Though text messages are the core of WhatsApp, many people use voice messaging as it’s quicker to record a short clip of you speaking than typing it, or dictating it and then correcting Siri or Google Assistant’s transcription.
Soon, a couple of quality-of-life features will be added to WhatsApp that will make voice messaging that much better. They follow the recent addition of an option to change the playback speed of messages.
Pause voice recordings
First is the ability to pause the recording mid-way through. Currently, you must hold down the microphone button and say your piece before releasing it. If you make a mistake, you have to start over and if you miss out something you can either try again or record and send a second recording.
When the new feature is released in a future version of WhatsApp, you’ll tap a record button which will change to a stop button. When you tap the stop button, the record icon will reappear.
If you tap it, the recording will continue and you can stop and start as many times as you like. This means you’ll have the ability to pause and think before adding to the voice message and ultimately sending it.
There’s no word on when it will be introduced to the public version of the app, but according to WABetaInfo, it’s currently being tested in beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and iOS.
You can see how it works in the video below:
Global voice message player
The second new features is a ‘global’ player for voice messages. This will sit at the top of the screen regardless of which tab or conversation you’re browsing in WhatsApp and means you can listen to longer messages without having to remain in the chat containing the voice message.
The way it works is that you start playing a voice message and can then go back to the list of chats or another section in the app. The player will remain at the top of the screen and allow you to pause and play the message as well as dismiss it.
It’s a relatively minor update in the great scheme of things, but it’s an improvement nonetheless.
As with the feature to pause voice recordings, the global player is in beta and should be made available in the public version of WhatsApp relatively soon on both Android and iOS.