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Apr 12, 2001

WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature to users of its beta app that adds the ability to continue listening to a voice message after you've exited the chat thread it was received in.


WhatsApp has been working on a global voice note player for some time to let users listen to voice messages in the background while navigating around the app.

Currently, if you play a voice note and then exit the chat thread in which the note was received, playback stops. The idea of allowing playback to continue is so that you can still listen to long recordings while composing and reading other messages.

In the latest beta, if you play a voice note and then switch to the WhatsApp home screen or to a different chat thread, a new voice message playback interface appears at the top of the app with buttons to pause, resume, or dismiss the voice note, along with a progress bar.

According to WABetaInfo, the feature has been released to some iOS testers of WhatsApp Beta and WhatsApp Business Beta, but not all, so if you can't listen to voice notes when you exit a chat, sit tight and wait for the next beta update when it should roll out more fully.

It's not known when the global voice note player will go mainstream, but given the feature is now available to both Android and iOS users on the beta, it shouldn't be too long.
This is the second feature WhatsApp has trialed in 2022. Last week it began testing a feature that displays profile pictures in iOS system notifications when users receive new messages from chats and groups.

Article Link: WhatsApp Tests Ability to Play Voice Messages Outside of Chat Threads
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macrumors 68020
Feb 1, 2014
They should patent this idea. It's like the software is performing multiple tasks at the same time. They can call it "multi-tasking" on the patent application.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 13, 2020
Actually, it would be about time that regardless the messaging app I use, that the audio keep running even after switching to other apps.
I mean, where has multitasking gone?


macrumors 603
May 14, 2012
Telegram will continue to play audio when you switch to the Home Screen or another app but not if you open another chat conversation. :rolleyes:


macrumors member
Feb 16, 2015
Yes, let's make as many multi-task abailities so that no one needs to slow down and actually be present and mindfull during listening to a message.


macrumors 68040
Apr 13, 2006
Nope anything that goes to iCloud is not encrypted
This comment is incorrect, passwords/keychain for iCloud is encrypted. Safari received some level of iCloud encryption last year. Your statement is accurate concerning iMessage.


macrumors 6502
Jan 23, 2018
And again macrumors promotes WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a messenger that is the opposite of privacy. Facebook gets the metadata through WhatsApp. They usually say more than the content of the messages.
It's bad enough that so many people use this messenger.
Why does macrumors have to promote it as well? How does this fit in with the emphasis on privacy on Apple's site?
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macrumors newbie
Jun 14, 2016

Whatsapp sucks, but it's the main messaging app around here by far.


Mar 31, 2011
You might wanna check your assumptions. If your iMessages go to iCloud they are not encrypted...
Not only that, try listening to an audio in imessage desktop, if you switch windows it stops, can't even handle that.. didn't even mention scrubbing an audio msg timeline and another mind bending amount of features they lack.


macrumors regular
Apr 25, 2014
What I need is Whatsapp doing speech to text with audio messages for when you cannot listen to them, such as in a meetings, etc.


macrumors 68020
Jan 20, 2014
You might wanna check your assumptions. If your iMessages go to iCloud they are not encrypted...
Well, they're still encrypted (end-to-end encrypted in transit and even the iCloud Messages database). But when you use both Messages in iCloud and iCloud Backup (on a device with iMessage enabled), the iCloud backup will include the key needed to decrypt messages.

This, of course, can be worked around by disabling iCloud Backup on all devices with iMessage enabled for those concerned about it.
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