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WhatsApp now supports emoji reactions in messages, file sharing up to 2GB, and large groups

WhatsApp emoji reactions feature is similar to the reactions feature on Instagram DMs, Facebook Messenger and more

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WhatsApp now supports emoji reactions in messages,

WhatsApp is now allowing users to respond to messages with emoji reactions and transfer files up to 2GB in size. The firm behind WhatsApp, Meta, stated last month that these features would be available “soon,” and last night the company finally announced that they are rolling out these features now. On Thursday, the business also announced that the maximum size of group conversations would be doubled.

WhatsApp emoji reactions feature has been in development for the past few months. The message reactions feature is similar to what we’ve seen on other platforms such as Instagram Direct Messages, Slack, Twitter, and others. When reactions were initially revealed, Meta stated that you’d only be able to use a handful at first, but that “all emojis and skin tones” would be included later.

“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,” WhatsApp said in its blog post.

Moreover, WhatsApp is also increasing the size of files that can be shared on the instant messaging app to up to 2GB, a significant increase from the current maximum file size of 100MB.

WhatsApp is also increasing the default maximum size of group chats, increasing the capacity from 256 to 512. According to WhatsApp’s blog post, larger groups are being “slowly” rolled out, while emoji reactions and increased file size limits are now available in the app’s current version.

A WhatsApp blog stated: “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.”

Meta spokesperson Vispi Bhopti, in a statement to The Verge, said, “The Company expects reactions to be rolled out to everyone in “about a week,” but added that some users already have the feature.”

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