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WhatsApp update fixes a frustrating issue for Android users

May 9, 2018 2 min read

WhatsApp is trialling a feature allowing Android users to save voice messages on the platform. Previously, if a phone call or battery loss disrupted the recording of a voice clip on an Android phone the message would be lost when you were forced to navigate away from the app. Now, users who use the voice message function to more conveniently send messages on-the-go can rest easy as any interruptions will not mean they lose their message.

Simply navigate back to the app and you will find your voice clip intact, stopped at the point you were interrupted. Then you have the option to listen to the message again, and either send it to your friends or delete it. However, there is no option to resume a recording, so some may prefer to start their messages again if their message is disrupted at a bad moment. The save function means there is now also a sneaky way to listen to a WhatsApp voice message before you send it — as navigating to the home screen during recording will save the message automatically.

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For those who are part of the Google Play beta programme and have downloaded the update 2.18.223 of WhatsApp, the feature is enabled by default so there is no need to change any settings. As reported by WAbeta Info, the update means users need no longer worry about being interrupted by an inbound call or battery failure while sending a voice message on WhatsApp for Android. This is a feature that has already been implemented on iOS.

The new feature appeared in an update to the WhatsApp Google Play beta programme, where the company has also been testing the water with new sticker collections lately. The new sticker function is currently only available to some beta users, but it is expected to be part of a coming WhatsApp update. Last week, WhatsApp announced that, in order to conform to the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, it was making several changes to the app that could have a big impact on user experience. These include letting users download the information WhatsApp holds on them, and banning Under-16s from using the service within the European Union. Express

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