WhatsApp may soon let you post voice notes as status updates

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WhatsApp, Meta’s instant messaging platform, is reportedly working on expanding the functionality of status updates by adding a new feature that allows users to post voice notes as their status updates.

Currently, the platform only allows users to post images, videos, GIFs, and text messages as their WhatsApp status.

The new feature was noticed by WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, on WhatsApp beta for Android 2.22.16.3 update, which will finally add support for voice notes in statuses. According to the WABetaInfo report, the messaging platform may call the voice note shared as a status update “speech status”.

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Credits: WABetaInfo

As you can see in the screenshot above, there is a microphone icon for a voice note at the bottom of the status tab, which allows users to immediately add a voice message to their status update.

However, the voice note is only shared with people the users have selected in their status privacy settings. Furthermore, the voice note is end-to-end encrypted, similar to other photos and videos uploaded to WhatsApp status.

The Voice Notes feature is currently in development and will likely be available in a future update of the app. However, there is no indication when it will be rolled out to beta testers.

In addition, WhatsApp is also working on an update to the “Last Seen” and “Online Status” for iOS users. This feature allows users to decide who can see them online while using the messaging app.

Currently, WhatsApp users can only hide their Last Seen Everyone, Contacts, or Specific Contacts.

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