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The easy way to prevent your iPhone from sending unwanted audio messages «iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks



Your iPhone's audio messages can get you in trouble if they haven't already. It's way too easy for your iPhone to start recording without your knowledge, just to send a friend or family member a conversation you have about them. (Tragically.) Fortunately, protecting yourself requires just one switch.

Here's how the feature works:

In a conversation thread in the Messages app, when you hold your iPhone up to your ear, it starts recording audio automatically. When you pull out your iPhone, it stops recording and allows you to send the audio message.

No problems, right?

Unfortunately, your iPhone can easily be fooled and maybe think you hold it up to your ear when you're really just stuck in your arm or shoulder. Now, the conversation you have about Mike is recorded and accidentally sent to Mike himself. (Yikes.)

To protect yourself from a potentially troublesome situation, go to Settings -> Messages and then scroll down to Audio Messages . Here you can only deactivate the switch next to "Listen to listen", the function in question. Doing so will not disable audio messages as a whole, so you can still send them via the audio wave icon that appears in the text box.

If you disable the "Raise to listen" option, your iPhone is prevented from recording automatically, but it also prevents you from raising your iPhone to listen to incoming audio messages as well, so keep that in mind. Instead, you simply have to play them manually with a push.

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