Tired of hearing long voice messages? WhatsApp launches the Fast Playback feature that allows you to 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 speed, or they can choose to keep the normal 1x speed
- Fast playback speeds up audio without changing the pitch of the sender’s voice
WhatsApp introduced Fast Playback – a new feature that allows users to increase the playback speed of audio messages when they are in a hurry.
The feature, released to users of the app on Android and iOS worldwide, allows users to switch from the standard 1x playback setting to 1.5x speed or 2x speed.
When users receive an audio message, all they have to do is tap where it says “1x” to increase the speed to 1.5x and tap again to increase the speed to 2x.
The fast playback speeds up the sound without changing the pitch of the transmitter’s voice, which means they won’t sound like they just inhaled a balloon full of helium.
HOW DOES FAST PLAYBACK WORK?
1. When you receive an audio message, press Play.
2. You will then see ‘1x’ next to the playback. Tap 1x to increase the audio speed 1.5 times.
3. You can then tap again to double the speed.
4. You can tap again to return to normal 1x speed.
The senders of the audio message can hear each other at 1.5 or 2 times the speed even after they have been sent.
The sender and recipient will only see the option to speed up the message if they have pressed play.
According to WhatsApp, the feature will help users save time – especially considering that audio messages on the platform can last for more than an hour.
“These days we need all the time-saving tips and tricks we can find,” said a WhatsApp spokesman.
“Voice messages on WhatsApp are a particularly useful tool for people with limited time, multitasking or friends and family in different time zones.
“However, it can be difficult to find the time to listen to a long voice message, which is why WhatsApp introduced fast playback which speeds up the message and reduces the time to listen to your voice messages.”
WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, introduced the ability to send audio messages back 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 let go of the microphone icon, the message will be sent automatically.
WhatsApp is best known for its mobile app, although it was launched back in 2015 for the desktop
If users want to record a lengthy audio message, they can opt for hands-free recording so they don’t have to long-press their thumbs.
You can do this by touching the microphone icon and sliding it up to lock hands-free recording. When you’re done, you can just tap the arrow icon 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 was launched back in 2015 for the desktop.
WhatsApp began introducing voice calling for its mobile app in 2015 and video calling the following year. The March update brought these two features to WhatsApp for the desktop.
Over the past year, WhatsApp has seen a sharp increase in the number of people who often call each other for long conversations on the platform due to social distancing.
On New Year’s Eve 2020, WhatsApp recorded the most calls ever made on its platform in a single day – 1.4 billion voice and video calls combined.
From January 2020 to April 2020, Zoom saw a 73x growth in UK users who signed up for a free account. It was also the most downloaded free app of 2020 on the UK version of the Apple Store.
BEST WHATSAPP ALTERNATIVES
If you’re thinking about deleting WhatsApp, you’ll be happy to hear that there are several alternative apps to choose from:
With more than 400 million users, Telegram is one of the most popular WhatsApp alternatives.
Although it looks a lot like WhatsApp, it differs from the fact that it has the ability to set messages after a certain amount of time to self-destruct and not leave a trace.
Telegram also offers end-to-end encryption.
As a WhatsApp spokesman emphasized, Telegram “does not offer end-to-end encryption as standard, so it is not necessarily more secure than WhatsApp”.
Signal is one of the most secure messaging apps because it is open source.
This means that the code for the app is publicly available, making it nearly impossible for the app creators to sneak into backdoors that could allow governments or hackers to spy on your messages.
If you’re using an iPhone, you can easily switch to iMessage, Apple’s own messaging app.
The app has a number of impressive features including no character restrictions, the ability to send pictures and videos, and of course Apple’s animated emoji feature, Animoji.
Unfortunately, iMessage is only available to iPhone users, so you’ll struggle to interact with anyone using an Android.
4. Google messages
Google’s answer to iMessage is Google Messages, an Android-only messaging service.
The app replaces your standard SMS app and can be integrated with all Google apps and services so that you can easily share pictures or use the Google Assistant.
5. Facebook Messenger
If you’ve put off WhatsApp for sharing data with Facebook, Facebook Messenger may not be the best option for you.
However, the app has a number of helpful features, including games, secret conversations, and video calls.