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WhatsApp is about to make voice messaging much easier — here’s how

WhatsApp is experimenting with ways to ensure the sending of voice messages becomes a little less fiddly. 

Currently, users of the Facebook-owned platform have to hold down the microphone icon in order to record their voice and then release when they’ve finished talking.

It’s one of the most frustrating aspects of using the app, because if your finger slips, the recording ends and it’s sent to your friends without the opportunity to review.

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However, beta testers have noted a new method that could both simplify things and give WhataApp fans more freedom with voice messages.

WhatsApp voice


Instead of holding down the microphone button, WABetaInfo notes users are able to press down the microphone button to enter the recording mode.

After about half a second, users will see a lock appear and will be able to swipe up to lock into the recording mode.


From that point on, user will no longer have to keep their finger on the record button. This will make it easier to browse through the text conversation for information.

Unfortunately, the beta testers have shown that typing messages or viewing images and videos won’t be possible while in voice recording mode.

There’s still a ‘slide to cancel’ option within the interface, which is handy if you’re not satisfied with the recording. The site posted a demo video of the feature in action.

The update is currently being tested by WhatsApp and there’s no news on if and when it’ll be rolled out into the main app.

WhatsApp often tests features, such as the ability to edit messages, that don’t even make it into the consumer release, so we might be waiting a while for this one.

Which feature would you like to see first? Message editing? Or improved voice messages? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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