WhatsApp Rolls Out Message Reactions, Bigger File Size Limit, New Max Group Size
WhatsApp has announced it will start rolling out a number of new features today, including emoji replies, larger file transfers, and larger groups, after extensive testing.
WhatsApp has been working on message reactions – also known as “Tapbacks” in Apple Messages – for a long time, with indications of their development first appearing last summer.
The feature allows users of messaging apps to answer to messages quickly and easily (using a thumbs-up or thumbs-down in iMessage, for example) rather than having to type out a longer text-based reply in the conversation thread.
WhatsApp users will soon see a row of emoji just above a message, similar to Facebook Messenger. Only a few typical reactions are now available, but WhatsApp parent firm Meta has stated that “all emojis and skin-tones” will be added in the future.
WhatsApp is now offering a considerably bigger 2GB limit for file transfers between users. WhatsApp’s file-sharing features have grown in popularity, and the app has allowed users to share media files within conversations since 2017, but the app’s 100MB file size limit has remained unchanged.
With the limit extended to 2GB, the platform should be much more suitable to sharing video clips and other large media files, all of which would be privately transferred via WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.
WhatsApp is also increasing the default maximum size of group chats from 256 to 512 participants as of today. The bigger group limit is being carried out “slowly,” according to WhatsApp’s blog post, while message reactions and greater file size transfer limitations are now rolling out to users internationally and should be available in the current version of the app.