WhatsApp’s New Voicemail Feature For iPhone Identical To Voice Message
Recently, the world’s most popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp added basic formatting including bold, italic and strike-through to text messages, as well as a hidden font and Olympic-themed emoji.
Now, WhatsApp has officially rolled out its voicemail feature to its iPhone app after it appeared in the beta version of Android last month. WhatsApp for iPhone v2.16.8 lists the new feature in the change log of its App Store listing.
The Facebook-owned company describing the feature said, “When placing a WhatsApp call, you now quickly leave a voice message if your call isn’t answered, just like voicemail.”
In the new update, if your contacts are unable to take your call, it will be able to leave a voicemail for one of your contacts. If your WhatsApp call goes unanswered or is rejected, you now have the option to leave a voice message by holding down the new Voice Message button.
Once you have finished recording your message, just lift your finger from the screen and the voice message will be sent to your contact. This will appear in your active WhatsApp conversation with the caller.
Further, if you wish to cancel the voice mail message, you just need to slide your finger to the left. However, please note that as of now, there is no way of listening to your message after you have recorded it.
WhatsApp uses the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), which allows its users make calls to contacts worldwide, making it much cheaper than traditional landline communication.
So, how do you use the feature? Try placing a WhatsApp call. If the intended recipient declines or ignores the call, users will be presented with three options – Voice Message, Call Again, and Cancel. Yes, the same options were visible in the WhatsApp for Android beta app last month – with minor differences, it said “Call back” and “Record voice message” on Android.
As before, the Cancel option closes the new screen that users see after a call is ignored or declined. The Call Again option lets users call back the person who just cut or ignored their call. Voice Message, as we mentioned, works just like a regular voice message – users have to hold to record, and once they are done, the message will be shown in the chat conversation between users and their recipients just like a voice message. It’s not yet known when the feature will roll out to users of the public Android app.
The hugely-successful messenger is also testing out the ability to make video calls, similar to Facebook Messenger, Skype or FaceTime. Currently, video calls are being tested in a beta version available on Android.
Among the other rumoured new features that are expected to be released in the near future include the option for users to send GIFs to each other.
The latest WhatsApp update on iOS is available to download from the App Store.
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