Billions of people around the world use Whatsapp to communicate. The platform has now received an update that adds several practical features.
After getting the latest updates, Whatsapp users with be able to demonstrate their reaction to messages with emojis. Meta, the parent company of Whatsapp, said the emojis would roll out with a limited set of icons but will be expanded down the road. The platform will also add more skin tones.
Emoji reactions have been available on Whatapp’s competitors, including Slack and Telegram. They allow you indicate how a message makes you feel, from weeping to laughing uncontrollably.
Whatsapp is also increasing the size of the file transfer limit to 2 GB, which is massive compared to the former limit of 100 MB. Meta had promised these features in April. This means users can exchange larger files on the platform.
In addition, Whatsapp will address a common complaint by doubling the maximum number of users allowed in a group. It has been 256 for years, but you can now add up to 512 members to a group.
The first two features are available by installing the latest update, but Meta is rolling out the group limit update slowly. However, it should be available to all users in a week.
Here is Whatsapp’s blog post announcing the new update:
“As we announced last month with our vision for Communities on WhatsApp, we’re now building for organizations, businesses, and other close-knit groups to communicate securely and get things done on WhatsApp. The feedback we’ve received so far has been very positive and we can’t wait to get many new features into people’s hands.
“We’re excited to share that emoji reactions are now available on the latest version of the app. Reactions are fun, 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.
“One of the top requests we’ve consistently received is the option to add more people to a chat, so now we’re slowly rolling out the ability to add up to 512 people to a group. Building private, safe, and secure communities takes work and we think this series of improvements will help people and groups stay close to one another.
“We hope people enjoy these updates and look forward to sharing more throughout the year.”