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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

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  2. ValyrianSteel macrumors newbie


    Mar 15, 2016
    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!
  3. berrymetal macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2017
  4. bpp85 macrumors member


    Mar 16, 2013
    I tried it. It works fine. No more looking at the screen to see if you are still recording:)
  5. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    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.
  6. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    Being able to leave video messages for FaceTime would be a great addition. It seems a no brainer.
  7. andre n. macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2017
    the worst messaging app ever, I just can't believe why and how many people use it
  8. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    A solution to a problem that should never have existed.
  9. Billberryjuice macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2014
    Anyone seen this working yet? I've updated the app but newly posted youtube links aren't any different to before.
  10. nayanbhalotia macrumors newbie


    Oct 25, 2017
    Updated it a few hours ago. Didn’t try the recording feature but the YouTube thing doesn’t work. The youtube link still redirects you to safari.
  11. B60boy macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2014
    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.
  12. indyandy macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2016
    Baden, Switzerland
    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.
  13. techpr macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2008
    San Juan, PR
    As someone that uses both applications heavily every single day, compared to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp is light years ahead in usability.
  14. B60boy macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2014
    I agree, that is why I'm keeping both. I can see people getting pissed when FB Messenger starts inserting ads and adds to the clutter.
  15. Rochy Bay macrumors member

    Rochy Bay

    Apr 5, 2016
    Cupertino, CA
    I interviewed with this company. The recruiter was highly inexperienced and unprofessional. When he bragged about how they only hire people with bachelors and masters and mentioned the lack of diversity within the teams, i jnew it was a warning sign. Since they became part of Facebook, it is just a matter of time until they finish ruining the APP.

  16. toke lahti macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2007
    Helsinki, Finland
    Has somebody a logical explanation why whatsupp is not available for ipads?
  17. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Many are basically forced to, or pay a lot extra for other sites or SMS.
  18. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    I hate those voice messages. We obviously stopped talking long time ago and started mailing and messaging instead. Now people became even to lazy to do instant messaging.
  19. llirik macrumors member


    Jul 24, 2011
    Anybody else have the issue where you are pressing the record button for a voice note but force touch enables (i can feel a second press) and it keeps cancelling the recording?

    Is it possible to get rid of this (without turning off 3D touch as I do use it elsewhere)?

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