If you’ve ever wanted to say more than a text but less than a call, you’re hardly alone. Luckily it’s now possible to send audio clips through Android phones, allowing you to say what you need to say without typing it out or ending up on the phone for hours.
Android has made the process quite straightforward, as you either install a third-party app or perform the needed steps through the default Messaging app, with the latter capable of sending and receiving audio clips.
Let’s take a look at how to text audio clips on Android.
Should Google Hangouts function as your SMS client, you’ll need to reset your Android device to default. Simply open Google Hangouts on your device, swipe right from the left edge on the main window to open the sidebar, and tap Settings. Next tap SMS, then SMS enabled, and finally the Default SMS app. Select Messaging from the clips, and voila! You’re now ready to send audio clips.
Attaching audio clips varies a wee bit depending on your device, the Android version you’re using, and which third-party audio recording apps you’ve installed. However, the process is essentially the same. First you’ll open Messaging, then create a new message to a contact. Tap the Paperclip icon, then Record audio (which may say ‘Record voice’ depending on your device), and tap the Record button to record your message. Hit the Stop button when you’ve finished recording your message.
What happens next, again, depends on your device. For example, the Moto X requires tapping ‘Done’ so the voice message is automatically attached to the SMS message. If using another device, such as the LG G3, you’ll see a list of all the messages you’ve recorded. Select the recording you want to add to your message, then tap the Paperclip button, found to the right of the Play button. This attaches your message. Tap the Send button to send your message on its merry way.
Audio clips are ideal for whenever you want to send a little more than a standard text message but don’t have time for an actual phone call. Simply attach an audio clip to an SMS message, but remember how draining recordings are on your data. If you find your audio clip is really long, do the old-fashioned phone call thing.