There was a time when WhatsApp was used solely for its text messaging feature. If anyone was opening WhatsApp on their device, you’d be certain that they would either respond to a received message or send a new one. Then, in 2015, the social media platform rolled out the voice calling feature, which was followed by a video calling feature five years later.
Today, many WhatsApp users find it more convenient to talk on WhatsApp voice calls, especially those who have a WiFi connection. It is also a cost-effective feature for connecting friends and family overseas.
If you call someone abroad through your SIM card, your service provider will charge a hefty price for it, while the same thing will cost you nothing when done on WhatsApp. With all that being said, it’s not like WhatsApp calls have overcome every problem the regular calls face.
Take the threat of recording, for instance. Those who use iOS devices are safe because they’re notified if anyone tries to record their call, but Android users are mostly defenseless against this practice.
Have you ever wondered about the possibility of call recording on WhatsApp? How can it be prevented on the platform? Does WhatsApp do anything to help users with such threats? If these questions have been crossing your mind lately, we’re going to do our best to put them to rest with our blog. Come, let’s solve this issue together!
How to Know if Someone is Recording Your Call on WhatsApp
#1: You receive an automated message about the call being recorded
First and foremost, let’s talk about the calls that are meant to be recorded. These are generally calls from the customer support of brands and companies, which are monitored for training and quality purposes.
However, it’s mandatory for the callers to inform the customer about the call being recorded beforehand, either manually or in an automated manner. So, if you hear such a message right before a call starts, know that it is being recorded.
#2: Your voice echoes on the call
Have you ever noticed your voice being echoed on a phone call? Well, they’re several reasons behind this phenomenon, and one of them is your call being recorded.
The main reason behind these issues is with cell reception, but on WhatsApp calling, that won’t happen, as your call will be put on connecting or disconnected altogether when there’s a network issue.
Another reason could be due to talking on speaker, which is also easily solvable. If you’ve checked both these possibilities off your list and can still hear the echo, it is possible that call recording could be causing it.
#3: You hear a chiming sound when the call starts
Most recorders emit a notification sound when they’re turned on and off, often a chime, to tell the user about the function being started. Now, someone who is new at this often makes the mistake of turning on the recording device after they’ve started the call.
Under such circumstances, if you’re on the receiving end of the call, you might hear the chime (or whichever notification sound their device plays) just as well as the next person. Take that as a sign that the call is being recorded!
With this, we’ve reached the bottom of our blog. Today, we discussed the threat of call recordings on WhatsApp and figured out what could be done to prevent yourself from it.
Above, we’ve recommended several ways of both figuring out when your call is being recorded and preventing that from happening. Which method did you find most useful? Tell us in the comments below!