The Facebook-owned company has been adding feature upon feature this year to the world’s most popular and used messaging app to make it easier and useful to the users. WhatsApp has rolled out an update that allows users to share any type of files, documents on its platforms. You have toJust open the chat window and click on attach to send these files. WhatsApp has a limit to the size of the file that can be shared over the platform.
Now the limit is different for Android and iOS users. Android users can share files with a maximum size of 100MB whereas, for iOS users, the limit is slightly higher at 128MB. This means users can now share MP3 files, AVI video, APK files etc on the messaging app.
Other than the ability to share any type of file, WhatsApp users will also be able to bundle files together. Which means, the users can create an album of images for sharing. The bundled media feature was already available to iOS users but it is new to Android users. Once the album is opened, all WhatsApp images in that album can be seen on the same page, making it easier, and it eliminated the need to download each image separately. WhatsApp update also said that the images will not be compressed and will retain their original size.
Next is Chat formatting, by this WhatsApp users can edit text with effects like Bold and Strikethrough, user have to just do a simple tap and hold text to select the part they want to format.
WhatsApp has introduced various design improvements for voice and video calls. The updates are available for Android and iOS users. The album feature was rolled out earlier for iOS users.
WhatsApp recently rolled updates of new features like GIF support, easy call forwarding, and ability to share 30 photos and videos on one go. WhatsApp is one of the world’s largest messaging apps with over a billion users globally. In India, WhatsApp has more than 200 million users, which makes it quite popular in India.
While most users are happy with the update but many users are questioning WhatsApp over the mass sharing of APK files. If the files are spamor come with malware, it will be easy to corrupt the smartphones. Especially as WhatsApp groups are extremely popular, it can be dangerous to download any file shared without checking with the sender what it contains. As per reports, the messaging app is in talks with SBI bank to add bank-to-bank transfers via UPI (Unified Payments Interface) in India as well.