Following its appearance in the beta version of Android last month, WhatsApp’s voicemail feature is officially rolling out to its iPhone app. WhatsApp for iPhone v2.16.8 lists the new feature in the changelog of its App Store store listing.
Describing the feature, the Facebook-owned company said “When placing a WhatsApp call, you now quickly leave a voice message if your call isn’t answered, just like voicemail.” WhatsApp’s description is rather accurate, as the resultant voicemail message is indistinguishable from a regular voice message.
So, how do you use the feature? Try placing a WhatsApp call. If the intended recipient declines or ignores the call, users will be presented with three options – Voice Message, Call Again, and Cancel. Yes, the same options were visible in the WhatsApp for Android beta app last month – with minor differences, it said “Call back” and “Record voice message” on Android.
As before, the Cancel option closes the new screen that users see after a call is ignored or declined. The Call Again option lets users call back the person who just cut or ignored their call. Voice Message, as we mentioned, works just like a regular voice message – users have to hold to record, and once they are done, the message will be shown in the chat conversation between users and their recipients just like a voice message. It’s not yet known when the feature will roll out to users of the public Android app.
Late last month, WhatsApp for iPhone received an update (v2.16.7) that introduced bigger emojis, the ability to delete/ mark as read/ archive multiple chats at once, and the option to zoom in while recording a video.