Perhaps you've received a WhatsApp voice message before, but were unable to listen to it at the time. This happens quite often, but you'll be glad to know that you can convert WhatsApp Voice Messages into text in a few seconds. You can do it on both Android and iOS devices, and in this guide we'll fill you in on how to convert your messages.
How do I type a voice message on WhatsApp?
Indeed, every user knows how to send voice messages to WhatsApp. But not everyone knows you can dictate messages and quickly convert them to text.
- Keyboard dictation function on iOS
If you're using the regular iOS keyboard on your iPhone, you can take advantage of the included keyboard dictation feature.
- Typing a voice message on Android: Google Keyboard
You can convert voice to text on your mobile phone or android tab if you have Gboard (Google Keyboard) installed on your device. It is usually pre-installed on many new smartphones. If not, install Google Keyboard first.
Open the WhatsApp app.
Open the message window where you want to write a text message. Press on it.
In Gboard, press and hold the microphone icon.
When you see the Speak Now option, dictate your message.
To include punctuation marks in a message during voice typing, say the name of the specific punctuation mark while dictating. For example:
I can dictate a comma, and can you dictate a question mark (I can dictate, and can you?)
What are other Speach-to-Text apps for WhatsApp?
There are also third-party apps that allow you to convert your WhatsApp voice messages to text easily. While they're not always 100% accurate, they come very close and provide a reliable readout.
- Convert WhatsApp Voice Message on Android
If you're an Android user, there are several apps you can use to convert your messages. We recommend checking out Speechless, Speech To Text for WhatsApp, or Transcriber for WhatsApp. These apps are very similar and allow you to transcribe voice messages into text and also allow you to share or forward the transcript.
- Convert WhatsApp Voice Message on iOS
We recommend checking out Speech To Text for WhatsApp if you have an iPhone. It works similarly to the previously mentioned Android Apps. You can also try the Audio to Text app, it costs $1.19 in the App store.
How to listen to WhatsApp messages discreetly?
While voice messages allow you to communicate faster, it can be challenging to listen discretely without headphones if you're in a crowded place. However, you can also keep the volume lower and hold the speaker on your phone directly to your ear.