WhatsApp, the popular messaging application has launched a new way to communicate with each other using voice messages. The feature is already present in some competing apps like WeChat, Viber and others but now WhatsApp users too can send and receive voice messages.

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WhatsApp in a blog post says “We know there’s no substitute for hearing the sound of a friend or family member’s voice. So today we are introducing a new feature we are truly excited about: Voice Messages.”

What’s interesting is that WhatsApp has a whopping 300 million monthly active users. Yes, this is a big figure and in fact, it has always remained a top free app in Android and iOS platforms. The app has become a popular method that has replaced text messaging for many users.

WhatsApp Voice Messaging

You can send a voice message to a single contact or to an entire group. To send a voice message, simply tap and hold the microphone button and then start recording your message. Release it to send the message, or slide left to cancel the message instantly.

All the voice messages are downloaded automatically without any further action required. Users can tap on the play icon to play it, and once your contact has listened to the message, the microphone icon will turn blue.

For those who prefer a more visual view, here’s a video of the process:

The feature is made available on all platforms such as iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone. Of course, you’ll need to update the app if you haven’t already done so to get this new feature.

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Let us know what you think about this new offering by WhatsApp – does it give messaging a more personal touch? Thoughts?