WHATSAPP is working on a big change to the app – and it affects voice notes.
Details of an upcoming update have been leaked online.
New evidence suggests WhatsApp lets you upload voice memos as status updates.
This means you can mass share short voice notes with any of your contacts.
It was revealed by the app investigators at WABetaInfo who search the “Beta” version of WhatsApp for new features.
This new trick was found in the “in development” Android beta app.
“If you want to post a voice status update, you can also choose a background color for the voice note and it will appear as a message bubble,” explained WABetaInfo.
“Also, the voice memo plays automatically every time you open a voice status update, it’s protected by end-to-end encryption.
“And it’s possible to upload a voice memo for up to 30 seconds.”
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say exactly when this feature will be introduced.
As it is still under development, it may take days, weeks or even months before the general version of WhatsApp is available.
If you want to try new features first, be sure to follow our guide to join the beta – or scroll further down to see another WhatsApp voice trick.
How to join the WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your smartphone Android and search for whatsapp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
Participating in the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s instructions here.
Easy voice memo trick
A new addition to WhatsApp is the ability to pause voice memo recording.
It launched on the app earlier this year and is proving to be very popular.
First, make sure you have updated to the latest version of WhatsApp.
You can do this from the Apple App Store on iPhone or the Google Play Store on Android.
Then close and restart WhatsApp to ensure you are using the latest version.
Open a chat now – whether it’s a one-on-one or group conversation.
Tap and hold the voice recorder, then swipe up to lock it in “hands-free” mode.
Now you will see a pause icon appear at the bottom center of the screen.
You can tap it to pause recording.
It’s even possible to exit the conversation and the app while the recording remains paused.
And then you can come back to it later and continue.
This is great when you’re recording a long message but get interrupted or need more information.
Or maybe you just forgot what you were going to say and need some time to remember it.
Either way, it’s very easy to stop and come back to it – and the recipient won’t notice the difference.
The app does not indicate to the chat when a recording has been paused.
WhatsApp also recently changed the app so that you can listen to voice notes outside of a chat.
So when you start playing a voice message, you can switch to another chat without the playback stopping.
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