Your next WhatsApp status update could include a voice message

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what you need to know

  • WhatsApp may soon allow you to share a voice note as a status update.
  • The latest beta version of the messaging app has hints that a voice memo is in the works.
  • It’s likely that only the people you’ve allowed to see your photo and video status will see your voice status.

Future status updates on WhatsApp could include voice messages, as suggested by a new feature spotted in the latest beta version of the messaging app on Android.

As discovered by WABetaInfo (opens in new tab), WhatsApp wants to expand the choices for users when it comes to the type of status updates they can share. A new option to record a voice clip has appeared in the latest beta (version 2.22.16.3).

Currently you can only upload images or videos as a status update. These files are then visible to your contacts, similar to Instagram and Facebook stories.

As you can see in the image below, above the pen icon is a microphone icon for composing a text status. If you tap that, you can presumably record audio and send it to your status update.

(Image credit: WABetaInfo)

Currently, you can only record a voice message within a chat, but there’s no way to share it with everyone on your contact list as a status update. It is also possible to send an existing audio file to your contacts.

Building on that premise, it’s a safe bet that the unreleased feature can support uploading other audio files stored on your device as your state, in addition to audio recording. It will probably also be end-to-end encrypted.

According to WABetaInfo, voice notes are not yet available to anyone, not even beta testers, as they are currently under development. This means it may still be a long way from launching on Android phones. But when it debuts, the feature will reportedly be called Voice Status.

People you’ve allowed to view photos and videos you share in the app may also be able to hear your voice status when and if the feature goes live for everyone. Unfortunately, the meta’s own platform has yet to confirm this, so we may have to wait for an official announcement.

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