How to send voice messages

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iPhone
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WhatsApp voice messaging allows you to instantly communicate with contacts and groups. You can use it to deliver important and time-sensitive information. All voice messages are downloaded automatically.
You can also record, preview, and re-record status updates before sharing them with selected contacts. Your recipients can listen to your update and view an active visualization of it while the audio plays.
Send a voice message
  1. Open an individual or group chat.
  2. Tap and hold
    , then start speaking.
  3. When you’ve finished, remove your finger from
    . The message is automatically sent.
While recording you can slide
to cancel and delete your voice message.
Note: If the beginning of your message isn't recorded, you may need to wait a second before speaking.
Record a longer voice message
  1. Open an individual or group chat.
  2. Tap and hold
    , then start speaking.
  3. Slide upward to lock hands-free recording.
  4. Tap
    to send the message.
While recording, you can
  • Tap
    to pause recording or preview a draft of your message.
  • Tap
    to continue recording.
  • Tap Cancel to stop and delete the recording.
On voice messages you’ve sent
  • indicates that the message hasn't been played by all recipients, but may have been played by some.
  • indicates that all recipients have played the message.
Record and send a voice status update
You can record voice updates which are up to 30-seconds long.
  1. Open the Status tab.
  2. Tap
    .
  3. Tap and hold
    , then start speaking.
  4. When you're finished, remove your finger from
    .
  5. Select the contact or group chat you want to share your update.
  6. Tap
    to send your voice status.
Note: If the beginning of your message isn't recorded, you may need to wait a second before speaking.
On sent voice messages you'll see:
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