WhatsApp finally gets voicemail support: Here's how to use it

The latest WhatsApp update has brought voicemail support; here’s how to make the most of the instant messaging app’s newest feature!

WhatsApp has rolled out a bevvy of new features these past few weeks; among them, support for bigger emoji, in-app camera zoom functionality, and even a secret Olympics-themed emoji have arrived on the platform. Now the popular instant messaging client has rolled out voicemail support for in-app calling.
Voicemail support arrives on the latest version of WhatsApp – version 2.16.8, which is presently rolling out on iOS. The function allows users to leave a voicemail to a selected contact should the recipient of a call prove unavailable.
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Should a call be rejected or unanswered, the option to leave a voice message will appear; users can leave a message by holding down the Voice Message button and recording what they intend to say as they would with a voice note.
Once a user releases their finger, recording will cease, and the message will appear in the WhatsApp chat dialogue.
If you happen to make a mistake or decide that you’d rather not leave a message, the voice message can be abandoned by swiping left. Unfortunately, there is no way to listen to the recording before sending it.
WhatsApp, which makes use of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is capable of making calls over a Wi-Fi connection. Instead of making use of active call minutes, the app instead relies on a 3G/4G/LTE or Wi-Fi connection to make calls; this will use data instead of minutes or airtime.
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What are your thoughts on WhatsApp’s newest feature? Would you make use of in-app voicemail in your day to day? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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