I deleted one of my contacts. I have a WhatsApp voice note, but it's not starting with "PTT". It's an alphanumeric number, and I could not find the mobile number associated. I can play it without any issue.

What does it mean when a WhatsApp voice message is saved other than a name starting with PTT? Why is it not stored with the mobile number details along with it?

  • It's not properly saved is my guess. Can you play it?
    – beeshyams
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 7:11
  • Yes I can play it ..
    – Painkili
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 7:35

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It's more likely that voice note wasn't created as as push to talk (PTT) message via WhatsApp in which case it normally starts with PTTxxxxx, rather this voice note was created with a device recorder hence starts with alphanumeric number.

I noticed my voice recorder names all recorded audios with in a number format to confirm this. Hence its still recognised snd plays well on your device. Perhaps they sent you an audio created by a native voice recorder not via WhatsApp.

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