WhatsApp has expanded the “View Once” feature to include voice messages. This new feature, which is still in beta, lets you send messages that self-destruct after they are listened to. To use View Once Voice Messages, open an individual or group chat and swipe up to lock the recording. Then tap the view once icon to enter view once mode and send.
How to Send a Voice Message on Whatsapp
Whether you’re contributing to a group chat or sending a quick message to your mom, sending a voice message on WhatsApp is a quick and easy way to get your point across. However, if you don’t proofread your message before sending it, it could be embarrassing for the recipient.
To help prevent embarrassing bloopers, GB WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature that lets you preview your voice messages before sending them. The feature is now available on Android and iOS. To use it, simply open an individual or group chat and tap the microphone button to record a message. When you’re finished, you can preview the recording by sliding your finger up from the microphone icon and play it back hands-free. You can also delete and start over if you change your mind before sending the message.
WhatsApp previously rolled out the View Once feature for photos and videos, letting users send self-destructing media. Now, the company is expanding the feature to voice messages as well. View Once voice messages work similarly to View Once photos and videos. Once the message is viewed, it will disappear from the recipient’s device and will not be saved on their phone or shared with anyone else. The recipient will also receive an opened receipt if they have read receipts enabled.
It’s important to note that despite being encrypted, View Once media can still be captured by recipients using external devices such as cameras and recording software. Additionally, if the recipient reports the media to WhatsApp, the media may be retained on its servers for a limited period of time.
How to Listen to a Voice Message on Whatsapp
In a move that should ease some of the anxiety that comes with bungling a voice message, WhatsApp has introduced a feature that allows you to listen and redo your messages before they’re sent. To use it, just open a group or individual chat and tap the microphone icon to start recording. When you’re done, you can play back your recording, delete it, or send it along as-is.
Previously, when you recorded a message, WhatsApp would automatically send it as soon as you lifted your finger from the microphone, which some people found awkward. The company later added the ability to swipe and cancel a message while it was still being recorded, but this didn’t allow you to hear how your recording would sound before sending it.
As with text messages, you can also press and hold a voice message to mark it as starred or unread, reply specifically to it, forward it to someone else, or report it to WhatsApp if the message contains anything inappropriate or against its terms of service. You can even download these voice messages (as OGG files) to your computer for safekeeping.
WhatsApp also recently added the much-needed (or dreaded, depending on who you ask) read receipts for voice messages, which will appear green until your friend listens to them and then turn blue. However, you can disable these read receipts in settings if you’re concerned about your privacy.
How to View a Voice Message on Whatsapp
Two years after WhatsApp introduced its View Once feature for photos and videos, the messaging app has expanded it to include voice messages. With View Once turned on, a recipient can listen to a voice message once and then it disappears. This is useful for sharing sensitive information like credit card details or plans for a surprise party, parent company Meta said in a Thursday (December 7) press release.
To use View Once, open an individual or group chat and tap the microphone icon to record a new voice message. If you want to lock the recording, swipe up to do so. When you’re done, simply tap the green View Once button to start listening. View Once voice messages are marked with a one-time icon and are end-to-end encrypted by default, just like all other WhatsApp media. They’re also excluded from backups, meaning they can’t be forwarded, saved or starred.
If you don’t want to listen to a View Once voice message once, you can save it to your device’s audio folder on the iPhone. On Android, you can save a video or voice message by exiting the conversation and opening the Files app. From there, you can navigate to the Audio folder and find your message in the list of files. Alternatively, you can also download an app that lets you listen to any Voice Once messages on your phone without using the WhatsApp app itself.
How to Disable a Voice Message on Whatsapp
WhatsApp has rolled out the ability to disable a voice message on the platform. The process is similar to disabling read receipts on WhatsApp. The only difference is that the receiver will not be able to see that you have disabled the message. You can use this feature to protect your privacy if you are concerned about people listening in on your private conversation.
You can enable or disable the feature by opening an individual chat in WhatsApp and tapping on the microphone icon. You can also swipe up on the screen to lock the microphone.
This feature is currently available on WhatsApp for iOS and Android. It is not yet available on WhatsApp for Mac or Windows Phone.
Two years after WhatsApp introduced a “View Once” feature for photos and videos, the messaging app has expanded that feature to include voice messages. Starting Thursday, users will be able to send messages that disappear after they’re listened to—perfect for reading out credit card numbers or planning surprises, according to a release from the Meta-owned company. View Once messages will be marked with a one-time icon and can only be played once, the company says.
The recipient will still be able to hear the message, however, and it will appear on the recipient’s device, provided that the sender has turned on read receipts. The feature is rolling out globally over the next few days, Meta says. The company also notes that all personal messages—including View Once messages—are protected with end-to-end encryption by default.