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WhatsApp for iOS users can now play voice notes outside the chat

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Highlights:

  • WhatsApp global voice message player is currently only on iOS
  • Global voice message player available with update 22.4.75
  • WhatsApp for iOS recently got the ability to pause voice message recording

WhatsApp is rolling out a new update to allow users to play voice messages outside the chatbox. Currently, users can play a voice note and increase the playback speed; however, it pauses automatically once you leave the chat. The new option will allow users to listen to the audio when the app is minimized. However, users cannot listen to audio in the background while switching from one chat to another.

This feature comes a few weeks after some important functions were announced by WhatsApp. One of them is the ability to pause and resume while recording a voice message. In addition, users can even listen to the message before sending it – a major improvement for the app. Version 22.2.75 also brought a new tweak thanks to iOS 15. When a user receives a WhatsApp notification, the app now displays the profile photo of who sent them a message on the iPhone’s Lock Screen, as Twitter and Slack already do.

A screenshot from the beta test shows the layout of the global voice message player on Apple devices. The player appears on the top of the screen with a progress bar with the name of the user who sent the voice message. Alongside, the player also has options to play/ pause and close the voice message. The previous update related to voice messages that WhatsApp for iOS received was the ability to pause and resume recording voice messages. The update essentially replaced the stop button while recording and replaced it with the pause/ resume button.

The feature will be a useful addition to those who often deal with longer voice notes, who would previously have to stay on one screen as they listen through the entire voices note, unable to do anything else without stopping the playback. A new report suggests that WhatsApp iOS beta is now getting the new global media player that allows users to listen to voice notes outside the corresponding chat.

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