LinkedIn Adds Voice Messaging to Simplify Business Communication on the Go

Old School is New -- LinkedIn Voice Messaging Feature Added

LinkedIn just added voice messaging to its platform so you can have more ways to have conversations.

The voice messaging feature is now available as an Android and iOS app. You can retrieve the messages on your mobile device or on the web, but as of now, you can’t send a voice message from a LinkedIn website.

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So will LinkedIn bring voice messaging back from the brink of death?

Voicemail or messaging is not officially dead, but texting now makes up a large percentage of business communication. Even when people use voice messaging, they have it transcribed on their smartphone or computer so they can read the message.

According to LinkedIn Senior Product Manager Zack Hendlin, who wrote the post announcing the new feature on the official LinkedIn Blog, “Voice messages let you more easily and quickly communicate in your own voice with your connections.”

Using LinkedIn Voice Messaging

Considering “People speak about four times faster than they type” as Hendlin explains, the case for leaving a quick message makes a lot of sense.

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After all, you might not be able to type and if you are able to type you have to go back and edit the message to make sure you don’t have any typos. The process consumes more time than just saying what you need to say quickly.

And the message has to be quick because you only have one minute to say what you need to say. The time limitation might be a stroke of genius on the part of LinkedIn, because who wants to listen to a long-drawn-out message?

As to why you should use voice messaging, LinkedIn says it makes it easy to message on the go, it allows recipients to get to the message when they can, and you can better express yourself by speaking in your own voice.

Recording a Message

If you want to leave a message, all you do is tap the microphone icon in the mobile messaging keyboard, tap and hold on the microphone in the circle to record your voice message, and release your finger to send it.

Old School is New -- LinkedIn Voice Messaging Feature Added


Canceling the message is just as easy. Slide your finger away from the microphone icon while holding it down and the message will not be delivered.

New Features on LinkedIn

Since the purchase of LinkedIn by Microsoft, the company has grown and added new features. It now has 562 million users in 200 countries and territories around the world.

It recently added translations in the LinkedIn feed so you can keep in touch with users around the world. And if you want to quickly connect with someone at an event, LinkedIn QR code lets you find a profile, connect and stay in touch. This means no longer having to ask for a business card, email address, contact information or how to spell a name.

If you want to let your co-workers, partners or business colleagues know how much you appreciate them, LinkedIn Kudos lets you send a quick message in 10 different categories.

Other new features include Your Commute, LinkedIn Video, LinkedIn Search and more.

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Michael Guta Michael Guta is the Assistant Editor at Small Business Trends and currently manages its East African editorial team. Michael brings with him many years of content experience in the digital ecosystem covering a wide range of industries. He holds a B.S. in Information Communication Technology, with an emphasis in Technology Management.

4 Reactions
  1. I am not really a fan of voice of messaging but it seems that it is now getting more common than before. I prefer text over voice.

  2. I wonder how this can be utilized in linkedin. Is sending voice messages more effective?

  3. Great post, exciting to see LinkedIn introduce this. It would be cool if they transcribed voice messages in the future. Would be nice to be able to skim through the messages.

  4. Hi
    Happy to know about Linkedin adds voice messaging feature which is now available in both Android and iOS app. This latest update of Linkedin will help in communicating with the connections in a quicker and easier way. Leaving a voice message helps in saving the time compared to typing text messages.

    New features of Linkedin will help its users to get more from it. Thanks for sharing this informative post with us.

    Have a great day ahead.
    Praveen Verma