WhatsApp can now preview voice messages before sending them

WhatsApp has recently released a voice messaging preview feature so you can check if your fuss vaguely makes sense before you apply them to others. The Meta-owned messaging service said the feature has been slowly rolled out in recent weeks and that it is now available across all platforms including iOS, Android, web and desktop.

According to one help page for the function, the option to display a voice message after pressing the stop button to end a recording is displayed. You can then preview it with the triangular play icon, delete it with the trash can icon or send it with the send button.

Audio previews are part of a barrage of new updates that have either been released or are reportedly evolving around WhatsApp’s voicemail feature. Earlier this year, the service added the option adjust the playback speed of voice notes while listening (perfect for quickly getting through long and cumbersome messages), and WABetaInfo reports that it will also soon be possible to pause and resume recording a voice message. We have been able to verify that the latter feature is available in the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS.

But more interesting features may be on the horizon. In September, WhatsApp confirmed it was in the early stages of developing a new voice transcription feature that could one day allow you to read a transcript of a voice message instead of listening to it. Then in October WABetaInfo reported that it had also found signs of a “global voice message player” feature that would let users listen to voice messages while browsing other WhatsApp chats.

There is no information available on when (or even if, in some cases) WhatsApp may roll out these new voicemail features. But being able to preview a voicemail before sending it is a promising start.

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