WhatsApp lets you speed up voice notes so that you can get through them faster. Here’s how.
Chances are that you’ve had that moment where you just wished you could speed up a long voice message so you could get through its content and move on with your life.
If you’ve experienced this before, WhatsApp’s speed control feature for voice messages is for you.
Speed Control for Voice Notes on WhatsApp
In June 2021, WhatsApp announced the release of its new speed control feature for voice messages.
You can use the feature to make the voice note play up to two times faster by just tapping on an icon while playing the message.
How to Speed Up Voice Messages on WhatsApp
To use the speed control feature, you first need to make sure your WhatsApp is up-to-date.
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Once you’re done updating it, you’ll be able to speed up any voice message by following these steps:
- Open a chat and hit the play button on a voice message.
- Tap the 1x icon to the right of the message to increase the playback speed rate to 1.5x.
- Tap again to increase speed to 2x. Tapping once more returns it to 1x speed.
Follow-up voice notes will play at the last speed you used.
Ways You Can Use WhatsApp Speed Control Feature
Listening to a 10-minute message at regular speed to find a detail you may have missed during your first listen can be a pain, especially when you can’t remember how far into the message the detail was shared.
Along with dragging the progress bar, you can now use the speed control feature to fast-forward the message to the point you missed.
The feature also helps you get through messages from slow-speaking contacts faster. Speed up the speech rate to x1.5 or x2 to get the gist of the message faster.
You can speed up voice messages on WhatsApp Web as well. The procedure for speeding up messages is similar too.
More Convenience on WhatsApp
The ability to speed up voice notes takes away one of the inconveniences that comes with these audio messages—long, time-consuming recordings.
Hopefully, WhatsApp will continue to roll out quality of life features like these that will improve the everyday experience of the app.
WhatsApp Web and Desktop are super useful but are even better when notifications work properly.
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