If you are a heavy user of iMessage voice messages, you will notice that the button is missing in iOS 16. It used to be placed next to the send button in iOS 15 and previous updates, but Apple has decided to move it to a hidden location which may frustrate users.
On apps like WhatsApp, the voice record button is easily accessible, as users tend to press and hold it to record a message and send it to friends. Here is where Apple has moved the voice record button in iOS 16.
Where is the iMessage voice record button location iOS 16?
When you open a message in iOS 16 on your iPhone, the button will not be next to the text field. The microphone button is for dictation, which does not serve the same purpose.
You will have to tap on the app drawer above the keyboard. This shows Messages apps, Memoji, Animoji, stickers, etc. You will see a blue icon with a waveform on it. Tap it to open the voice message recording function.
You will now see a large area replace your keyboard with a button that says “Tap or hold to record”. This works the same way as the previous voice message button. The only difference is that Apple has hidden it behind so many taps.
Note that if you hold to record, you will not be able to playback your voice message before sending it. If you want to listen to your voice message before sending it, tap the button to record.
Although iOS 16 is a well-received update, some of the changes have us baffled, as to why Apple would hide them behind so many taps. Hopefully, Apple will consider user feedback and make voice messages easier to use again.
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