WhatsApp voice notes have grown in popularity in recent years as they offer a hassle-free way to get your message across to somebody, even when you are unable to type out a message. Voice notes do have certain issues, however, such as being unable to search for particular parts of a voice note like you can with text messages, and you always have to start a voice note again from the beginning if you need to stop recording for some reason. It now looks like WhatsApp is moving to address that second issue and give you more control over your voice notes.
It has become clear that WhatsApp is working to build a pause and play button into the voice note feature on iOS, Android, and Desktop. This feature has been spotted in the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Windows 2.2223.11.70 while having already been previously spotted on other beta versions of the app.
The update is a simple one but offers a significant increase in voice note usability. The new pause and play button will show whenever you are recording a voice note meaning you will no longer have to record your voice notes on an ‘all or nothing’ basis. When the feature rolls out you will be able to pause your voice note while recording it and gather your thoughts before carrying on again, rather than having to delete your note and start again, if you forget what you’re trying to say.
Voice notes have grown in popularity considerably with people often sending voice notes that might better be described as podcasts because of their length. Often in these longer voice notes you will find long periods of hesitation and filler words as it is clear that the sender has lost their train of thought. This new update should put an end to this by giving these ‘private podcasters’ the ability to take more control over their recordings. It will be interesting to see if any impressively produced voice notes end up making it onto social media.
If you like the sound of this update helping you to get more out of WhatsApp you should also check out our WhatsApp productivity guide which is full of tips and tricks.