Four HUGE WhatsApp changes are coming in big updates very soon

WHATSAPP is planning huge app changes that will radically change the SMS app.

A series of leaked images have revealed major updates – including the addition of “groups by groups” and news reactions.

WhatsApp is working on a message response system


WhatsApp is working on a message response systemPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo
A new WhatsApp poll feature may be on the way


A new WhatsApp poll feature may be on the wayPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

These brand new features are currently in the testing phase but have been repeatedly uncovered during “development”.

Whatsapp will not explicitly announce the features until they are ready to go live.

But the WhatsApp sniffer dogs WABetaInfo scoured the app’s “beta” trial to discover new features that aren’t yet widely available to the public.

Now The Sun can reveal the four most exciting of these WhatsApp changes – and they could even land on your iPhone or Android this year.

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Unfortunately, these features are only in the testing phase, so they could be significantly changed, delayed or even canceled.

news reactions

Perhaps the most exciting new update is the addition of message reactions.

It’s a feature already available on Fellow Meta-own app Facebookbut is now also in development for WhatsApp.

And it could be a great way to text less – because you could just “react” to messages instead of having to type in replies.

The feature tested has six reactions: Like, Love, Laugh, Shocked, Teary Eye, and Pray (or high five…).

Now a plus icon will appear, which might indicate that you can add different emoji reactions.

WhatsApp communities

WhatsApp Communities will be one of the biggest changes to the app.

It lets you effectively Create parent groups for group chats.

Groups are one of the most popular ways to write text within Facebook’s own app.

But having multiple groups can be chaotic at times — and hard to keep track of.

Whatsapp actually started to work Communities for gathering groups last year.

A community is a way of keeping groups organized.

Perhaps you could have a study group that includes many smaller groups.

Or maybe your neighborhood would have a community that splits into separate groups to educate and complain about neighborhood issues.

Polls for friends

A practical innovation in the works are polls.

Yes, WhatsApp is working on a way for you Quickly ask friends for their opinion.

It’s a feature already available on competing services like Twitter and Telegram.

The feature seems to allow you to create polls for group chats.

This includes adding a question and up to 12 different answer choices.

WhatsApp’s new poll tool lets you see the responses, but it all stays in the group – including the results.

It could be a way for friends to make a decision on where to eat.

Or maybe a company could WhatsApp poll its employees about the state of the food in the office canteen.

You could even ask your family about rescuing a dog from a shelter — and if it’s right for you.

Or ask for a verdict on your new outfit. Brace yourself, you may not get the survey results you want.

Huge files

Not quite as emotionally engaging as the other three updates, but useful nonetheless: Larger file transfers.

WhatsApp currently limits you to a maximum size of 100 MB for transferring files.

But the app is now testing the ability to do so Send huge files up to 2GB in size.

This trial version is currently only available in the beta app – specifically in Argentina.

At some point, however, sending huge files via WhatsApp could become commonplace.

WhatsApp is also testing a changed upload and download warning also, which gives you an estimated time of arrival for files.

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This isn’t very useful for 100MB documents, but is much more convenient if you’re exchanging multi-gigabyte files.

So if you’ve been longing for the ability to send huge files on WhatsApp, your wait might be almost over.

WhatsApp Communities are currently hidden in the beta version of the app


WhatsApp Communities are currently hidden in the beta version of the appPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo
There is a big change in WhatsApp - larger file sizes and download/upload ETAs


There is a big change in WhatsApp – larger file sizes and download/upload ETAsPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo
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