Earlier this year, WhatsApp introduced a new playback speed feature for voice notes that lets users play them at faster speeds. Now, the Meta-owned messaging service is expanding this feature and bringing it to audio messages as well. According to WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp features, the popular messaging service is working on a new version of the playback speed feature, making it compatible with audio messages.
To those who don’t know what audio messages are, an audio message is simply a forwarded voice note — or audio that the sender has not recorded when it was sent. Currently, audio messages don’t have an option to speed up their playback. It’s only available to the voice notes, voice messages that are recorded by the sender himself. But now, the feature is being tested for audio messages on iOS devices, and may soon get to Android devices.
WhatsApp Playback Speed Feature for Audio Messages
As per the report from WABetaInfo, the playback speeds feature for audio messages has been rolled out in a recent beta version of WhatsApp Beta for iOS. However, this feature is currently under development in iOS and may come to WhatsApp Beta for Android as well. Soon, WhatsApp will allow you to increase the playback speeds for all audio messages and not just the voice notes.
Having said that, when you receive a WhatsApp audio message, you will get an option to increase its playback speed up to 2x. When you tap the play button on an audio message, you’ll see an option at the right that will let you increase the playback speeds like 1.5x and 2x. We will post it is rolled out to Android. Stay tuned!