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How to Listen to WhatsApp Audio Messages in Secret (No Headphones Required)

Ben Stegner 25-06-2018

WhatsApp is one of the world’s most popular messaging apps, so it makes sense to know as much about it as possible. Aside from just text messages, WhatsApp also lets you send images, call others, and even upload audio messages.


Those audio messages have been subject to a pain point for a while. Since they play out loud through your phone’s speaker, you might not want to open one in public and broadcast it to everyone around you. So if you don’t have headphones around, you’re out of luck.

Thankfully, a hidden WhatsApp trick 10 Hidden WhatsApp Tricks You Need To Try Right Now You might think you know everything about WhatsApp. However, like anything tech-related, there are always more tricks, tips, and features to learn about and use. Read More will prevent you from ever having this problem again.

How to Listen to WhatsApp Audio Messages in Secret

Whenever you receive an audio message and don’t want to play it through your speakers, here’s what you must do:

Simply tap the Play button on the message, then immediately hold your phone up to your ear.

WhatsApp will intelligently detect that your phone is up against your head, and switch to playing the message through your phone’s earpiece (like a call) instead of your speaker. It will even start the message from the beginning so you don’t miss any of it.


This means there’s no longer a need to worry about being in private before you open a WhatsApp audio message. And if your phone doesn’t have a headphone jack, you don’t have to connect your Bluetooth headphones The 7 Best Bluetooth Headsets With Good Battery Life Looking for a Bluetooth headset with good battery life? Here are some of the longest lasting Bluetooth headsets on the market. Read More just to listen to your message.

Here’s another quick WhatsApp audio tip: When you’re recording an audio message (by holding the Send button), slide up to lock the app in recording mode. This lets you continue recording without holding the button on your phone, useful for when you’re walking or otherwise occupied.

Make sure you know the best features of WhatsApp 10 Best WhatsApp Features Everyone Must Know Want to get the most out of WhatsApp? Some features -- hidden and obvious, new and old -- are essential to improving your experience. Here are some of the best. Read More to get more out of it!

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  1. Maurilio Junior
    June 26, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Welcome to internet.

  2. Deen
    June 25, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    But this isn't new. This has been here for years... Like more than 7 years if I remember correctly.

    • Ben Stegner
      June 26, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Well I never said it was new. Sometimes it's useful to highlight an older trick because a lot of people might not know about it.