How do I add sound to my text messages on Android?

Android smartphones come with built-in capabilities to send audio clips as part of text messages, allowing users to more easily express themselves with voice recordings instead of having to type everything out. This can save time compared to lengthy text replies, while enabling a more emotive communication style.

According to text messaging statistics, an average adult sends over 85 texts per day, so adding quick audio notes can be a convenient way to augment frequent messaging.


In order to add sound to your text messages on Android, there are two prerequisites you need to meet:

  • Have an Android phone running Android OS 5.0 or newer. The ability to send audio in text messages was introduced in Android Lollipop (Android OS 5.0), so your device must be running that version or newer (The Best SMS Text Messaging Apps for Android).
  • Use a compatible messaging app that supports sending audio messages. The default Messages app on devices like Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy has this feature built-in. Other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram also let you send audio clips in chats (Best text messaging apps in 2024).

Record Audio in Default Messaging App

To record and send audio clips in the default Android messaging app:

  1. Open a conversation with a contact
  2. Tap the microphone icon in the message composition box
  3. Record your desired audio clip by holding down on the microphone icon
  4. Release your finger when you are finished
  5. Tap “Send” to deliver the audio message to your recipient

The default messaging app on most Android phones includes built-in functionality for easily creating and sending audio messages (studies show that only a small percentage of Android users utilize alternate messaging apps). Following these basic steps allows quick recording without any additional downloaded software.

A simple way to add sound to your text messages on Android is by recording an audio file separately then attaching it to your message. Here are the steps to send audio files in a text message:

Send Audio Files

1. Record your desired audio message by opening the Voice Recorder app or any recording app on your Android device. (1)

2. You can also select an existing audio file like an MP3, WAV, or M4A. Just locate it in your Files app.

3. Open your default messaging app for sending texts, whether Android Messages, Samsung Messages or another.

4. Start composing a new message or open an existing message thread.

5. Tap the Attach button which is typically a paperclip icon.

6. Select “Audio” from the file types shown.

7. Browse to and select the audio file you want to send.

8. Your messaging app will attach the audio file to the message.

9. Review your message then hit Send when ready.

The recipient will see the audio file icon show up in your message. They simply tap Play to hear your audio recording.

Change Default Messaging App

If you want to use a different messaging app that has more features like sending audio messages, you can download an alternate app from the Play Store and set it as your default.

Some top options include WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Pulse SMS, Chomp SMS and others. These apps provide additional features beyond just text messaging.

Once you’ve installed your preferred messaging app, go to the Settings app on your Android device and select Apps & Notifications. Find your new messaging app and select Advanced > Default apps > SMS app. Choose your downloaded messaging app instead of Messages.

Now when you tap on a text/SMS message, it will automatically open your new default messaging app. You can then take advantage of features like sending audio recordings and messages.

Audio in WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps with over 2 billion active users worldwide. Sending audio messages is easy in WhatsApp.

To send an audio recording in WhatsApp:

  1. Open the WhatsApp conversation where you want to send the audio message.
  2. Tap and hold the microphone icon at the bottom.
  3. Start recording your message by holding the icon down. You can record up to 30 seconds. Release the icon when you finish your message.
  4. WhatsApp will send the audio message automatically once you release the icon.

The key steps are to tap and hold the microphone icon, record your message, then release to send. With over 2 billion users, WhatsApp makes sharing audio recordings fast and easy.

Audio in Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger allows users to send audio messages in chats directly from the mobile app. A number of reports indicate that Facebook Messenger has over 7 million monthly active users, though its growth has been slower than rival messaging apps like WhatsApp.

To send an audio recording in Facebook Messenger, you simply need to:

  1. Open a conversation in Facebook Messenger
  2. Tap the microphone icon at the bottom
  3. Press and hold to record your audio clip
  4. Release to finish and automatically send the recording

Facebook Messenger makes recording and sending audio straightforward directly within the chat interface. With over a billion monthly active users on Facebook, sending audio messages through Messenger allows you to easily reach contacts without needing their phone number.

Audio in Telegram

To send audio in Telegram, tap the microphone icon at the bottom of the chat screen. This will launch the voice recording feature. Once the microphone button turns red, start speaking. When finished, tap the square stop button. The audio file will automatically be sent after recording, but you can preview it and edit it before sending. For more details, see Telegram’s official documentation on voice recordings.

According to DemandSage, Telegram currently has 196 million daily active users. This number has steadily risen over the past few years. Backlinko notes Telegram users spend an average of 2.9 hours per month using the app. With a wide global audience, Telegram offers an engaging platform to communicate via text, images, video, and audio.


If you are having issues sending or receiving audio messages on your Android device, here are some troubleshooting tips:

First, make sure that both the messaging app you are using and your Android OS are fully updated. Outdated software can sometimes cause issues with features like audio messaging, so installing the latest updates can help resolve problems. You can update apps through the Google Play Store, and update your Android OS through the Settings app on your phone.

Additionally, check that the messaging app has microphone permissions enabled for your device. Go to Settings > Apps > [Messaging app] > Permissions and make sure the Microphone permission is toggled on. If a messaging app does not have microphone access, it will not be able to record or send audio messages.

If these basic troubleshooting tips do not resolve your issue with sending/receiving audio messages, you may need to try switching messaging apps or contacting the app developer for further support.


In summary, there are a few key steps to adding audio to text messages on Android:

  • Record audio in your default messaging app if the functionality is available
  • Send audio files as attachments in messaging apps
  • Change your default messaging app to one that supports audio messages like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger
  • Enable audio messages in apps like Telegram that have the feature turned off by default

The main benefits of sending audio messages rather than typed messages are that they allow you to communicate more naturally in your own voice, save time compared to typing long messages, and convey extra meaning through tone and inflection.

In closing, while typing is still fundamental to messaging, adding audio capabilities brings text messaging more in line with face-to-face conversations. As technology advances, expect to see audio messages become standard in messaging apps across platforms.

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