WhatsApp on Wednesday announces a lot of updates for voice messages to make it easier for people to communicate with their contacts on the platform using voice notes. The updates include features such as the ability to pause and resume voice message recordings, waveform visualization, out-of-chat playback, and draft preview that were already available to some users.
WhatsApp also introduces a remember playback feature as fast playback on forwarded voice messages. In addition to the feature updates, WhatsApp announces that its users every day send seven billion voice messages on average.
WhatsApp six new voice message features
WhatsApp is adding some new features for audio messages, some of which were already present for iOS users. But it appears that these are getting a wider rollout overall and will be coming to more users on Android and iOS.
Out of Chat Playback:
Now users will be able to listen to a voice message outside of the chat. So one can multitask or read and respond to other messages, while the audio will continue to play. Your active voice message will, though, not run in the background if you leave WhatsApp or switch to a different app.
WhatsApp rolls out this feature initially for some iPhone users last month. The feature was also recently spotted in development for desktop users.
When recording a voice message, users will now be able to pause the recording and resume when they are ready. This feature rolls out to some users on the iPhone in January and was spotted in beta testing for Android and desktop users in recently.
The new features also include a visual representation of the sound of the voice message to help follow the recording. The visualization also appears when you’re listening to voice messages you have received from your contacts. Some iOS and Android beta users might have already seen this feature.
Users will be able to save a draft and listen to the voice message before sending them.
If you pause when listening to a voice message, you can now pick up where you left off when you return to the chat.
Fast Playback on Forwarded Messages:
There is also fast playback support on forwarded messages. Users will be able to play voice messages at 1.5x or 2x speeds to listen to messages faster. This now applies to both regular and forwarded messages.
WhatsApp is rolling out the new features for voice messages to all users in the coming weeks. It would, therefore, take some time to reach your device. Nevertheless, make sure you have the latest version of WhatsApp installed to get the latest experience as soon as it’s available.
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