WhatsApp starts rolling out emoji reactions, increased file sharing limit to all users



  • WhatsApp is rolling out three new features 
  • Users can now react to messages via emoji
  • The limit for sharing files has also been enhanced

WhatsApp has introduced three new features on its messaging platform. These include emoji reactions, ability to share bigger files, and expanded group limit. The Meta-owned messaging service launched the Communities feature last month. 

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Emoji reactions and file sharing size limit were announced last month but both features are now available for all users with the latest version of WhatsApp. Meanwhile, the expanded group limit is slowly rolling out to users. Read on to know about the latest features being introduced the messaging platform.

WhatsApp rolls out three new features

WhatsApp emoji reactions

Users can react to messages with emojis in both individual and group chats. The feature is similar to Facebook Messenger and Instagram DM as well as rival platforms like Telegram, Apple’s iMessage, and Slack. With emoji reactions, users can express their feelings and emotions about particular messages without sending responses or a separate emoji text. To add a reaction, users need to long-press on a message and then tap to select from the displayed emojis. The recipient will get a notification if a user reacts to their message. 

WhatsApp says that only one reaction can be added per message. Users can also change or remove their reaction by long-pressing on a message they reacted. 

As for the file size limit, it has been expanded to 2GB from the existing 100MB. However, it is limited to documents including PDFs and not media files like images, videos, and voice messages. The increased file size limit is applicable for both individual and group chats. 

Additionally, WhatsApp is also expanding the default maximum size of groups to 512 members. This means that groups will now have more members. The feature is gradually rolling out to users. 

Viraj Gawde

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