WhatsApp launches the Reactions feature, here’s how to use it

After months of testing, WhatsApp is finally rolling out its long-awaited Reactions feature. This announcement was made by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. With that, iOS and Android users will be able to react to a message in the same way as on Instagram.

It’s important to note that Reactions started rolling out today, which means it may take several days or even weeks for the feature to start working for all users. From now on, people will be able to react with six different emoji: thumbs up, red heart, smiley face, surprised face, crying face and hands together as thanks/prayer.

WhatsApp also posted how to use the Reactions feature in its FAQ:

  1. Long press on a message.
  2. Tap to select one of the emoji displayed.

Like Instagram, users can change their reactions to a different one by long-pressing on the same message and changing the emoji, or simply clicking on it to remove it.

WhatsApp also points out a few things about this new feature:

  • You can only add one reaction per message;
  • Reactions to disappearing messages will disappear when the message disappears;
  • It is not possible to hide reactions or reaction counts;
  • Recipients may see your reaction before you delete it or if the deletion was unsuccessful. You will not be notified if a reaction deletion was unsuccessful.

In the near future, WABetaInfo says that WhatsApp is working on the ability to allow users to add any emoji as a reaction.

In addition to this feature, the company has been rolling out other features such as the ability to call up to 32 people, create a community, and more.

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