How to play voice messages

Voice messages received on WhatsApp are downloaded automatically.

On received voice messages you'll see:
  • A green microphone
    on voice messages you haven't played.
  • A blue microphone
    on voice messages you've already played.
Play a voice message
  1. Tap Play
    to listen to voice messages you've sent or received.
  2. Listen to the message.
    • Through your phone’s ear speaker: Hold the phone up to your ear to play the message through your phone’s speakers.
    • On speakerphone: Hold the phone away from your head to play the message on speakerphone.
    • Through your headphones: Voice messages will play through your headphones when they’re connected.
  3. While a message is playing, you can tap the 1x icon to increase the speed to 1.5x or 2x.
  4. You can also long press the dot located on the waveform and drag it to the timestamp of the message you want to start playing from.
  5. Voice messages will continue to play even if you navigate to another chat or group within WhatsApp.
    • When you play a voice message and leave the chat, a mini player will appear at the top of your screen.
    • You can pause, play, and close the voice message, or navigate back to the original chat.
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