WhatsApp Reactions will be available starting today. It will allow the instant messaging network to compete with rivals like Telegram and iMessage. As well as, productivity tools like Slack and even sister company Instagram. The functionality will allow users to instantly respond to messages with an emoji. Six emojis will be initially accessible – like, love, laugh, surprise, sad, and thanks. However, testing has revealed that all emojis will be available in the future.
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CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted the functionality to be coming soon in the company’s major revelation about WhatsApp Communities last month and made the news via an Instagram story. As previously stated, there will be just six Reactions at first, which Zuckerberg also addressed in his story.
Future update of WhatsApp
According to a recent report claiming evidence in a development version, a future upgrade may simply enable users to use any emoji, GIF, or sticker in the chat as reactions. When users press the + button, the current version seen in testing appears to provide them access to the whole emoji keyboard. The expanded emoji response palette is currently unavailable, even to beta testers.
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This Reactions feature is in beta since 2018. Although at first, sticker reactions were intended before it progressed to a more final form in testing last year. Previously, the functionality was known as Emoji Reactions, Message Reactions, and Quick Reactions.
How to use these reactions
The procedure of responding to messages is similar to that of responding to Facebook Messenger or Instagram messages.
Simply long-press on the message you want to respond to when you’re in a conversation or message. It will soon show the six emoji selections that are hovering on top. That’s all. Just pick your favorite emoji.
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If you’re responding to a group message, you’ll notice a reaction count next to the emojis that are most commonly in use to respond.