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WhatsApp for iOS Gets Ability to Pause Voice Message Recording, New Focus Mode



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  • WhatsApp has finally rolled out the ability to pause and resume voice messages while recording.
  • The feature has only been rolled out to iOS users.
  • Apart from the voice message feature, iOS users also get a new Focus Mode which is a part of the iOS 15.

The Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp has released two new features for users on iOS. From now on, users will be able to pause voice recordings on the iPhone. In addition, WhatsApp is also introducing support for the Focus mode that is found on the latest version of iOS, i.e. iOS 15. While these features are currently rolling out, it might take some time for all users to get their hands on the new WhatsApp features for iOS.

The feature is available as part of the version 22.2.75 update and is being rolled out gradually to all users on the Apple ecosystem. To try it, users have to swipe up to enable voice recording and can tap on the newly added dynamic pause and resume buttons. The feature has been in testing since October last year. A WABetaInfo report had earlier said that the feature will be available for end-users in a future build, which is released now. It is not known when Android users will get this feature, but reports suggest it could be as early as in the coming few days.

WhatsApp for iOS: How to use the new feature?

To use the feature, after you tap and hold the voice recording icon on the app, swipe up to lock the recording; you will see new ‘pause’ and ‘resume’ buttons, tap on them to take a break between recording a single voice message. Notably, even if you exit a chat while recording a locked voice message, the recording automatically pauses and does not get deleted as it used to happen earlier.

WhatsApp has also released a Focus mode feature, which is available to those running iOS 15. When enabled, the feature only lets in messages from select contacts for when you are in DND (do not disturb) mode. Users will now be able to see the profile image of the contact alongside the notification they receive on WhatsApp.

Besides these features, WhatsApp is also working on several new features currently. The platform is also testing Message Reactions which will let users react to messages with emoji, similar to Instagram.

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