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WhatsApp allows sending larger files and more members in group chats

Until now, WhatsApp was not very suitable for exchanging large files with each other. But that has now come to an end, because the messenger has increased the limit for file sizes. There are also innovations for group chats

Photos, music, videos – anyone who wanted to share large amounts of data via WhatsApp quickly reached the limit until now. For a long time, the exchange of files was limited to a size of 100 MB. But WhatsApp has increased the data limit and now allows the sharing of files up to 2 GB in size. The maximum number of participants in group chats has also increased.

WhatsApp increases data limit to 2 GB

In March, the messenger launched a test phase in Argentina. There, selected WhatsApp beta testers with Android smartphones or iPhones were already able to try out the higher data limit. Now the data upgrade is also coming to us – and officially: In the future, WhatsApp will no longer only allow the sending of files, pictures and videos up to 100 MB, but up to a whopping 2 GB.

2 GB corresponds, for example, to a complete movie in good HD quality or a larger photo collection. The data limit applies per WhatsApp message sent. With the introduction of the new limit, large amounts of data can now be sent via WhatsApp. However, this could also lead to problems, as it will be easier to send illegal copies, for example.

Innovations in group chats and introduction of emoji reactions

Over time, WhatsApp has continued to increase the maximum number of people in a group chat. Previously, up to 100 members were allowed, then the number was increased to 256. Now there’s an upgrade again, allowing up to 512 participants to be added to a group. The new limit should also be interesting for companies, studies or other large groups that hold their communications via WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Emoji Reactions
WhatsApp now allows emoji reactions to messages Photo: WhatsApp Blog

A third point that should be interesting for many users, in addition to the new data limit and group participants, is the introduction of reactions in WhatsApp chats. These come – as known from other messengers – in the form of emojis. Instead of sending a single emoji as a separate message, WhatsApp users can now react directly to a message, with the reaction appearing in the form of the selected emoji above the message. Six emojis are available to users at launch, with more potentially to follow.

The update is available for both Android and iOS. However, since the rollout is being done in waves, it may take a while for the new WhatsApp version to reach all users.


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