WhatsApp has begun distributing emoji reactions to all its users in an attempt to mimic Telegram, Apple''s iMessage, and Slack, as well as WhatsApp''s sister platform Instagram. Besides reactions, WhatsApp has expanded the group size limit to 512 members up from 256.
Emoji reactions are available on WhatsApp''s latest version, according to the messaging app in a blog post. On Thursday, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased the announcement.
Reactions have the aim of helping people express their feelings and feelings about the specific messages they receive from individuals and group chats, without requiring them to post responses in text.
Last month, WhatsApp announced the arrival of responses alongside other significant features including Communities. The feature has been in testing for the last few months.
Users will be able to express their feelings, such as like, love, laugh, surprise, sadness, and thanks to their chats. Eventually, they may be able to select from emojis to choose from for their reactions, as seen through a reference that appeared in a recent testing build.
To add a reaction, you need to long press on a message to which you want to respond and then tap to select the displayed emoji. After you react to the message, the sender will receive a notification.
According to the instructions on the FAQ page, you may only add one reaction per message. This means that you cannot use multiple reactions on one particular message. However, you may change your reaction by long pressing on a message you reacted to and then tap a different emoji.
If you delete a reaction, you need to long press on the message you responded to and then tap the emoji you reacted with. If you remove the reaction, the sender will not receive a notification.
All this is similar to how we can add emojis to messages we receive on Telegram, iMessage, Slack, and even Meta''s Instagram.
WhatsApp has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that reactions will be available to everyone in "about a week."
Adding to reactions, WhatsApp is expanding its file size limit for sharing files including PDFs to 2GB. This will primarily be limited to documents rather than media files such as photos, videos, and voice messages. The maximum file size limit for these files will still be 16MB. Both chats and groups will be affected.
WhatsApp has announced that it will expand the standard maximum size of groups on its platform to 512 members. This means that some of your groups will be able to have more members in the near future.
As WhatsApp has mentioned in its blog post, the expanded group limit is reaching out "slowly." The Community feature may set the tone for the group discussion experience by permitting users to group multiple groups under one roof.