WhatsApp is currently testing audio playback feature in notifications in its beta versions. A beta tracker says this update is only for iOS users. The feature is still in its early days which has been spotted in iOS beta 22.214.171.124 beta version.
According to WABetaInfo, was the first to spot this feature, the audio playback is working well for voice playback and audio files. They also add that only beta users can use this feature as of now.
To take advantage of this new update, users need to be on the latest WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 iOS beta from TestFlight. To test whether or not you got this feature, you can ask a friend of yours to send an audio file, voice message, anything you like. Then, play it on your iPhone’s notifications. If it does play, you are on the latest update. If not, well, you will have to wait for the official update.
The beta tracker adds that WhatsApp Business beta for iOS 188.8.131.52 might also get the feature. It would make sense if it’s introduced in the business variant.
In addition, WABetaInfo says that if a person has already updated to the most recent version and yet can’t see this feature, they should try uninstalling the app. First, they must take a backup of the chat history and then reinstall the application again. The tracker also adds a rather odd set of rules exist to get this feature to work. The voice message playback is possibly available on beta version if the last digit of your phone number is odd, and the audio file playback is likely available on beta version if the last digit of your phone number is even. According to the tracker, these aren’t specific rules, but it has worked in many cases.
There is no word about the feature’s transition to non-beta users, but if the beta users suggest improvements and WhatsApp looks into it sooner, you might just see an update pop-up in the App Store.