WhatsApp launches emoji reactions, larger files and massive groups

When reactions were first announced, Meta said you’d only be able to use a few to start with, but support for “all emojis and skin tones” would be added in the future.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg expresses a lot of emotion here.

Reactions are a handy feature, which is why other apps like Slack and Telegram have had them for a while: If you want to be able to prove that a message made you laugh without clogging up group chat, now you have a way to do that. That will be very important soon, as WhatsApp is also expanding the default maximum size of group chats, with a limit ranging from 256 to 512 (although there have reportedly been workarounds to exceed the previous limit).

WhatsApp’s blog post notes that larger groups are being “slowly” rolled out, while emoji reactions and increased file size limits are available in the current version of the app. Meta spokesman Vispi Bhopti said the edge that the company expects reactions to roll out to everyone in “about a week,” but added that some users already have the feature.

Update May 5, 7:13 pm ET: Added information about how long emoji reactions would take to roll out.

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