WhatsApp's emoji reactions begin rolling out to everyone

It also introduced 2GB file transfers and doubled group chat sizes.

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After teasing the feature last month, WhatsApp has starting rolling out emoji reactions to all users around the world, it announced. In the coming days, you'll be able to react with one of six emojis: Thumbs Up ๐Ÿ‘, Red Heart โค๏ธ, Face with Tears of Joy ๐Ÿ˜‚, Face with Open Mouth ๐Ÿ˜ฎ, Crying Face ๐Ÿ˜ข, and Folded Hands ๐Ÿ™. The messaging app also introduced two more features โ€” 2GB file sharing and an increase in group members to 512 people.

On top of the message reactions, WhatsApp will now allow you to send files a whopping 2GB in size, up 20 times from the previous 100MB limitation. That seems designed to support video files in particular "and we think [it] will be helpful for collaboration among small businesses and school groups," the company said. It also introduced the ability to create group chats with up to 512 people, double the previous limit.

The features will be rolling out over the next week across iOS, Android, macOS and Windows, so you many not see them tout de suite. That should be just the beginning as well, because WhatsApp has previously said that it plans to support reactions with all emoji and skin tones down the road.