How to Disable Voice Message Recording on WhatsApp (Android and iPhone)

Written by Thirumalraj

The WhatsApp Messenger app doesn’t have the option to disable voice message recording.

However, you can achieve this by revoking the microphone access provided to WhatsApp. Let’s see how.

But before that, it is essential to note the disadvantages of doing this:

  • You can’t make WhatsApp voice and video calls.
  • You can receive calls, but you can’t attend to them.

The only way to fix the above is by providing microphone access to WhatsApp. You can find the steps to do that in this post.

I use Google Pixel 4a (Android 12) and iPhone X.

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Disable Voice Message Recording on WhatsApp (Android Phone)

Here are the steps:

Open the Settings app. Hit Apps > See all X apps. X is a number.

Find and hit WhatsApp.

Tap Permissions and hit “Microphone.”

Select “Don’t Allow.”

That’s all.

Here’s how to enable voice recording on WhatsApp:

Hit “Microphone” (the steps are above).

Now you can see these three options: 

1. Don’t allow: which you have seen above.

2. Ask every time: If you choose this option, WhatsApp will ask about microphone access each time you try to use a feature that requires the microphone.

You’ll see a popup with these three options:

  • While using the app – you’ll see this below.
  • Only this time – allow WhatsApp to access the microphone this time only.
  • Don’t allow – which you’ve seen above. 

Choose the one you prefer.

3. Allow only while using the app: WhatsApp will have access to the microphone only when you’re using it.

Pick the one you prefer from any of the above options.

That’s it.

Disable WhatsApp Voice Message Recording (iPhone)

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and hit WhatsApp.
  2. Disable “Microphone,” and that’s it.

You can enable WhatsApp voice recording by allowing the “Microphone” mentioned above.

That’s it.

Thanks for reading.

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