Voice messages have made communication in WhatsApp be more effective. Every 24 hours, the instant messaging service processes 7 billion voice messages sent. Like text and images, voice messages are protected by end-to-end encryption to keep your personal messages safe at all times.
Although it is easy to send voice messages by WhatsApp, there are certain labels that users must respect for a healthy coexistence. Receiving long speeches that can take ten minutes to listen to, or playing a parent’s message out loud on public transportation is neither fun nor convenient.
For these reasons, WhatsApp has teamed up with English-born etiquette expert Jo Bryant to share top tips on how to send voice messages like a pro:
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Do not record a podcast: Although everyone has a different opinion on the ideal length of a voice message, try to keep them to 1 or 2 minutes. If it’s too long to type, but too short for a call, you’ve found the sweet spot for voicemail. And if you get a voicemail that’s excruciatingly long, you can play it at 1.5 or 2 times speed to hear it faster.
Split it: If you can’t shorten your message, consider breaking it up into shorter ones and sending them separately. The recipient can choose to listen to them all at once or have them coincide with her schedule.
Respect others: be aware of your surroundings when listening to a voice message. Playing it loud can be annoying to those around you, but the message can also contain private information. Keep the volume low or use headphones in quiet and crowded places, like train cars.
Reduce the questions: keep in mind how many questions you ask in a single voice note so your recipient doesn’t forget half of them when trying to answer.
Return the favor: if you get a voicemail, try to return it. A two-way voice conversation is much better than a one-sided catharsis.
Be opportune: remember to respond to voice messages appropriately. If you’re pressed for time, you can send a voice message hands-free while multitasking. Just hold down the microphone icon and swipe up to lock the recording. When you’re done, tap to send.
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