WhatsApp is developing a new functionality that will convert audio messages into text for those users who prefer to read messages rather than listen to them. The messaging app has reportedly resumed testing voice note transcriptions, which was put on hold in 2020 for reasons unknown, as part of the iOS 18.104.22.168 update beta.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, the transcription feature will be especially useful for people with hearing difficulties and those who prefer to read voice notes. The report also includes a screenshot that highlights instances when the feature may not work, such as when there’s no word recognition or if the audio message and transcription language don’t match.
Multiple language options are expected to be available, although it’s unclear which languages will be supported. The report states that the transcription will take place locally and won’t be shared with either WhatsApp or iOS, ensuring privacy for users.
Currently, the feature is being tested for iOS beta users and there’s no word on when it will be available for stable Android and iOS users. Additionally, WhatsApp is also working on a feature to schedule group calls and has recently added new features such as voice-based Statuses, link preview viewing, and more, which have been rolled out globally.