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Alert for millions of WhatsApp users – voice notes are changing forever

WHASAPP is quietly working on a major change to voice notes – and it’ll change them forever.

If you’re a big fan of voice notes, you might actually love the update.


A new microphone symbol will let you create WhatsApp Status voice notesCredit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

WhatsApp typically tests new features on the beta version of the app before rolling them out to the wider public.

Now the tech experts at WABetaInfo have discovered a new feature “under development” for the beta.

The change means that you’ll be able to share voice notes to your WhatsApp status updates.

“It will be possible to post a voice note up to 30 seconds to your status updates right with text status,” WABetaInfo explained.

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“As happens with a WhatsApp chat, the microphone icon will show up when you don’t enter any text within this section otherwise, it means you’re going to a text via status update as usual.”

Remember that your voice note status updates will only be visible to people who can see regular status updates, as per your own privacy settings.

Sadly the feature isn’t currently available to test, even in the beta.

It’s under development, so a full live version could be weeks or even months away.

But it’s a good sign that WhatsApp is working to make voice notes even more important.

If you want to try new WhatsApp features before everyone else, consider following our guide to join the beta below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m In” button and then click “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

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Joining the WhatsApp beta on iOS is more difficult, and has limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s guide here.

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