You can now edit WhatsApp voice notes before you send them – with a free update

The days of accidentally sending someone an embarrassing unfinished WhatsApp voice note could be over, thanks to a new update to the popular encrypted messaging app.

WhatsApp has just launched a new update to the Android beta program which will give users the ability to pause and resume voice notes while recording them.

It means that you can record the first part of a voice note, take a break, think about your next steps and then add something else.

The feature is available via the WhatsApp Android update. As with all WhatsApp beta features, it's unclear whether it will ever make it to the general public, so try it out now while you still can.

WABetaInfo said: "In a previous update, you could only stop recording the voice note but, as you can see in this screenshot, WhatsApp has now introduced a new pause button: after tapping the pause button, you can see that it’s finally possible to resume recording the voice note!"

The WhatsApp beta is how the app developers test new and experimental features before releasing them to the general public.

If you join the beta programme, you'll get to try out nifty new features on a weekly basis, such as message reactions, a new app layout, and even cryptocurrency payments.

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How to install the new voice notes feature using the Android WhatsApp beta

To test out the new voice note pausing feature, you'll need to sign up to the Android WhatsApp beta.

This isn't always open to everyone as numbers for the beta programme are limited. To check if it's available to join and sign up, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Play Store on your Android device
  2. Search 'WhatsApp' and open 'WhatsApp Messenger' when it appears
  3. Scroll down for information on the beta programme. If it isn't currently full, you'll be able to register for it on the app product page.

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