large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

WhatsApp voice messages update makes it a true standout feature

WhatsApp is announcing a welcome overhaul for voice messages on the platform, which will include the ability to pause, play at faster speeds and listen outside of the original chat.

The Meta-owned company says its making the changes in the coming weeks to serve the increased use of the voice messages feature, with seven billion being sent per day on iPhone, Android and beyond.

It’s the first major overhaul to voice messages since they were introduced in 2013 with simplicity at the heart. Now they’re becoming even more useful.

Key among the changes is out of chat playback, which pops the voice message out and allows the user to read and respond to other messages while still listening in. Handy if you’ve received an Oscar acceptance length speech from a friend pertaining to some trivial event.

Senders will now be able to pause and resume the recordings, so you don’t have to start all over again if someone interrupts your flow, or want to think a little before proceeding.

There’s also the ability to remember playback on those messages, so if have to pause, you can restart from the same place.

WhatsApp is also bringing the waveform visualisation to all users, so you know when your irate significant other is about to start yelling, while the ability to access faster playback (1.5x or 2x) will allow you to get through their yammering a little faster. This will also apply to forwarded voice messages.

Naturally, everything remains end-to-end encrypted, retaining privacy and security for your vocal professions.

In a blog post, the company writes: “Showing emotion or excitement through voice is more natural than text, and in many situations, voice messages are the preferred form of communication on WhatsApp. It’s simple for anyone to use – for your family members who prefer to avoid typing, for your friends who love to tell stories, for your peers who need encouraging words, or for when you want to hear your partner’s voice at the end of a long day.”

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.