCloud dir where obsidian is located

IMO would be nice that the experience is even more seamless. e.g. you could record audio as you normally would without any extra action and it would upload and transcribe automatically to your obsidian.

You can check the demo audio here if you’re curious:


Thank you for sharing. Looks very interesting!

Do you mind sharing the shortcut? Also, would it be possible to achieve the following:

  • Insert the link of the audio into the Obsidian note, e.g., ![[Audio]]?
  • Allow the user to customize the template of the note.

This is some exciting stuff indeed!
Is there any way of sending it to a local whisper server? I’m running a whisper addon on my Home Assistant, and I’m sure there are ways to do this somehow locally…

@dragnar @Wen

sorry a bit late response:

this one is a bit scrappy tried to adapt it so that it’s configurable if you know iOS shortcut i’m sure you can modify a few things to make it work

there’s two important vars:
a) your openai api key
b) the folder where the text is saved


This is amazing! Thank you for creating it.