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How To Send A Voice Message On An iPhone With iOS 16

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Apple has allowed iPhone users to send voice notes in iMessage for years, but the method has changed in iOS 16. With the Messages app on the iPhone, it's easy to send text messages, but in certain situations, users might not be able to type an entire message. This is where voice messages come in handy. While they're particularly useful when driving, people also use them to send a detailed message that may be too long to type.

Apart from the revamped voice message function, iOS 16 brings several other features for Messages users. For instance, users can edit or recall recently sent messages, mark conversations as unread, and recover recently deleted messages. In addition, Apple has introduced SharePlay for Messages, allowing users view content like songs and movies in a chat.

Related: How To Use SharePlay In Messages To Watch Videos And Listen To Music

In iOS 15, users could record an audio message in the Messages app by tapping and holding the voice message button towards the right of the text field. However, Apple has changed that in iOS 16 by replacing the voice message button with the Dictation button. Now, if someone tries to send a voice message by pressing the microphone icon in the text field, they will activate voice dictation, which types what the user speaks. To record a voice message on an iPhone with iOS 16, users have to open the chat with the recipient and tap the voice note icon (looks like waves) in the app tray, which also has options for Photos, the App Store, Fitness, and more.

Sending Voice Messages On iPhone

Once the user selects the audio message icon, they will see a red microphone button at the bottom of the screen with a prompt that reads 'Tap or hold to record.' There are two ways to record an audio message on iOS 16. First, users can tap on the microphone icon to start the recording and again to stop it, following which, the microphone icon turns into a play/pause button that allows them to preview the audio message. To send the message, tap on the blue arrow towards the right of the text field. To discard it, press the 'x' icon in the text field. Alternatively, hold the microphone icon and record the voice message. This method will send the message as soon as the user releases the microphone button. To cancel the audio message while recording it, slide the button in any direction.

While the method to record a voice message has changed in iOS 16, receiving it remains the same. Users can tap play or raise their iPhone to listen to the voice message. After listening to the voice message, users can raise their iPhone to record a reply or do it manually. By default, voice messages disappear from chat after two minutes in iMessage. To keep the message, the sender or the recipient should tap on 'Keep.' Those who do not want audio messages to disappear from their iPhone can turn off the feature in settings.

Next: How To Send & View iMessages Photo Stacks & Collages

Source: Apple

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