WhatsApp launches Fast Playback feature for audio messages

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Tired of listening to long voice messages? WhatsApp launches Fast Playback feature that lets you double the speed without changing the pitch of the sender’s voice

  • WhatsApp’s new Fast Playback feature allows users to speed up voice messages
  • Users can choose between 1.5x or 2x speeds, or choose to keep the normal 1x speed
  • Fast playback speeds up audio without changing the pitch of the sender’s voice

WhatsApp has launched Fast Playback, a new feature that allows users to increase the playback speed of audio messages when they are in a hurry.

Released worldwide to users of the app on Android and iOS, the feature allows users to change the default 1x playback setting to 1.5x speed or 2x speed.

When users receive an audio message, all they need to do is tap where it says “1x” to increase the speed to 1.5x, and tap again to increase it to 2x the speed.

Fast Playback speeds up the audio without changing the pitch of the sender’s voice, meaning they don’t sound like they just inhaled a balloon full of helium.

HOW DOES FAST PLAY WORK?

1. When you receive an audio message, press play.

2. You will then see ‘1x’ appear next to the playback. Tap 1x to increase the audio speed to 1.5x.

3. You can then tap again to increase this to 2x speed.

4. You can tap again to return to normal 1x speed.

Senders of the audio message can also choose to hear themselves in 1.5x or 2x speed after sending it.

For senders and recipients, the option to speed up the message only appears when they press play.

WhatsApp said the feature will save users time, especially considering that audio messages on the platform can last more than an hour.

“Nowadays we need all the time-saving tips and tricks we can find,” said a WhatsApp spokesperson.

Voice messages on WhatsApp are especially useful for people who are short on time, who are multitasking or have friends and family in different time zones.

However, it can be difficult to find the time to listen to a long voice message. That’s why WhatsApp has introduced Fast Playback, which speeds up the message and reduces the time it takes to listen to your voice messages.’

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, introduced the ability to send audio messages in 2013.

Users just need to select a chat and press and hold the microphone icon next to the text box to start recording. When you release the microphone icon, the message will be sent automatically.

WhatsApp is best known for its mobile app, although it launched in 2015 for desktop

WhatsApp is best known for its mobile app, although it launched in 2015 for desktop

When users want to record a long audio message, they can opt for hands-free recording so that they don’t have to hold their thumb for a long time.

They can do this by touching the microphone symbol and sliding up to lock hands-free recording. When they’re ready, they can just tap the arrow symbol to send.

In March of this year, WhatsApp introduced one-to-one voice and video calling for the desktop version of its chat platform on Windows PCs and Apple Macs.

WhatsApp is best known for its mobile app, although it launched in 2015 for desktop.

WhatsApp started rolling out voice calling for its mobile app in 2015, and video calling the following year. The March update brought both features to WhatsApp for desktop.

Over the past year, WhatsApp has seen a big increase in the number of people calling each other on the platform, often for long conversations, due to social distancing.

On New Year’s Eve 2020, WhatsApp recorded the most calls ever in one day on its platform: 1.4 billion voice and video calls combined.

From January 2020 and April 2020, Zoom saw a 73-fold growth in UK users signing up for a free account. It was also the most downloaded free app of 2020 in the UK version of the Apple Store.

BEST WHATSAPP ALTERNATIVES

If you’re considering uninstalling WhatsApp, you’ll be happy to hear that there are several alternative apps to choose from:

1. Telegram

With over 400 million users, Telegram is one of the most popular WhatsApp alternatives.

Although it is very similar to WhatsApp, it is distinguished by the fact that it offers the possibility to set messages to self-destruct after a certain time, without leaving any traces.

Telegram also offers end-to-end encryption.

However, as a WhatsApp spokesperson noted, Telegram “doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default, so it’s not necessarily more secure than WhatsApp.”

2. Signal

Signal is one of the most secure messaging apps, thanks to the fact that it is open source.

This means that the code for the app is publicly available for viewing, making it nearly impossible for the app’s makers to sneak in backdoors that allow governments or hackers to spy on your messages.

3. iMessage

If you’re using an iPhone, consider simply switching to iMessage, Apple’s own messaging app.

The app has some impressive features, including no character limits, the ability to send photos and videos, and of course Apple’s animated emoji feature, Animoji.

Unfortunately, iMessage is only available to iPhone users, so you’ll struggle to communicate with anyone using an Android.

4. Google Messages

Google’s answer to iMessage is Google Messages, a messaging service for Android.

The app replaces your default texting app and integrates with all of Google’s apps and services, making it easy to share images or use Google Assistant.

5. Facebook Messenger

If you wouldn’t use WhatsApp because of Facebook data sharing, Facebook Messenger might not be the best option for you.

However, the app offers some useful features, including games, secret conversations, and video calls.

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