How to react to WhatsApp messages with emoji?
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(Pocket-lint) – Many messaging apps now offer users the option to react to a chat bubble with an emoji. Facebook Messenger users, for example, can use emoji reactions in a conversation. Now, another messaging app owned by Meta has received an emoji reaction feature: WhatsApp.
Mark Zuckerberg announced on his Instagram Stories that an emoji reactions feature began rolling out – after coming out of a beta program – to WhatsApp users on May 5, 2022. WhatsApp head Will Cathcart also confirmed functionality via a video on Twitter and on the WhatsApp blog.
We’re excited to report that the reactions are coming to WhatsApp. . with all the emojis and skin colors to come. pic.twitter.com/086JnVS5Ey-
Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) April 14, 2022
Here’s everything you need to know about emoji reactions in WhatsApp.
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What are emoji reactions?
Emoji reactions are literally emojis that you use to show another person that you saw their message and felt it a certain way. It can be a heart, for example, or the face with tears of joy. Emoji reactions are a universal, visual, and easy way to respond to a message without typing a response.
How to get emoji reactions in WhatsApp
You need to download (or update) the latest version of the WhatsApp mobile app. If you don’t see emoji reactions in WhatsApp, keep in mind that the software update bringing the feature is rolling out server-side. It may take a few weeks for everyone to have emoji reactions in WhatsApp.
How to react to messages in WhatsApp
If you want to use emoji reactions on a message in WhatsApp, follow these steps:
- Open the latest version of the WhatsApp mobile app.
- Long press any message in a chat.
- A pop-up window appears with six emoji reactions.
- Select one of the emoji reactions to use it.
- Your emoji reaction will appear below the message you previously selected.
What are the emoji offered by WhatsApp?
At launch, there are six emoji reactions available:
- thumbs up
- Face with tears of joy
- Face with open mouth
- crying face
- person with crossed hands
WhatsApp has promised to eventually support all emoji and skin colors that you can generally use in messages.
Anything else you should know?
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is beta testing a feature to enable or disable notifications of emoji reactions to messages you’ve sent. You can find the Reaction Notifications toggle under Settings > Notifications as a menu option called Reaction Notifications.
Written by Maggie Tillman.