WhatsApp Rolls Out Message Reactions, Bigger File Size Limit, New Max Group Size

WhatsApp has announced it is rolling out multiple new features today that have undergone long testing periods, including emoji reactions, bigger file transfers, and larger groups.

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WhatsApp has been working on message reactions – or "Tapbacks" in Apple Messages parlance – for some time, with evidence of their development first coming to light last summer.

The feature gives messaging app users a quick and easy way to respond to a message (a thumbs-up or thumbs-down in iMessage, for example) without having to type out a lengthier text-based reply in the chat thread.

Similar to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp users will soon see a row of emoji just above a message. To begin with, only a handful of common reactions are available, but WhatsApp parent company Meta has said that support for "all emojis and skin-tones" will be added in the future.

WhatsApp is also rolling out a much larger 2GB cap for file transfers between users of the instant messaging platform. WhatsApp's file-sharing capabilities have become a key feature of the service, and the app has included the ability to share media files within conversations since 2017, but its 100MB file size limitation hasn't changed in that time.

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Upping the limit to 2GB should make the platform a lot more amenable to sharing video clips and other large media file types, which would also be securely transferred via WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption.

Also from today, WhatsApp is expanding the default maximum size of group chats, upping the cap from 256 to 512 users. In its blog post announcing the new features, WhatsApp says the larger group limit is being rolled out "slowly," while message reactions and larger file size transfer limits are currently rolling out to users globally and should be available in the current version of the app.

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Top Rated Comments

Pangalactic Avatar
27 months ago
Oh my god this is INCREDIBLE!!! This is the messanger of the future, feels like I am in 2040 already

Gosh, I wonder what comes next from this cutting-edge app that no other messenger can hold a candle to? Is it the iPad app? Is it using whatsapp on two phones at once? Is it transferring your messages between Android and iPhone? Is it groups up to 200,000 members? Is it sending all types of files through the app? Is it not selling all your data to Facebook for advertising?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tinny Avatar
27 months ago
They took a year to add reactions to group messages, for an ipad support this means it could take 25 years
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
27 months ago

Why would they even need to sell it when both Facebook and WhatsApp are owned by Meta? It always intrigues me how people who refuse to have anything to do with FB over privacy concerns are more than happy to use WhatsApp as their primary messaging platform.
As far as I know, at least in the EU they are not allowed to sell / use data between one another. It was one of the requirements to get the sale approved back in the day
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HappyDude20 Avatar
27 months ago
There’s gotta be less than half a percent of their users that get anywhere near even 256 users.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Marbles1 Avatar
27 months ago

There’s gotta be less than half a percent of their users that get anywhere near even 256 users.
I see WhatsApp used a lot by community groups - e.g. a local WhatsApp for a town / neighbourhood, or for students or colleagues. You end up with duplicate groups for spillover. 256 is a bit small.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HappyDude20 Avatar
27 months ago

I see WhatsApp used a lot by community groups - e.g. a local WhatsApp for a town / neighbourhood, or for students or colleagues. You end up with duplicate groups for spillover. 256 is a bit small.
Ah makes sense hadn’t thought of that.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)