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WhatsApp Releases a Preview Feature For Voice Messages

Whatsapp in recent times been working on a lot of new features to improve user experience. A Guide on How To Set Default Whatsapp Disappearing Message, Whatsapp New Privacy Feature Hides ‘Last Seen’ By Default. Finally, WhatsApp is getting several improvements, in particular for voice messages. Earlier this year, the service added the ability to adjust the playback speed of voice notes during listening (perfect for quickly getting through long and rambling messages). Personally, I find this feature interesting as you don’t have to listen to the breath intake between a sent voice note.

Audio previews are one part of a flurry of new updates that have either been released or are reportedly in development around WhatsApp’s voice message feature. WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp will also soon be possible to pause and resume the recording of a voice message. This feature is very useful because it won’t force you to stop and record a new one. Currently, the feature is available in the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS.

WABetaInfo also published news about the possibility to listen to voice messages globally within WhatsApp. According to them, the global voice message player allows listening to voice messages when you leave chats. It’s called global because it’s pinned to the top of the application, it’s always visible when you open any section of the app and it’s possible to pause and dismiss the voice message at any time. This feature is very useful when you receive a voice message having a long duration. In this case, you can continue sending messages to other contacts when you are listening to the voice message.

WhatsApp has recently released a preview feature for voice messages, letting you check whether your ramblings vaguely make sense before inflicting them on others. The Meta-owned messaging service said that the feature has been slowly rolling out in recent weeks and that it’s now available across all platforms including iOS, Android, web, and desktop.

But more interesting features may be on the horizon. In September, WhatsApp confirmed it was in the early stages of developing a new voice transcription feature that could one day allow you to read a transcription of a voice message rather than listen to it.

How to preview a voice message

  • Open an individual or group chat.
  • Tap and hold the microphone icon, then slide up to lock hands-free recording.
  • Start speaking.
  • Once finished, tap stop button.
  • Tap the triangular play icon to listen to your recording. You can also tap any part of the recording to play it from that timestamp.
  • Tap the trash can icon to delete the voice message, or tap send to send it.

There’s no information available as to when (or even if, in some cases) WhatsApp may roll out these new voice message features. But by reviewing a draft of a voice recording before you send it, you can send your outgoing message with confidence.

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