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WhatsApp finally rolls out ability to transfer files up to 2GB, emoji reactions and other features

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • You can now finally share big 2GB media files on WhatsApp.
  • Transferring a lot of videos and files together would no longer be an issue for users.
  • It will now let users add up to 512 people to a group.

One of the biggest pain points for WhatsApp users was that they couldn’t share a file that was very large. For a document, users could only send a file that was 100MB in size. Thus, users had to resort to other applications and platforms for sending big files over to their friends/family/colleagues. But no more now; WhatsApp has finally brought the capability for users to send files to their contacts which are up to 2GB in size.

In a blog post, the company said that the limit of 100MB size for sharing a file has been changed to 2GB. This will certainly help all the small businesses and the educational groups leveraging WhatsApp for their daily communication. With an increased limit, transferring a lot of videos and files together would no longer be an issue for users.

Other Enhanced features:

New calling interface

WhatsApp Calls are one of the app’s most popular features, allowing users to make voice calls directly from the app via a cellular or WiFi connection. The new interface looks more compact and modern and will look better, especially during group calls. The buttons on the bottom remain the same though. The update is set to come to both Android and iOS users in a future beta update. The leaked screenshot above is from WhatsApp on iOS, so we expect iOS devices to get the change first.

End-to-end encryption indicators

WhatsApp is adding new indicators to the app’s chats and calls which will let users let users know that communication via the platform is end-to-end encrypted.

The indicators are visible in a leaked iOS screenshot, as seen below, but the feature is set to also come to Android devices later. The change will first come to beta users for Android and iOS before it begins rolling out to stable users.

Quick Replies

WhatsApp is adding a quick replies shortcut for WhatsApp Business. The WhatsApp Business app will soon add an extra option that will let users select one of a few preset quick replies to send to customers. To use quick replies, WhatsApp Business users will be able to type “/” in the chat and select a preset message. The feature will come to beta users on both iOS and Android, and could eventually make its way to stable versions.

More control for group admins

WhatsApp has also noted in the blog post that it will now let users add up to 512 people to a group. The messaging app currently lets people add only 256 people to a group.WhatsApp will soon add more abilities for group admins, allowing them to delete messages from other members of the group. This will allow admins to further control and regulate any unwanted behavior in the group, and will also help avoid confusion.

Messages deleted by admins will feature a different deleted message notice compared to the usual notice. The feature will come to both Android and iOS users.

Communities

WhatsApp is also adding the ability to create new Communities. Communities will reportedly grant admins the ability to invite new users via a Community Invite Link and then start messaging other members.
Communities will also allow admins to create groups within groups. It seems that a subtle design change will allow users to distinguish Communities from regular group chats. This feature will come to both Android and iOS users later.

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