WhatsApp Just Made It Easier to Record Long Voice Messages and Watch YouTube Video Links

Tuesday November 28, 2017 12:48 AM PST by Tim Hardwick

WhatsApp received an update on Tuesday introducing a couple of notable feature additions, namely, a more convenient way to record long voice messages, and a picture-in-picture mode for viewing YouTube videos.

WhatsApp's voice message recording ability has been a popular feature on the chat platform for a good while now, but the fact that you had to hold down the microphone button to keep recording could get frustrating if you wanted to send a particularly long chunk of audio in one go.

So, starting today, WhatsApp is introducing Locked Recordings. Now, when you hold the mic button to record a message, a padlock UI element soon appears along the right-hand side of the chat window which allows you to slide up and lock the recording to give your finger a rest. When you're done, tapping the send button ends the audio recording and sends it on its way.

A couple of things that might be obvious to some users, but are still worth noting: when making a Locked Recording, you can't view media in a thread unless you use a 3D Touch action, and you can't navigate to another chat.

The other worthwhile addition in version 2.17.81 is the ability to watch YouTube videos you've received in a chat right from within WhatsApp. Thanks to picture-in-picture, you can also keep watching the video as you navigate to another chat. At the time of writing, PiP doesn't seem to be working for all users who have updated, so WhatsApp could still be working to roll it out more broadly behind the scenes.

WhatsApp is a free download for iPhone from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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31 months ago

I have been thinking about deleting Whatsapp anyway. I have had it for 4 years and received only one message. I don't talk to anyone outside the U.S. and if I do, my few friends are on Facebook Messenger anyways. I can see keeping FB Messenger, but not both that and Whatsapp too. Too redundant.


As someone that uses both applications heavily every single day, compared to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp is light years ahead in usability.
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31 months ago
the worst messaging app ever, I just can't believe why and how many people use it
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31 months ago
This problem was the deal breaker for my friend who has a handicap and we went to Telegram which had this feature for some time. Would be difficult to convince them to return to WhatsApp.
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31 months ago
Being able to leave video messages for FaceTime would be a great addition. It seems a no brainer.
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31 months ago
It was about time!! I love voice messages, but it was SO annoying when your screen accidentally rotates and your voice message was gone ‍♂️. Let’s see how it works, because I haven’t got the update yet. Cheers!
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31 months ago

the worst messaging app ever, I just can't believe why and how many people use it


Because it was one of the first messaging apps in Europe and everyone uses it. And it is the most reliable one I have used so far.
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