Finally, WhatsApp message reactions feature is out for the messaging platform. The feature has started rolling out for users on both Android and iOS. Here’s how you can react to a message on WhatsApp right now.
Message Reactions on WhatsApp Starts Rolling Out
The announcement comes from a recent Facebook post by Mark Zuckerberg. Although, you should know that message reactions have just started rolling out, which means that it will take some time to reach all users globally. So be patient if you don’t see the feature on your device yet.
WhatsApp has still listed down the steps to send a message reaction, and it’s no rocket science! You just have to long-press a message you want to react to and select the emoji you want to use as a reaction, much like on Instagram and Facebook.
Currently, there will be six emoji options to choose from: thumbs up, heart, laughing face, surprised face, teary face, and hands together. More options are expected to be added similar to Instagram DMs.
The Meta-owned messaging platform has a dedicated FAQ page for message reactions, which brings up some noteworthy points. Firstly, you can only add one reaction per message but can always change the emoji reaction. For this, long-press the message again and choose another emoji you like.
It is also revealed that reactions to disappearing messages will also disappear after the specified time, and you won’t be able to hide reactions or reaction counts. Plus, another person could see your message reaction before you remove it or removal wasn’t successful. You can remove a reaction by long-pressing the message and tapping the selected emoji again. A notification for the removal of reactions won’t appear.
WhatsApp is also expected to add emoji reactions to Status, 32-people limit for a group voice call on WhatsApp. The company is also expanding the group size up to 512 participants (via WABetaInfo). That means you can now add up to 512 people to groups, which is great.