Watercooler Chat: iPhone Users Beware of the Pesky Voice Recording Icon in iMessage
Earlier this week my colleague found herself in a bit of a pickle. The 22-year-old has been using Raya, a private, membership-based dating app for people in the creative industries. As we all know, digital dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. However, with the help of Raya, my colleague has been racking up a slew of dates (go her!).
Like most millennial women, during our downtime, we often find ourselves discussing the latest contender on our quest to find love. My colleague who we’ll call colleague A was telling colleague B about the latest guy who was trying to woo her via Raya. Unfortunately, colleague A was just not that into him. As she was explaining to colleague B why he just wasn’t her type and trying to devise the best excuse to gently let him down, she was unaware her finger was on the voice recording icon in iMessage (yikes!). I’ll assume—as most women do—colleague A was giving colleague B context by letting her read the interaction between the two, hence how her finger may have haphazardly recorded the conversation.
Unbeknown to colleague A, she hit send. Yes, the entire conversation was recorded and sent to the poor fellow. Mortified, as we all would be, colleague A tried her best to rebound from the recorded message.
While this is hilarious and humiliating all at the same time, there is a lesson in this mess. Gone are the days you only have to worry about a three-way phone call or butt dialing, now we must be mindful of FaceTime and that annoying voice recording icon in iMessage. I did a little research to see if that pesky little voice recording icon could be disabled, and unfortunately it cannot. The feature is built into iOS with no provision to turn it off. So, until Apple decides we should have the option to disable it, which I understand it was meant to minimize texting while driving, we'll just have to be more careful with our fingers and what they are doing while holding our iPhones.
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