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 evidence that a voice note is in the works.
- It’s possible that the people you’ve only allowed to see the status of your photo and videos will see your audio status as well.
Future status updates on WhatsApp could include audio messages, as suggested by a new feature spotted in the latest beta version of the Android messaging app.
as he discovered it WABetaInfo (Opens in a new tab)WhatsApp is looking to expand the options for users when it comes to the type of status updates they can share. In the latest beta version (version 126.96.36.199), a new option to record an audio clip has appeared.
Currently, you can only upload photos or videos as a status update. These files will then be visible to your contacts, such as Instagram and Facebook Stories.
As you can see in the image below, there is a microphone icon above the pencil icon to create a text case. Presumably, clicking on it will allow you to record audio and post it to your status update.
Right now, you can only record a voice message within the chat, but there’s no way to share it with everyone in your contact list as a status update. It is also possible to send an existing audio file to your contacts.
Based on this premise, it’s a safe bet that the unreleased feature may also support downloading other audio files stored in your device as yours, in addition to audio recordings. It is also meant to be end-to-end encrypted.
Audio notes aren’t available to anyone yet, not even to beta testers because they’re still in development right now, according to WABetaInfo. This means that it may still be a long way from running on Android phones. But when it first appeared, the feature was supposed to be called Voice Status.
People you’ve allowed to see the photos and videos you share on the app may also be able to hear your voice when and if the feature is available to everyone. Unfortunately, the Meta-owned platform has yet to confirm this, so we may have to wait for an official announcement.