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WhatsApp working on voice message transcription feature for iOS users

WhatsApp working on voice message transcription feature for iOS users

The transcription feature is reportedly under development for iOS users. WhatsApp's parent company Facebook will not have access to the transcription as Apple will provide the transcription tools.

Story highlights
  • WhatsApp users will likely be able to transcribe voice notes and audio messages in the future from within the app.
  • The voice transcription feature is optional but will require permission.
  • Meanwhile, WhatsApp is also testing a feature that will allow Android users to delete chats from all synced devices.

WhatsApp users will likely be able to transcribe voice notes and audio messages in the future from within the app. WhatsApp is reportedly working on a voice message transcription feature for iOS users. According to features tracker WABetaInfo, the transcription feature is under development for iOS users. The report notes that WhatsApp's parent company Facebook will not have access to the transcription as Apple will provide the transcription tools. However, the transcription will be saved locally in WhatsApp's database where users can get access to the transcribed text whenever they want to.

Transcribing WhatsApp users' voice messages will help Apple to improve its speech recognition technology, but it will not be directly linked to the user's identity, the report noted. The voice transcription feature is optional but will require permission. Once users have accepted permission, they can try the transcription service by opening a new Transcript section, where users can also jump to a specific timestamp.

However, the feature will not roll out for general users any time soon as it is still under development and will be first made available to beta users if rolled out. The report notes that WhatsApp for Android could also get a transcription feature. Currently, Android users are required to download a third-party app to transcribe voice notes.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp is also testing a feature that will allow Android users to delete chats from all synced devices with the latest versions of WhatsApp. This feature is also under development and will first be rolled out to beta users. Users will be able to delete chats from a device which will then get automatically deleted from other devices synced at that time.

The Facebook-owned messaging app is also working to bring emoji reactions to messages. The feature is already available on apps like Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, and even Linkedin. So if you do not like to reply to every message that you get, you can simply react to the message using emojis. Users will be able to react to a message multiple times with different emojis. The process is also end-to-end encrypted so nobody outside the chat can see your reactions. Messages can have an infinite amount of reactions, but if you have more than 999 reactions, you will read "999+". This is especially applicable in group chats.