Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

WhatsApp getting in-app YouTube playback and voice record lock

WhatsApp getting in-app YouTube playback and voice record lock

According to the changelog of the application listed on Apple's App Store, the new update also lets users lock their voice recording for sending long audio messages easily. The app is a lightweight version of YouTube and allows users to download videos and watch them later in areas with either low or no data network.

The update has been rolled out to various consumers. The app is now only available for download on Android platform and Apple users might have to wait a little longer before an iOS rollout.

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Recording and sending audio messages on WhatsApp will get a lot easier for users. This can be done by swiping up on mic button, which will lock recording and allow you to record the message.

After we tried to upgrade the WhatsApp app on our iPhone, we did get the feature to lock voice recordings; however, the YouTube feature is nowhere to be seen.

The new update adds the flexibility to watch a YouTube video, shared by a contact, within WhatsApp itself, as reported by MacRumours. And the second one is locked recordings.

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Regions other than where YouTube Go is available and functional can also download these videos but they have to join YouTube Red in order to download videos for offline viewing on the YouTube app. The recipient will have the option to decline the video call, though.

Explaining this feature, WhatsApp notes, "Want to easily record long Voice Messages?"

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