WhatsApp rolls out ‘Voice Messages Preview’ feature: what is it, how to use, and more

WhatsApp has now rolled its new Voice Messages Preview feature, which lets users preview their messages before they send them. Here is how you can use it.

Highlights
  • With this feature, users can preview their recorded messages, in the chat window itself.
  • Users can now delete or cancel any voice recording before sending it.
  • The new feature, which is named Voice Messages Preview, works on both group chats and individual chat messages.

The meta-owned instant messaging app, WhatsApp has now rolled out its new ‘Voice Messages Preview’ feature, which lets you have the ability to preview your voice messages before sending them to your contacts. The new feature basically allows you to listen to your voice message and choose whether or not the audio is suitable for transmission via the instant messaging app. If it isn’t, you can delete the voice message and re-record it for sharing. WhatsApp’s audio message preview works with both solo and group chats. It’s also available on both Android and iOS.

Voice messages will now have an added degree of protection thanks to this new feature. One of the biggest annoyances of voice messages was the inability to preview messages before sending them. As a result, you won’t be able to check whether your voice is understandable before transmitting. If you’re recording in a noisy setting, then you’d have to start over again, or would have been inclined to find a quiet surrounding. The new feature finally eliminates the hassle of doing so. Let us take a look at how to preview a message.

How to preview a voice recording before sending it

  • Open a chat window — this can be an individual chat or a group chat.
  • Tap the “Microphone” button.
  • To send a message, instead of tapping and holding the button, you’ll need to touch, hold, and then drag it upwards.
  • This will put the app in record mode, allowing you to record your message.
  • Once you’ve finished, WhatsApp will not transmit the message. Instead, the new feature includes a play button that lets you listen to your message before sending it.
  • On the bottom left, there’s also a small delete button. So, if you’re not satisfied with the outcome, you can delete the message and record it again.

At the time of writing, the preview voice message feature was available on both Android and iOS devices. It is not, however, present in the WhatsApp for Desktop client. On the desktop programme, users can still record conventional voice messages. In the future, we expect this to be extended to the Windows and Mac programmes as well.