This article was published on December 15, 2021

How to preview WhatsApp voice messages before sending them

Now you can avoid sending embarrassing voice clips


How to preview WhatsApp voice messages before sending them
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If you frequently send voice messages in WhatsApp, chances are you’ve sent an unintended voice clip at least once or twice. Maybe there was something embarrassing going on in the background, or perhaps you’ve recorded a message, only to realize the other person can’t actually hear you due to ambient noise. It’s a mistake that, ideally, should be avoidable.

Fret no more: WhatsApp now allows you to preview messages before sending them. While the default behavior is still to send a message immediately after releasing the record button, you can at least have some extra peace of mind.

When you’re ready to record, tap and hold on the mic button, then drag up to enter ‘hands-free mode (you should see a lock as you drag up).

WhatsApp voice messages

WhatsApp will then start recording.

WhatsApp voice messages

From here you have the option to either delete the clip immediately by pressing the trash can icon, or you can tap the stop button in the center. Once stopped, you’ll see a play button to allow you to preview your message.

WhatsApp voice messages

Personally, I’d prefer it if there were a setting to make previews the default behavior, but for now, I appreciate the extra flexibility. Here’s hoping Facebook Messenger follows suit.

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