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WHATSAPP is finally letting users speed up voice notes on your desktop.

The feature is already available on iPhone and Android – but it's finally coming to Windows too.

It means you'll be able to increase how quickly a voice note plays back in the app.

That's great if you regularly receive or send very long voice notes.

You'll be able to burn through them in record time – letting you get on with your day.

The change was spotted by the WhatsApp sleuths at WABetaInfo, who said the feature is now available in the Windows desktop beta.

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"The best way to check if the feature is already available for your WhatsApp account is to play a voice note," WABetaInfo explained.

"If the playback speed button shows up, you can finally start using this feature."

Of course, this is already possible on the live versions of WhatsApp for iOS and Android.

Just tap the new 1x button next to the voice message.

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You can select 1.5x or 2x speeds – although note that double speed is extremely quick, so you might find that it's too fast.

And although the feature is handy, remember that sending extremely long voice notes might not always be the best idea.

“While everyone has a different opinion on the ideal length of a voice message, try keeping them to 1 or 2 minutes,” said etiquette expert Jo Bryant.

"If it’s too long to type but too short for a call, you’ve found the voice message sweet spot.

"Receiving long rambles that could take ten minutes to listen to, or playing a message from a parent out loud on public transport is neither fun nor convenient."

If you want to try the latest WhatsApp features first, consider joining the beta using our guide below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see "Become a Beta Tester".

Tap the "I'm In" button and then click "Join" to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

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Joining the WhatsApp beta on iOS is more difficult, and has limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s guide here.

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