Earlier this week, WhatsApp rolled out three new features including the ability to react to a message with emoji, share files that are up to 2GB in size, a massive jump from the previous 100MB limit, and doubling the size of a group!
First announced on Thursday by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company said that for the reactions, you’d only be able to use a select few to start out with but that support for “all emojis and skin tones” would be added in the future. Reactions are a useful feature that helps you react to a particular message, especially now that WhatsApp is also expanding the default maximum size of group chats, with the cap going from 256 to 512.
According to a company blog, larger groups are being “slowly” rolled out, while emoji reactions and increased file size limits are becoming available in the current version of the app. Meta spokesperson Vispi Bhopti said that the company expects reactions to be rolled out to everyone in “about a week,” but added that some users already have the feature.
In its blog, WhatsApp wrote- “We’re excited to share that emoji reactions are now available on the latest version of the app. Reactions are fun and fast, and they reduce overload in groups too. We’ll continue improving them by adding an even broader range of expressions in the future.
In addition, you can now send files within WhatsApp up to 2GB in size at a time, protected by end-to-end encryption. This is an increase from the previous limit of 100MB and we think will be helpful for collaboration among small businesses and school groups. We recommend using WiFi for larger files and we’ll display a counter while uploading or downloading to let you know how long your transfer will take.”