LinkedIn Rolls Out Voice Messaging Feature to Mobile App

LinkedIn, the social network you check when you hate your job, now lets you send voice messages to business contacts.

According to a new blog post from the social media platform, the new feature will make sending messages easier on the go. And it looks more or less a lot like how iMessage’s voice messages look.

The new support is initially rolling out in the LinkedIn app for Android and iOS devices, and LinkedIn says that the new feature will be available globally in the “next few weeks.”

“Whether you’re responding while walking or multitasking, or need to give an in-depth explanation, voice messages let you more easily and quickly communicate in your own voice with your connections,” said LinkedIn Senior Product Manager Zack Hendlin in the blog post.

While voice messaging has already become an integral part of instant messaging apps including WhatsApp and WeChat and is used more for informal communication, LinkedIn considers that voice messages can be an easy way for professionals as well.

As noted by LinkedIn, the advantages of voice messaging include:

  • Easily message on-the-go: People speak about four times faster than they type, making voice messaging great for explaining longer or more complex ideas without the time and involvement of typing and editing a message. It’s also helpful for when you’re on the move and don’t have time to stop and type.
  • Get to it when you can: Leaving a voice message can often better for a recipient than calling them since they can listen and respond when they have a free moment.
  • Better express yourself: Speaking in your own voice allows you to build a more personal connection and effectively communicate. It’s easier for your tone and personality to come through, which can sometimes get lost in translation in written communications.

To start recording your voice message, tap the microphone icon from your keyboard and then tap and hold on the microphone in the circle. Once recorded, you just need to release your finger to send it your voice clip to one of your LinkedIn connections. You can also slide your finger away from the microphone icon while holding it down to cancel the voice recording before sending it to your connection.