WhatsApp is rolling out a new beta update for Android bringing the locked audio recordings feature. The latest beta update brings the app version to 2.18.102. For locked audio recordings feature, you will have to tap the “mic” icon in the chat and, after 0.5 seconds, WhatsApp will show the lock microphone button.
Once you see the ‘lock microphone button’ you will have to slide up your finger for enabling the lock recording. Once you have locked the audio recording, the U.I again lets you navigate back to the chat without holding the microphone button. WhatsApp in the next releases could enable option to listen to your voice message before sending it.
The locked audio recording feature will be soon available to iOS, but for now it is exclusively available for Android. Previously in order to record voice messages, you had to tap and hold the recording button until you are done with the recording, which wasn’t very convenient.
If you are already a beta tester of WhatsApp, you can directly update the app from the Play Store.