WhatsApp Beta Adds Playback Speed Controls for Voice Messages

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WhatsApp finally offers the option to allow users increase the playback speed of voice messages. As first stained for WABetaInfo, the feature is available in the latest beta version of WhatsApp with the version number 2.21.9.4 for some Android users.

WhatsApp gets voice memo playback speed controls

The feature was first spotted in development in WhatsApp beta 2.21.6.11 last month. WhatsApp is now gradually testing the feature with its beta testers. Once available, you will see the playback speed instead of the profile avatar in the voicemail bubble. In the previous test, WhatsApp was testing the possibility of placing the playback speed control over the profile picture preview. Take a look at the current implementation below, courtesy of WABetaInfo:

WhatsApp android playback speed controls
Image: WABetaInfo

Regarding the functionality of the function, the report says that There will be three playback speeds: 1x, 1.5x and 2x. That means you can only speed up the voice memo and not slow it down. You can touch the playback speed symbol to change the current speed of the WhatsApp voice message.

It seems that WhatsApp is doing a server-side update to test the feature as it is not available on my phone with the same WhatsApp beta 2.21.9.4. We could expect increased availability in the coming weeks and a stable release soon after.

With this update, WhatsApp borrows another feature from its main competitor Telegram. In case you’re wondering, Telegram has had voicemail playback controls since 2018. However, the arrival of playback speed controls is certainly a welcome addition that will please WhatsApp users. If you want to try the feature right now, sign up at WhatsApp beta program from Play Store and update the application.

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