WhatsApp Emoji Reactions

WhatsApp, one of the most used messaging applications in the world with 2 billion monthly active users globally and 100 billion messages are sent each day. After months of various testing, WhatsApp is finally rolling out its most-anticipated Reactions feature like Instagram. 

WhatsApp also added one more useful feature that allows users can send files up to 2GB at a time, previously it was just 100MB. Along with the reactions, and file sharing size limit, this chat application is also rolling out the ability to add up to 512 people to a group.

WhastApp Message Emoji Reactions

This announcement was made by Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook post. With that, both iOS and Android users will be able to react to a message in individual and group chat the same as they can on Instagram. Here are those 6 different emojis 👍❤️😂😮😢🙏 (thumbs up, red heart, laughing face, surprised face, teary face, and hands together as thanks/prayer)

Also, Read – Snapchat Emojis Meaning

While WhatsApp tweeted, “In 2011 we introduced Group Chats, and we haven’t stopped improving since. In the coming weeks, we’ll roll out the ability to share files up to 2GB and add more people to your groups so you can continue creating and nurturing meaningful, private connections”.

How To Use Reactions Features on WhatsApp Chat

  • Long press on a message. 
  • Tap to select one of the displayed emojis.

All WhatsApp users will get this react to message feature if they use an updated version of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp also notes a few things about this new feature:

  • Users can add only one reaction per message.
  • Not possible to hide reactions or reaction counts.
  • If you enabled the disappearing messages option, the reactions also will disappear when the message disappears.
  • Recipients might see your reaction before you remove it or if removing it wasn’t successful. You won’t be notified if removing a reaction wasn’t successful.

Apart from this feature last month they have been rolled out features such as users can add up to 32 people on audio calls, and the group admin has the right to delete messages and much more.

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What is WhatsApp Pink

WhatsApp Pink is a malicious computer software virus that has been spread through WhatsApp groups in the last few days that could steal your mobile data once installed and allow hackers to gain access. A message has been sent to some users that contain a link and pretends to provide the existing WhatsApp experience in pink color and bring new features. However, instead of bringing any changes to the original WhatsApp installation, the link leads to a page with an option to download the malicious WhatsApp Pink app on their phones. WhatsApp and Facebook are not having any relation to this fake app. 

“DO NOT CLICK ON THE WHATSAPP PINK LINK AND INSTALL THE APK FILE. IT WILL LOAD A VIRUS ON YOUR PHONE THAT WILL GIVE HACKERS ACCESS TO YOUR DEVICE.”

A Cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia has posted a tweet about this circulation of the WhatsApp Pink app and shared a couple of screenshots to show how this malicious app imitates the interface of WhatsApp to prey users.

This WhatsApp Pink APK had mainly targeted the police and media persons. Because the Pink WhatsApp download link was initially sent to the police officers in Delhi and Rajasthan in India.

“Anyone can get an unusual, uncharacteristic or suspicious message on any service, including email, and anytime that happens we strongly encourage everyone to use caution before responding or engaging,” WhatsApp said in a prepared statement sent to Gadgets 360. “On WhatsApp in particular, we also recommend that people use the tools that we provide within the app to send us a report, report a contact, or block contact.”

How to avoid being a victim of WhatsApp Pink?

To date, many WhatsApp users have reported receiving such a scam link on their phones, while many have forwarded it because they are attracted by a colorful theme interface and its features without knowing its real purpose. Sharing such unauthenticated information is a major problem faced by WhatsApp users.

Cyber attackers exploit this, as they realize that such falsehood is handily spread through WhatsApp gatherings. They essentially camouflage their malware or infection in a baiting organization, and individuals start to either download or impart it to others without knowing its real essence. In any case, as individuals become increasingly more mindful of how such tricks work, they ought to be keeping watch for any such deceptive messages and connections shared on WhatsApp. 

The simplest and quite possibly the best security tips you can follow during such a critical point in time isn’t to tap on any such unconfirmed or dubious connection. Any third-party links that divert you away from WhatsApp ought to be checked completely and possibly be tapped on if the source is discovered reliably. 

WhatsApp clients are likewise recommended to adhere to the updates formally carried out by WhatsApp. Any such projects or outsider adjustments to the application can end up being hazardous for the whole gadget. Clients can likewise report a particularly pernicious message from contact if they discover one to be available for use. 

As of now, it is hazy concerning how the infection functions and if a casualty’s telephone can be rescued from its impact or not. It is henceforth, best to be protected and not snap on the connection by any stretch of the imagination, particularly when it guarantees a Pink WhatsApp.

This is not the first time when a fake WhatsApp version has been in circulation. In the past, users were attacked by a WhatsApp Gold variant that was also created by some hackers to maliciously gain user data from their phones.

The main aim of the hacker is to collect user data of as many users as possible, once you installed the app. So don’t fall on this scam!

WhatsApp Dark Mode 

WhatsApp finally Says Hello Darkness 

After months of beta testing on both mobile operating systems, WhatsApp launched a new dark mode theme feature on iOS and Android phones which is darker grey for Android and purely black for iPhone app. WhatsApp dark mode feature is gradually rolled out for all of its 2 billion users globally. 

As per Facebook

“Dark mode for WhatsApp offers a fresh look on a familiar experience. It’s designed to reduce eye strain in low light environments. And we hope it helps prevent those awkward moments when your phone lights up the room.”

How to Enable WhatsApp Dark Mode Feature

If your Android OS is 10 or iOS 13 means, this feature is activated on WhatsApp automatically and switch to the dark theme. If you’re an Android 9 OS user, then simply you can go to the WhatsApp settings menu and enable the dark theme manually. Incase if dark mode not working, update the latest version of WhatsApp and follow the below steps to activate Dark Mode Theme.

  • Go to WhatsApp Settings Option
  • Click on Chats
  • In Chats, you will Theme under Display
  • Now Choose Dark Theme to enable it

Apart from this Dark Theme WhatsApp previously had two different themes such as

Light theme: it’s the usual white color theme that we have been always used in these many years.

Set by Battery Saver: This feature is available on Android 9 and lower OS version phones. The setting allows you to automatically switch to light or dark theme based on your Battery Saver settings.

There so many benefits of using the Dark Mode feature. It will helpful for so many of us to check our phones in bed before sleeping on low light which doesn’t affect our eyes directly. Research says that since 1985, the adults are getting less than six hours of sleep per night which is increased by 31%

According to the latest report, the Facebook-owned social messaging app, testing a new security feature that will allow users to protect their messages and media backups on Google Drive through a password. Users can access the feature by enabling ‘Password Protect Backups’ in the ‘Chat Backup’ section in WhatsApp settings. This option is available only to users who have updated the beta version.