WhatsApp, the popular messenger owned by Meta and used by more than 2 billion people around the world, just released… major changes made with the latest update, including much larger file sharing, larger groups, and emoji responses to messages.
The first change in file sharing is huge. While you used to be able to send attachments up to 100MB, WhatsApp now increases this to 2GB for individual files and those files are protected by end-to-end encryption. The company recommends using Wi-Fi for those larger files, and you can also track your uploads with a counter that appears in the app. This feature is now available once you have updated to the latest version of the app.
Emoji reactions are now live in the latest version as well, and you can see an illustration of what the feature looks like in the image above.
“Comments are fun, fast and they also reduce overload in groups. We will continue to improve them by adding an even wider range of expressions in the future,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
Finally, WhatsApp also expands the group size. Groups were previously limited to 256 people, while now you can have up to 512 people in a group, double the previous number. This feature is rolling out slowly so it may not be available in the app immediately, so keep that in mind.