Cannot play Whatsapp voice messages after upgrade to Android 13

Hello everybody

Since I’ve upgraded my fairphone 3+ to Android 13, It does not play Whatsapp audio messages any more. I can find the audio files in the local storage (directory Internal storage/Android/media/com.whatsapp/Whatsapp/Media/Whatsapp Voice Notes (and in there some folders containing the audio files).

The audio files are stored as xyz.opus files. It isn’t possible either to play them from the file explorer app. There seems not to be any properly registered app in fp’s Android 13, which is capable of playing .opus files.

So, is there anybody out there who knows…

  1. What would be a good app to install for playing .opus files?
  2. What do I have to do to tell the operating system to invoke that app automatically, especially when I try to start playing a whatsapp voice message?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

I upgraded to Android 13 a couple of weeks ago and everything related to WhatsApp still works exactly the same as before :ok_hand:.

It does not play them within the WhatsApp application either? To me they play perfectly from the conversations inside the WhatsApp app .

If I try to access the audios from the file explorer it also shows that apparently the “.opus” files have no associated app… however, tapping on one of those audios gives me the option to open them with VLC (i have to select “once” or “always”). I recommend you, therefore, to install VLC (You can do it through F-Droid or Play Store) and try to see if it works for you :slightly_smiling_face:.

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Thank you!

VLC can actually play the .opus files, but oddly enough, I cannot open them by tapping on them. It does not give me the option to use VLC for it. I have to open VLC and then navigate to the folder containing the voice messages.

And unfortunately I still cannot start playing the messages within Whatsapp.

I don’t really know how to associate an app to a file type on fairphone’s Android. Does anybody know that?

Thanks in advance!

I guess you mean when you open “voice notes” from the WhatsApp chat itself, right? It is normal that it does not “invoke” an external application: WhatsApp interprets it as a file “playable” by itself, and that’s what it tries.

Maybe you can try (after backing up your chats and all your WhatsApp data) clearing the app’s cache and data, or completely uninstalling the app and reinstalling it. Once you have done that, try again… maybe, that way, WhatsApp will work again as it should and play the audio files correctly (since it seems that the problem is related to the WhatsApp application itself and not to the Operating System).

When I open a WhatsApp audio from a file manager app (directory: /storage/emulated/0/Android/media/com.whatsapp/WhatsApp/Media/WhatsApp Voice Notes/...), the OS gives me the option to open it “only once” or “always” with supported apps:

Hope it helps!

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I just experienced the exact same problem. The solution for me was to give Whatsapp access to my internal media and the playback worked again (just thinking for myself the better solution might be to stop using it, haha…)


I would agree with you about stopping using Whatsapp – if there weren’t some friends who want to continue communicating only this way…

However, I managed to update the settings in a way that allows to the App to read the voice messages again. Thank you @asidfough !

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