Discord has finally added a much-requested feature: voice messages. This essentially lets you send audio recordings directly to your friends, providing a new way to communicate whether you need to send a quick message or just want to share a funny comment. Voice messages are only available on the mobile version of Discord, at least for now.
To use voice messaging, first go to the direct message or server you want to send a message to, then press and hold the microphone button on the right side of the dialog box to finish recording. You can also lock the recording mode by swiping up before pressing send. You can cancel a voice message by dragging your finger to the trash can on the left side of the screen.
You can only send it via the mobile app, but click or tap the play button to hear your voice message on any device. This feature can be enabled or disabled on designated servers by going to Settings and then toggling the Send Voice Message button.
Discord explained the feature in a recent blog post. “Right now, you can only send direct messages, group direct messages, or voice messages on servers of less than 200 people. You can listen to it on any device that has access to Discord, but you can only send it through the mobile app.”
Regarding length, voice messages can be up to 20 minutes long. You can’t upload your own audio files, obviously to reduce potentially offending content, but if you find something offensive, you can right-click on your desktop or long-tap on your mobile to report the audio message. A dialog called Report Message appears.
The addition of voice messages has been welcomed by the community as a welcome addition to the platform, providing a new way for users to communicate and express themselves on Discord. Whether you’re busy or just want to add some personality to your messages, this feature brings Discord in line with competitors like WhatsApp, adding a new level of flexibility and convenience to an ever-popular and ever-growing platform.
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